The Planted Kitchen

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie


Tropical Smoothie

I decided to try a new smoothie with some orange in it (not orange juice, too much sugar and no fiber)so that I could get some vitamin c. So I looked in my freezer to see what else I could put in it. I found strawberries, blueberries, pineapples, peaches, and mangoes. I went with a tropical theme and left out the berries since I put those in my smoothies on a daily basis. Tropical, you ask? I suppose I’m just wishing I was on a beach.

I also always put turmeric in my smoothies because of its anti-inflammatory properties since I’m constantly in a state of inflammation due to Endometriosis. I still put turmeric in my tropical smoothie because it’s what I do on a daily basis. I also added a dash of black pepper (don’t worry it doesn’t affect the taste) because it helps the body to absorb the turmeric.

This smoothie would also be delicious with peanut butter added in because isn’t every smoothie with peanut butter in it delicious?

Also, I’m not entirely sure if peaches are tropical. I don’t actually think they are.

Anyway, if you make this smoothie, let me know what you think by commenting below, sharing on Facebook, tagging @theplantedkitchen on Instagram, or using the hashtag #theplantedkitchen.

5 from 2 votes

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Servings 2
Author Whitney


  • 1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
  • 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  • 1/2 Cup Frozen Peaches
  • 1/4 Navel Orange
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 1/2 Cups Plant Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • Dash Black Pepper the helps the turmeric to be absorbed more easily.


  1. Wash, cut, and peel the navel orange.

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth.

  3. Enjoy Immediately. 


Homemade Matcha Latte (quick read)


At first I was very hesitant to try matcha because it kind of creeped me out. I really wanted to try it because of all of the goodness it contains, but I didn’t want to get it and not like it. Then one day while grocery shopping I did something very out of the norm for me: I went to the cafe and ordered a matcha latte. The verdict? I’m obsessed. Now I have one (sometimes two) each day, usually in the afternoon. I began making my own about a month ago because, as with other types of latte habits, they can be taxing on your wallet when buying one everyday. Not to mention, when making it at home, you can control exactly what goes in it.

What is matcha you ask? It is a whole leaf green tea that is grown partially in the shade which give it the amazing health benefits, which I discuss in detail below. It is then ground into a powder that can be used in all sorts of recipes from smoothies, to lattes, to cookies!

As I mentioned above, matcha has a lot of goodness. As in antioxidants and other good stuff. Here’s the lowdown:

1. Calm energy

2. Anti-Aging Compounds (matcha skincare is a thing!)

3. It relaxes you

4. Boosts Metabolism

5. Antioxidant Power


1/2 tsp matcha green tea powder (I get mine at Whole Foods, Central Market, or Trader Joes)

3 Tbsp honey or other sweetener of choice (you can add more of less sweetener depending on how sweet you want it)

1 1/2 cups unsweetend almond milk

1 tsp vanilla (optional)


Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds then pour over ice or pour in a mug and microwave for a hot latte. If you have a vitamix and want a hot latte, you can blend for about 3 minutes to heat it up.

Drop me a line below and let me know what you think!