This quick breakfast tastes way better than a multivitamin.
If you’re a self-identified smoothie fanatic but are tired of slurping on the same strawberry-banana, this pineapple and turmeric smoothie from wellness chef Charles Chen will breathe new life into your blender.
Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”
Flavor-wise, this tropical smoothie is a burst of coconut, pineapple, banana, and lemon. Nutrition-wise, it’s a tasty source of fiber (thanks, chia seeds!), vitamin C (lookin’ at you, pineapple!), and potassium (all hail that banana). Plus, turmeric has long been used as a natural supplement in many cultures, although its medical benefits are still being studied.
In addition to the addition of turmeric, this smoothie also contains an ingredient known as collagen powder. It is an animal-derived protein powder (not suitable for vegetarians or vegans) that you can add to just about anything. If it’s too tough for you to track down in your own store, you could always swap with another protein powder (or omit it altogether).
For more smoothie love, check out this post-cardio smoothie bowl with cantaloupe and this high-protein smoothie bowl with pumpkin and almond butter.
- 2 cups coconut water
- 3/4 cup pineapple
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tbsp Neocell Super Collagen Powder
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 lemon juice
Blend and enjoy!
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.
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My name is Charles Chen.
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I am a wellness chef.
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I gained over 100 pounds.
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I was pre-diabetic, I have heart problems.
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Food actually saved my life.
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I transformed my life through food.
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I love working out and
getting a nice sweat going, but
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one thing I've realized that a lot of
people struggle with is that when they get
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onto this healthy journey, they start
focusing on just the gym and working out.
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But one thing that people neglect
is what you fuel your body with,
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So I'm gonna share with you my
post-workout turmeric smoothie.
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I know I love turmeric, because after
a workout, it makes me feel great.
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I'm using some coconut water.
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The reason why I'm using coconut water is
because it's filled with electrolytes, and
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it has a nice sweetness.
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And then next thing I'm gonna
add in is some chia seeds.
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Chia seeds are fantastic
sources of Omega-3, 6, and 9.
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Next thing, I have some raspberries.
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One thing a lot of people struggle
with is eating too much sugar.
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So raspberries and
strawberries are great low sugar fruits.
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I'm gonna add this in.
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It's gonna help with the color.
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And then I have some lemon juice.
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Some lemon juice brings a nice citrus.
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Next things next, of course,
we're gonna add in our turmeric.
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A lot of people don't know, turmeric
is also what you find in curry powder.
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So it's what gives it
a nice orange-yellow hue.
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It's very powerful.
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A little goes a long way, don't overdo it,
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because it has a weird
taste if you put too much.
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And then, I'm gonna add some banana for
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to help your muscles recover very quickly.
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Now, we're gonna blend.
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I have a little rule.
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We gotta do a smoothie dance.
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You guys ready?
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Cheer the music.
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All right, smoothies are made for sharing.
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Make sure you share your smoothies
with your friends and family.
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And last but
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not least, I am going to top it off
with a little bit of coconut flakes.
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This is my post-workout turmeric smoothie.
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I love to make this smoothie right before
I go to the gym, so it's in the fridge,
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and it's chilled.
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So once I come back,
I just open the fridge and drink away.
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