Kiwis may be common (or at least available in most grocery stores), but they pack a powerful health punch, and help brighten up any smoothie!
Even though you can find them almost any time of year, kiwis are truly in season October through May, which means they’re a great way to eat fresh fruit during the colder months. Kiwifruits were imported relatively recently (1966) to the United States from New Zealand, but are actually native to China.
Because they’re so high in vitamins C and E, kiwifruits provide real antioxidant protection from free radials. They’re also a collagen-boosting food, which means they’re great for the complexion. A few studies have even linked them to improved digestion in patients with IBS.
If you’re a big fan of these sweet, delicate fruits, we’ve got a whole bunch of smoothie recipes that include kiwi. With a taste that’s a combination of citrus and strawberry, they’re the perfect way to sweeten up green blends.
Smoothies with Kiwi
Kiwi Pear Power
Reishi mushrooms, which are native to Asia, have been used for centuries to help increase lifespan. They’ve even been referred to as “mushrooms of immortality,” and the polysaccharide molecules in reishi have been scientifically proven to boost immunity and fight cancerous tumors. Cashews and coconut water provide a creamy base that’s full of healthy fat, and kiwi, pear and kale are overflowing with vitamin C, A and K. Power through your day with a drink that’s got your covered from every angle!
Lychee Kiwi Glow
If you want to have glowing skin, amping up the amount of vitamin C you eat every day is the perfect way to do it! Native to China, lychee fruits have more vitamin C per serving than oranges, as well as powerful antioxidants, copper and iron. Maqui berry, which has an extremely high amount of antioxidants, is also bursting with vitamin C, as are kiwis. Add in some pumpkin seeds, which are full of magnesium and zinc (minerals that are beneficial for skin), and hydrating coconut water, and you have a delicious, skin-purifying elixir.
Apple Kiwi Breeze
A light, sweet drink that packs around 8g of fiber per serving, this smoothie will keep your stomach satisfied, your digestion in check, and your complexion healthy and supple. Besides containing a hefty amount of vitamin C, kiwis also provide more lutein per serving than almost any other commonly-eaten fruit. Lutein is a phytochemical that not only protects skin, but is extremely beneficial for eye health.
Kiwi Citrus Tart
This low calorie, low fat smoothie provides a boost of vitamin C from kiwi and kumquats, as well as healthy Omega-3s from hemp seeds, which means it’s fabulous for your skin. Pear provides pectin, a type of fiber that adds volume to smoothies, and swiss chard is an excellent source of even more fiber, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Kiwi Apple Detox
Start off on a fresh, healthy foot with this high fiber, immune boosting smoothie that has exactly zero grams of fat. First introduced to the US from China in the 20th century, meyer lemons are sweeter than regular lemons, and are thought to be a cross between a mandarin orange and typical lemon. Because they’re a hybrid, they’re sweeter, and don’t have the traditional acidic tang of classic lemons. Give your body a healthy dose of vitamins C, A, K, as well as iron, fiber, natural hydration and anti-inflammatories, while still maintaining a focused diet.
Kiwis, which contains a ton of vitamin C, lutein, and vitamin K, are great for the complexion. They also have antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is why a lot of people use them in homemade face masks. Cashews are a great way to get more minerals like copper, magnesium and zinc, and pear is full of fiber. Top this low sugar smoothie off with protein and Omega-3 filled chia seeds (an ancient food that was supposedly consumed by Aztec warriors before battle), and you’ve got a meal replacement that will restore any energy you may have lost after a long week.
No coffee needed if you start your morning off with this smoothie! Matcha tea provides a dose of natural caffeine, as well as L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps induce calmness. This combination helps you feel relaxed and focused, without any of the jitteriness that a morning latte can sometimes bring. Combine that with a hefty serving of vitamin C from pear and kiwis, along with healthy protein and fiber from hemp protein, and you have a light, low-fat breakfast or snack that will power you through your whole day.
Blue Cashew Crush
Typically grown in South America with an appearance similar to blueberries, acai berries are extremely perishable stone fruits, which is why acai powder and acai juice are the most popular ways to consume them outside of their native habitat. With a healthy amount of fiber and antioxidants per serving, acai is helpful ally in the fight against wrinkles. Thanks to protein from cashews, more fiber from squash, and additional antioxidants thanks to blueberries, kiwi and an orange, this low fat smoothie is the perfect way to stay satisfied and energized for the whole day -- all while giving your complexion a boost!
Creamy Honeydew Kiwi
If you’re looking for a green smoothie that could pass for (a low sugar) dessert, this one is it! Coconut flakes and coconut cream keep things creamy, while kiwis (vitamin C, potassium, folate) and honeydew (more vitamin C, B vitamins and copper) give things a sweet, tropical flavor. With all these luscious ingredients, you’ll hardly taste the swiss chard, but its ample vitamins and minerals (vitamins K and E, magnesium and fiber, to name a few) will do your body a whole world of good.
