A kiwi smoothie definitely – we think – belongs in the tropical family. The kiwi’s green flesh has a little bit of a creamy consistency to it with it’s taste being compared to that of a strawberry or melon, but at the same time it manages to maintain it’s own uniqueness.
Have fun with our recipes below!
Kiwi fruits are exceptionally rich in so many minerals, flavonoids & vitamins. It surprises a lot of people when they find out that kiwis contain higher levels of vitamin C than oranges, as much potassium as bananas and a good amount of beta-carotene.
Antioxidant Properties of Kiwi
As we mentioned above kiwis contain an abundance of vitamin C as well as E & A. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is water-soluble that has actually been proven to protect the human body from the damaging effects free radicals – which are cancer causing substances.
Vitamin E & A work in conjunction with vitamin C as they play out their functions such as: eye health as well as healthy skin.
High Fiber content in Kiwis
High fiber foods are naturally rich in fiber and are mostly low in fat. Kiwis contain quite a bit of fiber, which helps in aiding the body in ridding itself of toxins. Fiber also helps maintain a healthy colon, helps in controlling sugar levels as well as contributing to heart health.
When shopping for kiwis select the ones that are firm. (but not hard as rocks) You can test this by pressing on the flesh of the kiwi and the skin should yield to “gentle pressure” just feel it the same way you would a peach. Avoid the overripe kiwis or the ones with soft spots - they will go bad quickly.
Storing them can be fun, if you take a whole uncut fruit and refrigerate it in a plastic bag with a few small holes trying to maintain 95% humidity level it can actually last up to a couple months, but for home usage it is best to use them within a week.
There’s nothing like a cold, creamy, just right, smoothie…right? So here are two of our most favorite ways to chill our smoothies. Check them out!
• Frozen Fruit – if you don’t want to use ice just freeze your fruit before blending it up. It will give your smoothie the same cold creamy consistency just with less water.
• Ice – or you can add plain ice. If you need a quick chiller fix this is the best way to do it.
Blueberry Kiwi Smoothie
2 medium bananas, frozen
3 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into chunks
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons honey
ice as needed
Place all ingredients (except ice) into a blender and blend on high until smooth. Then add ice as needed.
Kiwi Blast Smoothie
1 cup frozen strawberries,
1 banana frozen and chopped,
1 cup yogurt,
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
Blend until smooth and WOW!
Kiwi Surprise Smoothie
2 kiwi's peeled and sliced
2 apples cored, peeled and sliced
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 medium sized cup of orange juice
To make this quick free fruit smoothie recipe just place all ingredients into a blender and zap for a minute till smooth..
Serve and enjoy
Cream & Kiwi Smoothie
2 kiwi's, peeled
6 tbsp natural yogurt
1 tsp honey
To make this quick free kiwi cream smoothie recipe, peel kiwi fruit and pop into blender, add the natural yogurt and honey. Mix for 35 - 40 seconds and serve at once to enjoy the full benefit.
Tropical Kiwi Smoothie
2 frozen bananas, sliced
1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple
1 large mango, chopped
Juice of 1 large orange
1 cup low-fat buttermilk (or you can use milk – which most people do)
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.