Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook
I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares. And the recipes! Oh, my goodness. Be still my beating heart. (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).
If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know. She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes. Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes. I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes. We had much in common and became online friends. She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life. She is the “real deal”. I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)
Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender. Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners. Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free. Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection. One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this, leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc. These recipes are so flexible and forgiving. You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”.
Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:
You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.
I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now. We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body. This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.
- 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
- 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
- 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
- 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
- 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
- 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
- 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
- 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
- pinch of natural salt
- 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
- 1 date, pitted and soaked
- Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com. What a deal! If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt! It covers all the bases.
Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world. You are a rock star!
Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired! Kibby