The slightly sweet and tangy flavor of kiwi is the most prominent taste in this delicious creamy smoothie. The nutrient-dense drink layers greens on greens, and your body will greatly benefit from it..
Kiwi has a fuzzy brown peel that surrounds green fruit with black seeds. It’s the national fruit of China, and is also known as Chinese gooseberry. The easiest way to peel a kiwi is to cut it in half and use a metal spoon to run along the inside of the skin, scooping out the fruit. The fruit is rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
The small kiwifruit is actually an amazing source of vitamin C. One kiwi contains over 200 percent of the daily recommended amount. Acting as a natural immune booster, vitamin C helps to prevent disease by fighting free radicals. Another vitamin that is prevalent in kiwis is vitamin K. One cup of kiwi has almost 90 percent of the daily requirement. Vitamin K maintains strong bones and aids in proper blood clotting.
Spinach is similarly high in vitamin C and vitamin K, so this smoothie is packed to the brim with health benefits. Pairing kiwi and spinach together, two of the best sources of vitamin K, will ensure that you are getting the nutrients that your body needs. Both kiwi and spinach also have potassium, which balances the body’s electrolytes and helps lower blood pressure. Furthermore, kiwi and spinach team up to provide a significant amount of lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants aid in preventing macular degeneration, a deteriorating of the retina that leads to vision loss.
In addition, kiwi contains folates, a nutrient that helps to form red blood cells. Plus, kiwis are surprisingly rich in copper, which is vital to a properly functioning nervous system. Copper is especially good for young children, supporting healthy growth and brain development.
Along with everything already mentioned, this smoothie will provide you with vitamin A, vitamin E, and fiber. The black seeds in the kiwifruit, along with the chia seeds, are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids as well. This is a smoothie that is overflowing with nutrients, but simply tastes like a kiwi.
2 kiwi, peeled and halved
1 frozen banana
1 cup fresh spinach
2 tbsp Greek yogurt
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup ice cubes
1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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