While living in Greece I noticed that,without fail, my father-in-law ate a kiwi every morning. Even when visiting California, he made sure there was always kiwi on the breakfast table. I have always liked kiwi however I didn’t fall “in love” until my husband brought home the golden kiwi. This hairless kiwi, as I like to call it, is slightly sweeter, less tart and softer on the tongue. It is also loaded with vitamin C.
Studies have shown that vitamin C increases both hormone and fertility levels in the body as well as enhancing sperm quality and consistency. For these reasons, Hethir Rodriguez of Natural Fertility encourages couple to increase their intake of vitamin C when preparing for a baby.
Some of the foods with the highest vitamin C content are yellow bell peppers, guava, kale, kiwi, broccoli, broccoli, oranges, peas, papaya and cooked tomatoes. If you are into superfoods you can get a hefty dose of vitamin C from Acerola cherries, camu camu, amla, raw cacao and goji berries. Kiwis are my favorite.
Here are just a few of the reasons why:
- Delicious flavour.
- Easy to pack and eat on the go.
- Has over 20 vitamins and minerals, including zinc and folate- both important for conception.
- Low sugar content. Important for those of us that may have candida issues. If fact, eating kiwi ( and more vitamin C)) is how I finally overcame my candida overgrowth.
- Thanks to its enzyme component, actinidin, kiwis are great for digestion. For those of you with constipation issues while traveling, a kiwi or two after a long haul flight can really get things moving!
- The thermal nature of golden kiwis are neutral/warm, compared to traditional kiwis which are cold in nature and unsuitable for people with a cold constitution.
- Has more vitamin C than an orange. 92 mg/100g!
- Makes a great smoothie, like the one below.
Golden Kiwi Splash Smoothie
2 cups liquid (rejuvelac, water kefir, nut milk or water are my top choices)
2 large golden kiwis
1 cup blueberries*
2 TBSP hemp seeds
1 TBP cold pressed flax oil
1 TSP spirulina
Dash nutmeg (great for libido)**
1 TSP vitaspectrum (or vitamin supplement of choice)
1 scoop Sun Warrior brown rice protein powder (optional)
1 TSBP gelatinized maca powder (optional)***
- Whip up in your blender and serve immediately.
*If you like a sweeter smoothie, use mango or banana.
**Since spirulina and blueberries are cold foods, adding nutmeg can “warm” up the smoothie, making it more thermally balanced.
** Maca powder is also a fertility-friendly food. The gelatinized form might be a better option for you if you have thyroid or digestion issues. I don’t really like the taste so I tend to leave it out of my smoothies.