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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.
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!
Kiwi Kale Smoothie Bowl
- 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.
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