Smoothies are said to be around since the early sixties with the term being considerably used to refer to the fruit and fruit juice based drinks consumed by the hippies. But officially, the smoothie was first launched by Stephen Kuhnau under the brand name of Smoothie King. The smoothie is usually made with fresh fruit or vegetables, mixed in a blender to which crushed ice, yoghurt or honey is added. They have a thicker consistency than juices and slush. The main difference between smoothies and milkshakes are that the latter contains ice creams. The drink became popular when they became available at cafe’s, coffee shops and even at the local ice cream vendor’s.
Smoothie makers are also available to simplify the task. It looks like a normal blender with a tap in front. Smoothies are considered to be healthier than fruit juice since it contains the entire fibrous content of the fruit. For the liquid base that it requires, you can choose between fruit juice, soy milk or even plain filtered water. Soft fruits like banana and strawberry are most commonly used and widely preferred. Fruits like apple and pine apple are also used though there are chances of the smoothie turning out lumpy because of the difficulty in crushing these fruits entirely.
Nowadays there is a trend to add health supplements to a smoothie in order to make it more nutritious. Wheat germ, Spirulina etc are examples of healthy additives to this drink. You can even freeze your smoothie for later use although consuming it soon after preparation is considered healthier. Here we shall discuss a basic recipe for a banana smoothie.
All you need is 1 ripe banana, 1/2 cup non fat yoghurt, 1 tbs honey and 1 cup crushed ice. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or a smoothie maker and your drink is ready within minutes. This is a healthy choice for a filling breakfast especially because it doesn’t taste too sweet.
Other fruits and vegetables can be substituted in place of the banana to make different tasting nutritious drinks. In fact there are scores of recipe books dedicated to this drink alone showcasing over 1000 varieties of the drink, some of them weird while others useful.
Summer is the perfect time to indulge in this chilled and refreshing drink. A useful tip to get a thicker and colder smoothie is to freeze your fruit before popping it into the blender. With more and more people turning into health freaks over time, smoothies are definitely here to stay!