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

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  • Pink cooler

    • mharriman on July 11, 2019

      A great way to use up watermelon. Makes a quick, refreshing summer drink. I started my breakfast with it. I had to pour in a half cup water to get the watermelon chunks, frozen strawberries, and mint to blend easily.

  • Grapefruit-straw

    • mharriman on January 10, 2020

      Delicious. I used fresh squeezed juice from a red grapefruit which made 1 cup, added 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries, a half teaspoon of honey, 2 teaspoons of chia seeds, and a full teaspoon of minced ginger for 1 person. I did have to add more water to the designated amount to get everything to blend. In the end, my measurements didn't correspond exactly to a single serving, but the results were great. This made 22 ounces, way more than I wanted to drink. Husband tried a glass and really liked it. This makes a very icy drink. It would be especially good on a hot day.

  • Cran-orange crave

    • mharriman on September 02, 2017

      Refreshing! Great twist on a smoothie using freshly squeezed orange juice. For one serving, I used two navel oranges to come up with 1/2 cup juice (orange #1) and the quartered orange sections (orange #2).

  • Tangerine tango

    • mharriman on January 24, 2020

      Light and delicious. Mine was a mandarin orange tango instead of tangerine since that’s what I find this time of year where I live. I used frozen peaches instead of frozen mango. The freshly squeezed lime juice adds a nice added citrus dimension. A nice way to drink OJ instead of buying the store bought processed kind.

  • Morning sunshine

    • mharriman on February 02, 2020

      This one benefits from the ice cubes at the end. I really liked the light, frothy, frosty, and citrusy taste. For my single serving I used one navel orange for the juice, two mandarin oranges for the orange segments, half a grapefruit of grapefruit segments, a fourth cup of an avocado and a half cup + of ice cubes. Opted to not use any boosters. A winner!

  • Tropical keen and green

    • mharriman on January 30, 2021

      I had to skip the creamed coconut since I didn’t have any but I also needed to double the coconut water amount to get my ingredients to combine without stalling in my Vitamix. I added juice from an entire lime. The banana, lime juice, and mango were a nice flavor combination- so much so that I didn’t notice I was drinking a lot of spinach.

  • Citrus saver

    • mharriman on December 29, 2019

      Excellent. There’s so much citrus I didn’t even notice the kale or avocado. With the banana coming through all the ingredients, it was an absolute delight. I used all the ingredients- some for two servings rather than single serve for me- except the grapefruit, which I didn’t have on hand. So good it could be my new go to morning smoothie when peeling, chopping time permits. Substituted honey for the stevia and added the optional chia seeds. Correction: recipe calls for 1/2 of a pitted avocado, not avocado dip as stated in indexed ingredients list.

  • Alkaline lime

    • mharriman on December 06, 2019

      I’m not attracted to green vegetable smoothies but want to eat more veggies, so decided to give this a spin. It was surprisingly tasty. I needed a full cup of coconut water (for one serving) to get my Vitamix to blend everything, including the ice cubes. I especially liked the limes. That added a refreshing flavor. I added the optional chia seeds but omitted the protein powder. And swapped 3/4 teaspoon of regular table sugar for the stevia extract. Will add to my breakfast rotation. Kept me very full all morning long.

  • Pear-licious perfection

    • mharriman on December 07, 2019

      The ginger in this really stood out, probably because I didn’t measure my minced ginger and most likely used more than specified. This is a good green smoothie, but way more fruit than vegetable. It was a good one for using up pears that were beginning to get overripe. Used almond milk and omitted the protein powder.

  • Pomegranate power

    • mharriman on August 24, 2017

      I found that the mixture was so thick I could have eaten it with a spoon. I really wanted to drink it, not spoon it. So, I added more pomegranate juice ( about three tablespoons worth) and blasted it again. That turned the consistency to what I wanted. Since I'm the only one in my two person household who drinks smoothies, I cut the 'serves two' recipe ingredients in half. That has worked so far until this recipe. I omitted the suggested cardamom since I didn't have any and still liked the outcome of substantial pomegranate- cherry flavors.

