Give your taste buds a wake up call with a Kiwi Smoothie


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.

Other Flavorings

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:  

  1. 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.

  2. 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.
scooping out kiwi fruit with a spoon

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.

Kiwi Banana Smoothie

Use this recipe as a base for your kiwi smoothies.   Experiment with different fruits, try fruit juice instead of almond milk and make with or without yogurt.  You will be amazed at the different tastes – and all of them will be absolutely delicious.

kiwi banana smoothie

Ingredients

2 kiwi fruit
1 frozen banana
1 c vanilla flavored yogurt
¼ c almond milk

How to Make

Peel and slice kiwi fruit and place into blender.  Add banana, yogurt, and almond milk and blend until the ingredients are chopped and the mixture becomes smooth and creamy.


Kiwi Pineapple Smoothie

pineapple kiwi smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
2 kiwi fruit
2 slices of pineapple
½ c coconut milk

How to Make

For a tropical taste, place banana, kiwi fruit, pineapple and coconut milk into a blender and blitz until smooth.  Garnish with slices of kiwi fruit.


Kiwi Strawberry Smoothie

strawberry kiwi smoothie

Ingredients

1 c strawberries
2 kiwi fruit
1 frozen banana
1 c vanilla yogurt
½ c almond milk

How to Make

Hull and slice strawberries and peel and slice kiwi fruit.  Place into the jug of a blender.  Add the banana, yogurt and almond milk.    Blend on low to chop the bananas, then turn up the speed and continue blending until your smoothie is thick and creamy. 

Pour into 2 glasses and serve garnished with strawberry slices.


Kiwi Mango Smoothie

kiwi mango smoothie with sliced kiwi fruit

Ingredients

1 c frozen mango
2 kiwi fruit
1 c vanilla yogurt
1 c coconut milk
2 tablespoons lime juice

How to Make

Peel 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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