History: In many parts of fruit crazy Latin America, juicing has been a part of the culture for more than 80 years. It took a bit longer to make its way into the American mainstream, but it got more popular in the 1960’s (particularly in California, where South American trends have some room to grow), when “fruit juice smoothies” gained a foothold as a healthy alternative to the mainstay milk shake.
How the juice concoction got the name we use now, however, is a matter of debate. According to this site here, “the word smoothie has been used to describe many products over the years. From bicycles, girdles, to ball point pens. There is even a popular band called the Smoothies. However, the word, in relation to the frozen beverage industry did not really become generic until Smoothie King of Kenner, Louisiana, made the word a household name.” For more, you can check out these sites here and here.
Why is it awesome? Delicious, nutritious and fast. What’s not to like? If you have some spare fruits and a bit of orange juice, you can make yourself an amazingly refreshing and frothy burst of fruit goodness. Do it.
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup strawberries(fresh or frozen)
- 1 banana or 1 mango
- Put all ingredients in a blender and puree.
- Pour in a glass.
Nutritional benefits: As long as you use natural orange juice (one that doesn’t have any extra sugar in it), this thing is like a health bomb. In other words, there are too many health benefits to name. Just enjoy the smoothie.