Citrus Kiwi Smoothie

2.28.2021

Ready to make a fun kiwi smoothie? I’m loving the citrus kick in this strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe, adding extra flavor and vitamin C.

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I remember introducing kiwi to my kids; it’s such a magical fruit! Yet with such a short growing season, I get in as many as I can before they disappear again. This tropical green fruit is the star in my strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe. A little tang, a little sweetness, and a whole lot of vitamin C are waiting inside the furry skin of this unique fruit.

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Tropical fruit for smoothies

Often when I think of tropical fruit, I think of oranges, mangos, and pineapple. These are great smoothie ingredients for sure, yet there is a whole wide world of tropical fruits out there. They provide a host of nutritional benefits, as well as taste insanely delicious! While tropical fruits make us think of warmer weather, they’re often at their peak freshness during winter. I find ingredients for this kiwi smoothie in January and February! Here are some of my fav citrus fruits to add to smoothies:

lemon– To be honest, I eat Meyer lemons like they’re candy…. yet lemons of all varieties are great additions to smoothies. I lightly peel them to ensure I get a lot of the white pith, because that is a nutrient-dense part of the lemon.

Grapefruit– If scooping grapefruit out of a bowl every morning isn’t your thing, then add it to your next morning smoothie. Its refreshing flavor will brighten up any day.

Papaya– This mild fruit is soothing on the tummy, and can help with bloating issues.

Dragon fruit– Did you know that dragon fruit grows on a cactus?! This fun fruit comes with white or pink flesh, and tastes a bit like kiwi or pear.

Coconut– Whether you want to use the flesh, the water, the milk, or the oil of a coconut, this is fruit can rawk a variety of smoothie recipes! For an extra boost of electrolytes in this strawberry kiwi smoothie, swap out the orange juice with coconut water.

Lime– When I’m looking for a sour element to my smoothie, I toss in a lime. Again I leave the white pith on to absorb all the nutrients I can get.

Tropical fruits are great ways to freshen up your smoothie game + they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals to keep your body strong during the winter months.

Kiwi smoothie swaps

Because I’m all about rotating my leafy greens in smoothies, kale isn’t the only green that works in this strawberry kiwi smoothie. My original recipe actually uses dandelion greens! Switch it up with whatever you have on hand.

If you don’t have time to squeeze some fresh orange juice for the liquid base of this kiwi smoothie recipe, you can use water, coconut water, or toss in an orange + 1/2 cup water.

Lower sugar options for a kiwi smoothie

Even though all the sugar in this kiwi smoothie is 100% naturally occurring, it can still be a lot. Swap the banana with 1/2 avocado per serving, or 1/2 cup cauliflower to lower the sugar content. Another great way to help your body process that natural sugar, is adding in extra protein + healthy fat. This helps your body burn that sugar as longer lasting energy. I created Protein Smoothie Boost specifically for adding protein, as well as healthy fat, to my smoothies. And it helps keep me full until lunchtime, with no sugar crash!

Tips for the perfect blend

I recommend peeling kiwi before blending, because the skin is pretty tough and hairy. If you aren’t using a high-powered blender for this strawberry kiwi smoothie, then make sure to blend the greens + liquid first. This will allow your blender to really chop up those greens. You might want to toss in the kiwi after the first blend, and blend again, before adding the remaining ingredients. This will help chop up the seeds from the kiwi a bit more, which creates a creamier beverage.

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kiwi smoothie

Citrus Kiwi Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 16 oz smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Strawberries, kiwi and fresh oranges give this green smoothie a sweet vitamin C boost.


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon juice lemon
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

Instructions

  1. Blend greens and orange juice until smooth.
  2. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.

Notes

* Use at least one frozen fruit to make the green smoothie cold. TIP: You can keep the kiwi skin on to add an extra nutritional boost of fiber. Or feel free to leave that fuzzy skin out. It’s really a personal preference.

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: kiwi smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Erin says:

    I wasn’t so sure about the kiwi, but the Vitamix blended it right up. Delicious!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Thanks for giving it a blend, Erin!! Kiwi never fails to delight!

  2. Maria says:

    I had tried this before and knew the taste so I would love to do it again. I’ve lost a lot of weight.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I do love the combination of kiwi and strawberry in this smoothie!

  3. Jean-Marc Beaudoin says:

    Has the nose goes first I smell the kale after that the orange is the major, mix with strawberries everything goes well. I like it.

  4. Brianna says:

    I’m going to give this a go with my junior Girl Scout troop working on a cooking badge! My girls aren’t veggie fans so this will be a fun way to show them how to sneak things in!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Brianna,

      Ahhh love that idea! Let us know how they like it and if you can convince them to give veggies a chance. 🙂

  5. Roberta says:

    Yummy.doesn’t really taste too green
    I’ll make is again
    Now the test is will my husband and son like it
    They’re both wicked picky

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Roberta,

      Make sure + reach back out! I’d love to know what they thought!

  6. Debbie says:

    Made this and loved it, though we all said, “sour, but good!” The ingredients don’t call for water, but the blending instructions mention water. Is it supposed to be one cup orange juice and one cup water maybe?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jen says:

      Nice catch Debbie— it was a typo. It’s def 2 cups orange juice to try and sweeten it up but still retain that kiwi punch. Glad you guys liked it!

  7. mandy says:

    I suddenly can’t wait until the dandelions start to grow– its a twofer: 1. My preschool age son can pick them, and 2. I can actually USE part of it! THANK YOU!

  8. Thanks so much for the recipi. I made this one, this morning and I loved it!

    Emma

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