Kiwi Coconut Calm
Yes, coconut is full of magnesium, but it’s also rich in B vitamins, which are great for reducing stress and easing blood pressure. Kiwis have a dose of magnesium too, and have a good amount of serotonin per serving, which boosts mood and helps regulate sleep. Another ingredient high in magnesium? Swiss chard, which also packs a punch of both iron and fiber. If you’re looking for a natural way to take the edge off a long day, this is the drink for you.
Sweet Sumo Kiwi
Developed in Japan, the sumo citrus fruit is a combination of a Japanese satsuma tangerine and a regular orange. Seedless and incredibly sweet, it’s extremely high in vitamin C and potassium. Kiwis and pineapple are also bursting with vitamin C, and pineapples contain manganese, which is essential for maintaining strong bones, and bromelain, an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation. Native to Southeast Asia, mangosteen has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making this vitamin C-packed smoothie a powerful ally against cold or flu germs that may be trying to bring you down.
Baobab Kiwi Kick
Used for centuries in Africa to treat many illnesses like fever and malaria, baobab contains “six times” more vitamin C than oranges per serving, as well as other beneficial nutrients like calcium, copper, magnesium, and iron. When you combine it with kiwis (lutein and even more vitamin C), pear (fiber), rolled oats (manganese) and spinach (vitamins A and K), you get a low calorie smoothie that will turn your regular morning routine into a sweet, low calorie treat for both your complexion and digestion.
Orange Kiwi Cream
One serving of this low calorie smoothie has more than 100 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin C and vitamin A, which means that it’s not just fantastic for your immune system, but your complexion as well. You’ll also get about seven percent of the daily amount of recommended calcium. Cashews add a dose of creaminess, as well as healthy protein and fat, making this the perfect snack for chasing away a sugar craving, and for helping your skin glow.
Gingerols, the compounds found in ginger root that have proven, potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, are the main reasons ginger is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Add in extra antioxidants from kiwis, and healthy fat and protein from cashews, and you have a creamy, nutritious smoothie that is not only good for chasing away colds, but for keeping your joints healthy as well.
Chlorella De Vil
Chlorella is a freshwater green algae that contains the highest amount of chlorophyll out of any other known plant. Chlorophyll is a plant pigment that helps humans with everything from wound healing to strengthening the liver. Chlorella is also an abundant source of vitamins B, C, D, E, K, and the minerals phosphorous, calcium, zinc, magnesium and iron. A little of this powdered green algae goes a long way! With the addition of a sweet banana and kiwi (fiber and potassium), more vitamin K from chard, as well as healthy fat and protein from cashews, this super green drink packs a super nutritional punch.
Kiwi Rose Petal
You can’t have an energized week without a little relaxation! If you’re looking for a smoothie that tastes exactly like a tropical vacation feels, this is the one for you. Dried rose buds provide a light, delicate taste that combines perfectly with potassium, copper and fiber-filled kiwi. Pears also have a delicate taste, but pack a punch of fiber, and swiss chard blends seamlessly into smoothies while providing tons of vitamin A, K and C. Calm your nerves, reset, and take a deep breath with this low-calorie breakfast.
Creamy Carrot Pineapple
Thanks to copious amounts of beta carotene from carrots, as well as tons of vitamin C from both pineapple and kiwi, this sweet, refreshing morning treat is the perfect way to sooth your skin, and naturally boost collagen. Thanks to cashews and flaxseed, there’s even more skin-nourishing power in the form of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation. There’s also a healthy serving of protein and fiber, which helps makes this substitute for your morning juice an ideal meal replacement.
The Kiwi To My Heart
This smoothie has plenty of fiber from the spinach, pear, and lime, lots of vitamins and minerals (including vitamins C, K, A, and iron), and healthy fat and protein from hemp seed. If you or someone you love is trying to keep their diet on track this winter, there’s no better way than to fill up some champagne glasses with this bright green snack, and toast to your health!
Rich in vitamin E and copper, sunflower seeds are also full of healthy fatty acids and fiber, which help to ward off cravings. A banana (potassium, magnesium) and kiwi (vitamin C) add a touch of island flair, while kumquats add a burst of citrus without much added sugar. This is the tropical smoothie of your dreams!
Carrot Mango Kiwi
Baobab has been used for centuries in Africa, but America is just discovering the powder made from this sweetly sour fruit. Like camu camu, baobab powder is one of the best sources of vitamin C in the world. It also has a healthy dose of both calcium and iron. Mango is another vitamin C powerhouse, while carrots have the beta carotene both your skin and eyes love. Turmeric is a crazy good anti-inflammatory, and avocados are full of the healthy fat we all need to stay full and satisfied.
Honeydew Kiwi Coconut
With no fat and few very calories, this green but sweet smoothie is perfect for anyone just starting their health journey. A kiwi, an apple, and honeydew are all bursting with healthy fiber, vitamin C, and potassium, and unsweetened coconut flakes are a perfect way to add creaminess without dairy or extra sugar.
