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Smoothie Girl

Smoothie Girl

The Blender Girl


100 gluten-free, vegan & paleo-friendly recipes

Tess Masters

Tess Masters is the Blender Girl.  In her book, she takes you through how to create different healthy smoothies.  She first take you through strategies for success.The order to put your ingredients into the blender to using protein powders. Then she gives you the six steps to creating spectacular smoothies. Next is build your own smoothie.  This is an ingredients list like the types of liquid, bases, creams, greens, boosters and magic. Chapter two “find your perfect blend”, all recipes make two servings of about 16 ounces.  All recipes are vegan and gluten-free, but  Tess states that they have been tested using daily milk and unsweetened plain or vanilla Greek-style yogurt.  She use icons tags to help you with choosing a recipe.   If you want to detox you might choose Crazy for Cantaloupe smoothie or Mystical Mango. If you are looking for something a little more adventurous Strawberry Heat for weight loss or maybe the Can’t Beet Red Velvet Cake to energize you.

This book gives you a smoothie in any color you like. The recipes are simple and each one comes with two boosters like minced ginger or wheatgrass powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds or cashews.

My favorite recipe in the book is on page 114-115.  Pear and Arugula Salad, it is suppose to energize, detox, weight loss and it is unsweetened.  The ingredients are 1 cup of unfiltered apple juice, 3 ripe pears with skin on cored and diced, 1/2 cup of firmly packed arugula, 1 cup of ice cubes. I didn’t use the optional boost of 1 small rib celery diced, 2 tablespoons raw walnuts soaked, 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil. This smoothie 58 cal with no fat.  The other smoothie I like is so simple, it is called Pink Cooler.  The ingredients consist of 3 1/2 cups f chopped seedless watermelon and 2 cups of strawberries that it.  Optional booster, 1 teaspoon of minced ginger, 2 tablespons chopped mint and 1 tablespoon pomegranate powder.  I didn’t try the boosters in this one either. This smoothie has 135 cal no fat and four grams of fiber. It is suppose to help inflammation, detox, weight loss, alkaline, unsweetened.

I really like this book.  I looking forward to trying different smoothies. Check out the App store for the the blender girl smoothie app to “find your perfect blend.”

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on August 16, 2015 in Cookbooks, Healing, Healthy


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Creating a Better Life for Yourself


The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.Thrive

Arianna Huffington

When I came across this book I couldn’t wait to read it.  Arianna Huffington talks about the day she had a wake up call and knew she needed to change her life.  Her wake up call came with broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye cause by a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.

Money and Power has been the traditional success metric. Huffington compares this to a 3-legged stool where money and power are two legs and cannot stand with out the third.  Third leg of this metric is well-being, wisdom and wonder.  Huffington spells out how we can redefine our lives by creating a life of wisdom and wonder.  Most of this we all have read in other books, but it is good to hear it again as a reminder that we need to treat ourselves as number one.

We are so plugged in to electronic these days that we sometimes forget to be in the moment, take care of ourselves, be grateful, exercise, listen to the tiny voice within and giving. When our love ones
are talking to us, oftentimes we are there physically but not mentally.  We spend a lot of time on our cell phones, keeping up with our friends on Facebook or working 60 hours a week. We don’t always have time for the important things.

Life is short and we should enjoy every moment of the journey. Chasing money and power shouldn’t be the only things in life you are chasing.  A balance needs to be in place so we can enjoy the important things in life.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Putting Love back in Soul Food

Soul Food Love:  Healthy Recipes Inspired by One Hundred Years of Cooking in a Black Family

By Alice Randall & Carolina Randall Williams

Alice Randall  bio states she is a New York Times bestselling author, she is the only person to ever study with Julie Child for credit at Harvard. She is country music writer, she has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a Health Champion and is the Nashville Ambassador of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
Soul Food LoveCarolina Randall Williams bio states she award-winning published poet, Harvard graduate, co-author, and a teacher.  She owns over 1,000 cookbooks.

Soul Food Love takes of through five generations of kitchens where the recipes were handed down generation after generation.  Three generation of women weighting more than 200 pounds.  The fourth generation refusing to never weigh two hundred pounds. Alice and Carolina takes us though each kitchen and the delightful stories and traditions in the first 77-pages will give you joy and insight into this black families love for food.

The next part of the book are recipes from Carolina  “Baby Girl’s Kitchen”.  The book holds on to the traditional soul foods, like sweet potatoes, collard greens, and black-eyed peas. Only the way they are prepared is changed. The recipes are meant to give a redo to the old soul foods by reinventing a more updated versions with ingredients that are heart healthy.  The Deford’s Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate (pg 160)  this recipes is featured on the cover of the book.  The recipe gives you everything, it gives sweet from the sweet potatoes and pomegranate, and spicy from the hot red chile peppers.  All wholesome ingredients. Another recipe I thought was something that I would try was the substitute for oatmeal called Chia Pudding (pg 214).  This recipe you can cook the night before and you wake up to a ready-made breakfast straight from the refrigerator.  The book is filled with recipes with vegetables and herbs.  Like the Links Salad (pg 163), it has green beans, green peas, cucumbers, basil and lemons and peppers. The recipe is simple to make and good for you.

Eating healthy means making life changes. This book takes the food we love and give them a make over to make them healthier.  This book is a good step for someone who does not know how to start eating better. The pictures are beautifully done, the recipes ingredients list are not very long. Carolina even states that you “can cook ever recipes from a Wal-Mart shelf.”

I would recommend  this cookbook to anyone who is looking for new take on soul food recipes. Soul Food Love is filled with 80 recipes that you and your family will love.  It will also bring love to your heart.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Healing, Healthy, Inspiration, Motivational


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