What is a Smoothie?
Typically, a smoothie is a cold beverage that contains fruit or vegetables, blended together with ice cream, milk or yogurt until a smooth texture is achieved.
In the 1920’s Stephen J. Poplawski, invented a drink mixer, making it easier to make milkshakes at home. A few years later Fred Osius improved on Poplawski’s idea by creating a blender, which was capable of blending fruit. With the growth of the healthy food movement in the 1960’s the popularity of smoothie’s increased.
The real turning point for the smoothie was in the 1970’s, when Steven Kuhnau discovered he was lactose intolerance and unable to digest milkshakes. He devised frozen blends of fresh fruit, and fruit juice and discovered that not only did they taste good, but they also helped control his allergies and blood glucose levels. Kuhnau went on to establish Smoothie King in 1973, and today Smoothie King has more than 600 shops in the USA (they also owe the naming rights to the arena of NBA New Orleans Pelicans basketball team). The smoothie was born.
In the UK we spend more than £100m per year on smoothies with the NutriBullet blender, being the number 1 Christmas gift of 2015 at John Lewis. However, health experts are warning that the smoothie revolution is not all smooth sailing. Some of the fruit-packed smoothies include free sugars, while some people are replacing meals with smoothies.
Smoothies are they Good or Bad?
Some smoothies on sale in the UK have more than 10 teaspoons of sugar in them. While it’s true that some of the sugars are from fruit and yogurt, this is huge amount of sugar to ingest in a 10-minute slurp-fest. Additionally, with the blender doing all the chewing for us, the result may well be too much of a sugar rush for some. So bearing that in mind, we know that if they are not made with the right ingredients or over consumed smoothies may not be the health giving beverage it was intended to be.
What about the benefits of smoothies? Some people find it difficult to eat a banana, an orange, a handful of berries or green vegetables throughout the day, it only takes a few minutes to blend ingredients which maybe more appetising in a liquid form. Blending all these nutritious foods together can also make it easier to achieve your 5-A-Day, thus providing essential nutrients for your body. If there is a certain vitamin or mineral you want to focus on, you can easily modify your smoothie recipe to accommodate your needs.
Smoothie Bike Package
Smoothies are appealing to most people because they can be nutritious and healthy. Make your own at home experimenting with some of your favourite ingredients, add some oats, mix fruit with vegetables and you’ll get a nutritious boost. Alternatively invite Healthy Eating Solutions to boost the health and wellbeing of staff with our ‘Ultra Smoothie Bike Package’. This package comes with tantalising flavours such as the ‘The Immuniser’ – Strawberry, Kiwi, Pineapple, ‘Blue Banana’ Blueberries and banana or The Passionista – Passion Fruit, Mango, Pineapple mixed with fruit juice and a low fat yogurt and topped with healthy eating and nutritional advice and a whole lot of fun!