Kiwis are an amazing fruit. From a rather uninviting furry brown shell on the outside, they reveal a bright green interior filled with juicy fruit with its distinctive pattern. They also pack a punch nutrition-wise. A type of berry, they have a delicious taste without being overly sweet, which makes them ideal for smoothies. Kiwi fruit is usually added to other fruits and flavorings when making smoothies.
What Other Fruits Can Be Used?
Almost any other fruit can be added to
kiwi smoothies. Fruit such as blueberries, bananas, melon, pineapple,
strawberries and apples are ideal. But
because kiwi fruit are almost always used fresh rather than frozen, it
is a good idea to add frozen fruits to give that necessary cold element
and creaminess to your smoothie.
Kiwi fruit also goes very well with
dairy or dairy-like products such as milk, nut milks and plain or
vanilla yogurt. Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy and if you
don’t have frozen fruit, try using frozen yogurt. To give your kiwi
smoothies that tropical feel and taste, you can also use coconut milk or coconut water.For a non-dairy alternative, try fruit juices such as pineapple, apple, orange or lime juice.I
absolutely love mint with kiwi fruit as well as spices such as
cinnamon, cloves or nutmeg. If you need extra sweetness, add honey.
Preparing Kiwi Fruit
There are two ways to prepare kiwi fruit: The first is to peel the skin with a paring knife and cut into slices. This is the most elegant way and would be suitable if you were using it for salads. The second method involves cutting the fruit in half and scooping out the flesh with a spoon. This is ideal for smoothies where aesthetics are not a concern.
Storing Kiwi Fruit
The fruit should be stored at room temperature until they ripen. They are ripe when the skin indents slightly when touched. You can hasten the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag with an apple or banana. Once ripe they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
Leafy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
Ingredients1 handful of leafy greens6 mint leaves, torn3 frozen strawberries2 kiwi fruit1 tablespoon chia seeds½ cup coconut waterHow to MakeBlitz together the leafy greens, mint leaves, strawberries, kiwi fruit, chia seeds and coconut water until all the greens are well blended.This makes one glass. Double the recipe to serve two.
Green Goddess Kiwi Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup frozen spinach2 kiwi, peeled and chopped1 cup vanilla yogurt1 cup coconut milk1 tablespoon flaxseed1 tablespoon cashew butterHow to MakeBlitz together frozen spinach, kiwi, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, flaxseed and cashew butter until velvety smooth. Serve in your favorite glasses.
Tropical Kiwi Pineapple Smoothie
Ingredients1 cup frozen pineapple2 kiwifruit1 cup vanilla yogurt1 cup coconut milkJuice of 1 lime1 tablespoon ground flaxseedHow to MakeFor a tropical taste, add frozen pineapple, peeled and chopped kiwifruit, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, lime juice and ground flaxseed to a blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with slices of kiwi fruit.
Kiwi Mango Smoothie
Ingredients1 c frozen mango2 kiwi fruit1 c vanilla yogurt1 c coconut milk2 tablespoons lime juiceHow to MakePeel and chop your kiwi fruit then add to your blender, together with the frozen mango, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk and lime juice. Blend on high until all the fruit is blended and your smoothie is thick and creamy.Pour into 2 glasses.
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