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Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie

A turmeric smoothie is the perfect way to kickstart your day. Tropical fruits are blended with immune-boosting ingredients to create a deliciously healthy drink. It’s creamy, naturally sweet, and will have you feeling good from the inside out.

Turmeric smoothie in a glass jar with straw and ingredients in the background.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

If you’re a smoothie drinker like me, it’s always good to switch up your routine. Typically, I like to make my green smoothie which includes anti-inflammatory ingredients such as berries and avocado. But instead of adding more greens, turmeric and ginger make a strong power couple in this tropical golden smoothie.

While these ingredients boasts tons of health benefits, it doesn’t stop there. The bananas and pineapple are loaded with vitamin C, vitamin D, and a hearty dose of potassium. So when you combine everything together, it turns into one powerful drink.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Video

Want to see how easy it is to make this recipe? Watch the video below! 

The Many Benefits Of Turmeric

Turmeric gets a lot of buzz – and for good reason. You need just a small amount to nourish your body with all its benefits and it can easily be added into any meal or drink (like my jamu juice).

To break it down for you, it all revolves around its shining compound: curcumin. The list can go on forever, but two key benefits are that it’s high in antioxidants and it’s a strong fighter against inflammation. It’s also been shown to have positive effects to the body, brain, and certain diseases.

Yep, you can say this is one ingredient you don’t want to miss!

Making the turmeric smoothie in a blender.

Fresh vs Dried Turmeric

When it comes to using turmeric, you have two options: fresh or dried. Sometimes one is better for cooking and the other for blending into drinks. But it all really depends on how punchy of a flavor you want. Here’s a quick guide on what to look for in and expect in both.

Fresh Turmeric

Raw turmeric roots look very similar to its close relative – ginger. It has an orange flesh that’s earthy, bitter, and slightly peppery. With a more pungent flavor overall compared to dried turmeric. And similar to ginger, it can be thinly sliced, cubed, or grated before using.

You’ll normally find fresh turmeric in the produce section of heavily stocked markets or Asian grocery stores. Just be sure to choose the ones that are firmer and not soft or shriveled.

Dried Turmeric

Dried turmeric is made from a boiling and drying process, turning it into a ground texture. While it loses some of its pungency, it still retains its strong coloring. Making it great for sprinkling into smoothies or sautés.

Specialty spice shops generally have a fresher stock. But you can also find it in your normal grocery store. And to test if its good quality, take notice of its aroma versus the color. A stronger aroma means higher quality.

Turmeric smoothie in a glass jar with straw.

Let’s Talk Ingredients

There’s just a handful of immune-boosting ingredients in this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Pineapple: Frozen pineapple chunks are best for a thicker consistency. Which means you can simply buy a bag of frozen pineapple instead of going through the difficulty of slicing one.
  • Banana: Use a fresh banana. No need for a frozen banana as the pineapple chunks will chill the smoothie.
  • Turmeric: I prefer fresh turmeric, but if you can’t find fresh, ground turmeric works just fine in this smoothie. Here’s the equivalent: 1-inch fresh turmeric = 1 tablespoon grated turmeric = 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Ginger: If you can’t find fresh, you can used dried ginger. But just note that they do impart a slightly different flavor. Here’s the equivalent: 1 teaspoon grated ginger = 1/3 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • Milk: Any milk works in this smoothie, but since we’re going for anti-inflammatory effects here, I recommend a non-dairy milk. Choose from options such as almond milk, cashew milk, or oat milk.

How to Make Turmeric Smoothie

While turmeric and ginger both have a pungent, bitter flavor. Don’t worry. Combining it with fresh fruit turns it into a real treat. Once you’ve got all your ingredients, just toss everything in a blender. Then, blend on high for about 30 seconds until it’s luscious and creamy. Voila, turmeric smoothie!

Turmeric smoothie in a glass surrounded by ingredients.

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5 from 11 votes

BEST Turmeric Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan
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A turmeric smoothie is the perfect way to kickstart your day with immune boosting, anti-inflammatory ingredients. You'll love this combination!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon fresh turmeric, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground turmeric)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated (or 1/3 teaspoon ground ginger)

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high, or until creamy.

Lisa's Tips

  • Frozen fruit gives the smoothie a thick texture and makes it really cool and refreshing.

Nutrition

Calories: 180kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 592mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 25g, Vitamin A: 365IU, Vitamin C: 89mg, Calcium: 110mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turmeric Recipe, turmeric smoothie, turmeric smoothie recipe
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33 comments on “Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie”

  1. Can you use canned pineapple chucks and if so how much? We go camping and we make smoothies. Looking forward to making this one.

    • Hi Darlene- You can if you’d like – just won’t be as cold! But, I would say one between one two 1.5 cans is needed

  2. Hi Lisa,
    just wondering what you thought of using turmeric essential oil in the smoothie – I was reading that it’s antiiflammatory properties are better than the dried or fresh.  Have you ever tried it?

    Lisa G.

  3. Great smoothie recipe! The flavors were perfectly balanced – not too spicy, not too sweet. It was really great as-is, but I went ahead and added a bit of plain greek yogurt at the end for a little extra protein. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!

  4. Another beautiful recipe from a stunning woman. Tfs.😍

    • So glad you loved this smoothie!

    • Amazing smoothie! The flavors blend so well together and even my husband loved it! Thank you for sharing and for all your hard work and dedication on living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle 🥰

      • Hi Katherine- So glad you enjoyed this turmeric smoothie, as well as the rest of my content. Can’t wait to share tons more exciting things very soon :)

  5. Looks so delicious and healthy! I will,give it a try.
    Thanks Lisa.

  6. Would this work to make popsicles with?

  7. Yes I did thank you for the recipe…Very refreshing and spicy.

  8. I didn’t have pineapple so I subbed in peach—highly recommend! 

  9. This smoothie is so so good!  The first day I made it, I drank the entire pitcher!  As I love turmeric and ginger, I added a little extra.  I made it again today and shared the recipe with my sons and best friend.  She sent me a picture of the smoothie and gave it a rave review!  This smoothie is so far the best one that I’ve made! Thank you so much Lisa for this recipe! Keep them coming!!!*

  10. I love how healthy and delicious this smoothie is. Like you’re on a beach!

  11. Hey Lisa, This smoothie looks and sounds amazing! I love working with ginger and tumeric!

    Thank you for all your efforts in bringing such quality recipes and info for all of us.

    I saw a small typo I thought you might want to be aware of, under ‘ginger’ – you have ‘if you can find fresh, you can use dried.’ I think you meant, ‘if you can’t (instead of can) find fresh….’ (since you moderate before you post, i figured it was safe to leave this here)

    Question – have you read about adding a small amount of pepper to help with tumeric absorption?

    I’m off to make your mayo!! Thanks again :)

    • Hi Lori – Thanks for noticing! Will go ahead and change that. Also, yes you can add a pinch of black pepper if you’d like!

  12. This to me is the best way to start the day. Such a tasty and healthy smoothie!

  13. This is such a great tasting smoothie and I love having it for a light breakfast. Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a delicious smoothie! I love the combo of pineapple and turmeric, such a bright and cheery drink!

  15. Marvelous! Do you think it is better drink this smoothie in the morning? Or it can drink whenever during the day?