Low in calories but high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants, plums are perfect natural sweeteners for smoothies. Add in two tomatillos, a Latin American vegetable that has a light, citrus taste and even more fiber, kiwis (which are full of vitamin C), and flaxseed (healthy Omega-3s), and you have a low calorie smoothie that will keep you full and energized.
Kiwi Matcha Tea
Clocking in at only 73 calories, this smoothie is this perfect pick-me-up. Thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine in matcha (which is a powdered green tea), you’ll feel both focused and calm, while the fiber in a pear keeps you satisfied for hours. Kiwis are bursting with vitamins C and A, and collard greens (one of the only greens with protein) provide calcium and iron. Stay awake, alert and positive with this refreshing drink.
Sweet 'n Light Nectarine
Like lemons, kiwis are antibacterial and antifungal, which is why many people use them in homemade face mask recipes. Kiwis also provide more lutein per serving than almost any other commonly-eaten fruit. Lutein is a phytochemical that not only protects skin, but is extremely beneficial for eye health. Bok choy, a nectarine, and hemp seeds are also fantastic for your skin, which means this smoothie loves your immune system and your complexion!
Sweet Pineapple Kiwi
Known as “the queen of fruits,” mangosteen is a Southeast Asian fruit that has been studied for its numerous health benefits, including its ability to help lower inflammation and its high amount of vitamin C per serving. Thanks to the additional kiwi, clementine and pineapple, this smoothie is bursting with vitamin C, which is vital to an active life. Not only does vitamin C help the body absorb iron, it also helps protects against heart disease and keeps your immune system healthy. Add in some almonds for healthy fats and protein, and you have a nutritionally balanced snack that will keep you going all day long!
Pear Kiwi Calm
Kiwis contain magnesium and help boost serotonin, two very important factors in mood regulation and stress relief. Pomegranate powder is full of helpful antioxidants, spinach is bursting with vitamins A, K and C, pumpkin seeds are powerhouses of plant-based protein, fiber and healthy fats, and a pear adds creaminess and more fiber. Start your day on a calm, balanced foot with this sweet treat.
Green Coffee Kiwi Wake-Up
Good morning! Or good afternoon-slump-reviver. Coffee and kiwis? Trust us. Green coffee is the unroasted version of the coffee beans we use for our morning joe. The beans are rich in chlorogenic acid, which can aid in weight loss, and may help fight heart disease and diabetes. Tiny kiwis pack more vitamin C than oranges! Of all cruciferous vegetables, collard greens are best at helping to lower cholesterol, and pair beautifully with banana and walnuts to smooth everything out.
This super green, yet still sweet smoothie is perfect for the people in your life who are a little hesitant to get on the green smoothie train. Kiwis and pear provide ample sweetness, as well as vitamins C, A, potassium, fiber and folate. Healthy fat and protein, courtesy of cashews, will keep you satisfied for hours, as well as provide a creamy base, and baby spinach - with its delicate taste and tons of vitamins - adds the perfect mild greenness.
Native to Mexico, tomatillos are a staple in South American cuisine, and are a key ingredient in those famous Mexican green sauces. After you husk this little guy, he’ll look a whole lot like a tomato, and will have a similar taste as well. Tomatillos also come with a lot of fiber, vitamin C and beta carotene. A few nutrient-dense kiwis, full of potassium, and big handful of baby kale, full of protein and vitamins A, C and K, round out this intensely green drink, while chia seeds add a satisfying volume and a dose of Omega-3s. If you’re not a fan of fish oil, chia seeds may be exactly what you need to get the benefits of Omega-3s without the fishy aftertaste!
Native to South America, yacon root has been shown to help with blood sugar regulation, and has even been connected to weight loss. Grapes are full of healthy, cancer-fighting polyphenols, and kiwi is practically bursting with vitamin C. Cashews round everything out with a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
With more vitamin C per serving than oranges, kiwis are an excellent food for keeping both your immune and nervous system strong during times of stress. Bananas and swiss chard are full of magnesium, a mineral that helps both your muscles and your mind relax. Add in a tablespoon of chia seeds for healthy fiber, protein and inflammation-reducing Omega-3s, and you have a low calorie breakfast that will help you relax while keeping you focused.
Kiwi Grape Cooler
The reason science now says that a glass of red wine a day may be beneficial is because of polyphenols, natural antioxidants in grapes that work to prevent cell damage and inflammation. So sure, wine is great, but you can get even more polyphenol power by blending up raw grapes in your smoothies! Pomegranate powder also contains antioxidants, as does swiss chard, which means your immune system is gonna love this blend!
Sacha Inchi Kiwi Protein
Native to Peru and also known as an Inca Peanut, sacha inchi grows on a vine and is technically a seed, not a nut. It has a light, “roasted peanut” taste, and is very high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for helping to control high cholesterol and hunger pangs. It also includes a healthy amount of protein and vitamin E. This high protein, filling smoothie will keep you energized and satisfied for hours.