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Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie

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Where do I start with this Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie?! It’s such a good one to help with inflammation! Our bodies do a pretty great job of detoxifying thanks to our livers. But it never hurts to help out by including foods that naturally detoxify our bodies. In this smoothie, you will find some powerhouse ingredients to help your body be its best.

The health benefits of kale

Kale is a great detoxifier, as are all cruciferous veggies. The glucosinolates in kale form isothiocyanates (ITCs) which help regulate detox activities in our cells. When you add kale to your green smoothies, you’re also adding great anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-cancer benefits into your day.

Kale also has heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids which help fight cardiovascular disease. Is there anything kale can’t do for our health? To sweeten things up (kale can be a little strong if you’re not used to blending with it) we’ve added pineapple and mango with their loads of dietary fiber, vitamins A and C, and anti-bloating bromelain (in the pineapple).

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Why do we add lemon juice to our turmeric smoothie?

Lemon juice aids the liver in flushing out toxins naturally and acts as a diuretic. Ginger aids in digestion and has numerous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. Two compounds found in high concentration in ginger, gingerol and shoga, may help the entire digestive tract to relief any discomfort from gas, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. (Yep, I went there.)

Why add turmeric to a smoothie?

And now we come to turmeric, another natural liver detoxifier. We most often find it in its dried, ground form. It is a root similar to ginger that is common in Asia and Polynesia. It lends a gorgeous yellow color to curries, mustard, and other foods we consume on a normal basis. But adding in a little extra turmeric into your diet adds big benefits. The curcumin in turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and has been used in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries to treat all kinds of maladies.

To sum up – when you blend up this smoothie, you’re blending up a lot more than a delicious melange of healthy fruit and leafy greens. Blend with us and say yes to giving your body a daily nutritional boost!


Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie

  • Author: Simple Green Smoothies
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian


This green smoothie is loaded with so much goodness it’s worth blending on a regular basis. Kale, lemon, ginger, and turmeric help the body fight inflammation as well as help the liver detox naturally. Mango and pineapple lend sweetness and loads of vitamins A and C. Creamy coconut milk provides healthy fats and helps the body absorb the benefits from the turmeric.



  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 2 cups coconut milk, unsweetend
  • 2 cups pineapple
  • 1 cup mango
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 ground turmeric (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Blend kale and coconut milk until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!


*Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

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  1. Sim

    February 15th, 2015 at 6:07 am

    Awesome recipe. My 7 year old son picked it and both him and his younger brother gave it thumbs up. I added 1/2 avocado for creaminess and some gelled chia seeds (I add that to all smoothies).

  2. vince

    February 25th, 2015 at 10:26 am

    are there any specific for type 2 diabetics that would target the bodies ability to process glucose, example cinnamon>

  3. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    February 25th, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Vince.

    Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.


  4. sc

    March 5th, 2015 at 7:47 am

    These recipes are inspiring. That said, I will jump ship for the first green smoothie blog that does not mention “detoxification” or “cleansing.” Why do people feel so comfortable perpetuating this kind of baloney? It’s medically and scientifically baseless, and not necessary to make people feel good about their drinks! (FWIW, I’m a biology professor with a background in public health.) “Simple” recipes should strive for complete integrity. It would make me so happy if you could lead the way.

  5. Sarah

    March 17th, 2015 at 5:20 am

    I totally agree with you! I had this for breakfast and it was delicious, but I do wish the overuse of the terms would die! I would have drank this even if it didn’t claim to “detox” and “cleanse”, because we know that’s not a fact anyway.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 17th, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Hey SC + Sarah,

    Thank you both for pointing this out to us. I will pass this along to our team. 🙂 For this smoothie, turmeric is a pretty incredible spice. I think our team was including it’s benefits in naming this smoothie. 🙂

  7. Eva

    April 7th, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Hi SC, I totally agree that yes these terms are being overused. However, I find that science can never overrule personal experience. When you find that only by changing your diet, your energy levels go up, your skin clears, your eyes start shining brightly and even stress subsides, one can not deny that something amazing is happening in your body. Whether you want to name this happening as ¨detoxification¨ or.. lets say ¨magic¨ might become not as important anymore! Its just awesome!

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    April 8th, 2015 at 3:46 am


  9. Imani

    March 25th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Does “1tablespoon ginger” mean that it should be grated?

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    March 25th, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Imani,

    1 inch of ginger root = 1 tablespoon of grated ginger

    Feel free to mix in the whole or grated root, depending on the power of your blender.


  11. Marian

    April 4th, 2015 at 9:09 am

    This was so delicious but I used almond milk instead of coconut. I had one for breakfast and used the rest mid morning.

