Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric

zesty pineapple turmeric chia fresca

This delicious and refreshing chia fresca smoothie is my new favorite afternoon snack. I was looking for something refreshing and satisfying, but not so BIG. My smoothies are typically large and in charge so I knew I had to pair it down a bit to get what I wanted.

I also think it’s important to add a little something healthy to your meals, whenever possible. In this case we’re talking turmeric. Indeed, you don’t often think of turmeric for smoothies, but I knew I could make this work. Turmeric has a distinct taste to it that goes great with tropical flavors. Mango would have been just as good in this yummy chia fresca.

chia fresca with pineapple and turmeric

What’s so great about turmeric?

Great question! For over 4,000 years, Ayurvedic healers have used turmeric root for its health-promoting properties. From helping to decrease inflammation and reduce joint pain to aiding in digestion and boosting energy levels, turmeric is a nutrition superstar.

Curcumin is responsible for the bright orange color in turmeric and for its antioxidant power. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals and helping to decrease inflammation. Curcumin is naturally found in turmeric, and turmeric is a main ingredient in curry. I don’t eat a lot of curry, so I like to add turmeric to my diet whenever possible!

zesty pineapple turmeric chia fresca

I should also admit that this is not your typical chia fresca. Fresca is a Mexican lemonade and usually consists of water, sugar, lemon and chia seeds. I decided to put my own spin on this refreshing drink by blending frozen pineapple with coconut water, a hit of lime juice, and turmeric. Then I stirred in the chia seeds. The result is a divine delight of refreshing deliciousness.

If you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up like other, blend up my pineapple chia fresca — you’ll be glad you did.

Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric

Yield: 1 serving

Chia Fresca w/ Pineapple and Turmeric


  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • juice from half a lime
  • 4-6 oz coconut water
  • 2 tsp chia seeds


  1. Blend pineapple, lime and turmeric in a high speed blender. Pour into serving glass and stir in chia seeds. Let sit for a few minutes before drinking!

Healthy, antioxidant rich pineapple chia fresca with turmeric

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