This delicious and perfectly refreshing kiwi quencher tropical smoothie combines sweet strawberries, tasty kiwi, and protein-rich yogurt. This strawberry kiwi smoothie recipe is so good that you will want one every day for breakfast or as a midday snack!
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What is a kiwi quencher?
Tropical Smoothie Café’s kiwi quencher combines kiwi, strawberries, non-fat yogurt, and ice for a frosty drink that is incredibly refreshing and delicious.
While in Dallas, my cousin always takes me to Tropical Smoothie Café, and we drink our way through their menu. Last time, she insisted that I try their kiwi quencher smoothie. I was a bit hesitant at first because kiwis aren’t exactly my favorite fruit.
But after one sip, I was instantly hooked. Kiwi blended with strawberries is such a delightful combination, and the creamy, frothy texture of the smoothie is truly so good. I like it so much that I got another one on our way home.
There’s just one problem. Tropical Smoothie Café doesn’t have any locations in Ireland (where I live). So, I just had to come up with my own recipe that I could whip up as a quick breakfast at home. Now I’m excited to share it with you!
Why you’ll love this kiwi strawberry smoothie
- Fruity and fresh deliciousness! Take my word for it, the combination of frozen strawberries and juice kiwi means incredibly fruity flavor and creamy, thick texture.
- Easy to make smoothie. The process of making this drink is super simple, using just 5 easy-to-find and nutritious ingredients.
- It’s so versatile. You can make this Tropical Smoothie Café recipe your own really easily by swapping out and adding ingredients. I’ve listed a few ideas in the variations section.
Filled with a healthy dose of fresh fruit, packed with yogurt, and so delicious, this kiwi quencher tropical smoothie recipe is seriously the best. See the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post for exact measurements. Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
- Kiwi: Stock full of vitamins and antioxidants, kiwis are perfect for smoothies and snacking. Ripe, juice kiwis are best because they are sweeter and more aromatic. Unripe kiwis are quite firm and taste tart. I used green kiwi, but golden kiwis are a great choice, too.
- Strawberries complement kiwis so well, and they are rich with vitamin C and provide natural sweetness. Be sure to use frozen strawberries to make the smoothie super thick and silky.
- Yogurt makes the drink filling and satisfying by adding protein. Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt is a great option, but my personal favorite for this smoothie recipe is lime yogurt. If you need the recipe dairy-free, use a plant-based/vegan yogurt or swap in coconut cream.
- Milk adds to the creaminess. Any type of milk will work here, dairy milk or dairy-free options such as almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, or coconut milk.
- Maple syrup: Adding a sweetener is optional, but I like the little extra sweetness. You could also use honey or agave syrup.
How to make a kiwi quencher smoothie
This kiwi quencher tropical smoothie only takes 5 minutes to put together. And once you try kiwi and strawberry in a smoothie, you won’t go back! You will be enjoying this healthy smoothie in no time at all, just follow these steps:
- Layer ingredients. Put the milk, maple syrup, yogurt, kiwi, and frozen strawberries into your blender. Your smoothie will blend best if you add the ingredients in that order, starting with the liquids and adding the frozen berries on top.
- Blend. Blend until smoothie. I like to blend in 1-minute increments and stir in between to see if there are any fruit chunks remaining.
- Adjust the texture (only if needed). If your smoothie is too thin, add more frozen strawberries to help thicken the smoothie right up. And in case the texture is too thick, add some more milk to thin it out a bit.
- Serve. Pour the smoothie into glasses. If desired, garnish your smoothie with fresh strawberry and kiwi and serve with a straw. Enjoy and drink up!
Tips for the best kiwi smoothie
If you love making smoothies and are looking for healthy and tasty ones, then this kiwi quencher tropical smoothie is for you! And while the recipe is straightforward to make, I have several top tips for a perfect smoothie every time.
- Frozen strawberries are a must. Fresh strawberries will make your strawberry kiwi smoothie watery and thin. Frozen berries will give you a super thick, cold, and creamy consistency. Tip: Let your strawberries defrost on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes to blend easier.
- Load your ingredients in the right order. Start with the liquids, then add the yogurt and kiwi, and finally the frozen strawberries. If you have a hard time blending this, you might have loaded it up wrong.
- Increase the speed while blending. For a nice smooth texture, start blending on low and gradually increase the speed to high. If necessary, add a little more milk to get the ingredients moving. Before serving, give your smoothie a quick stir and if you notice chunks remaining, blend again.
Variations & add-ins
This kiwi quencher tropical smoothie recipe is really quite versatile – feel free to add or swap in your favorite ingredients. Try one of the following ideas to make your strawberry kiwi smoothie super satisfying:
- Other fruits: Try different fruits in your kiwi quencher drink. Frozen pineapple, mango, or peach chunks pair really well with strawberries and kiwi. Frozen raspberries are an excellent substitute for strawberries. And adding a frozen banana will make your smoothie extra creamy.
- Extra protein: In addition to yogurt, you can add 1 to 2 scoops of your favorite protein powder. I love to use fun flavors to go well with the fruits I’m using. Peanut flour is another tasty option, that will up the protein content and adds delicious flavor.
- Seeds: Ground chia seeds, flaxseeds, and hemp seeds are rich sources of fiber, minerals, and healthy fats. Feel free to enrich your smoothie with up to 1 tablespoon of any of these seeds.
- Greens: Baby spinach is my favorite leafy green to sneak into smoothies. Add 1 cup, and you won’t even notice it because the taste is almost undetectable. You could also try kale, beet greens, Swiss chard, or arugula.
- Refrigerator: Store leftover smoothie in a lidded jar or airtight container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days.
- Freezer: Freeze your kiwi smoothie in freezer-safe mason jars or ice cube trays for up to 2 months. Let smoothie jars defrost in the fridge overnight before serving. Frozen smoothie ice cubes can be used from frozen. Just toss them in your blender and process them until smooth and creamy.
More fruit smoothies
If you love frosty drinks like this kiwi quencher tropical smoothie, then you must try some of our other fruit smoothie recipes. They are filling, and we enjoy them for breakfast or as a midday snack. You will love them!
- Bahama Mama Smoothie
- Sunrise Sunset Smoothie
- Peanut Paradise Smoothie
- Triple Berry Ota Smoothie
- Mango Magic Smoothie