I used to think that morning smoothies were more of a summer-time thing than a cold winter morning thing. But then we moved to Vermont, aka the land of long and cold winters.
I do not think so anymore.
Nowadays there is nothing more than I look forward to than a big glass of freshly blended smoothie. Especially if it is packed with turmeric. Whether it is a green turmeric smoothie, ginger turmeric smoothie, or one of my other superfood smoothies, I love whipping up one to start the day on the right foot.
Today’s recipe, Mango Turmeric Smoothie recipe is the newest addition to my collection of turmeric smoothies. It comes together in 5 minutes and it is vegan so you have no excuse to not try it.
If you are like me, in desperate need of sunshine and tropics in your life, join me as I make this turmeric mango tropical smoothie.
You will need:
- Mango: I used 2 fresh mangos, but frozen mango would also work. You’ll need about 2 cups of it.
- Pineapple Chunks: I added half a cup of fresh pineapple (to sweeten it a little bit more) but frozen would also work. If you don’t have pineapple, you can also use a fresh or frozen banana.
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes: I added half a cup of unsweetened coconut flakes into the smoothie to enhance the tropical flavors.
- Ground Turmeric: I used half a teaspoon ground turmeric powder. If you can get your hands on fresh turmeric root, I would suggest using ¼ teaspoon grated fresh turmeric.
- Chia Seeds: I added a tablespoon of chia seeds to increase the nutritional values of the smoothie. If you don’t like/have chia seeds, you can also use a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds or hemp seeds.
- Unsweetened Coconut Water: The “liquid” in this turmeric recipe is coconut water. I used one and a half cups of it, but if you can adjust the amount to your preference. If you do not have access to coconut water, you can swap it with an equal amount of unsweetened almond milk.
When it comes to purchasing coconut water I usually buy one that has only one ingredient in it and that is coconut water. I prefer not to buy ones with sugars or preservatives. This brand is my favorite one.
- Ground black pepper & Coconut Oil: A pinch of ground black pepper and half a teaspoon of coconut oil are all you need to activate the most important compound in turmeric, curcumin (source.)
If you want to know more about why we use these two ingredients and the health benefits (and anti-inflammatory properties) of curcumin, please read my golden milk post.
- Fresh Ginger (optional): When I feel under the weather or need a little bit more of a pick-me-up, I also add in half a teaspoon of grated ginger. The combination of turmeric, ginger, and mango makes the best smoothie.
Don’t have fresh ginger on hand? Use ½ teaspoon of ground ginger.
- Natural Sweeteners (optional): I personally think this smoothie is very sweet by itself. However, after giving it a taste, feel free to add in natural sweeteners like dates, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
How to make this mango turmeric tropical smoothie
To make this smoothie, place all the ingredients in a blender and start blending at a slow speed. Then increase the speed to high and blend until fully blended.
Mango turmeric smoothie calories
The recipe below serves two people and it is 189 calories per serving. For more nutrition information for this smoothie recipe please check the recipe card below.
Mango Turmeric Smoothie
- 2 cups of chopped mango fresh or frozen
- ½ cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 ½ cups of unsweetened coconut water
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend in high power until smooth.
- Serve immediately.