Scrumptious Summertime Smoothies

Healthy, delicious drinks that provide a nutrient boost while tempting your taste buds.

| July/August 2003

  • Squeezing in your fruit and veggie servings for the day can be made easier with smoothies.

We know we need them. We know they help prevent a host of modern diseases, including cancer and heart disease. The National Cancer Institute recommends that you eat five servings of fresh vegetables and three servings of fresh fruit daily, but research shows that significant numbers of people are not meeting these dietary objectives.

One of the easiest ways to consume your fruits and vegetables is to drink them. And every year, more and more people are doing just that. According to the California–based Juice and Smoothie Association, by July 2002 the juice and smoothie business topped $1 billion in sales. Fast and easy to make, smoothies are also becoming the beverage of choice at home, where you can choose the ingredients you use, ensuring their freshness and quality.

Children are among the biggest fans — and beneficiaries — of smoothies, which deliver phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals so essential for growing bodies. Teaching them how to make their own satisfying and nutritious drinks will build a healthy habit that will last a lifetime. By 9 or 10, children are capable of learning the basics of operating a blender safely and cleaning it when they’re finished. So there’s really no reason why children shouldn’t be drinking much of their nutrition.

People at every point in the life cycle, from singles to empty nesters to the elderly, are discovering the simplicity and nutritional benefits of smoothies. Because the beverages are so quick and easy to make and require minimal cleanup, smoothies are ideal to prepare in the small quantities that suit one or two people. They are also a delicious medium in which to take herbal medicines and nutritional supplements. Whisking in other healthful ingredients, such as protein powder, ginseng or wheat germ, boosts smoothies’ already high nutritional value.

What is a Smoothie?

Smoothies came to us via the beaches of California, where warm weather and cool, healthy drinks are part of the culture. With the introduction of blenders, Californians could buy blended thirst-quenching drinks made with orange juice, bananas and strawberries (with or without ice) right on the beach. It wasn’t long before other combinations were created and a whole new category of beverages came into existence.

Smoothies can be made from fruits, vegetables, herbs and/or a variety of other healthy ingredients. Smoothies require a liquid base — anything from juice or milk to broth or herbal tea. They can be served hot, cold, at room temperature — even frozen. During the heat of summer or after an intense workout, there is no better way to lower your body temperature than with a refreshing, cold smoothie.

Tamara Bennett
2/21/2014 9:54:16 AM

every time I click on a recipe in this article it just brings the article back up - too bad the recipes might be good.......

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