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Avocado Kiwi Smoothie - Thicker is Better

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Smoothies made with kiwifruit are packed full of a lot of things. Vitality. Flavor. Nutrients.

If you want to get a thick, rich, creamy consistency, we have four mouth-watering tips for you — and one delicious surprise!


Four Simple (and One Surprising) Ways to Make Thicker Kiwi Smoothies

Smoothie lovers have a lot of simple techniques and ingredients available make their smoothies creamier.

  1. Use less liquid.
    If a recipe calls for a full cup of water or milk, use ¾ cup or ½ cup. This is one of the simplest ways to thicken a smoothie.

  2. Add chia or flax seeds to make your smoothie thicker.
    Adding chia or flax seeds is another way to thicken a smoothie. These seeds absorb a lot of liquid and they also add loads of fiber and essential fatty acids to the drink.

  3. You can also use gelatin or xanthan gum.
    Xanthan gum in particular is a great thickening agent for smoothies. It's a plant-based fiber that emulsifies liquids. And it won't change the flavor of your drink. So you can add ¼ teaspoon to any smoothie whenever you want to thicken up your smoothie.

  4. Use frozen fruit instead of fresh.
    Adding bananas to a smoothie is a great way to boost add thickness and potassium to your smoothie. For many, it's the go-to fruit for creamier concoctions.

    But one thing you should definitely add to your next smoothie?

  5. Toss in an avocado.
    Yes, you read that correctly. If you want to take your smoothie game to the next level, add an avocado into the mix.

Adding Avocado to a Smoothie?

When someone mentions avocado, you might instantly think of salads or guacamole. But using an avocado is guaranteed to add a luscious thickness and vibrant color to your smoothie, as well as even more nutritious value.

Avocados are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats — aka the good fats! — which are known to reduce dangerous LDL cholesterol while raising beneficial HDL cholesterol. They're also rich in potassium, more than a banana, and loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamin K and folate. Avocados even have a fair amount of vitamin C — although nowhere near as much as kiwifruit!

Beyond that, avocados are known as a "nutrient booster," helping increase absorption of fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D, K and E. So adding it to your kiwifruit smoothie that's already bursting with life-enriching antioxidants makes perfect sense.

And we know what you're thinking: "Should I worry about the fat content of avocados?"

Not when consumed in moderation! We need the kinds of healthy fatty acids in our diet that an avocado delivers. And it's a high satiety food, too, so it will fill you up quicker, helping reduce hunger for longer.

Avocado vs Kiwi Nutritional Facts

So how does the nutritional value of avocados compare to Zespri Green and SunGold kiwifruit?

Serving Size: 1 cup (150g) Serving Size: 2 medium (148g) Serving Size: 2 medium (162g)
Calories: 240 Calories: 90 Calories: 110
from Fat: 50  from Fat: 5  from Fat: 0

Total Fat: 22g

Saturated: 3.2g

Trans: 0g

Total Fat: 1g

Saturated: 0g

Trans: 0g

Total Fat: 0g

Saturated: 0g

Trans: 0g

Cholesterol: 0g Cholesterol: 0g Cholesterol: 0g
Sodium: 11mg Sodium: 0mg Sodium: 0mg

Total Carbs: 13g

Dietary Fiber: 10g

Total Carbs: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 4g

Total Carbs: 22g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Vitamin A 4% DV Vitamin A 0% DV Vitamin A 0% DV
Vitamin C 25% DV Vitamin C 230% DV Vitamin C 430% DV
Vitamin E 16% DV Vitamin E 10% DV Vitamin E 10% DV
Potassium 728mg Potassium 460mg Potassium 520mg
Protein 3g Protein 2g Protein 2g

NOTE: Percent Daily Values (DV) based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

*Calorie information from official site.

Quick and Easy Avocado Kiwi Smoothie

Smoothie recipes with avocado don't have to be complicated. In fact, we have a simple kiwi-avocado smoothie recipe that you can make in less than five minutes!

What You'll Need What You'll Do
1 avocado (peeled and seeded) 1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
2 kiwifruit (halved) 2. Blend for about 20-30 seconds or until everything is smooth.
2 cup green grapes 3. Add a bit of water if needed to help everything blend together nicely.
1 granny smith apple (peeled and cored) 4. Divide into 4 glasses, serve — enjoy!
½ cup water
¼ cup fresh mint (optional)
½ cup crushed ice

The nice thing about this super-quick smoothie recipe is its versatility. If you want to accentuate the naturally tart sweetness of the apple and grapes — or if you just want a smoothie with a vibrantly green color — then you can use Zespri Green kiwifruit.

If you want a more tropically sweet smoothie, opt for Zespri SunGold with this recipe. The color will be brighter, thanks to the SunGold, but the texture will be just as lusciously smooth.

And adding the flavor of the avocado won't overpower the smoothie. The avocado's taste is mild enough to let the other fruits come together in a way that will make your taste buds sing!

Why Not Add Banana?

Just when you thought it couldn't get any tastier, thicker — better! — we go ahead and add a banana and this kiwi smoothie proves us wrong.

Much to the delight of our taste buds!

What You'll Need What You'll Do
2 kiwis, sliced and chopped 1. Start by slicing a large, ripe banana. Place in a plastic bag and freeze overnight.
1 frozen banana (sliced) 2. Chop the avocado half and the kiwifruit.
½ ripe avocado 3. Place ingredients, including the frozen banana, in the blender.
½ cup of vanilla yogurt 4. Blend for about 20-30 seconds or until everything is smooth.
5. Add a bit of water if needed to help everything blend together nicely.
6. Serve immediately, or place in the fridge for later. (We recommend serving immediately. The texture might not be the same if you eat it later.)

Want to take your smoothies to the next level? Forget the milk. Skip the yogurt. Save the ice cream for another day. Instead, reach for an avocado. You'll add a lot of extra nutrition, color and texture to your smoothie. And that will make your taste buds perk up and say, "Thank you!"