Freshen up this Spring with Kiwi Fruit! Plus Kiwi & Pineapple Pina Coladas

 

Kiwi fruit are so gorgeous, and yet can be sometimes an overlooked fruit.
They are so versatile, affordable and easy for kids to eat, my youngest has eaten so many lately, they would have to be up there as one of her all time favourite fruits! Recently I was contacted to try out the New Zealand Zespri GOLD kiwifruit (insert happy 3 year old) - and they are stunning!
 
Of course coming from pristine New Zealand I was expecting a fresh, crisp flavour anyway and I wasn't disappointed, they are beautiful and such high quality and keep well in the fruit bowl as well, which is so great for planning out those fruit breaks at school. The kids love the pretty gold colour and they are perfect for kids fruit breaks for school, kindy or after sports.
They also go beautifully in a fruit salad or platter for the whole family - or maybe just for mum! ;)
 
According to Zespri, these gold kiwifruit are fantastic for digestive health and I don't know about you but anything that makes my digestion, gut and bowels happy makes me happy!
(Especially after 2 babies if you know what I mean ; )
These gold kiwifruit are SO good for you!
Quoted from Zespri Website:
"Fibre in kiwifruit is made up of pectins, hemicelluloses and celluloses, which give it certain properties, such as the ability to retain water and form gels. It can have a significant effect on digestion:
  • Reducing the glucose absorption rate, so that the GI is lowered and blood sugar levels remain stable
  • Increasing the sense of fullness, since the fibre acts to increase viscosity and slow gastric emptying
  • Increasing the frequency of bowel movements
  • Reducing the sensation of bloatedness
  • Reducing the time of intestinal transit
Actinidin is a protease found in kiwifruit, which breaks down proteins and facilitates gastric digestion. This natural enzyme has the ability to break-down a wide range of food proteins more completely and faster than the digestive enzymes can do on their own. Actinidin was most effective on proteins found in beef and chicken, fish, pulses and cereals (gluten and soya protein isolate), and dairy products such as milk, cottage cheese and yogurt.
The digestive benefits of actinidin:
  • Improves the digestion of proteins by reducing the sensation of heaviness associated with protein-rich foods
  • Improves the absorption of proteins
  • Improves digestive comfort"
Raw kiwifruit is also a great source of folic acid, potassium, vitamin c, e and antioxidents.
For more information on the health benefits of the kiwi head to the Zespri Website.

With their lovely zing, we are enjoying ours mainly fresh, as is, cut in half with a spoon, sliced into fruit salads and platters, baked into a delicious kiwi banana bread (get this recipe next week on the blog too) and my FAVOURITE way

Fresh and Fabulous Mocktail
Kiwi and Pineapple Pina Colada
Ingredients
1/2 a large or 1 small fresh pineapple
1/2 cup organic coconut cream
1 can coconut water (I use Jt's Coconut Essence as it is my favourite)
Method
Chop the fresh pineapple into chunks.
Take the skin off the kiwifruit and chop into pieces.
Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until you have a lovely, runny texture.
Serve over crushed ice.
Enjoy!
 
Notes
My kids absolutely love this and it is a perfect pick me up if you are running from school pick up to an after school activity like sports or dance! ( Can you tell I am a dance mum??) I make some ahead and store in glass bottles with lids in the fridge so I can have them ready to be enjoyed when I pick them up and we are zipping around.
Turn them into icypoles! Simply pour into icy pole moulds and freeze - note do it right away before any separating might occur.
I am in kiwifruit heaven right now and am just SO delighted to have a GIVEAWAY for you!!
Zespri Gold kiwifruit have for 1 lucky reader the chance to win a $30 Woolworths gift card so you can go out and buy some of these gorgeous gold kiwifruit and try the pina coladas yourself and also a beautiful kiwifruit bowl!
How fun is that!
Enter below!

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NOTE:
This is in no way endorsed by or run in conjunction with facebook.
This is an independent giveaway.
Winner will be notified by email and has 2 weeks to claim prize or there may be a redraw.
Competition open to Australian residents only.
Winner must have left a blog post comment to be eligible.
This giveaway is brought to you by Zespri Kiwifruit.
All information in this post is intended for interest only, please always seek advice from a health care professional in regards to your health and diet.

Macadamia & Goji Delight





Macadamia & Goji Delight
Sometimes sweet cravings come at the worst times, or you want something gorgeous for when friend are coming over so you NEED recipes that are quick, easy and delicious!

  • 1 cup coconut oil (I use JT's Coconut Essence)
  • 1 cup rice malt syrup (can use less if too sweet for you, I use Pure Harvest)
  • 1 cup nut paste (use a pure nut paste i.e. just nuts! I use Nutworks and the Chocolate Factory macadamia paste)
  • 2 tablespoons Nutra Organics vanilla protein powder (I love this stuff, all organic and it is also high in vitamin D, you get this HERE and enter codeword nutrafriends for 10% off for the next few days too!) {OPTIONAL}
  • 1/2 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup semi smashed raw macadamias
Method
  • Add runny coconut oil to a bowl, stir in rice malt syrup and mix together with a wooden spoon until it looks lovely and mixed.
  • Stir in nut paste and vanilla powder.
  • When well mixed add in nuts and goji berries.
  • Pour into a container and put in the fridge to set.
  • Leave for 1- 2 hours.
  • Remove, cut up and enjoy!!
Toddler Tip
  • Cut into small pieces as a little healthy treat, great fun for an afternoon tea party!
Tips

  • I take runny coconut oil and put the bowl in the fridge for about 10 minutes or until I just see a light crystallization around the edges and then mix, it seems to blend together much creamier!
  • we found this beautiful but also really sweet so you only need a small amount to satisfy those sweet cravings!
Eat Beautiful!
Bek xxx
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