Turmeric Smoothie Recipe: a Tasty and Powerful Antioxidant

turmeric smoothie

By Karen Foster

Guest writer for Wake Up World

If you wanted to create the perfect smoothie with anti-cancerous properties, potent anti-inflammatories, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal constituents, look no further than adding turmeric. Although turmeric has a lightly bitter taste on its own, you won’t even notice it in this delicious healthy recipe.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Who needs medication when nature gave us turmeric? Take a look at the incredible health benefits of this plant.

Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. It is a known digestive aid, blood purifier, wound healer, skin tonic, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-carcinogenic, fat metabolizer, gas reducer and expectorant.

Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential health benefits. It has been shown to inhibit inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects and reduces high cholesterol levels — among other powerful health effects. In fact, a recent study led by a research team in Munich showed that it can also inhibit formation of cancerous metastases.

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste, but by blending it with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. This recipe is so tasty and nutritious, you could have it daily.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe


  • 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maca (optional)

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.

This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will clear your mind and infuse your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Now that’s a great breakast idea!

About the author:

Karen Foster is a holistic nutritionist and avid blogger with five kids and an active lifestyle, which keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.

This article was reposted with permission from preventdisease.com


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  • Prakash A Thadani

    We in India use dried turmeric roots daily in our good.
    There are two varieties Orange & White. The skin is scrapped and then the piece is grated. For those who suffer from liver ailments they are recommended to have this grated turmeric 1/2 to 1 teaspoon mixed with butter milk add a bit of salt to taste and crushed black pepper.

  • Jen

    Is this recipe safe for children to have? When I make smoothies I almost always share with my 18 month old son.

    • )April D.

      Hi. I make my 2 year old smoothies everyday. It’s one of the only things she’ll eat! I’ve given her all of these ingredients, including the turmeric. But I would probably skip the maca. I drink maca myself for energy.. It can be quite powerful, but I would definitely skip it for a little one.

  • Andy

    I heard that the bio-availability of the active ingredient is enhanced when used with both cows milk and black pepper, as traditionally used in India.

    • )April D.

      Interesting… Also, I believe that the turmeric needs to be heated to activate it’s cancer fighting properties. I make a turmeric paste first, heating turmeric powder with water, then store it in the fridge. Then I add the paste to smoothies, milk, rice, etc.. (recipes for making turmeric paste can be found online)

    • tenbroeckneighbor

      I think that it just needs a fat source, not particularly cows milk. I’m with you on the black pepper

  • Richard

    Can you use fresh turmeric instead of powdered?

  • Bill

    Is there a Diabetic Recipe for the turmeric smoothie? The fruit in this would elevate my blood sugar as I cannot eat banana or drink coconut milk. Also where do you get chia seeds and especially where do you get maca as I have been looking for maca for some time?

    • CHI seeds available in the health centres on large grocery stores or health shops. Type Maca in as an online search and there are lots of online options to purchase.Example VItamart.ca

  • Jerry Alexander

    My morning Smoothie is much the same.I do add Kale,and Raw Local Honey along with Hemp Seed for the protean.

  • Jerry Alexander

    My morning Smoothie is much the same.I do add Kale,and Raw Local Honey along with Hemp Seed for the protean and one clove of Garlic.

  • Amanda

    Turmeric needs to be cooked in either oil or simmered in water to activate the Curcumin and antioxidant power. By adding it this way to a smoothie, you are not getting the healing aspects of it.

  • Christene

    So I tried this recipe and I really really like the taste my question is in regards to the sugars that are contained in this drink with the clothes in the cinnamon and the Tumerick balance out those it affects on the blood sugar? The calculations through myfitness pal this has 26 g of sugar which is high for one meal…typically I read that you’re supposed to keep it around 10 to 15 g.How might you suggest altering the recipe to add a whole source protein?

    • Brenda

      Use Stevia or Monk Fruit crystals in place of any type of sugar to sweeten.. Both have no caloric value and both are natural sourced.

  • Scott Morris

    I love incorporating turmeric in my juices and smoothies. It really adds a great flavor.

  • Myrna Smith

    Try using coconut sugar. All natural. You can buy it throughs natural valleys.

  • Gretchen

    Drinking this now. . . without the added T of coconut oil. 1T of coconut oil has 60% of your daily saturated fat, and the coconut milk in this recipe already has 60% of your daily saturated fat. I know certain fats are good for you, but this seems high. . .

  • Laurie

    I recently read that you should not mix turmeric and ginger if you have inflammation of any type. I had been making a drink with lemon, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, etc and found that my joints were hurting. It stopped after I no longer mixed the two…

  • Eddie Ray Lemmon

    Mines the same but i use fresh Turmeric root,2+Tbl coconut oil,2 peppercorns,1 clove cap, a dash of cayenne pepper and some nuts ie any kind on hand. I live in the Philippines so lots of fresh everything, i switch the fruit around.

  • tenbroeckneighbor

    I never soak mine and have had no problems at all.

  • kelbil

    Is it better to use ground turmeric or fresh?

  • Runnin Bare

    High uric acid levels, thought I would soon be cripple. After a process of illumination it appeared to be the Turmeric. I was taking 1 level teaspoon a day in warm water with a dash of black pepper first thing in the morning. Stopped this and uric acid back to normal and no more aches and pains after 10 days. Anybody else have this problem?