Today I want to share with you a little bit about one of my favorite fruits. A couple of days ago I found some organic kiwis and crazy me, as always, bought too many. Not bad though, I’ve been enjoying them in so many different ways and even got creative! Some awesome kiwi recipes will be coming to the blog soon!
I love kiwis in absolutely any presentation, but there’s nothing like a simple, big bowl of sliced, semi-ripe kiwis for breakfast, snack or dessert. Nature’s candy!
Kiwi fruit is on the list of foods that are generally safe from pesticide residues. For 2012 it came in with the top 10 safest foods to eat non-organic. Kiwis are loaded with health benefits, plus they taste amazing! Here are just a few reasons why you should start eating more kiwis:
1. Helps Your Digestions with Enzymes
Raw kiwi contains actinidain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that can help digest meals.
2. Manages Blood Pressure
Kiwi’s high level of potassium keeps your electrolytes in balance by counteracting the effects of sodium.
3. Protects from DNA Damage
A study by Collins, Horska and Hotten showed that the unique combination of antioxidants in Kiwi fruit helps protect the cell DNA from oxidative damage. Some experts conclude this can help prevent cancer.
4. Boosts Your Immunity
Kiwi’s high vitamin C content along with other antioxidant compounds has been proven to boost the immune system.
5. Smart Carb for Weight Loss
Kiwi’s low glycemic index and high fiber content won’t create a strong insulin rush like other fruit with high sugar contents — so the body will not respond by storing fat.
6. Helps Clean Out Toxins
The fuzzy fiber of Kiwi helps bind and move toxins from your intestinal tract.
7. Helps Fight Heart Disease
Eating 2-3 kiwis a day has been shown to reduce the potential of blood clotting by 18% and reduce triglycerides by 15%.
8. Suitable For Diabetics
Kiwi is in the ‘low’ category for glycemic index, meaning it does not raise your blood sugar quickly. It has a glycemic load of 4 which means it is safe for diabetics.
9. Creates Alkaline Balance
Kiwi is in the ‘most alkaline’ category for fruits, meaning it has a rich supply of minerals to replace the excess of acidic foods most individuals consume.
10. Great for the Skin
Kiwis are a good source of vitamin E, an antioxidant known to protect skin from degeneration.
Now for the recipe. This simple, delicious and refreshing bowl is amazing for any time of the day! I had it for the first time yesterday. I was cutting my kiwis and I wanted to add some extra touch, and not eat them just by themselves. That’s how it happened and it was the best thing ever.
Gastrawnomica’s Kiwi-Tahini Bowl
Serves 1 medium bowl
5 semi-ripe kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp creamy Tahini or other nut/seed butter of choice
1 tsp coconut sugar
Put all your kiwi slices in a bowl, top with tahini or nut/seed butter, adding as much as you want to. Finally sprinkle with coconut sugar.
Simple, easy, raw and refreshing! Try it soon, you’ll love it!
Bibliography: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-healthy-reasons-to-eat-kiwi.html#ixzz2aWtvLh5r Diana Herrington, April 2013