Kiwi Crush Smoothie

February 26th, 2013 at 9:09 am
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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 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!

Comments

  1. Connie Smith said on February 26, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’d really like to know what brand of coconut water you like the best. I need a little guidance and don’t want to spend oodles trying everything out there. Any brand that is well known or sold most places?

  2. Connie: I have tried a lot of brands. My favorites are Vita Coco and Zico. There’s also another one packaged in the refrigerator section of my co-op in a clear bottle (can’t remember the brand) that I really love. I’ll look it up the next time I’m there. :)

  3. Connie Smith said on February 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Hallie, at least I sort of know what to look for and it’s always good to try something you know someone else loves.

  4. You are the queen of green smoothies Hallie! I don’t know why, but whenever I add kiwi to a smoothie it has this weird astringent vibe (taste and texture) I think from the seeds. Do you ever notice something unique about it?

  5. Why, oh why didn’t I buy kiwis at the store yesterday? This smoothie looks awesome! I don’t know why, but I’ve never thought of freezing kiwis or using them in smoothies. I will now though. Thank you!

  6. Stephanie said on March 1, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I can’t believe it! I have never put kiwi in our smoothies, and I buy two bags of them a week. Duh. Can’t wait to try this!! The kids will love the color! Thanks, Hallie!
    Stephanie

  7. Hallie did you put up something about all the benefits of coconut? I thought it was you. I was wanting to share with my daughter,but can’t remember where I saw it. I found the two brands you liked at whole foods on my way to TN to see my grandson. We tried some of the coconut water on him and he loved it. Sometimes he just won’t drink water so this is a nice alternative and we know he’s getting some nutrition. Is there a website or someplace I can find all the good info about coconut water. Sorry I’m traveling so don’t have time to research the computer like I would at home. Blessings.

  8. Alisa, I have the same experience. The astringent taste is impossible to ignore-almost as if the kiwi don’t want itself to be eaten! Does anyone know why this is happening?

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