Honey Turmeric Smoothie

Treat yourself to an anti-inflammatory Honey Turmeric Smoothie with a refreshing blend of mango, carrots, orange, ginger, turmeric and honey.

turmeric smoothie

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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Blending a smooth turmeric smoothie

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.

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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Health benefits of a turmeric smoothie

  • 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.
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More Plant-Based Recipes with Turmeric

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

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.
4.9 from 16 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 1 inch ginger root - peeled
  • 1 orange - peeled and zested
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup mango - frozen
  • 1/2 cup carrot - frozen + sliced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost - optional


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


  • 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.


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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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Dieta says:

    This has become one of our favourites….snuck in a handful of frozen cauliflower…..so very refreshing.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So glad you’re lovin this one! And way to sneak in the extra cruciferous veggie!! 🙂

  2. Ka says:

    5 stars
    I love this smoothie – I forgot to buy oranges, but I have clementines on hand – would 2 clementines be sufficient? Sometimes I feel they pack a little more punch than a full orange and am not sure how best to substitute them.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Ka! I love subbing clementines for oranges in my smoothies. And yes, I use two clementines in place of one orange and that works great. Happy blending!

  3. Rebecca B says:

    5 stars
    This was AMAZING. I drank this today because I have had some digestive issues this week, and I felt some instant relief. Thank you so much for the recipe! I’m making the watermelon and strawberry popsicles tomorrow, VERY excited for those!! Thank you for the wonderful additions to our freezer 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love this one also, Rebecca! It’s great for digestive problems and it also helps when I’m feeling swelling and/or inflammation in my joints. Definitely a great smoothie.

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    This was delicious and the color is so vibrant. I’m always looking for more recipes containing turmeric because I love its anti-inflammatory properties. And I love that there’s also ginger in this smoothie, which *always* makes my digestive system feel good. I added 1 tsp. of MCT oil and some fresh ground black pepper to make the turmeric more bioavailable and easier for my body to absorb. I think you could add those things and also a bit of cinnamon and have a kind of Golden Mylk smoothie. I felt great after drinking this and I plan to make it in batches and keep in 8-oz. mason jars in the fridge so I can drink some every day. Thanks for this recipe, Jen! 😀

  5. Sadie Shane says:

    5 stars
    I just made this, and I love it! Such a delightful surprise! Thank you for all that you do,

  6. Vercilla Granville says:

    I have a question. This contains a lot of carbs. 45g of sugar. How would this work for someone who is a pre-diabetic or even a diabetic?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Vercilla! I don’t know if this smoothie would be right for someone with those types of health concerns. I recommend speaking to your doctor and/or nutritionist before consuming this smoothie. They are better equipped to answer your question as they know you, your body, & your individual health concerns better than us. In the meantime, I think you will find this post on low-glycemic fruits for smoothies very helpful! 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/how-to/low-sugar-fruits-smoothies

  7. Krista Ginter says:

    So do you zest the orange peel before peeling and add that to the smoothie as well? About to make it. Sounds delicious and I’m looking forward to getting some joint relief.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Krista! Zest the orange and then peel it. Add the peeled orange + the zest to your smoothie. 🙂

  8. juliette says:

    5 stars
    Just made this and it is beyond fantastic! Thank you!

  9. Casey Malone says:

    5 stars
    W O W !! I love all of the anti-inflammatory smoothies SGS puts out, and this one has jumped to the top of my list! It tastes like an orange, ginger, turmeric creamsicle shake – perfect for right after a workout or a summer afternoon pick-me-up. It’s so refreshing and rejuvenating, and just so pretty to look at! Love this! <3

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Kale yeah! So glad you liked this one. It’s definitely going into the rotation for me, too! 😀

  10. Stephanie Matushoneck says:

    I used 1/2 teaspoon of the turmeric and that seemed to be a good place to start. I also threw in a handful of spinach because I hadn’t done enough green lately. Make sure you blend the ginger really well. The distribution of the ginger in the smoothie is important if you don’t want a sudden chunk of it coming at you. This will be added into my smoothie rotation.
    Thanks Jen!

