Treat yourself to an anti-inflammatory Honey Turmeric Smoothie with a refreshing blend of mango, carrots, orange, ginger, turmeric and honey. Your immune system will enjoy the nourishment in this bright, delicious turmeric smoothie recipe too!

In addition, this is a super simple, tasty and filling smoothie. 

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Tips for Blending Smoothies

This smoothie has a few more ingredients than a normal recipe because I tried to cram as many anti inflammatory ingredients in as possible. I must say, the result is perfectly sweet, slightly tangy, and super orange! Here’s how I blend it:

  1. Blend the orange, almond milk and ginger until smooth. Start on low then increase speed as the blades chop up the ginger + break down the orange pulp.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.
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The orange acts as both liquid and fruit in this smoothie, so it goes in the first blend. If using a high powered blender, then the raw carrots should break down easily. Your smoothie may have a hard time completely breaking down the ingredients if it isn’t high powered. Steaming the carrots before using can help as well.

I leave as much white pith on the orange as possible, as there are loads of nutrients there. To lower the natural sugar, omit the honey.

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Turmeric Smoothie FAQs

Can you put raw turmeric in a smoothie?

Yes! Follow my instructions below on how to use fresh turmeric. The health benefits far outweigh those of ground turmeric, yet I know it can be hard to find. So use it if you can find it, but don’t sweat it if you can’t.

How much turmeric should I add to my smoothies?

I recommend no more than 1 tablespoon per serving (about a 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric, or 1 tsp of ground turmeric.) A little goes a long way!

What fruit goes well with turmeric?

Since turmeric has an earthy taste, I like to pair it with sweeter fruits like mango. It also goes well with oranges, and pineapple. My turmeric smoothie recipe includes ginger, orange, mango, carrots and honey.

How to use Fresh Turmeric in Smoothies

If you can find fresh turmeric in the produce aisle, substitute a 1-inch piece for 1 teaspoon dried turmeric (1 tablespoon peeled and freshly grated or minced). If using fresh turmeric, I add it in the first blend with the ginger to give it extra time. To cut up turmeric:

First, cut the skin from the flesh with a paring knife. Alternately, you can also use the spoon method. Apply gentle pressure with the edge of spoon to scrape off the turmeric skin.

After that, slice 1-inch of turmeric and drop into your blender to do the rest.

I recommend adding ½ to 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric to a single smoothie. You don’t want to go overboard with spice in a smoothie. So I’ve given this turmeric smoothie recipe just the right amount!

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Favorite Ingredients to Blend

  • Turmeric— is at the heart of this smoothie. With a warming earthy flavor and beautiful golden color, this spice delivers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus a boost of antioxidants for optimal health. The spice contains curcumin. An antioxidant known to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Used in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries, it’s beloved as a natural treatment for a wide range of health issues.
  • Honey— Honey adds natural sweetness to this smoothie. In addition, it offers extra health benefits. It’s is a good source of antioxidants. And has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Manuka honey is made when honeybees pollinate the “Manuka” or “tea tree” plant. Studies have shown Manuka honey holds both antibiotic and antibacterial benefits. Likewise, it’s proven to be effective in fighting infection and promoting healing. If you can find Manuka honey, it’s a great healthy addition to this smoothie!
  • Orange— I added an orange to this turmeric smoothie recipe for a whopping dose of vitamin C to support a healthy immune system.
  • Carrots— Carrots also deliver vitamin C to this smoothie, along with antioxidant-rich beta carotene, a powerful free radical fighter.
delicious honey smoothie

More Healing Turmeric Recipes

If you’re trying to step into the natural healing space more, check out these other wonderful recipes that use turmeric:

4.37 from 262 votes

Honey Turmeric Smoothie

Treat yourself to a nutrition-packed Honey Turmeric Smoothie with mango, carrots, orange, ginger, turmeric and honey. It all comes together to create a creamy, flavorful drink.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 inch ginger root peeled
  • 1 orange peeled and zested
  • ¾ cup almond milk or other nut milk
  • ½ cup mango frozen
  • ½ cup sliced carrots frozen
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Place ginger, orange and almond milk in blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until creamy.

