If you’re getting bored of your usual smoothie routine, this recipe is ideal for you. The shining star is fresh kiwi, a tropical fruit with a ton of health benefits. The taste is a bit different than your typical smoothie, yet still sweet and delicious.
Kiwis are wonderful smoothie ingredients because they add a unique taste, they blend smoothly and they’re full of nutrients. Kiwis are full of vitamins C, E and K, and they also have plenty of potassium and folate. They help support your immune system and protect your vision. As a good source of antioxidants, they can even help prevent cell damage and lower the likelihood of certain illnesses. Kiwis are also good for digestion. Not only are they packed with fiber, but they also have a special enzyme that helps your body break down protein more efficiently.
It’d be worth it to add kiwi to your smoothies for those reasons alone, but the fruit is also extremely flavorful. While some people take kiwi as a supplement, eating fresh kiwi is always the best way to get the most nutrition out of this fruit — and you get a distinctly tropical flavor that you won’t get with other fruits.
Kiwi is easy to find in most grocery stores. It has a brown, hairy peel that’s almost reminiscent of a coconut shell. You’ll know that a kiwi is ripe when the outside of the fruit becomes just a tiny bit soft when pressed.
For this recipe, kiwi is paired with banana, ginger and coconut milk for a concoction that tastes straight from the islands. Oats make it extra filling and add fiber, while the banana packs more potassium and vitamins. Ginger adds a subtle spice that helps to balance out the sweetness of the kiwi and banana.
This recipe serves about 4 people, though it depends on how large you make each smoothie. It’s one of my favorites because it’s easy to make yet still tastes original and impressive. This smoothie is ideal for breakfast on the go, tossing into the cooler to take to the beach, or for a mid-day snack.
Tropical Kiwi Ginger Smoothie
- 3 kiwi fruits
- 4 tablespoons organic oats
- 1 banana
- 200 ml almond or other non-dairy milk
- 200 ml coconut milk
- 1/2 cm fresh ginger, grated
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- Chop the banana and toss it into the freezer. Fully frozen banana works wonderfully for smoothies — it gives them a smooth taste that’s difficult to get with ice cubes. However, if you’re in a hurry, use fresh banana and about 8 ice cubes to make your smoothie cold.
- Peel the kiwi and slice it into thin slices. Combine the kiwi with the rest of the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
If you’d like, you can add some spinach to this recipe to make it more green. I recommend baby spinach for a mild, subtle taste that won’t overpower the fruit.
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Author Bio: Victoria Giang
Victoria is a home cooking mom and a food blogger behind How Daily. She loves to share her recipes and culinary tips from her diversified experience of multi-cuture. Concocting smoothie recipes is one of her spare time hobbies.