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Plenty of people will tell you that breakfast is important — and they're not wrong! Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism. It helps you burn calories throughout the day, giving you the energy you need to stay focused and get things done. And with the arrival of colder temperatures, it's the perfect time to bolster your breakfast routine to keep you feeling full, energized and healthy. And kiwifruit is the perfect superfood to help you do just that!

Benefits of Eating Kiwi in the Morning

You need energy to wake up both mind and body. What helps with energy? Vitamin C’s contribution to healthy, normal energy metabolism is the perfect counter that reduces tiredness and fatigue. Fortunately, both Zespri Green and SunGold kiwifruit contain Vitamin C to spare — three times as much as oranges!

A good breakfast should also deliver plenty of potassium, one of several crucial electrolytes that your body needs for your muscles, heart and kidney. Whereas most people consider the banana to be one of the best sources of potassium, the kiwifruit has the banana beat:

Banana (serving size: 1): 422 mg (about 10% recommended daily value) Zespri Green (serving size: 2): 462mg (13%) Zespri SunGold (serving size: 2): 520mg (15%)

You can read more on the nutritional similarities of kiwifruit and bananas here!

Fiber is crucial to a healthy diet. So a great breakfast will also have plenty of it. Both types of fiber — soluble and insoluble — can be found in kiwifruit. And even among other fiber-rich fruits, this is a rarity. Insoluble fiber helps move food through your digestive system. Soluble fiber slows digestion and helps lower glucose levels and cholesterol. Fiber-rich foods will fill you up faster and keep you feeling full longer, so you'll be less likely to snack between meals.

So by adding kiwifruit to your breakfast, you not only gain extra flavor, but also an amazing dose of vitality — energizing, filling and healthful. Fortunately, it's easy to incorporate kiwi into your breakfast.

Good Morning, Kiwi!

Certain breakfast ingredients — like oats — release energy slowly. This helps you feel fuller, longer. Beyond that, oats are considered nutritionally well-balanced, loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This is why so many people eat oats for breakfast, usually in the form of oatmeal. And on cold winter mornings, a dish like our Sunshine Kiwifruit Oats provides two of the main things you need for a great start to the morning — vitality and taste!

Great Breakfast with Great Taste

Want to start your day with bang? Then wake up to breakfast that's packed with flavor and, more importantly, life-enriching antioxidants. With our SunGold Kiwifruit Breakfast Power Bowl on the menu, you'll do just that. Say "goodbye" to that snooze button!

This recipe combines oatmeal, whey protein and chia seeds into a nutrient-dense combination that goes a long way to filling you up, keeping you energized and ready to take on the world.

Chia seeds may be small but, just like kiwifruit, they're big on nutrition. The chia seeds in this recipe delivers an excellent source of fiber, iron, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids. And this helps raise HDL cholesterol, which is the "good" cholesterol. Prepare this simple kiwi breakfast bowl the night before, refrigerate overnight, and you'll go from sleepy-head to happy-head in no time.

The Smoothie - Quick Nutrition on the Go

When you’re in a hurry or need something you can take with you, nothing beats a smoothie. Smoothies are an excellent way to blend many tasty and nutritious ingredients into one easy-to-consume breakfast.

There are lots of ways to incorporate Zespri kiwifruit into smoothies, but some of our favorites are this Kiwifruit Pear Smoothie, made with yogurt and honey, and this Sungold Summer Squash Smoothie, flavored with cinnamon, ginger and tumeric.

But you don’t need a special recipe to add the benefits of kiwifruit to your smoothie! Simply add one to your regular blend of fruits or veggies, and enjoy the delicious results.

Short on Time? Just Scoop and Go!

With the versatility of Zespri Green and SunGold kiwifruit, you don't need to prepare a recipe — even one that's super easy and super quick. You can enjoy Zespri Kiwifruit when you're pressed for time. Simply cut, scoop and enjoy!

Breakfast doesn't have to be a huge, elaborate production to be worthwhile. Nearly any recipe can be energized with the vitality of Zespri Kiwifruit. Give these kiwi-inspired breakfast recipes a try. Let us know how much you love them.

Do you have your own kiwifruit breakfast recipe that you'd like to share? Sound off on social media and don't forget to tag @ZespriKiwifruit for a chance to be featured!