  11. Marva Smart says:

    5 stars
    Wow! Loved this! Replaced oranges with a handful of kumquats I received in my produce basket and had no idea how to use : )

  12. Deborah Jacobs says:

    4 stars
    I am WOWed! I do not like carrot juice and I have tried smoothies with carrots in them in the past only to put that blend in my “Not again” pile, but I twisted my back on Sunday and when I saw anti-inflammatory I thought I would give it a go, Especially since, we have carrots coming out of our ears thanks to assorted produce boxes and an orange on the verge of going bad. I added some white pepper to up the benefits of the tumeric and this is going in the keeper pile.

  13. Deborah Jacobs says:

    Don’t you need pepper to activate the tumeric?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Deborah! Turmeric does work well on its own however, the piperine in fresh ground black pepper can help to make the curcumin in turmeric more bioavailable. Just a small amount of black pepper greatly improves the bioavailability of turmeric, and turmeric’s benefits are further enhanced. Def add a bit to your smoothie if you don’t mind the taste. 🙂

  14. Jennifer A says:

    5 stars
    This smoothie is sure to brighten your mood…it’s so rich in color and flavor! How could you drink this and not feel happy? I made the recipe as written, but would probably try half the turmeric and ginger amounts next time just out of personal preference and to allow more of the orange to shine through. It’s delicious, creamy and refreshing!

  15. Laurie says:

    5 stars
    This was my first change from a green smoothie and I loved it!

  16. Rosalie says:

    5 stars
    WOW! This is so tasty. I used fresh carrots as I didn’t have any frozen. I will definitely make this one again.

  17. Dora Suarez says:

    5 stars
    My body was craving a carrot orange blend and this hit the spot. I used fresh ginger and a little less than 1tsp powder turmeric, as this is what I had in hand., I also added a scoop of collagen protein powder. What a great alternative for my morning blends. P.S. do we add the honey step 1 or step 2? I totally left it out, so want to give it another go this week. Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Dora! I think adding the honey for step 2 might work just a little bit better.

  18. Caitlyn says:

    Mmm, this was so refreshing and yummy! I made this for lunch and I added about a 1/2 cup of plain Greek yogurt and 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder! Thanks so much for this recipe, it was so good!

  19. Barb says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been doing more and more with turmeric to help with my joints. I made this smoothie just now and it was delicious. I didn’t have frozen carrots, so I used fresh. It was very tasty and I will definitely make it again.

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Turmeric can be very helpful with aches. During our seasonal cleanses, we use turmeric and those that struggle with joint pain or arthritis always share how it disappears when eating this way. They’re is power in food!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Awesome, Barb! Glad you liked it. 🙂

  20. MB says:

    Made this today on a cool rainy day in Wisconsin. Very delicious and sunny ! Added ginger orange protein powder which was a perfect addition

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Rainy days need some sunshine. Blah this smoothie helped. The rain will probably also help all the gardens that are being planted. Hope you enjoy your Sunday MB.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Ginger orange protein powder sounds interesting!

  21. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    When it says 1 tsp turmeric, does that mean powdered or fresh? I’m fine with using either, just wondered if there was even a difference in how you measure it!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      You can use fresh or ground- Olivia. I use ground because I always have it on hand. If using fresh, it’s easier to measure it by grating it. Yet you could eye ball it as well and just chop off about 1/4 – 1/2 an inch.

  22. Erin says:

    5 stars
    Thank for the lunch idea! Can’t wait to try this, it looks so delicious

    • Jen Hansard says:

      You’re welcome Erin. I’m all about fast healthy lunches and am trying to share more ideas this summer.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      It’s very tasty! 🙂

  23. Pam T says:

    5 stars
    Nice, light, refreshing and tasty. I used fresh turmeric that I get from my local Mom’s Organic Market.


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