The go-to smoothie handbook from the Queen of Healthy Fast Food.
I was excited to receive the latest cookbook from Tess Masters: The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes. Tess is a friend, plus she has the most incredible palate. Most smoothies are just sweet. Or very green tasting. Tess creates recipes that hit the front of your taste buds, then the center, then the back, for layers of flavor. I cannot imagine coming up with 100 different recipes for smoothies, but Tess did. The really cool aspect is that these whole-foods recipes are good for many special diets, including low-sodium. They can easily stand in a for a healthy meal. Most will not work for the migraine diet, as they contain citrus, nuts, or other fruit that can be triggers.
Layout and design:
Every recipe has been photographed by Erin Kunkel. The smoothies look bright and fresh.
What I liked about the book:
Great little handbook. Recipes are coded for detox, weight loss, immunity, energizing, protein-rich, alkaline, inflammation, contains nuts, unsweetened. All the recipes are gluten-free, vegan, and paleo-friendly. All recipes have nutritional analysis, so you can see that nearly all are low in sodium.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Nothing to critique.
paleo, vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, gluten-free, low-sodium diets
Not recommended for:
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.