This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.
Kickstart your day with this golden turmeric smoothie! With ingredients like fresh orange juice, ginger, and turmeric, it'll give your immune system a boost and help fight inflammation, too. You only need a handful of ingredients and 5 minutes to make this delicious drink!
We love a good ol' green smoothie but this turmeric smoothie is what we make when need a serious boost of antioxidants. With fresh ingredients like oranges, carrots, ginger, and turmeric, it's a powerhouse smoothie that's as healthy as it is refreshing. It's a simple breakfast recipe that's delicious as-is or add your favorite ingredients to make it your own!
You can make this delicious turmeric smoothie recipe with just a handful of healthy ingredients. Here's what you need:
- Naval oranges: fresh juicy naval oranges are packed with vitamin c and potassium. To pick the juiciest oranges, hold them in your hand. The heavier oranges are usually juicier!
- Carrot: carrots are rich in health promoting nutrients like vitamin A (from beta carotene) and give this smoothie its vibrant orange color.
- Ginger: fresh ginger is a nutritional powerhouse. It's a potent anti-inflammatory and gives this smoothie flavor and zing. It can be quite spicy so keep that in mind and start with a small amount. If you use organic ginger there's no need to peel it.
- Turmeric: fresh turmeric root looks similar to knobs of ginger but has bright orange flesh, and earthy peppery taste. If you can't find fresh turmeric you can use a good quality turmeric powder.
- Black pepper: a pinch of black pepper may seem like an odd ingredient but it actually serves a purpose. It helps make the curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) more available for your body to use.
How to make a turmeric smoothie
This golden smoothie with turmeric is a quick and easy way to kickstart your day! Here's how to make it in just 3 simple steps:
- Add all the ingredients plus a cup of ice cubes to your high-speed blender.
- Blend it until it's smooth.
- Pour your smoothie into two cups and enjoy right away!
Is turmeric healthy?
Yes, the health benefits of turmeric are now well-known. Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin which has a range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It's recommended to consume curcumin with ground black pepper to make it more bioavailable. Putting turmeric in smoothies is an easy way to get your daily dose, that's why we love this recipe!
Variations to try
Try one of these delicious additions to give your smoothie a boost:
- Frozen banana: use half or a full frozen banana to add sweetness, body, and creaminess to this smoothie.
- Pineapple: fresh or frozen pineapple chunks are great for digestion and will give this smoothie a tropical taste, too.
- Coconut oil: a tablespoon of coconut oil helps in the absorption of curcumin in your body. The healthy fat also helps to balance blood sugar to keep you feeling full longer.
- Honey: if you like a sweeter smoothie, add a drizzle of honey.
When to serve a turmeric smoothie
This turmeric smoothie is what we drink first thing in the morning instead of orange juice to stay healthy through cold and flu season. Take it to-go and sip it throughout the day to keep bugs away! It's also just a refreshing drink you can enjoy anytime, and it makes a delicious addition to a healthy brunch spread.
Can you taste turmeric in a smoothie?
The taste of turmeric is actually very subtle if it's not cooked. We even use a pinch of turmeric for color in unlikely recipes such as our coconut lemon balls and our coconut lemon ice cream, and you don't taste it at all. This smoothie recipe tastes mostly of orange and ginger.
How much turmeric should I put in my smoothie?
The recipe calls for a 1-inch knob of turmeric (or 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric). In our testing, we found this to be a good amount. Feel free to use more or less to taste!
Where can I buy fresh turmeric?
Fresh turmeric can sometimes be tricky to find. Look for it in the produce section of your grocery store, close to the ginger.
I can't find fresh turmeric. Can I use turmeric powder instead?
Yep, you can use 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric in place of fresh turmeric. The smoothie will have a slightly different taste but a good quality turmeric powder will still have all the health benefits.
- 2 naval oranges (peeled and quartered)
- 1 medium carrot (chopped)
- 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled)
- 1 inch piece of turmeric (peeled – or 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric)
- A pinch of black pepper
- Add all the ingredients + 1 cup of ice cubes to a high-powered blender.2 naval oranges, 1 medium carrot, 1 inch piece of ginger, 1 inch piece of turmeric, A pinch of black pepper
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Divide the turmeric smoothie between 2 glasses and serve right away.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.