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Smooth as ice

Delicious and nutritious smoothies have been everywhere for about the last 10 years, but they are just so healthy, refreshing and tasty that they deserve their own UE blog.

A smoothie is a cold beverage that is made by mixing fruit and juice and sometimes ice in a blender. The use of frozen fruits often replaces the need for ice in the recipe. The most popular smoothie is the relatively simple banana, strawberry, OJ, and honey combo.

Though the term smoothie was coined by a cookbook in the 1960s, the first smoothies, fruit and ice, began with the invention of the blender in the 1930s. The smoothie was popularized in California as a healthy, non-dairy alternative to milkshakes. West coast health stores began popularizing today's versions of smoothies in the 70's and 80's.

The largest smoothie shops in the U.S. today are:
1) Jamba Juice (San Francisco)
2) Planet Smoothie (Atlanta)
3) Smoothie King (New Orleans)

Check out Smoothie-Recipes.Net - the definitive on-line collection of free high-quality smoothie recipes with 100's of smoothie-making tips.

The above smoothie was blended and photographed by UE.

posted by Michael Tavani @ 9:40 PM |


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