We all crave sunshine at this time of the year. This recipe provides lots of sunshine in a glass. This spicy-sweet smoothie recipe is layered with dynamic flavors, a blend of tastes bordering between a Pina Colada and a turmeric-ginger juice.

The star ingredient of this smoothie, pineapple, is one of the top fruits used in many juice cleanses for its detox benefits. That’s because it contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps in digestion and reduces inflammation. (Bromelain is also a great skin-care exfoliant, and has even been researched as an anti-cancer agent.) I recently published some variations on the green Pina Colada theme, but this recipe is different.

Turmeric has become a trendy ingredient, and not just in your curry. More than 20 current studies on its anti-inflammatory benefits make it worth sipping. (It might lend you a helping hand with allergy symptoms, skin issues like psoriasis, and even shedding a few pounds, since excess weight is also inflammation.)

Ginger adds a delightful tanginess to this smoothie. Quite surprisingly (for me), ginger has become one of my favorite ingredients in smoothies lately. (If you asked me last year, I never used ginger in any of my recipes, and I would even tell you that I didn’t care for it.) It really makes this smoothie different from anything you ever tried and provides a super-dose of anti-inflammatory properties and a circulation-boosting buzz just when you need it. Coconut water adds electrolytes for an extra punch of hydration and a hint of sweetness.

The Early Spring Sunshine Booster Smoothie

1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1 inch fresh ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
Top with a squeeze of lime

Blend all ingredients in your blender, sip, and smile!

pineapple smoothie
(recipe via Wellnesswire)