PEPTalks About Super Foods for Superior Health: The Kiwi

Mother Nature is a generous one.  She provides a cornucopia of natural foods that sustain and boost our health.  As a motivational speaker on health and wellness, I’ve decided to select just a handful of these super foods and rave about them one day at a time.  That will give you readers time to absorb their nutritional importance and be inspired to add them to your grocery list the next time you go.

The undisputed winner of this blog is so rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients that I’d give it the Academy Award of Nutrition is there were such a thing.  Hey!  I think I will create just such a thing!  “And the Award goes to……”

The KIWI !!

Here are some fun facts:

  • Originally called the Chinese gooseberry, it was officially renamed kiwifruit in the 1970’s in honor of the flightless native bird of New Zealand – and for greater market appeal during the Cold War era.
  • These fuzzy fruits (berries, actually) fly to the top of the list for potassium, Vitamin C and fiber.  In fact, 2 little kiwis have more potassium than a banana, twice the C and fiber of a small orange, plus folate, magnesium, E, copper and lutein!
  • Kiwi’s flavor is similar to a combination of strawberries and melon with a hint of tang.  They are ripe when slightly soft, a state that can be preseved for weeks if they’re refrigerated.
  • To prepare kiwis, cut them in half and spoon the flesh out of the skin, or peel them before cutting into slices.
  • Kiwi contains an enzyme that breaks down proteins.  Therefore it can be used as a meat tenderizer and be aware that if added to yogurt (like I like to do) the mixture should be consumed immediately otherwise you end up with a very watery yogurt (it’s still good, though).

Eaten alone or in a lovely mix of strawberries and blueberries (I like to think of the pleasing colors in my bowl), the adorable kiwi is a perfect fruit to add to our minimum goal of 2 fruits per day!

Happy Eating!

From Polly Pitchford, your fruit-loving motivational speaker.




Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Sounds like a good addition to any meat meal. It’s my understanding that we don’t assimilate protein as well as we age. Perhaps a side of kiwi fruit could be the solution.

  2. Okay then! Kiwi it is!  Oh and I saw a really cool platter of fruit that was arranged to be several palm trees using kiwi.  Picture this.  A banana sliced in half (lenthwise) was the trunk of the each palm.  Little wedges of tangerine were strategically arranged at the base of the trunks to look like a the palms were growing out of little circles of sand.  THEN – the fronds of the palms were little wedges of kiwi fanned out like palm fronds do.  Brilliant!!!

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