Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl

8 Aug

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Zespri Kiwifruit and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

My smoothies have become thicker and thicker – I have started adding coconut, nuts seeds, veggies and more fruit. That doesn’t exactly leave much room for liquids, which is why the smoothies I’m making lately get poured in a bowl!

It took me a while to jump on the smoothie bowl train, but I’ve come to learn just how wonderful they are. You can top them to your heart’s content, spoon it up like a gazpacho, and feel like you’re actually eating something hearty, which I don’t always get from a smoothie in a glass.

Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

This smoothie bowl has two star ingredients: yellow kiwifruit and leafy kale. The kale is an obvious one: leafy greens are so important and full of nutrition. They’re fine in salads, which I eat nearly every day, but they’re so easy to eat in smoothie form! Green smoothies are the bomb.com and don’t you forget it.

The kiwifruit, though, that’s where the refreshing kick comes from in this bowl of goodness. Zespri kiwifruit are yellow and you can totally eat the skins. Make it easy on your blender by roughly chopping one of this big kiwifruit and throw it in, skin and everything! This particular variety, SunGolds, are a natural cross between gold varieties of kiwifruit (all Zespri kiwifruit is non-GMO). They’re  high in vitamin C and vitamin E – perfect to ward off that summer cold that’s going around.

To enhance the tropical sweetness of the SunGold, I grated some fresh ginger into the smoothie and topped it with coconut butter and hemp seeds.

Hot tip for fresh ginger: peel a knob of it completely and store in a ziplock bag in your freezer. Then just grate or slice off pieces as you need them – this keeps the ginger from going bad in your fridge!

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Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

  • 1/2 C non-dairy milk
  • 2 stalks kale, stems removed
  • 1 kiwifruit, quartered
  • 1/2 small zucchini, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp chia seed
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp raw pepitas or 4 walnut halves
  • 2 tbsp coconut unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Toppings: hemp hearts and coconut butter

Blend all ingredients (except toppings) together until completely smooth. Transfer to a bowl and top as desired.

Note: If you prefer to drink your smoothies, add a half cup cold water or more milk.

Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

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25 Responses to “Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl”

  1. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness August 8, 2016 at 9:09 am #

    LOVE THIS! Very clever to add ginger in there too. I always make smoothies with spinach but I must try your kale and kiwi version. Such powerhouse foods in one bowl!

    • xtinaluvspink August 8, 2016 at 9:39 am #

      Thank you!! I love putting fresh ginger into any smoothie that is super fruity (obviously not a chocolate based one!)

  2. abbey August 8, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    i adore kiwi’ it’s one of my favourite fruits and i bet its amazing with kale!

  3. ilkasblog August 8, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    I love the combo Kiwi and Kale – Green Goodness!

  4. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) August 8, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    Such a pretty pattern for a smoothie bowl 🙂

    • xtinaluvspink August 8, 2016 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you! I’ve been playing around with how my smoothie creations look 🙂

  5. bakesbyranchcookie August 8, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    I went through the same thing! Until I started adding toppings and eating them more like an actual food instead of a drink did I start loving smoothie bowls!

  6. Rachel August 8, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    What a great combo. I love all those ingredients! Yum!

  7. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner August 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Very creative with the zucchini! Good luck with your contest

  8. Glenneth R August 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    gotta love smoothie bowls. have never thought of adding kiwi to my smoothie though. thanks for the idea!

  9. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run August 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    I still have yet to jump on the smoothie bowl train! This is the first time I’ve seen zucchini in a smoothie! Interesting!

  10. Julie Wunder August 9, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    What great flavors in this smoothie bowl! It looks soooo good. I’ve never had golden kiwis before.

  11. Angela August 9, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Yum! I had not thought of adding kiwi with kale, sounds delicious!!

    • xtinaluvspink August 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

      Thanks! Alliteration makes for tasty smoothies 🙂

  12. Vicki August 9, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    This looks really good!

  13. Courtney's Cookbook August 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Such a pretty smoothie bowl! I love the mix of tastes and textures here.

  14. Powered by BLING (@PoweredbyBLING) August 9, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

    Gorgeous smoothie bowl! I love the addition of the ginger. Fresh ginger root has become one of my favorite morning starters.

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