Today is July 1st, to me the true beginning of summer and the perfect day to share the news that Tess Masters has published a new cookbook: The Blender Girl Smoothies. 100 gluten-free, vegan, & paleo-friendly recipes, to help you “blast your way to good health and blended bliss”, all summer long. Hurray!
To those who read my blog, you probably already know, I’m huge fan of Tess Masters’ work. I was wowed by her first cookbook, the Blender Girl, and wrote about it here. Tess has taken something seemingly mundane and turned it into a high art form. She’s created levels of flavor and texture that one never could have imagined possible in a glass. Her blender sensations are truly a sensorial delight, and chock-full of nutrients for optimal health to boot.
I’m somebody who works smoothies and juicing into my diet, sometimes for a meal, sometimes for a day, and at the start of every season, for 3 days. I have gone as long as 10 days on a liquid diet, but that was before I’d discovered Tess’s recipes and at the time, it was too darn long. I was bored, and felt deprived. Well, good bye deprivation! With this book, I’d happily take a month to revel in the endlessly delicious possibilities of drinking smoothies all day! Just look at a brief snapshot of the beauties you get to choose from!
The Blender Girl Smoothies book is based on The Blender Girl Smoothies app that launched in October 2014. To celebrate the launch of the book, the app is being offered at the special rate of 99c until July 6th. Get it while it’s cool!
In addition to this, in honor of the book’s launch, Tess is hosting a huge giveaway with KitchenAid. One LUCKY winner in the U.S has a chance to win a KA Gift Pack (Torrent Blender, Pro-Line Stand Mixer, and Pro-Line food processor) valued at $2,000! The giveaway runs for the whole month of July and is open to residents of the US. To enter, here’s the link.
And for a sneak peak, read on….
pomegranate slam it!
With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an antiaging tonic.
1 1⁄2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1⁄4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
1⁄8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
1⁄2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
1 cup (125g) ice cubes
1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
1⁄2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.
nutritional facts (per serving)
Calories 232 kcal | Fat 6 g | Saturated fat 0 g | Sodium 23 mg | Carbs 45 g | Fiber 6 g | Sugars 37 g Protein 2 g | Calcium 79 mg | Iron 0 mg
This is a cold-and-flu buster and potent detoxifier, all in one zesty cocktail! The bromelain in pineapple suppresses coughs and loosens mucus, while mint clears respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. The vitamin C in limes has antibiotic power, anti-inflammatories in kale and pineapple combat arthritis, and ginger boosts immunity, aids digestion, and adds a powerful zing.
1 cup (240ml) coconut water or water
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
3 limes, peeled and quartered
1 cup (25g) torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
1/2 cup (18g) firmly packed mint
2 cups (320g) frozen pineapple
5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Reprinted from THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Copyright © 2014 Anson Smart
TESS MASTERS BIO
Australian-born Tess Masters is an actor, cook, and author of The Blender Girl cookbook, The Blender Girl Smoothies, and creator of The Blender Girl Smoothies app. She shares her enthusiasm for healthy living on theblendergirl.com.
As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the L.A Times, Washington Post, InStyle, Real Simple, Prevention, Family Circle, Clean Eating, Vegetarian Times, Living Without, Allergic Living, Thrive, New Idea, The Age, Today.Com, Yahoo.com, Shape.Com, Glamour.Com, FootNetwork.Com, Parents.Com, Chow.Com, among other websites, blogs, and publications around the world.
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.
UPDATE: 1/18/13 PLEASE SEE THAT YOU CAN STILL ENTER THIS MAMA COOKS FREE GIVEAWAY OF ALLERGY-FREE AND EASY COOKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!!!
Oh, I have been remiss. I have been very busy, working on my cookies and missed Friday altogether last week. Apologies, and I will announce the select recipes from two weeks ago today. You have not been overlooked, dear readers!
But first, I want to let you know about 5, that’s right, 5 Free Giveaways and Reviews of my new cookbook, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, that are going on right now, at 5 of my favorite Allergy-Friendly blogs. This means you have not 1, but 5 chances to win a free copy. In order of deadlines, they are:
Ginger Lemon Girl – GIVEAWAY Deadline January 15th
“Cybele does an amazing thing here… as a sophisticated wife, mom, entrepreneur, chef, and home cook she takes the gluten-filled foods you loved and remember and turns them into allergen-free masterpieces with basic, healthy ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now.” ~ Carrie Forbes
Cook It Allergy Free – GIVEAWAY Deadline January 16th
“This baby is a goldmine of simple meals that everyone in the family will love and yet not even realize are also Allergy-Friendly!” ~ Kim Maes
The Food Allergy Mama – GIVEAWAY Deadline January 18th
“It’s brand-spanking new, and has quickly become my go-to cookbook for easy meals that my family will actually eat, and I will actually enjoy making because they are so fast and easy.” ~Kelly Rudnicki
(Plus check out Kelly’s gorgeous new site!)
This Mama Cooks – GIVEAWAY Deadline MIDNIGHT January 18th
“I’ve already made her Garam Masala Lamb Chops with CuminQuinoa, which was fantastic and a huge hit with my family. To quote my daughter, Lucie, “I really don’t like quinoa, Mom. But this is so good!” She even got her brother to eat it!” ~ Anne-Marie Nichols
Brooklyn Allergy Mom – GIVEAWAY Deadline January 31st
“Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking” … will quickly become the essential guide for any parent dealing with multiple food allergies who wants to create family-friendly food within 30-minutes.” ~ Heidi Bayer
Thank you for contributing to last week’s Allergy-Friendly Friday! Here are the recipe highlights from last week’s roundup. Remember, the featured recipes are also being featured on my Allergy-Friendly Friday Highlights Pinterest board, so check them out there, along with other featured allergy-friendly recipes from weeks past. If you have been featured, I encourage you to grab the Allergy Friendly Friday badge from my right sidebar and share it on your blog, so others know you’ve got a featured recipe on Allergy-Friendly Friday.
- Apple Blueberry Salad from Vegetarian Mamma
- Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup (allergy-friendly) from The Rice of Life
- Allergy-Free Granola from Conscious Eatery
Please add your allergy-free and/or gluten-free recipe links to Allergy-Friendly Friday. PLEASE remember you have to link back from your post, for me to feature your recipe. That means link WITH A HYPERLINK THAT LINKS BACK HERE. When you link back to this post, you can share both your own and everybody else’s.And remember, I specialize in creating gluten-free recipes that are free of the top 8 food allergens, but yours do not have to be. They just have to be allergy-friendly in SOME way.
- Please link back to this post so your readers can find all the recipes. This is a sharing page.
- Link to your recipe, not to your homepage.
- Recipes do not have to be completely allergen-free, just allergy-friendly in some way.
- When you link, let us know who you are. For example, I might add Allergy-Friendly Halloween Cupcakes (firstname.lastname@example.org)