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
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)
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.
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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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.


  1. Mikala took Kiwi Fruit to school today to share with her friends for fruit time. She actually won't even try it but know that they love them. Hopefully it won't be long and she will be trying them for herself. Hayden loves them.

  2. Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead! (Emma Bombeck, apparently). It made me laugh - they are so ugly on the outside and so beautiful on the inside!

  3. Kiwi fruit is what I adore
    In my home, we have kiwi's galore
    For the lunchboxes or as a snack
    Once you have one, there's no going back!

  4. Kiwi Fruit ho sweet you are,
    in the bowl a shining star,
    our family we eat you day and night,
    as you are such a delight!

  5. Every fuzzy kiwi is a little treasure, bursting with taste and goodness beyond measure! Lisa Shulman

  6. Kiwi fruit is a great, fuzzy fruit for school and work lunchboxes

  7. Gotta love the humble Kiwi,
    Small, cute and mighty tasty.
    Easy to eat at home or at sea,
    My household fight for the right to eat the last Kiwi.

  8. Zespri Gold Kiwifruit I so adore!
    The taste, the smell leaves me wanting more.
    Fabulous in fruit salads or eaten on their own,
    and now kiwi banana bread, who would have known!

  9. One kiwi has all the vitamin C you need for the day :)

  10. My daughter's favourite fruit is kiwi fruit, she asks every week how long until its back in the shops!

  11. Grandparents grew kiwifruit when I was little, they bought over a few bags full. I was glued to the toilet for days after scoffing an entire bag of them lol Learned the lesson about fiber the hard way!!!
    - Diana Oz.

  12. KIWI...weird on the outside, delightful on the inside!
    The quote 'never judge a book by its cover' applies!!
    Vit C..winner!

  13. I never knew how much nutrition the humble kiwi fruit has packed into it. What a refreshing drink, I can't wait to try it. Thank you for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, have a great week.

  14. Kiwis, kiwis, the versatile fruit
    The more you eat, the more you ablute!

  15. Oh Kiwi, you so fine, you so fine, you blow my mind, hey Kiwi!

  16. My daughter used to eat kiwifruit with the skin on (biting into it like you would an apple), and taught all her school friends to do the same LOL!!

  17. There once was a prickly kiwi named Kyle,
    Whose attitude to the other fruit was just vile...
    He ignored all their talk,
    About the dangers of sporks,
    Now he’s a skin atop the compost pile!

    Thanks for the chance, I'm a dangerous spork-wielder who loves kiwi fruit ;)


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