Fruit Smoothies

After reading a bit on The Juice and Smoothie Association (JASA)‘s website- yes, that’s a real thing- I found there to be quite a bit of history connected to this word, which goes back to at least the 1920s:

[smoo-thee] 1. a person who has a winningly polished manner: He’s such a smoothie he could charm the stripes off a tiger.
So that makes basic word-sense, obviously. But how did it become connected to fruity drinks? I hunted further around the website, where I learned that the word “smoothie” was first used by the Adler Company of Connecticut in 1932 as a trade name for the company’s line of women’s undergarments, and then as a trade name for other companies for automotive paints, gloves, and switch plates  ….What?
It was not until America’s vegetarianism fad in the late 1960s that smoothies (the word meaning a creamy fruit beverage this time, finally) became a popular drink offered in restaurants all around the country. Trademarks were registered, connecting the word to a brand of soft drinks, fruit slush, and frozen yogurt. Who even knows why this single word was so darn popular among, well, everyone? All I know is that they’re delicious, refreshing, and can be made probably about 547835630 different ways. I’ve given you recipes for three.
After quite a bit of experiment, I’ve found that the best tasting (and looking, because my superficiality apparently affects even the things I cook) is a vegan smoothie made with frozen bananas, fresh fruit, juice, and sometimes toasted nuts and/or ground flaxseed cereal. Go crazy and add yogurt too if you like, but I think that sometimes takes away from the great taste of the fruit.
– 1 frozen banana (I use them instead of ice, so the drink is ALL fruit, no water. But feel free to use ice, or any other frozen fruit)
– 1 ripe yellow peach
– 1 ripe mango
– 1/3-1/2 cup orange juice (this is an estimate, you may need more/less depending on how thick you like your smoothies)
– 2 tbsp toasted walnuts or ground flaxseed cereal (optional, but I swear you won’t even know they’re there, and the health benefits are worth it. Uncle Sam Toasted Whole Wheat Berry Flakes & Flaxseed is a great brand. Just give it a good pulsing in the food processor and store)
Place all in a blender. Blend. Drink.  (Whew, that was a tough one.)
– 1 frozen banana
– 1/2 cup strawberries
– 4 pitted cherries
– 1/3-1/2 cup cranberry-raspberry or cranberry-pomegranate (or cranberry-anything) juice
– 2 tbsp toasted walnuts or ground flaxseed cereal (optional)
Follow above directions.
– 1 frozen banana
– 1/2 cup blueberries
– 1/4 cup blackberries
– 1/3-1/2 cup cranberry-grape juice
– 2 tbsp toasted walnuts or ground flaxseed cereal (optional)
Follow above directions.

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