The Blender Girl takes smoothies to the next level in this comprehensive guide, helping you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. These 100 creative and delicious recipes are designed to fit your every need, whether you want to detox, lose a few pounds, get energized, or guard against seasonal colds. Each smoothie has three optional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, coconut oil, or wheat grass) that allow you to ramp up flavor, nutrient value, or both. Featuring gorgeous photography throughout, a smoothie pantry that demystifies unusual ingredients, icons to identify smoothies that fit your particular dietary needs, and strategies for achieving smoothie success, this accessible handbook makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.
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About the Author
As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, InStyle, Prevention, Real Simple, Thrive, Vegetarian Times, Living Without, Allergic Living, and New Idea; and online for Today, Shape, Glamour, Food Network, Parents, and Chow, among other publications and websites.
Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters. Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland white terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie.
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Six steps to spectacular smoothies
A basic smoothie contains three essential components: liquid, base, and the chill factor (ice, frozen fruit, or chilled liquid). The Pink Cooler (page 18) is a great example of a simple smoothie with just two ingredients. In this blend, watermelon provides the liquid and frozen strawberries combine with the melon to provide the base flavor as well as the chill factor.
step 1: start with a liquid
A 32-ounce (960ml; 2 servings) smoothie typically requires about 2 cups (480ml)
of liquid (choose one type or a combination of types, depending on your other ingredients). If your blend contains high-water-content foods like watermelon, cucumber, orange, or other types of melon, you may need little or no liquid.
step 2: choose your base
Add 2 to 3 cups (320 to 480g) of base ingredients to the liquid. Your base can be a single flavor or a combination of several ingredients.
step 3: get creamy or frosty
I think a creamy or frosty texture is a nonnegotiable element of a great smoothie. Select one item (or sometimes two) from the Cream list (page 10) in the quantities specified, then turn to The Smoothie Pantry on page 219 to choose complementary ingredients. If your base ingredients already deliver a creamy or frosty texture (for example, banana, mashed vegetables, or frozen fruits), you may not need to add anything from the Cream list.
step 4: go green
For maximum nutrition and to alkalize blends, I highly recommend adding some leafy greens. The greens section of The Smoothie Pantry will help you incorporate these with great success.
steps 5 and 6: boost your nutrition and add the magic
Boosters and what I call magic ingredients are optional, but they really increase the nutritional profile of any smoothie and amp up the wow factor. You could pick several items each from the Boosters and Magic lists (page 11) and get incredible results. Again, use The Smoothie Pantry as a guide for pairing flavors. Once you’ve tried the recipes in this book, and used the boosters and magic ingredients suggested, I bet they’ll become must-haves for you, too. After all, these aren’t six steps to basic smoothies—they’re six steps to spectacular smoothies.
Table of Contentssmoothie secrets
find your perfect blend
light and fruity
clean and green
an exotic ride
the smoothie pantry
flavor enhancers and sweeteners
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'd wager that there is almost no health condition in the world that a smoothie could not aid in its being overcome or managed, and almost no diet in existence that the addition of a smoothie could not also be beneficial. All I have to do to reach that conclusion, indeed, is read a well-researched cookbook like THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES: 100 GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN & PALEO-FRIENDLY RECIPES, by Tess Masters. Heck, right there in the book's subtitle, there are even listed three of the most common diets in society today. It doesn't get much more applicable than that. Let there be no confusion. Masters's work is no ordinary cookbook with dull, everyday recipes for the same old smoothies you can buy pre-made or pre-mixed anywhere (not that you'd want to ... it's always, always better to make and mix your own). Featuring a fabulous array of fresh, unique recipes with interchangeable add-ins and mix-ins so you can tailor each smoothie to your individual preferences and specific health needs, THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES has a recipe for every single reader, no matter what your dietary restrictions or health goals are. With unexpected combinations like almond milk, baby spinach, and frozen mango, or red grapefruit and fennel bulb, each of these smoothies is guaranteed to take your meal from mundane to an occasion to which to look forward. And each smoothie recipe also features a gorgeous photograph that will make even the most ... different ... combination of fruits and veggies sound mouth-watering and worth a try. Another gem in the book are the resources contained in the front and back matter, from insider tips on how to make the best smoothie possible from your available ingredients to an easy-to-follow and -understand in-depth survey of all the different ingredients you can use, including fruits, vegetables, liquids, spices and herbs, and more. If you're looking for a excellent all-in-one smoothie book to add to your cookbook, I cannot recommend THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES highly enough for your consideration. # # # Author: Tess Masters Title: THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES Publisher: Ten Speed Press ISBN: 978-1-60774-893-9 Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via the Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The Blender Girl Smoothies is a visually stunning book that offers such wonderful information for the health conscious individual. There are recipes galore! Both novices and experts will be able to appreciate the reading/learning/gustatory experience. Just a taste of one of these salubrious treats and anyone can be converted. Rating: 5/5 ***** Recommend: Yes Status: Health/Fitness/Wellness, Nutrition, Healthy Living, Foods/Cooking Audience: All
I’m constantly on the lookout to add new smoothies to my growing book and I’ve found a treasure trove in The Blender Girl Smoothies! While, worn my dietary restrictions, I can’t use all of these I’ve found more than enough to keep my daughter and I happy and healthy with new tastes for quite some time! I do think my favorite parts of the book though are the full explanations on how to mix smoothies, the benefits of each ingredient, and Ms. Master’s excitement for each recipe.