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Kiwi Honeydew Energy-Boosting Smoothie

Kiwi Honeydew Energy-Boosting Smoothie


Winter blew in slowly to my little corner of the Northeast, but now it seems it’s here to stay. And it’s cold. And the cold makes me want to stay home all day under my warm blanket with my trusty Kindle. But alas, life does not stop for the winter, so all of us cold-averse people will have to find a way to boost our energy supply instead.

Green smoothie, anyone?

A couple of months ago I moved, and one of the perks of my new place is a wonderful little fruit store on the corner. For one, it’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But most importantly, it has great produce at great prices—most recently kiwis, which I hadn’t seen for a while.

Kiwis, kiwis, kiwis. What to make with kiwis? Ice cream? A smoothie? Chutney? After a quick game of mental ping-pong, the smoothie won out, and I started thinking about what to pair it with. I know kiwi-strawberry is a common favorite, but I once mixed strawberries with a different green fruit, and the color was positively awful. So I decided to stick with green and other neutral colors: kiwi, honeydew, spinach and banana.

Now, there are several ways to make smoothies, and if you’re a regular smoothie-maker, no doubt you’ll have your own method down pat. But for the uninitiated, here’s how I do it.

Cut the fruit into pieces, and freeze on a flat surface. If you’re going to be storing some of the fruit for later, still freeze it on a baking sheet, and transfer it to an airtight container only once it’s fully frozen. This prevents “frozen fruit rage,” when two weeks down the line you find yourself bashing a solid block of icy fruit with a hammer to get the handful of pieces you actually need . . .

Now, pick a banana. I like to use the brownest, mushiest banana I can find. Sounds a little icky, but those are the sweetest, and I find the flavor gets mellowed by the coldness of the smoothie and the other ingredients.

Decide which type of milk you’ll use. I usually use almond milk, but you can use cow milk, soy milk or any other milk alternative.

Want to boost the nutrition level of this drink even further? Add some seeds—I like chia, flax and wheat germ. Add one, two or all three. Skip the seeds entirely if they scare you; it’s still a super smoothie!

Time to put it all together. Take out your blender. Throw in all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add some ice for a thicker drink. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.

You can play around with the ingredient amounts, but here’s my recipe:


  • 1 overripe banana
  • ¼ of a large honeydew
  • 3 kiwis
  • 1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup almond milk (use cow milk, soy milk or other alternative for the same results)
  • optional: 1 tbsp. chia seed, 1 tbsp. ground flax seed, 1 tbsp. wheat germ
  • optional: ice


  1. Cut the melon and kiwi into small pieces, and freeze.
  2. Blend the frozen fruit, banana, spinach, milk and seeds.
  3. Add ice to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

Yields: 2 large servings.

Made extra? Got picky kids who won’t try a green smoothie? Try freezing some into ices! If you live in the Southern Hemisphere and are roasting away under the hot summer sun, this recipe is for you too. A cold, sweet, nutrient-dense, sugar-free treat, what could be better?

If you’re shivering just at the thought of an ice-cold smoothie, stay tuned for a much warmer winter recipe next week.

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
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Rishe Deitsch Brooklyn January 13, 2013

fun is right hhhmmm, six daughters from ages 3 - 16? I think I know who that is. and that house IS fun... largely thanks to the author of his website Miriam Szokovski, who tries out her recipes for this blog in that house, sometimes you gotta walk in at just the right moment or it all disappears instantly because of those six daughters ages 3 - 16, y'know Reply

Miriam Szokovski January 13, 2013

Thanks! Thank you everyone for the lovely feedback. I'm so glad so many of you are going to try it!

Joy - that's a great tip to know. I've always wondered about that. Thank you! Reply

Rishe Deitsch Brooklyn January 7, 2013

Frozen fruit rage? Miriam, you're hysterical!! Reply

Joy January 7, 2013

honeydew TIP: you should be able to smell the spot on the honeydew where it detached from the vine to tell of it is really ripe. It should smell very sweet. When you cut into a honeydew and it is green inside it is not fully ripe. A honeydew should be white except for just a bit near the rind (like the white part on a watermelon rind). Reply

Anonymous Melbourne AU January 7, 2013

thanks from Australia It's mighty hot here and this looks perfect! Reply

Samantha January 3, 2013

yummy sounds yummy!

i might try this but i'll replace the honeydew w coconut juice (or coconut powder). i mostly juice- but these are soft fruits which lend themselves better for blending. i learned that the hard way when i froze a banana and i thought it would juice and instead no juice came out : (P but i opened the juicer and ate the creamy banana teeheehe Reply

Graham-Michoel Wellington January 2, 2013

Kiwi Fruit So good to see this recipe promoted. Here in Aotearoa New Zealand one of our prime industries - kiwi fruit - is struggling thanks to someone introducing a pest. But we are fighting back. Please buy more kiwi fruit, one of the chief sources of vitamin C. Reply

chasida December 31, 2012

really nice recipe! i wanted to start juicing what an encouraging delicious start.

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Esther G brooklyn December 30, 2012

fun and nutritious I tried the smoothie to give my kids a healthy treat considering that they are home with the sniffles. Huge hit with my six daughters spanning from age 3 to 16 years old. I made it extra sweet with a bit more banana. Reply

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