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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. Lynnette

    February 18th, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    i don’t like coconut milk can i use whole milk instead

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    February 19th, 2016 at 4:38 am

    Hi Lynnette,

    Thanks for reaching out! Not a fan of coconut milk, you can definitely add dairy milk. Personally we avoid dairy milk. It’s the #1 undiagnosed food allergy and can be pretty tough on your body + digestion. For that reason we reach for plant-based milks like almond + rice milk when we don’t have coconut milk on hand. But if you love dairy + it loves your body back…go for it!


  3. Guisella

    March 16th, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Hello girls!
    Question… can i use canned coconut milk, although i rather use coconut water,( talking about that) what about the coconut water in boxes, some times is hard to find fresh coconut 🙁
    Thank you!!

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    March 16th, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Hi Guisella,

    You definitely can! When reaching for pre-packaged coconut water or coconut milk we simply suggest making sure you’re reaching for a product that has no added sugar + little additives or processing. Some great options are Trader Joe’s and Whole Food’s brands!

    Cheers 🙂

  5. Emme

    March 21st, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hey Smoothie Queens,

    I was wondering whether you refer to the full-fat canned coconut milk or is it the lighter one, similar to almond or hazelnut milk.
    The reason I’m asking is that 1 cup of the canned coconut milk would make this smoothie, while heavenly delicious a calorie bomb..
    I’m from Germany and here we’ve both kinds of milk, which leaves me confused 🙂
    Thanks girls!

  6. SGS Rawkstar

    March 21st, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hi Emme,

    Great question! It’s completely up to your personal preference! As you’re aware, 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 can always make your own coconut milk too! Learn how here…


  7. rose

    July 20th, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I suffer from constipation. What smoothies d you suggest.

  8. SGS Rawkstar

    July 21st, 2016 at 7:29 am

    Hi Rose!

    Thanks for reaching out! Green smoothies are full of fiber (from all the leafy greens + fruit!), which is great for helping with regularity. Recipes containing raspberries, oranges, and almonds (due to high magnesium content) may be particularly helpful. If you’re just getting started with green smoothies, we recommend sticking with one serving (2 cups or 16oz) per day, as increasing your fiber intake too quickly can actually cause constipation. And be sure to drink lots of water!

    With all that being said, we are not doctors or nutritionists, and absolutely recommend speaking with your health care provider if you have any medical questions or concerns :).

    Take care!

  9. Ileana

    August 15th, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    How often should this smoothie be taken? I’d like to start making it asap, but would hate to overdo it. Thanks! 🙂

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    August 16th, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Hi Ileana,

    Great question! Each time you add this recipe to your diet you will contribute to cleansing + fueling your body. Our goal for you is to add one (16 oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet.


  11. Valerie

    September 12th, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Hello! I try not to put any liquids in my smoothies is it okay to take out the cocnut entirely from the recipie?

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    September 12th, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Hi Valerie,

    Of course! We’re all about making green smoothies work for you.

  13. Kelly

    September 20th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hi girls,
    I bought fresh ginger to use in my smoothies, but not sure how to use it. Do I zest it or just cut off a piece and throw it in the blender? Thanks for your tips. They really help!

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    September 20th, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Great question! It really depends on the strength of your blender. Have a powerhouse blender like Blendtec or Vitamix, simply toss in a piece of ginger. Have an older model or lower power blender? Zesting or dicing will help create a smoother result.

    Hope this helps!

  15. Esther M

    June 11th, 2017 at 10:40 am

    This was exactly what the doctor ordered!! Soooo yummy. I did the Simple 7 Challenge (I’m still going and on Day 21), but we had a bachelorette party last night for 3 of my co-workers who are all getting married in July (one right after the other). Safe to say, a little overindulgence last night, so I needed to give my system an added kick this morning and this was it!! I was out of kale, but spinach is a great substitute, used coconut water AND I added 1/2 cup of cucumber.

    Thanks so much for all the smoothie goodness and keeping me on track (even when I overindulge!)

  16. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 12th, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Hi Esther,

    YAY!! So happy to hear this is just what your body needed! That added boost of ginger is exactly the healing your body needs after a night out.

    And three co-workers getting married next month!! WOW! What a fun few weeks you have ahead of you!

