Preparation – optional
Remove the skin from the pineapple (or mango) and cut the fruit into small chunks. Freeze the fruit until you are ready to prepare the smoothie.
This step is optional, so we have not included the time required for this step in the total preparation time for the recipe. You can also prepare the fruit the day before and freeze it overnight.
For the smoothie
Wash and remove the stems from the kale and then blend with the cilantro and coconut water until the mixture is smooth.
The original recipe lists 70 g of kale without stems for two servings. We have adjusted the quantity of the other ingredients to ensure that you will have enough kale.
If you have not prepared the pineapple (mango) in advance, remove the peel from the fruit and cut the fruit into chunks. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and add it to the smoothie along with the fruit chunks and the turmeric.
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve this delicious tropical smoothie in an attractive glass.
You can also chill the smoothie before serving if you didn’t use frozen fruit. However, it tastes best when served immediately.
This delicious Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Green Smoothie made with coconut water base provides loads of vitamin C along with an antioxidant boost from kale.
Chilled smoothie: The authors recommend using frozen pineapple (or mango) for a nice cold smoothie. We did not include freezing time in the total preparation time since we consider this to be an optional step. You can also freeze the fruit overnight or chill the smoothie after you prepare it.
Turmeric: Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is native to South Asia. While fresh turmeric has a somewhat bitter and slightly spicy flavor, dried turmeric is milder with just a touch of bitterness. Current studies are researching possible cancer-inhibiting and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, the main constituent in turmeric. It should also be noted that the bioavailability (the extent to which a nutrient or medication can be used by the body) of curcumin is low. This means that researchers will need to find solutions for ways to administer possible therapeutic doses. In addition, older studies may have had false positive results because of the evaluation methods used or the nonspecific interactions of the active ingredient with biological targets.
Cilantro: There is a wide range of opinions regarding the flavor of cilantro. Some people react to its intensive, slightly soapy aroma with aversion ranging to nausea. According to Swiss statistics, 15 % of people with allergies are affected. You can just omit this ingredient in these cases. There is no alternative with a similar flavor. Flat-leaf parsley may look like cilantro but has a completely different flavor. Nevertheless, it is often used as a substitute.
Lemon juice: Lemon juice adds flavor and is also used to prevent discoloration in certain foods (e.g., avocados, apples, and bananas). Enzymatic browning is a chemical reaction that occurs when the enzyme polyphenol oxidase inside of the fruit or vegetable comes into contact with oxygen. The citric acid in lemon juice reduces the pH and creates a barrier between the polyphenol oxidase and the oxygen. Until the lemon juice has evaporated or been completely absorbed, the oxygen reacts with the ascorbic acid, preventing the fruit from turning brown.
Citric acid, or vitamin C, is important as an intermediate in the citric acid cycle of our metabolism. Even though there are many culinary uses for lemon juice, you should be aware that the acids in it will attack your tooth enamel. Tooth enamel will begin to demineralize when citric acid is present in higher concentrations (pH values of less than 5.5). To protect the enamel on your teeth, don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking anything containing citrus. The act of brushing will wear away the tooth enamel that has been weakened by the acid. Lemon juice also has many other uses, including as an all-around cleaner, air freshener, water softener, and rust remover.
Peeling mangoes: There are many ways to peel a mango. One of the easiest is the “porcupine,” method which results in nice cubes. All you will need is a knife and a cutting board. First cut along each side of the pit, separating the flesh from the pit. With the skin side down, score the flesh into a grid pattern, cutting down to the skin but not through it. Pick up the mango half and with two hands push up on the skin underneath to invert the mango and then slide the knife along the skin to release the cubes or remove them by hand.
Lemon juice: If you don’t have fresh lemons on hand, you can use bottled lemon juice. On average, a lemon is made up of slightly more than one-third lemon juice; for example, a 120 g lemon contains 3–6 tbsp lemon juice. For this smoothie (2 servings), use about 1.5–2 tbsp lemon juice and add more if desired.