“Blender Girl” Tess Masters shares three super summer smoothies from her new book The Perfect Blend
Drink Up! “Blender Girl” Tess Masters reveals her favorite superfood smoothies.
Welooked to Tess Masters, bestselling author of e Blender Girl, e Blender Girl Smoothies, e Detox Dynamo
Cleanse, and the new e Perfect Blend, for the best summer smoothie recipes both sides of the Mississippi. Mix one up for an instant refresher and blast of superfood nutrition you’ll feel down to your toes.
Amazing Wellness: Where do you get inspiration for your smoothie recipes?
Tess Masters: I like to source inspiration from textured dishes, and make a blended version of that flavor profile. For example, an apple pie a la mode, pineapple salsa, tomato gazpacho, raspberry lemon cheesecake, dill pickle, and so on. Other times I’m intrigued by a particular combination of ingredients and want to know if it will work in a smoothie. For The Perfect
Blend, I started with health goals, and created blends that catered to specific dietary requirements. I looked at the top foods for that goal, and built flavor profiles around that end game. With smoothies, I’m always looking to expand the experience, and create blends that not only look gorgeous and are nutrient-dense, but also take you on a flavor journey much like a textured dish. AW: What got you started in creating these fantastic recipes?
TM: I’ve always loved to cook. But, when I chose to go macrobiotic, then vegan, after being diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, I was determined to enjoy food instead of feeling deprived, and if I wasn’t going to eat some of the foods I really loved (cheese!), I was going to learn how to make the so-called “cardboard” foods taste mind-blowingly delicious. But I needed some more skills! So, I took cooking classes, read books, made other people’s recipes, and got really bold experimenting with my own creations. rough trial and error, I taught myself how to combine avors and textures. I started e Blender
Girl site to share those recipes with family and friends, and to show people how to use their blender beyond smoothies and soups. I asked readers, “What’s your perfect blend?” en, everything gained momentum, and now we have three books and an app in e Blender Girl series. It’s been really fun.
AW: Do your recipes go through a lot of versions and revisions?
TM: It depends on the recipe. After creating the recipes for e Blender Girl Smoothies app, I feel like I’ve put myself through smoothie boot camp, so I tend to know what is going to work and what isn’t. I can also create a smoothie that yields two 16-ounce glasses in my sleep. However, I may take a few goes to get the avor nuance just right. When I’m testing more exotic combinations that I haven’t put together before, it takes a few more goes to perfect it. With textured dishes, testing is more complex and takes longer. Sometimes I nail something the rst go (I love those days!), and other days it takes more trial and error to get something to sing. Having said all of that, I test my recipes very extensively in my own kitchen at least 20 times (with di erent blenders and di erent brands and qualities of ingredients) before I send them o to my 55 recipe testers for feedback.
ey are living all over the world using di erent machines. I need to ensure that the recipes work no matter what blender you’re using. Texture will vary, but they will still be delicious.
AW: Do you have a favorite smoothie?
TM: e Pineapple Salsa smoothie from my rst book,
e Blender Girl. It is loaded with nutrients and antiin ammatory ammo, and takes you on a avorful journey. It is sweet, savory, and spicy all in one glass. ( Editors’ note:
is recipe can be found at amazingwellnessmag.com.)
AW: How often do you drink smoothies?
TM: I drink a smoothie every day. I typically start my day with two glasses of warm lemon water. en for breakfast, I have a di erent green smoothie. I rotate leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, superfoods, oils, and protein powders for nutrient variety and tastebud satisfaction.