  17. Louise

    June 29th, 2017 at 7:32 am

    If I may be so bold!

    Turmeric is not the most bioavailabe of foods. To activate the goodness it must be taken with black pepper and heated.

    I make a batch of grated fresh root of turmeric (I find it more digestible than powder and cheap! 1 euro for 100 grams … 1.5 grams are enough) heated in coconut oil with fresh ground black pepper. Leave in fridge to solidify and just add the mix to the smoothies.

    The coconut oil is of course good for absorbing the fat soluble vitamins in the accompanying leafy greens.

    The pipeline in the pepper and the heating in oil increases the bioavailability by 2000%, frankly, the amount absorbed otherwise is negligible and possibly a waste of time.

    Thanks for the tips on greens rotation and the idea to add roasted sweet potato.


    I also find African honey an excellent way to absorp any bitterness from greens. And to add calories if your a skinny minny like me.

    Keep juicing!
    I’ve only been at it for a fortnight and the change in my energy is remarkable, I’ve had less joint pains too. I am now evangelically pro scribing it to all my mates 🙂

  18. Louise

    June 29th, 2017 at 7:35 am

    *pipeline (!?) piperine … Active ingredient of black pepper needed to release the goodies from turmeric!

    1.5g of turmeric root is a goodly daily dose.


  19. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 29th, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Louise,

    Thanks for reaching out + sharing. I definitely agree to maximize turmeric’s health benefits warming + adding ground pepper is definitely beneficial. If this is your go-to route for adding turmeric to your diet, then you’ll love our Turmeric Tonic from Thrive. If you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure and check it out! We’re hosting a Thrive LIVE on July 10th + I’d love to see you there!!


  20. Stacy

    July 6th, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    If you are using fresh turmeric – how much would I use in relation to what you are suggesting in a powder form?

  21. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    July 6th, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Stacy,

    Great question! When using fresh turmeric the ratio is 1-inch piece of fresh turmeric equals 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. So swap in 1/4-1/2 inch!

  22. Jeanne Leccese

    April 5th, 2018 at 9:03 am

    Super yummy!

  23. Natalie LeLoup

    April 5th, 2018 at 9:12 am


  24. Tracy

    April 5th, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Could you recommend another fruit in place of the Pineapple. I’m allergic to it…sadly….

  25. Pam

    April 5th, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Peaches, white grapes or more mango (especially honey mango) would be good here, I think.

  26. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 6th, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Hi Tracy,

    Allergic to pineapple? I’ve got you covered! Try swapping in oranges, mangoes, or peaches. Also, if you’re ever in the crunch, make sure + check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide here…


  27. Tracy

    April 6th, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Thanks so much…I love peaches so I will give that a try.

  28. Noemi

    April 5th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Super yummy!!

  29. Sherry

    April 5th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Fresh and detoxing!!!

  30. Tina M. Ross

    April 5th, 2018 at 7:50 pm


  31. Tricia

    April 6th, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Love, love, love turmeric! especially kind to my joints.Thanks for a new way to get these nutrients in!

  32. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 6th, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi Tricia,

    You’re so welcome! Happy blendin’! 🙂

  33. Ticamom

    April 6th, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Love the concept can’t wait to give it a try! I thought turmeric needed black pepper for bioavailability though?

  34. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 9th, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Hi Ticamom,

    You’re totally right! That’s why we’ve included 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper in this recipe! 🙂

  35. Rose Ann

    April 7th, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    This is my new favorite smoothie. I doubled the lemon juice (accidently) and used fresh turmeric (because I always keep some on hand) and it was so tasty & refreshing with the perfect sweet-tart balance. Thanks, Jen, this one’s a keeper!

  36. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 9th, 2018 at 11:02 am

    KALE YEAH!! Thanks for blendin’ with us, Rose Ann! 🙂

  37. Grace

    April 8th, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Think I can swap the mango with another fruit? Maybe I could use oranges & pineapple? I bought organic frozen pineapple today & completely forgot to get mango!

  38. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    April 9th, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Hi Grace,

    You totally can! Some of our favorite swaps for mango are peaches, nectarines, papaya, apricots. Ever need a quick swap? Make sure + check out our Rawkstar Substitution Guide here…


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