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I’ve been making smoothies for years with all kinds of fruits: cherries, peaches, bananas, mangoes, oranges, even grapefruit. But it didn’t dawn on me until a few weeks ago to try tossing a kiwi into the mix.
A little sweet, a little tart, and the perfect complement to green smoothies, kiwis are wonderful smoothie fruits! Did it really take me 3+ years of regular smoothie consumption to figure this out? I guess some things are worth waiting for.
This beverage could also be called The Ultimate Hydration Smoothie. It is so thirst-quenching. Coconut water is one of my favorite hydrating treats to enjoy now and then. It satisfies thirsty cells with its punch of electrolytes. Coconut water has a naturally sweet flavor, too, which makes it easy to love.
If you’re new to trying coconut water, I recommend testing out a few brands to find the one you like best. I have my favorites and my not-so-favorites. The very best coconut water comes from fresh young Thai coconuts, available at many health foods stores. Unfortunately, they are both a beauty and a beast! Hacking through the tough, fibrous coconut shell is no easy task. If you’re up for the challenge, there are tons of Youtube videos that show you how to do it safely.
I keep chopped kiwis in the freezer for convenience and to give a nice icy chill to my smoothies. When you buy them at the store, they often are rock hard and take a while to ripen. Let them get soft to the touch on the counter, then peel them, chop them, and freeze them. If you have a high-speed blender such as a Vita Mix, you can also just wash them well and chop them, no need to peel. (Just buy organic.)
For more flavor and hydrating power, I added some cucumber and ginger to this smoothie, too. I learned just how refreshing cucumbers taste in beverages when I made my Green “Creamsicle” Smoothie back in the day when I was just getting my feet wet in the world of green smoothies!
More kiwi recipes you might like:
- Kiwi Sorbet from Anja’s Food 4 Thought
- Kiwi Chocolate Popsicles from Civilized Caveman Cooking
- Kiwi & Tangerine Salsa from Taste & Tell
Kiwi Crush Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
1/2 medium frozen banana
1 medium frozen kiwi (peel and chop it before you freeze it)
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup spinach
1 (3-inch) chunk of cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
1 (1-inch) chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy your hydrating Kiwi Crush Smoothie!