Happy National Smoothie Day!

Happy first day of summer, everyone! June 21st also happens to be national smoothie day so to celebrate, we’re offering up a delicious summery smoothie recipe that you’re gonna love!

First, though, let’s give a nod to national smoothie day by taking a quick look at the history of smoothies in North America.

Things really got going in North America, smoothie-wise, in the 1930s. Why? Because that’s when the consumer electric blender was invented by Stephen Poplawski. Remember, electric kitchen appliances were still a novelty at this time. Refrigeration was only available 15 years earlier, in 1915 and many homes didn’t have them until the 1930s.

Health food stores were among the first to see the potential in delivering nutrients to their customers in a drinkable form. Smoothies were usually offered up as sweet drinks, often featuring bananas, juice, strawberries, etcetera. They were basically juiceshakes.

Smoothies hit their stride in the 1960s with the popularity of the macrobiotic and health food movement.

Then the 2000s hit and somebody decide to throw leafy vegetables into a smoothie. Spinach, kale, celery, and broccoli became part of a drink.

Smoothies are not a North American invention. Centuries ago, in South America, people drank something called “fruit slush.” One of the first smoothies that appeared in North America in 1926 was born out of an orange juice stand in Los Angeles. The owner’s name was Julius Freed and he made about $20 a day selling the drink. Then his real estate broker, a man by the name of Bill Hamlin, got involved. Hamlin had a sensitive stomach so he made a mixture that included oranges along with milk and ice that made the oranges less acidic. Sales increased to $100 a day.

We all know what happened next… Orange Julius is one of the most popular drink stands in malls across North America.

In honour of Orange Julius’s history and national smoothie day, may we present:

A Devilish Good Drink

  • 2 peeled oranges

  • 1 frozen, peeled banana (we half ours before throwing it into the blender to ensure even distribution. This will depend on how powerful your blender is)

  • ¼ cup almond milk (sub with orange juice if you want a sweeter smoothie)

  • 2 handfuls ice cubes

  • 2 tsp vanilla

  • Optional - 1 scoop of your favourite vanilla-flavoured protein powder

 Blend and enjoy!