If you follow me on my newly-created food Instagram account, you’ll know that I’ve been crushing on kiwis all year, adding them to smoothie and buckwheat bowls for a fresh burst of colour and a little eye drama.
So when Zespri sent me a package of its gold kiwis, I was excited to try for some golden eye drama.
Kiwis are rich in antioxidant Vitamins C and E. Kiwis are also an excellent source of fibre, even more so when you eat the skin. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on some Zespri yellow kiwis, you may find that they taste a little sweeter and have a little bit of a softer texture than their green counterparts. Kiwis are also rich in potassium, a mineral required for muscle function and blood pressure. In fact, a kiwi has as much potassium as a banana.
Yellow kiwis are a perfect match for turmeric. Turmeric is believed to be as effective at relieving inflammation as anti-inflammatory drugs, and helps to improve antioxidant activity throughout the body. Plus it gives everything it touches that “glow” that matches perfectly with a yellow kiwi.
Gold foods are believed to feed the brain. “As golden yellow is the colour we associate with the sun and daylight, it raises our spirits to happy, joyous thoughts and brings a harmonious and optimistic attitude to life,” says Suzy Chiazzari, in her book Nutritional Healing with Colour.
There you have it. The recipe is below. If you would like to get your hands on golden kiwis, you can find them at your local grocery store from May to October. Don’t want to use them in a smoothie bowl? You can also enjoy your kiwis by cutting them in half and scooping out the flesh.
- 2 bananas
- ½-1 cup almond milk or water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp unsweetened dessicated coconut
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh turmeric, washed
- Optional: 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
- 2 kiwis, peeled carefully and sliced (each kiwi should yield around ten slices)
- Fresh mint leaves
- More hemp seeds, coconut and chia seeds for scattering
- Optional: hemp/buckwheat granola
- First, make the base by blending the bananas, liquid, hemp and chia seeds and coconut with the fresh turmeric. This is the hardest part, as some blenders refuse to move with this much solid stuff. The goal is to make your base as thick as possible, so try not to add too much extra liquid.
- Once blended, pour into two shallow bowls.
- Slice the kiwi thinly (no need to peel, kiwi skins are edible).
- Now decorate by laying the kiwi slices on top of the smoothie, and scatter hemp seeds and mint leaves as desired.
- Serves 2
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