a Smoothie: JASA Ranks the Quality of Smoothie Products
Variant(s): or smooth·ie /'smü-[th]E/
Inflected Form(s): plural smooth·ies
Smoothies are a
sensation in healthy dining. They are basically a healthy meal in a
cup that can also double as a quick snack or dessert. Coupled together
with vitamin supplements, "power smoothies" can even offer
diet enhancement and dramatic weight control. Smoothies are the new
beverage and drinkable meal for the future.
The Juice and Smoothie
Association has a ranking system to assist consumers in defining the
quality of different kinds of smoothie products. Predicated on medals
often presented in competition, the system uses: platinum, gold, silver
The 2000's rendition
of a professional smoothie recipe is: fruit juice, fruit, crushed ice,
or nonfat frozen yogurt or soy milk. The product is generally made to
order within a specialty juice and smoothie bar and is blended in a
high-speed blender. The custom-made smoothie product can also include
vitamin supplements. Smoothies served in this setting are generally
deemed platinum or gold level smoothies. Here are the detail definitions:
- Is the smoothie made to order, using fresh ingredients?
- Is fresh-squeezed juice used?
- Is the fruit freshly cut?
- Are both of these items organic?
- High marks apply for any smoothie made to order and prepared with
all-natural ingredients. Freshly squeezed juice and real fresh fruit
also make for a top ranked smoothie.
- Is the smoothie made with any combination of fresh or 100% juice concentrates,
and/or IQF* (100% real frozen fruit) produce and made to order?
- High marks for a smoothie made to order using seasonal fruit or 100%
frozen fruit and 100% fruit juice from concentrates.
- Is the smoothie made from a starter mix or other proprietary smoothie
base, which uses 100% natural ingredients?
- This ranking is based on the ingredients that make up the smoothie
mix or starter base. Basically, if the contents are high quality, in
the way of 100% fruit purees and fruit juice, they qualify as a Silver
This product is
generally served via a dispenser machine, similar to soft-serve ice
cream, or blended in a high speed blender.
- Is the smoothie made from a prepackaged smoothie mix or a product
that is not 100% natural?
- Is the smoothie prepackaged and consumed out of a container?
- Any smoothie that does not contain natural ingredients falls into
this category, as do ready-to-drink smoothies found in grocery stores.
Products in cans
and prepackaged containers are generally available through grocery stores
and local markets. Typically, they are nectars, purees and/or kefir
yogurt/cultured milk combinations.
* IQF (individually
Quick Frozen) is a process that flash freezes using a two-stage process.
information was excerpted from, Smoothies! The Original Smoothie
Book: Recipes from the Pros
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