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    April 6th, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Marian,

    So happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe! Cheers 🙂

  13. Marie

    April 5th, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Hi, It’s not easy (almost impossible actually) to find kale where I live. I think in France, you can only get it in Paris. Do you have any suggestions ?
    Thank you !

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    April 6th, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Marie,

    If kale is hard to come by, feel free to switch it out for another delicious leafy green! Here are some of our favorites:


  15. Kate

    April 7th, 2015 at 5:01 am

    Your smoothies are all excellent! Thank you for helping so many of us get healthy, stay healthy, and enjoy the process! I have been drinking smoothies every day for breakfast for about a year and a half. My kids love them, got them both vitamix blenders for Christmas, and sent them to your site. Your smoothies are simple, adjustable, and always taste excellent. I spend a lot of money on fresh produce, so when I’ve got hard earned dollars churning in the blender, I cringe when it’s too gross to drink (I choke them down anyway so as not to waste!) I never have had to “choke” any of yours down! Thank you for being my go to smoothie site!

    Got addicted to grapefruit smoothies this winter, you guys should experiment with some more grapefruit, it’s absolutely delish in a smoothie, if you like grapefruit that is!!
    Keep on churning gang, well done!!

  16. Kate

    April 7th, 2015 at 5:06 am

    By the way, I subbed peaches on this one for the mango; and it was great. A banana would have been nice too for those wanting more sweetness.

  17. SGS Rawkstar

    April 8th, 2015 at 3:54 am

    Hi Kate,

    We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us, and thank you for sharing the green smoothie love with your family! I absolutely love grapefruit + using it in my smoothies, the flavor is so refreshing, especially with summer right around the corner! I’ll pass your suggestion onto our team!

    Cheers to health + happiness!!

  18. Martina

    April 18th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    It seems good, although in the raw facebook group I joined they told me to try to avoid mixing acidic fruits with green veggies (better use bananas or other sweet fruit) for better digestion

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    April 20th, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hi Martina,

    We are not professional nutritionists, but all the research we have done suggests that blending fruits and veggies together is no different than eating fruits and veggies together–like a salad! Hope this helps!

  20. Lisa Karnish

    June 7th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    This is a fantastic smoothie! I add flax/coconut oil. Just be sure to drink it COLD it tastes so much better. (I add ice if i have to.)

  21. SGS Rawkstar

    June 9th, 2015 at 6:48 am

    Hi Lisa,

    We love this smoothie too! We also love to add at least one frozen fruit to ensure our smoothies are chilled to perfection!

  22. Lana

    June 28th, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I have found that adding fruits like orange and or pineapple, disguises the taste of the greens. I can’t even taste the kale. A scoop of protein powder or peanut butter adds more protein and staying power.

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    June 29th, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Hi Lana,

    That’s what we love about our Simple Green Smoothie Formula, your body is reaping the benefits of leafy greens, and all you taste is delicious fresh fruits + veggies! Cheers to adding protein to your smoothie, it’s a great way to keep yourself full + satisfied.

    To give yourself a few more options, here are our favorite protein options…


  24. DaShanna

    July 26th, 2015 at 10:59 am

    I love your smoothies…i was wondering if the coconut milk can be swapped out for almond milk.

  25. SGS Rawkstar

    July 27th, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Hi DaShanna,

    Of course! We love switching up our liquid base, and with almond milk packed with vitamin E, protein, and fiber, it’s the perfect substitute for coconut milk!


  26. Brenda

    August 20th, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Thank you for all the mixins and spelling out their goodness. Even if ut is a repeat for some, it is appreciated by others who may not have known. Great job ladies, I also enjoy adding protein with my smoothies as well. Blessings as you continue on in this great service.

  27. SGS Rawkstar

    August 20th, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Hi Brenda,

    We are so happy we could help! Reach out with any questions – on our website, Facebook, Instagram, or send us an email at the link below…


    We’re always here + happy to answer any questions.

    Cheers 🙂

  28. Gloria

    September 2nd, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I am new to this website, and I can’t wait to try many of the recipes. I am very interested and seeking recipes specifically for anti-inflammatory smoothies. Any suggestions? Thank you.

  29. SGS Rawkstar

    September 3rd, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Hi Gloria,

    Welcome! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us!! Great ingredients for battling inflammation are kale, ginger, cherries + turmeric. Our Tropical Turmeric Cleanser is the perfect inflammatory green smoothie!! Also try our Strawberry Ginger Zinger + Berry Cherry Jubilee recipes…



    Remember, our recipes are here to inspire you, so feel free to mix + match anti-inflammatory ingredients with other recipes or make up your own recipe to meet your needs!

