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I found an excellent article written by Andrew Potter about high school students starting a smoothie shop.

At-Risk students at an alternative high school are learning how to research a business, write and execute a business plan, serve customers and do some accounting by operating a smoothie shop.

Calling it the Bottoms Up Smoothie Spot, or BUSS, they offer smoothies made from fruit, fruit juice and frozen yogurt. They sell for only $2, include five different flavors, ~ strawberry and banana being the most popular ~ and are apparently quite the popular beverage at the Marshalltown Learning Academy.

And best of all, it’s open to the public!
Try it out and post a comment here about your experience!

Meanwhile, conclusions on the connections between Depression and Bone Mineral Density were reported in Biological Psychiatry, in the journal of Sept 01, 2009.

Their findings portray depression as a significant risk factor for low BMD. Do you know someone who is suffering from depression? Economic times are taking a toll on many of us these days. Slip some Smoothie Essentials Calcium Blend to someone you care about.


About Smoothie Essentials - ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at or by emailing

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