By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
Cold weather and runny noses are all around for many of us. Are you looking to boost up your defenses through some good old Vitamin C? Here’s a fun fact that may surprise you, which of the following has the most of this important antioxidant per serving?
Hmmm, could it be the usual suspect orange? Per serving, the little kiwi has twice the Vitamin C of an orange!* Mind you a serving of kiwi is about 2 kiwis or just over 3/4 cup of the sliced fruit. Include this super star in your fruit salads, mixed into fresh juice or for a snack all by itself. Here are some delicious C-rich combos: Kiwi+Strawberry+Lime, Kiwi+Pineapple+Blueberry, Kiwi+Mango+Papaya. To choose a ripe kiwi each time, feel for one that has a medium softness – too hard is under ripe and too soft is overripe.
Now the real challenge is how to get into the good stuff behind the furry exterior without making a big sticky mess. Here’s my favorite technique, but I’ll admit it’s a work in progress — Cut off the ends of the kiwi, then slice in half. Place each half cut side down onto a plate. Hold onto the skin with one hand and scoop out the flesh using the other hand. Cut into slices if desired.