I’m a huge fan of smoothies. I love how they are a nice sweet treat that are actually healthy for you. I’m a regular at Tropical Smoothie Cafe and I also like make smoothies at home. I usually end up making the same flavors so I was excited to get The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters, a recipe book with all sorts of new flavors for me to try.
The Blender Girl Smoothies is a pretty in-depth collection of smoothie recipes. Masters includes beginner tips such as the best ways to layer ingredients for a smooth blend and which ingredients need to be cooked or prepared first. Each recipe includes nutritional facts and information on how it’s good for you (for instance the recipe I made is good for inflammation, immunity, detox, and weight loss). I started with Happy Hydration, which is a sweet, fruit-based smoothie but Masters also includes more unusual smoothie flavors (quite a few recipes include peppers and tomatoes). Each smoothie makes two servings but I halved mine and had plenty just for me.
3 1/2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 cups frozen raspberries
1/4 cup loosely packed basil
Natural sweetener to taste (optional, I used Agave)
1 teaspoon pomegranate powder
1/4 cup frozen raw cauliflower florets
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy. Tweak sweetener to taste.
This smoothie was pretty good. It was thinner than I was expecting but still nice and refreshing. I usually associate basil with savory foods but it added a great flavor to this smoothie. The watermelon flavor was more prominent than I thought it would be and this had the perfect sweetness to it. I was really happy with how this smoothie turned out and I can’t wait to try more of the recipes!
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.