Smoothie

Pomegranate Slam It Smoothie

On the heels of her wildly successful book The Blender Girl, my friend Tess has just released The Blender Girl Smoothies – an easy, healthy smoothie recipes app! There are 70 bright and beautiful smoothie recipes with a new recipe released each week – for 100 total recipes when complete. This app is extremely comprehensive, with boosters for each recipe (my favorite part!), blender tips, and full color photos to go with each recipe.

Features of the smoothie app:

An interactive function that allows you to consider what you “Feel, Need, and Crave” to find your perfect blend: 

Find Your Perfect Blend

Visual cues that indicate specific benefits and attributes of each recipes (e.g. detox, weight management, alkaline, anti-inflammatory, protein rich, immunity boost, energizing, unsweetened, contains nuts).

A stunning glossary:

Smoothie Glossary

Dietary restriction filters and metric/imperial conversions.

A self-populating shopping list to assist you in shopping for the smoothie recipes you select:

Smoothie Shopping List

When I chose the Pomegranate Slam It smoothie to share with you, Tess told me this was her favorite after the Pineapple Salsa Smoothie. Yep. That sounds simply amazing, and it will be the next one I try…

When I made this one, I added the cayenne pepper and chard leaves boosters. If you like a kick of spice, the cayenne is definitely a recommendation – we loved it!

Pomegranate Avocado Smoothie

pomegranate slam it

With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an anti-aging tonic.

YIELD: two servings 

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
1/4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
1/8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
1/2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
1 cup (125g) ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS:

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters:

1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
1/2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
Pinch of cayenne pepper

Pomegranate Cayenne Smoothie

 

 

check out both Tess Master’s book The Blender Girl, and her app The Blender Girl Smoothies for vibrant plant based recipes!

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

 

App photos 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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candy bar smoothie

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I am also sharing with you a recipe from the book – for one of the best smoothies I have ever had. Really, Jason keeps asking for it, I keep making it. I mean, a candy bar smoothie?

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spiced kabocha smoothie

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Veg Fest won.

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Yesterday was another big day – for Basil.

Basil was dropped off at the vet in the morning, he had a minor surgery and a teeth cleaning. Poor sweet puppers was so dopey and sleepy when I picked him up last night… but his teeth are squeaky clean and his surgery went well.

So, can I show you the cutest thing ever?

Basil in his 2012 Halloween costume (um, Halloweenie costume…). Isn’t he just so dang cute?? I can’t get over the “pants”. <– How cute is that?? We have been calling him Pants. It’s his new nickname.

This actually was perfect timing – the vet told me if we had a small tee he could wear, it would work better than a cone. So he gets to wear his Skeleton Pajama Pants all the time now! His recovery will be 14 days before the sutures come out, I may have to go find a couple more costumes like this…

chai-spiked pumpkin shake

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan

serves two

2 scoops pumpkin ice cream*
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup coconut milk (carton)
2 tablespoons chai tea powder (Natures Flavors)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

In blender, combine ice cream, pumpkin puree, coconut milk – blend until smooth. Add chai, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice, pulse blender to combine. Pour into glasses and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. 

*For a smoothie rather than a dessert, replace the ice cream with two scoops of vanilla protein powder and another cup of coconut milk.

I’m playing Puppy Nurse today – he’s wagging his tail right now so I know he’s feeling a little better – we are spending the morning making more pumpkin ice cream…

 

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Last week I discovered you all like Piña Coladas. Several people have already made the Lightened Up Piña Colada, and I am happy to report that “lightened up” did not mean missing anything. So far so good – people are liking this light version.

Since we really shouldn’t begin the day saying “it’s five o clock somewhere”, I have a solution for the early cravings of those creamy cool and sweet tropical flavors. Unless you’re on vacation. Then go for the real thing.

Piña Colada breakfast smoothie

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan, no added sugar

serves two

11.2 ounces coconut water (small container)
1/3 cup coconut milk
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
handful ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender, serve with pineapple garnish and enjoy!

As you can see, I really do have a fresh pineapple around at all times in the summer. I’ve been having these each morning since Sunday. Today’s has spinach as well – yum!

 

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