  30. Helene

    September 17th, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Hi, First I would like to thank you for your great website! Your recipes are very simple, easy to follow and most of all delicious. Your tips are so useful as well for a beginner like me 🙂
    I have a question regarding this smoothie (TROPICAL TURMERIC CLEANSER GREEN SMOOTHIE) which I tried during lunch time today. I did not have kale and replaced this with spinach. The rest of the recipe was unchanged. The smoothie was delicious but had a terrible effect on my stomach. After 8 hours it is still fragile. Would you know if this is because I am new to green smoothies and my stomach is not used to this or is it simply the cleansing effect of this smoothie? Thanks very much!

  31. SGS Rawkstar

    September 17th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Helene,

    Great question! It might be a mix of both. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).

    The same goes for our Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie. This recipe is meant to help cleanse your system, so drinking plenty of water will help keep any stomachaches at bay.

    Hope this helps!

  32. Kellie

    September 20th, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    hi. I have a question about the use of ground turmeric. I have read that turmeric (mainly curcumin) is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Black pepper had actually been shown to increase the absorption when consumed together. Is this the same if you use fresh turmeric?

  33. SGS Rawkstar

    September 21st, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Kellie,

    Great question! Turmeric is fat-soluble (both dried + fresh), that means it dissolves in fat. Without fat, the active component in turmeric, curcumin, has a difficult time making it past the stomach, into the small intestine, and into the blood where it can offer the greatest benefits. In order to make the most of turmeric, you must take it with a bit of fat. That’s why coconut milk is the best liquid base option in our Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie. The added fat in coconut milk helps your body absorb all of turmeric’s nutritional benefits!

  34. Rebecca

    October 1st, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Just started today with the beginner smoothie. It was delicious. Can’t wait to try many more recipes.

  35. SGS Rawkstar

    October 1st, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    Yay! We’re so happy you found us in this busy internet world! We’re kicking off our 30-Day Challenge today! We’d love for you to join us!


    Cheers 🙂

  36. Shalu

    October 7th, 2015 at 10:34 pm


    Im highly allergic to pineapple. What can I substitute that with?



  37. SGS Rawkstar

    October 8th, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Hi Shalu,

    Allergic to pineapple? We’ve got you covered! Orange, grapefruit, + mango are all great substitutes!

    Cheers 🙂

  38. Debra

    October 21st, 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’m allergic to mango what else can I use?

  39. SGS Rawkstar

    October 21st, 2015 at 7:16 am

    Hi Debra,

    Allergic to mango? No worries we’ve got you covered! Papaya + Kiwi Fruit are both great substitutes!

    Cheers 🙂

  40. Jennifer

    November 7th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I recently found out I am allergic to both coconut and almonds. Do you have any suggestions for other liquid bases that would aid in the absorption of the turmeric?

  41. SGS Rawkstar

    November 9th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Hi Jennifer,

    Looking to improve the absorption of turmeric? Reach for healthy fats like avocado! Learn more about our favorite healthy fats here…


  42. Amy

    December 1st, 2015 at 6:47 am

    When it mentions coconut milk in the recipe, is it the milk substitute that comes in cartons or the more creamy stuff that comes in tins?

  43. SGS Rawkstar

    December 1st, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Great question, Amy! There are several types of coconut milk available. It can be hard to know which to choose! Coconut cream is the thickest and richest. It has the least amount of water. Then there is full-fat or regular coconut milk. It still has plenty of rich, creamy taste, but has a higher liquid ratio. Light coconut milk has the mildest flavor, highest water content, and least amount of calories compared with the other varieties. Think of these as you would heavy cream, whole milk, and low-fat milk.

    You’ll find coconut milk packaged in several ways – cans, cartons (shelf-stable and refrigerated), or frozen.

    All are great options for this recipe. Choose what’s best for you, your body, + your taste buds!

    Learn more in our Coconut 101 post here…


  44. Julie

    December 8th, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Can I use can pineapple? Is can pineapple less healthy than fresh? I would love to try many of your smoothie recipes but hesitate because of my busy life and unable to keep fresh ingredients at all time.

  45. SGS Rawkstar

    December 8th, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Julie,

    Great question! We definitely hate seeing good produce go bad, we’re right there with you! When looking to used canned pineapple, it’s important to know that even those stored in their own juice contain additional sugar. That’s why we love using frozen fruit, either from the grocery freezer aisle, or we freeze our own! To freeze your own simply cut up your pineapple, lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and place in the freezer. Once frozen store your pineapple in a freezer safe container or ziploc bag. You can do this for any type of fruit, and you can also freeze your leafy greens!

    Learn more about freezing your own greens here…


    Hope this helps! 🙂

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