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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Peach Smoothie

 
 For many years, I had this misconception that smoothie has to do something with fruit and yogurt while a milkshake involves fruit and milk. That was until I read about the history of smoothie somewhere. According to wiki, a smoothie is a fruit based, blended and (sometimes) sweetened beverage. Sometimes chocolate or peanut butter may be added as well. Besides fruit, it may include crushed ice, frozen fruit, honey or syrup. They may also contain dairy products like milk, yogurt or ice-cream. And coming to ice-cream, there are divided opinions about whether it can be used in a smoothie or not. Some believe that ice-cream is added to milkshakes and not smoothies. As long as I know it tastes yummy, I don't care whether the ice-cream goes into a milkshake / smoothie. :)

It turns out that pureed fruits and fruit slushes have been a part of many cultures across the world for many centuries. The word "Smoothie" supposedly first appeared in 1940 in connection with the then newly commercialized electric blender. In short, the invention of electric blender paved the way for smoothies in America. The waring corporation (who financially backed the inventor of the blender, Fred Osius) had published a booklet that contained a dozen early recipes of "Milk Smoothees". Mabel Stegner, a Home Economics Consultant developed these recipes for the blender company and she coined the word "smoothie" for the first time in her article "Let the blender do it for you" in the year 1940. Her instructions to smoothie preparation were to add a banana / strawberries / pitted cherries / diced vegetables to a few ounces of a liquid base of one's choice. The liquid base can be milk / fruit juice / tomato juice or any other desired liquid. And the recipe mentions that in under one minute comes out a banana milk smoothie, a fruit nectar or a raw vegetable cocktail.

Smoothies were made initially in households that owned blenders. The first smoothie flavors were limited to the seasonal fruits available until refrigerators started appearing in homes. Banana, strawberries and pineapple used to be the most commonly available and popular flavors. The invention of blender and refrigerator during the early 1900's have revolutionized the smoothie making business. Other berries and exotic fruits came into the smoothie world once refrigerators became popular among households. The fruits could be now frozen and stored for using during the off-season. The smoothies gained popularity once the  ice-cream vendors and health food stores started selling them during 1960's. 
(Source:wiki) 
I kept it simple for today's smoothie. I just blended a cup of peach slices, a cup of yogurt, some ice cubes and a small quantity of sweetener. The resulting beverage was thick, creamy and real yummy.

This is going to be a part of "Smoothies" week, at BM #43

Comments

13 comments:

vaishali sabnani said...

Good information. .and peach has such a lovely flavour I am sure the smoothie must have tasted divine.

sneha datar said...

A healthy smoothie.

Srivalli said...

Good notes on smoothies..:)..anytime for these delicious drinks..your glass is surely inviting!

Varadas Kitchen said...

That was an interesting read. The smoothie looks great - thick and creamy

lavina agarwal said...

looks yummy..nice info about smoothies..thanks for sharing

Manjula Bharath said...

wow thats super creamy milkshake with peach :) looks yummy dear !!

Harini-Jaya R said...

Interesting history of smoothies. A glass full of creamy goodness as well!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Healthy and tasty looking smoothie. Excellent preparation.
Deepa

Sapana Behl said...

Peach smoothie looks so creamy and delicious !

Srividhya said...

simple yet delicious :-)

Priya Suresh said...

Who can resist to this droolworthy smoothie, one more delicious smoothie, would love to finish.

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Denny said...

ver informative post on smoothies..nice job!