Earlier this month, I caught a horrific cold that depleted my energy and left me in a pitiful, runny-nosed heap on our couch. Desperate to speed my recovery, I started researching natural cold remedies, a project that led me to today’s Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie.
When one is lying immobile on one’s couch surrounded by an avalanche of used tissues, researching top cold-fighting foods (and eating Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup) feels like a worthy use of the limited energy that arrives between naps.
According to my friends Google and WebMD, vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc are essential to beating a cold.
Therefore, from my sickbed, I went on a digital scavenger hunt for foods that were:
- Rich in these natural cold fighters, and
- Required almost no energy to prepare. At the peak of my cold, reaching for the Kleenex box was about the only productive task I could muster.
The result? A simple, nutrient-packed strawberry kiwi smoothie that required nothing more from me than the push of a button.
- Vitamin C: While oranges are the first fruit that comes to mind when I think of vitamin C (and are present in this smoothie), kiwis and strawberries actually contain more, so I decided to make them the recipe stars.
- Vitamin D: Is said to help prevent common colds and also speed up recovery if you do ever find yourself under the weather.
- Zinc: The foods that are the highest in zinc include some choice items I wouldn’t let near my blender (liver and oysters, I’m looking at you), but fortunately for our cold remedy smoothie needs, oats and kiwis also contain some zinc
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How to Make a Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
A cold remedy smoothie loaded with all of vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc is just what the doctor orders. Today’s strawberry kiwi smoothie boasts all three.
Whether you are feeling under the weather, want an easy way to consume three healthy food groups at once (fruit, dairy, and whole grains), or just love smoothies, this smoothie recipe is a pleaser. (This Carrot Smoothie is another crowd-pleaser.)
- Strawberries. One serving of strawberries contains about 51mg of vitamin C—that’s about half of your daily requirement. Using strawberries for our cold-fighting smoothie base was a no-brainer if you ask me. (They’re always great in this classic Strawberry Smoothie).
- Kiwi. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, these sweet, juicy, and lightly tart little green cuties are perfect for smoothies and snacking.
- Orange. Provides nice acidity and an extra punch of immune-boosting vitamin C (I also like to add them to this Peach Smoothie).
- Banana. Provides fiber, potassium, and naturally sweetens the smoothie. Pro tip: use a frozen banana to help make the smoothie super smooth and extra thick.
- Oatmeal. Contain zinc, fiber, and make this smoothie filling and satisfying. (Try them in this Oatmeal Smoothie next.)
- Milk. Milk is a good source of vitamin D, and it makes our smoothie nice and creamy too. If you’re looking for a non-dairy option, many brands of soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, and rice milk are now fortified with vitamin D.
- Ice. an optional addition that cools things down and makes your smoothie frosty.
- Honey. A spoonful of
sugarhoney helps the medicine go down.
- Place all of the ingredients in your blender.
- Blend until smooth. ENJOY!
Tools Used to Make This Recipe
- High-Powered Blender. I recently acquired this unbelievably powerful blender, and it whips this strawberry kiwi smoothie (and this Watermelon Smoothie) together in seconds.
- Standard Blender. If you’re not ready to splurge on anything too crazy, I’ve also used and can recommend this more affordable KitchenAid and this Ninja blender.
Now get blending—doctor’s orders!
Frequently Asked Questions
While I’m not in a position to declare the strawberry kiwi smoothie boasts an instant cold cure, for the week I was sick, it helped me stay energized during the day (then I followed with this warming Golden Milk to lull me to sleep in the evening).
Try adding a small piece of fresh ginger or a sprinkle of turmeric to your smoothie for an extra boost of cold-fighting nutrition. This Turmeric Smoothie is another great immune-boosting option.
Carrots, a small handful of kale or spinach, cucumber, or celery are all great options to consider adding to this healthy smoothie recipe. You could also try this Kale Smoothie for a vegetable-forward smoothie option.
Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie
- 2 small ripe kiwis peeled and quartered
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberry halves
- 1/2 medium orange or 1 clementine, peel and pith removed
- 1/2 banana sliced and frozen
- 1/2 cup skim milk or nondairy milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats or quick-cooking oats
- Small handful ice optional (add if you prefer a thicker, frostier smoothie)
- 1-2 teaspoons honey optional
- Place all of the ingredients in your blender: kiwis, strawberries, orange, milk, oats, and ice (if using).
- Blend until smooth. Taste and add 1-2 teaspoons of honey if you desire additional sweetness. Enjoy immediately.
- TO STORE: Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately after blending. If you do find yourself with leftovers, you may store them in an airtight jar in the refrigerator (the less air, then better!) for up to 1 day. Stir or shake the jar to recombine before serving, then enjoy.
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