Notes

  • If frozen carrots aren’t available, swap for frozen pineapple or roasted sweet potato that’s been chilled.
  • If you’re using all fresh ingredients, pour over ice to serve.
  • Fresh turmeric has even more health benefits than ground turmeric. Swap in 1-inch peeled fresh turmeric. 
  • Omit honey to cut down on the natural sugar of this smoothie.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 291mg, Potassium: 671mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 44g, Vitamin A: 11879IU, Vitamin C: 104mg, Calcium: 314mg, Iron: 1mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    This smoothie is more my speed. Turmeric, ginger, carrots and oranges can never go wrong. I do t usually add sweeteners in addition to fruit, but the honey tamed the ginger just enough.

  2. 5 stars
    Loved it! Didn’t add honey and it was plenty sweet for me. I did add a few grinds of black pepper. Ginger gave it a bit of a nice kick. Couriously, the recipe printed in the Winter Challenge booklet was a little different, and this wasnt the first time. That recipe posted on my fridge doesn’t say to zest the orange. It also doesn’t say to blend the carrots first and that would have been good because I used fresh carrots and by the time they were smooth, the whole drink was too smooth and needed ice.

  3. 3 stars
    I thought the turmeric flavor was quite strong, although it may have been the fresh ginger had a strong taste. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the shake and was happy to have its health benefits. My husband said it tasted like turpentine and did not want to finish it, passing it on to me to drink his.

  4. 5 stars
    This smoothie really surprised me; I wasn’t sure I would like it, but it was pretty good and pepped me up. I will probably cut down on the ginger next time I make it as the ginger flavor almost overpowered the other tastes.

    I know these won’t count, but I didn’t see emails requesting reviews of the Almond and Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothies; and I ran out of time; so I didn’t review them, even though I wanted to. I really loved them! I thought the Almond Smoothie was absolutely heavenly and will make it again soon. When I feel like having a smoothie dessert, I will make the Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie, tasted and felt really rich to me.

    1. 5 stars
      Mind blown !!! I have no words and it was worth it I tried I’m a FAN of this I’ll definitely make again.it’s my favorite! Beautifully, delicious, yummy and etc I love it!!!!

  5. 5 stars
    I had no idea carrots can taste this good! I noticed my bloating is no longer existent. This challenge has even inspired me to squeeze in light workouts in between my smoothies. Looking forward to trying this again next week.

    1. 4 stars
      I am on the fence on this one…I love tumeric tea although I did not love this smoothie. It was good although the ginger was overpowering for me.

  6. 3 stars
    I could not make up my mind about this one. It was not one of my favorites, but I liked the flavor adventure this smoothie took me on as I made my way to the bottom of my smoothie. The spice from the ginger was not overpowering and was a pleasant note at the end of each sip. It was definitely more textured than previous smoothies, but I did not mind this. I’m just not sure this is a smoothie that I would want again.

  7. 4 stars
    I liked this smoothie and it’s a blend I would drink occasionally. The next time I make this, I’ll adjust the amount of honey or look for other options that are not as sweet. I did like the scent of citrus and I love the color! I used less turmeric because I knew 1 tsp would be overpowering in my smoothie. This is another smoothie I would make again!

  8. 3 stars
    I could smell this while is was blending, very fragrant. This was probably my least favorite smoothie of the bunch, but I felt healthy drinking it.

  9. 5 stars
    OMG! I totally forgot to post on the “knock my socks off” terrific turmeric smoothie. It’s a definite recipe that will see consistent rotation in my meal planning!

  10. 5 stars
    I always try a smoothie prior to adding my protein powder because it usually changes the taste. This is another delicious smoothie. Prior to adding my protein powder it tasted like a creamsicle; after, like a ginger infused carrot cake! I also added some cracked pepper. Turmeric needs pepper to properly absorb in the body.

  11. 4 stars
    I wasn’t sure about adding milk to this recipe- I would usually add water or coconut water to citrus smoothies. But it made it creamy without compromising on the fresh taste. I used homemade oat milk. The colour is bright and vibrant for a happy day ahead!
    4 stars because I’d prefer it with water!!

  12. 4 stars
    This smoothie was good. Not my absolute Favorite like the strawberries and blueberries. However, I do like knowing the ingredients are so beneficial for my health. Would definitely make it again. Have really enjoyed the variety of drinks these past few days. Would like to see something like this for soups with the Vitamix!

  13. 4 stars
    I liked this smoothie. I halved the ginger because I knew the family may not drink it at full strength. Will try with water instead of cashew milk next time. With these ingredients I think I would like more of a juice consistency. Glad I tried it with the milk though. Felt a good healthy boost with this one. Very nice.