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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Review of The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters + recipe


Tess Masters, aka The Blender Girl, takes you on another whirling adventure in the world of smoothies. Yes, you probably know what a smoothie is, but The Blender Girl shows you how to make healthy smoothies that taste great and also stretch your imagination of what a smoothie really is. Did you know that smoothies can be savory as well as sweet? Tess equates smoothies to soup. A smoothie is basically a cold soup. Gazpacho is a cold soup, why not make it a smoothie?

100 recipes are labeled for different health goals or dietary preferences like:


  • Alkaline
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detox
  • Gluten-free
  • High protein
  • Low-carb
  • Low-fat
  • Nut-free
  • Paleo
  • Unsweetened
  • Vegan
  • Weight loss
  • and more…


Melissa’s culinary team prepared the smoothies below with the utmost expertise and care.

Rosemary Melonade is for inflammation, detox, weight loss, and unsweetened. Melon provides hydration, vitamin C, and lycopenes (anti-inflammatory). Rosemary not only adds a nice flavor but provides antibacterial backup. The result is a refreshingly light smoothie with just the right amount of natural sweetness from the melon. Rating: 4/5

Green Mojito is for inflammation, immunity, weight loss, detox, and unsweetened. The pineapple provides bromelian to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus. Mint helps clear respiratory congestion, soothes sore throats, and alleviates nausea. Lime provides vitamin C for antibiotic power. Kale and pineapple provide anti-inflammatories for arthritis. Ginger provides an immunity boost and aids in digestion. The smoothie itself has wonderful aromatics from the pineapple, mint, and ginger. It is refreshing with pineapple undertones to provide the right amount of natural sweetness. Rating: 5/5

Pomegranate Slam It! (recipe below) is for inflammation, immunity, detox, alkaline, and unsweetened. Pomegranate helps to lower blood pressure, keep arteries supple, decrease inflammation in blood vessels, and manage cholesterol. It also contains phenolic antioxidants to help with oxidative stress. It has a balanced sweet and tart flavor. The combination of fruits and vegetables make the smoothie taste like biting into a fresh, sweet tomato. Rating: 5/5

Pomegranate Slam It!


Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl Smoothies, by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014, 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Serves 2


  • 1½ cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
  • ¼ cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
  • ⅛ cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
  • ½ small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes


Optional boosters:

  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
  • ½ cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


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

Nutritional facts (per serving)
Calories 232 kcal | Fat 6 g | Saturated fat 0 g | Sodium 23 mg | Carbs 45 g | Fiber 6 g | Sugars 37 g Protein 2 g | Calcium 79 mg | Iron 0 mg


Spicy Gazpacho Grab is for inflammation, detox, weight loss, alkaline, and unsweetened. For men, the lutein (from avocados) combined with lycopene (from tomatoes) provide prostate-cancer prevention. This savory smoothie is surprisingly delicious! The savory soup flavor has the perfect balance of flavors. Rating: 5/5

Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake is protein rich, contains nuts, and energizing. Pomegranates provide antioxidants. If you’re craving a guilty pleasure without feeling guilty afterwards, this is the smoothie for you. It is really creamy with the bright sweetness of raspberries. Rating: 5/5

Start your day off right with your perfect blend!

For more information:
The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters
Available on Amazon.com and Target.com

The Blender Girl Smooth App available for download on iTunes

On the search for an ingredient that you can’t find in the store, check out Melissa’s Produce’s website or call +1.800.588.0151.

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