Anti-inflammatory Mango Turmeric Smoothie

We are always looking out for new, healthy ingredients to add to our diets and, lately, we have been loving turmeric! The anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric have been known for a long time and used in India for centuries and have recently gained popularity in the U.S. This smoothie incorporates turmeric, other spices, and fruit for a drink that is packed with anti-inflams, vitamins, and minerals!


Turmeric and ginger come from the same family and are powerful spices. They contain anti-inflammatory properties which reduces inflammation in the body. While short term inflammation is needed to heal injuries, long-term inflammation is harmful for our bodies and can lead to chronic illnesses. Eating anti-inflammatory foods is a great way to lower inflammation and prevent disease.

Black pepper helps our bodies absorb and use turmeric better, so adding a couple of dashes ups the benefits of this smoothie without compromising the taste.

Mangos are usually one of those fruits we just eat on tropical vacations, but mangos are widely available and packed with nutrients. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and C which have immune boosting properties. They are also a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium.



Chia seeds have been touted as a superfood in recent history and it’s easy to see why! First, chia seeds are very low in calories, but packed with dietary fiber and protein. They are also loaded with antioxidants which fight cell damage and aging. And, they are a great source of calcium, phospherous, and magnesium. Adding just a bit into smoothies, soups, or other recipes is an easy way to get a lot more nutrients into your diet.

Fun fact: Chia seeds are used to grow the plant in the classic, Chia Pet. 


Anti-inflammatory Mango Turmeric Smoothie


What you need

- 1 cup frozen mango

- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)

- 1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

- ½ tablespoon of chia seeds

- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

- ½ teaspoon ground ginger (or grate some fresh ginger in, if you have it)

- ½ teaspoon cinnamon

- A couple dashes of ground black pepper


What you do

  1.  Soak chia seeds in the milk for about 10 minutes before making the smoothie. This softens the seeds and creates a thicker base for the smoothie. However, it isn't necessary and seeds can be added directly into the smoothie without soaking.
  2. Put all ingredients into a smoothie and blend well.
  3. Enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a meal on its own!