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National Smoothie Day
Friday, June 21, 2024, 8:00 AM CDT
Category: Nutrition & Dietetics Related Events

National Smoothie Day

A deliciously refreshing and satisfying treat, the smoothie is more than just a beverage–it can be substituted for an entire meal. All it takes is a blender and a few healthy ingredients to join in on the fun for National Smoothie Day!

History of National Smoothie Day

It seems natural that the invention of smoothies coincided with the invention of the electric blender, which is a key component of making these delicious treats. Of course, it would be ridiculous to try to make a smoothie with a hand blender!

Health food stores in California, Oregon and other western states of the US began getting creative with blenders to create these tasty and nutritious drinks. These drinks may have been an alternative version of Brazilian recipes where pureed fruit drinks were common. Or, perhaps the goal was to provide a healthier alternative to the rather recent creation of ice cream milkshakes that came around a decade earlier.

By the 1960s and 1970s, Orange Julius, Smoothie King and many other companies had entered the smoothie market in the USA. In 1964, the official drink of the World’s Fair, held in New York, was declared to be the Orange Julius.

Since that time, with people becoming even more and more interested in making sure they are eating a healthy diet, the popularity of smoothies has continued to grow.

2003 brought with it the introduction of the “Magic Bullet” which started the craze of personal blenders that let people drink directly from the blending vessel. This advantage made it even more convenient and easy to make smoothies at home, without a lot of mess or cleanup.

People all over the world continue to love smoothies and National Smoothie Day is an indication that the popularity of the smoothie is here to stay!