Last year, I went to an event that revolved around the health benefits of kiwis. Literally just this one fruit, but based on what I learned, I started incorporating into a lot more of my meals. Recently, I got to speak with registered dietitian Rebecca Scritchfield who’s a reservoir of knowledge about the fruit, and an expert on connection between health and happiness (she’s the co-founder of Dietitians for Body Confidence and is currently writing her first book on the health and happiness). She teamed up with Zespri SunGold recently so I got the chance to interview her on the health benefits, and some easy meal ideas using kiwis. Check out the video or some of key points below for the run down:
– We’re used to green kiwifruit in America, but the Zespri SunGold kiwifruit (which has a bright yellow color and tropical taste), and has more vitamin C than an orange and as much potassium as a medium banana. It also has actinidin that aids in digestion. It also has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal.
– When grocery shopping, a ripe kiwi will give to slight pressure. It will last about two weeks in the fridge.
– If you’re pressed for time in the morning, you can cut the kiwi in half and eat it on-the-go with a spoon.
– For an easy breakfast meal try this recipe:
Sunrise Smoothie Bowl (serves 2)
2 Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit (one peeled and blended; one slices into 1/4” chunks for topping)
1 large banana — chopped, frozen
1/3 cup orange juice
1/2 cup plain yogurt
2 tbs chia seeds (this helps thicken the mixture)
4 tbs granola
2 tbs toasted coconut
2 tbs nuts, chopped
2 tbs mint, chopped
Slice kiwi into halves and spoon the fruit out. Reserve one kiwi, chopped into 1/4” chunks for topping
Add 1 kiwi, banana, orange juice, yogurt and chia seeds to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth (the mixture will be thick).
Per serving bowl, place half the mixture at the bottom of the bowl, add 2 tbs granola, 1 tbs each of toasted coconut, nuts, and mint.
Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 1-2 days.
Check out the video for an easy kiwi sandwich, and turkey burger with a sweet kiwi salsa or check out their website for more recipes: www.zesprikiwi.com