Do you love smoothies? I do, and have had one most mornings for the last fifteen years. Smoothies are easy, healthy, fast and infinitely variable for your needs and the season. Not just for breakfast, smoothies provide potent health benefits too. As we head into cold and flu season, this Green Mojito Smoothie is one recipe you will want to have in your arsenal.
The Blender Girl – Tess Masters
When you meet some people, you just love them from the first minute. That’s what happens when you meet Tess. We met at several food blogging conferences, then again through friends Todd Porter and Diane Cu, the White on Rice couple.
This beautiful, talented, Australian-born dynamo is not only a cook and recipe developer, but an accomplished actress and voice-over artist. And if that is not enough for one person’s resume, this year she became an author with the release of her first cookbook, The Blender Girl (published by Ten Speed Press). It’s a must have cookbook for your collection, filled not only with amazing recipes but great tips on health and nutrition.
To top that, Tess just released The Blender Girl Smoothies app to keep everyone from ever getting into a smoothie rut. There is a smoothie recipe for every need and every occasion.
The Blender Girl Smoothies App
With an exclusive focus on delicious and nutritious recipes, The Blender Girl Smoothies app brings healthful smoothies to your fingertips. It makes healthy living accessible and achievable for everyone.
The app features one hundred creative recipes, plus three additional boosters each (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both.
A unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day.
Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe (thanks to Erin Kunkel), an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, plus other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.
About the Recipes
Tess uses only natural flavors and sweeteners in her recipes, and many recipes are also raw, nut-free, soy-free, corn-free and/or sugar-free. She includes alternate ingredients with every recipe, making hundreds of flavor combinations and nutritious variations possible. Within the app, Tess also shares her tips, methodology, and techniques so that anyone can create their own custom blend.
The app is available now for iPads and iPhones on the Apple App Store. Here’s a link for more information. And you can get an expanded interactive copy of her book, The Blender Girl here in iTunes.
Like Tess, I prefer to use a Vitamix blender. In fact making smoothies years ago drove my desire to buy one as they are high speed and powerful. And of course you can do much more than smoothies with a Vitamix. Link here to purchase a Vitamix and get free shipping.
Credit – Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.
Credit – Used with permission. Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.
Green Mojito Smoothie from The Blender Girl
- 1 cup coconut water or water 240ml
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 3 limes peeled and quartered
- 1 cup torn-up curly green kale leaves 25g, 1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed
- 1/2 cup firmly packed mint 18g
- 2 cups frozen pineapple 320g
- 5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia plus more to taste
- Optional Boosters
- 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.