Review | Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters | Recipe Renovator

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.
Review | Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters | Recipe Renovator

Layout and design:

The book is organized into four chapters: smoothie secrets (don’t skip this one!), find your perfect blend, the recipes, and the smoothie pantry. The design is clean, a perfect little handbook.
Review | Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters | Recipe Renovator

Photography:

Every recipe has been photographed by Erin Kunkel. The smoothies look bright and fresh.
Review | Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters | Recipe Renovator

Recipes:

Recipes include basil melon mania, grape-parsley lemonade, cleansing cran-cherry, sleep spell, and brownie batter.
Review | Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters | Recipe Renovator

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.

Recommended for:

paleo, vegans, vegetarians, celiacs, gluten-free, low-sodium diets

Not recommended for:

Migraine diets

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.

Required FTC disclosure: I received one copy of this book from the publisher for the giveaway on July 23rd, 2015.
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