A smoothie is a blended sweetened drink made mostly from fresh fruits.
Others are made from vegetables too. In some cases, a smoothie can have cookies, raisins, peanut butter or chocolate. Yes, they’re sweet and cold and fruity and delicious, but the best thing about smoothies is that if you have a blender and two minutes to spare, you can make one in a jiffy. Once you do, you’ve got just -about a perfect snack.
Most smoothies are fruit based, which automatically makes them an excellent source of the disease-fighting nutrient. Many of these fruits, especially the tart ones like citrus, kiwi and strawberries are packed with tons of vitamin C, and others like the brownish-yellow -colored apricots, cantaloupe and mangoes are a powerhouse of beta-carotene, another strong antioxidant. Still other compounds like the quercetin, a flavonoid or a phytochemical that is found in grape skins, are powerful protectors in their right, helping to fight heart disease. The veggies most often used in smoothies, like carrots and tomatoes, are well-known for their nutritional punch. For the weight watchers and conscious diet aficionados, smoothies are a great meal substitute. Provided that there are no contraindications to having this as a food substitute, smoothies a dieter can surely incorporate smoothies into his or her meal plan.
Weight loss cocktail smoothies became very popular in the 1990’s and 2000’s. They have been widely available in almost all cafes and coffee shops for some time now and are even accessible in grocery stores which come in pre-bottled versions. What makes them so delectable, aside from the nutritional content, is the way these are prepared. All sorts of fixings can be placed on top of the smoothie such as peanuts, chocolates, cereals, marshmallows, chocolate cream, and lots of other mouth-watering decadences. For dieters, though, these delicious toppings are substituted by organic and dried fruits such as raisins, plums, walnuts, and herbs which are used on top of the smoothie as a garnish.
Originally, the smoothie began its popularity in the 1970’s.
It was coined by the hippies in the late 60’s, but it surged commercially during the 80’s as a sports and fitness supplement-fortified health food. Because consumers at that time wanted to have the same drink as most athletes were drinking at that time, it then became so popular in supermarkets and grocery stores that it eventually became a multi-billion dollar industry.
To date, there are thousands of smoothie companies around the world. Some of the most popular businesses in the United Stated nowadays are Jamba Juice, Smoothie King, and Orange Julius to name but a few.
Making a smoothie part of the marketing strategy of most smoothie companies today is their use of frozen yogurt, which is available in various types and flavors so that those who are watching their weight can opt for the non-fat or low-fat version. Indeed, the smoothie has come a long way regarding how it is prepared and presented. In Asia, smoothies are commonly mixed with tropical fruits like coconut, pineapples, rambutans, and avocados. They have some authentic local vegetables incorporated to the typical mango or banana smoothie, a unique mouth-watering treat that will surely wake up the foreign palate.