September 9, 2015

The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes by Tess Masters

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I find myself making more and more smoothies, lately. What's not to love about them? They're healthy, delicious, and typically super easy to make! Even so, I found myself running out of creative ideas for the blender. After using the same recipes over and over, I was looking to try something new. That's when I came across The Blender Girl Smoothies, and knew I had to give it a look.


ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Australian-born TESS MASTERS is a writer, actor, voiceover artist, and self-professed blendaholic. She shares her enthusiasm for healthy living at theblendergirl.com. 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.





All of the recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies are not only vegan, but they're completely gluten-free. There are even some paleo-friendly ideas to try. What I really like about this book is that it not only includes 100 great healthy recipes, but there are also a few extra chapters that contain all kinds of helpful information to get you started on some amazing smoothie making creations. 



Some of my favorite features include:

  • Chapter 1 offers a ton of smoothie tips and secrets such as the difference between buying frozen verses fresh vegetables/fruits and the best way to order your ingredients into the blender. Tess Master even breaks down six steps to achieving spectacular smoothies

  • Chapter 2 includes ideas on how to find your perfect smoothie blend. There is a symbol key for reference – highlighting flavor profiles and nutritional benefits (detox, energizing, inflammation, weight loss, protein rich, contains nuts, immunity, alkaline, and unsweetened). Each recipe in the book is also marked with the symbols from this key to show you which benefits that particular smoothie offers.

  • The Smoothie Pantry in chapter 4 offers a list of products and ingredients that the author typically keeps in her kitchen. (This section was in the back of the book, but I think it would be more beneficial to place it in the front, prior to the recipe chapter. Either way, the information included was very helpful)

  • There is even a resource section in the back of the book that shows the author's favorite products. From flavor enhancers to brands of tea to various kitchenware, you'll find a lot of helpful recommendations here.


The recipes included in this book are not only super easy to make, but are chock full of healthy ingredients. The symbols at the top of each recipe help readers find that perfect smoothie blend for them. Whether looking to fight inflammation, detox, or even get a nice immunity boost, there's bound to be a smoothie recipe in here for everyone. My personal favorites are the Antioxidant Avenger, Brain Blast, Apple Pie in a Glass, Avo-Nana Bread, and Chai Tai.


All in all, I'm really glad to have come across The Blender Girl Smoothies. Now that my family and I have been enjoying smoothies more and more, this book will definitely come in handy for future creations that are both delicious and extremely healthy.


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