How to use kiwi and why you should eat it
April 6, 2020
Looking for something to brighten up your breakfast or snack? Or a fruit that is inexpensive, versatile, can fit in a low FODMAP diet, and is delicious? Try a kiwi!
Why are they good for you?
A kiwifruit (or “kiwi” for short) that is two inches in diameter has more vitamin C than a small orange. It has just 42 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrate. With 2.7 grams of fiber — about the same as a small apple with the skin — it can help you stay fuller longer and keep your gut microbiome healthy!
How do you tell when they are ripe?
Like many fruits in the grocery store, most kiwi are not ripe yet. Press the kiwi gently with your thumb. If it “gives” slightly, it is ready to eat. If not, no worries! Just place them on your counter for a few days. I buy several at a time so I can enjoy them throughout the week.
How to peel a kiwi?
You don’t eat the skin of the kiwi, but there are two schools of thought as to how to peel a kiwi.
I usually just grab a paring knife and peel it. Other people prefer the “spoon” method which can be good if you have younger children helping you in the kitchen. Click here for a video.
How to use kiwi?
Kiwi is so versatile that once you start using them you’ll find plenty of ways to use them, but here are some ideas to get you started:
- Slice it up and have with yogurt.
- Have it by itself or sliced up with other fruit such as peaches, blueberries, strawberries or even pears.
- Dice it up and serve it on pancakes or French toast with a small amount of maple syrup.
- Use them in a salad in place of tomato or clementines. Really – try it!
- Take a slightly under-ripe kiwi, dice it, and add it to a chicken salad for a sweet and tangy addition.
- Put thin slices in a peanut butter sandwich or on peanut butter toast instead of jam or jelly.
- Replace mangos in a recipe with kiwi.
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