  • Minty kiwi kreme

    • mharriman on January 15, 2020

      Made it for 1 with some tweaks. I had to do with less than the indicated fresh mint, since I didn’t have 1/4 cup on hand, but the amount I had provided a nice hint. Kiwi doesn’t have that much of a taste to me, so I used the full two serving amount. Used the full Frozen banana amount and a full teaspoon of the minced fresh ginger to add flavor. A great way to eat kiwi, now plentiful in produce departments where I live. This is another Tess Masters smoothie that uses spinach, almost imperceptible in this drink.

  • Apple alkalaid

    • mharriman on January 14, 2020

      I used the optional chia seeds booster but not the cayenne pepper and that’s probably why this smoothie was meh for me. It was okay, and full of healthy ingredients, but not a recipe I’ll rush to again. I thought using a green Granny Smith apple would add interest to the other green ingredients, but that didn’t happen.

  • Orange ecstasy

    • mharriman on January 25, 2018

      Surprisingly tasty and now one of my strategies to avoid the flu that’s spreading. I use Bolthouse carrot juice, fresh squeezed OJ, cut up oranges, frozen mangos, fresh mint, and double the turmeric. (No peaches )

  • Brain blast

    • mharriman on February 16, 2018

      Another thick smoothie from Tess Masters that can be eaten with a spoon. Great tasting but I needed to plan ahead to have all ingredients on hand: almond milk, frozen cauliflower, frozen broccoli, almond butter, and frozen blueberries. Also needed to soak walnuts beforehand. Not a last minute morning smoothie.

  • Pear it with blue

    • mharriman on January 31, 2020

      The visual cue on this one threw me off. I was expecting a blueberry with pear flavor instead of an all pear one. I couldn’t even taste the blueberries. This was fast and easy because of only three main ingredients: 3.5/stars for me - not one of my favorites in the book.

  • Blueberry breakfast tart

    • mharriman on April 17, 2020

      In my Vitamix blender, it took twice as much liquid as called for to blend the frozen blueberries into a drinkable smoothie. My version looked like a blueberry smoothie- very dark purple- but tasted like coconut. That’s probably because I used the only nut milk I had: almond coconut. This was good but I was wanting a berry flavored drink, so will use water for the liquid next time.

  • Tastes-like-ice-cream kale

    • mharriman on January 20, 2020

      The combination of ingredients in this smoothie are ones I’d never consider putting together, but now that I’ve tried it, I can see why it was such a popular smoothie on Tess Masters’ blog. Even though I’m not a kale lover, I try to find ways to eat it because of its nutritious properties. The earthy, bitter kale flavors definitely come through, but the banana and dates decrease the pungency of it quite a bit. A surprisingly tasty albeit high calorie smoothie.

  • Carrot cake

    • mharriman on January 13, 2020

      This smoothie didn’t taste like carrot cake to me, but it did satisfy my sweet tooth, as the author promises. I’m not sure this was the healthiest way to start the day (calorie count over 500), but with carrot juice, cashews, rolled oats, yogurt, and pineapple, it wasn’t eating a donut, either! I tried the 12 hour nut soaking method, and it really works. No gritty bits at all after taking a spin with everything else in the blender. This was pretty good, but not one of my favorite tasting smoothies in the book.

  • Banana bomb

    • mharriman on August 24, 2017

      A great recipe for using up bananas as they start to over-ripen. I peeled and sliced three, froze them, and used half for my banana bomb smoothie the next day. Pouring boiled water over the fresh dates was a quick way to soften them. In addition to adding the optional cinnamon, I also added a tablespoon of protein powder to boost the protein grams. I didn't have nut o seed milk, so I used 2%, and that made the smoothie very similar to a banana milkshake- addicting!

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  • ISBN 10 1607748932
  • ISBN 13 9781607748939
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Jun 18 2015
  • Format Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

A beautiful collection of vegan smoothies from powerhouse blogger The Blender Girl, featuring photographs, flavor boosters, and nutritional add-ons for every recipe. 

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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