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Chai Tai Smoothie

Chai Tai Smoothie and The Blender Girl Smoothie App

I am so happy to share a special recipe from my friend Tess, The Blender Girl, and a behind the scenes look at the new Blender Girl app! Maybe you remember when I shared Tess’s cookbook a while back and the recipe for her amazing raw chocolate orange torte.  If you checked out that post then you know how much I adore Tess, her recipes, and her outlook on life. Take a second to read about  her new app, download the app for yourself, and then make this Chai Tai smoothie. It is AMAZING!

The Blender Girl Smoothie App
The Blender Girl and her healthy, blender-centric recipes have taken the world by storm—and in this comprehensive smoothie-making guide, she takes smoothies to the next level and helps you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. One hundred creative and delicious smoothie recipes each contain three additional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both. And the unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day. Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe, an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, and other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.

Features include:
70 Delicious Smoothie Recipes: Plus, one additional smoothie recipe released weekly for a total of 100 recipes.The Blender Girl Smoothie AppStunning Full-color Photography: In addition to images of every smoothie recipe, the app includes photos of frequently used and recommended ingredients in the glossary.

Optional Flavor and Nutrition Boosters: Three additional ingredients per recipe can be added to boost flavor complexity, nutrition, or both. Use one, two, or all three options according to your taste or sense of adventure.

The Blender Girl Smoothie AppUnique Search Functionality: Search by ingredient, dietary preferences, or recipe type, or use the unique story feature and fill in “I feel, I need, I crave” options to find smoothies that fit your mood on any given day.

Special Dietary and Nutritional Information: Recipe summaries list the health benefits of each smoothie, special icons flag recipes that are appropriate for specific needs (weight loss, anti-inflammatory, high-protein, alkaline, and so on), and nutritional info provides calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium, and iron levels.

Imperial and Metric Measurements: Set the app to display your preferred system of recipe measures.

Customized User Settings: Personalize your experience by setting dietary preferences and update alerts or toggle between Imperial and metric measurements.

The Blender Girl Smoothie AppComprehensive Glossary: Expanded information on the nutritional benefits of the recipes, including tips on selecting, storing, and incorporating ingredients—along with labeled photos–help you create your own delicious blends.

FAQs and Practical Tips: Straightforward answers to frequently asked questions, along with tips on building smoothies and using both conventional and high-speed blenders, give you all the information you need to become a smoothie-making whiz.

Blender Recommendations: The Blender Girl shares her favorite blenders.

Favorites: Identify your favorite smoothies so you can find them quickly.

Notes: Store recipe comments right on the recipe page to keep track of any tweaks you made, ideas for next time, or tasting notes, so you can find your perfect blend every time.

Share-a-Smoothie Capability: Share recipes with your friends and family via email or through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

The Blender Girl Smoothie AppQuick and Easy Shopping Lists: Create simple shopping lists right from the recipes that can be edited and supplemented, then email it to yourself or a friend.

The Blender Girl Smoothie AppThe Blender Girl Smoothie AppSample Recipes:

Tastes-like-ice-cream kale
Antioxidant avenger
Green mojito
Liver lover
Happy hydration
Honeydewy skin
Brownie batter
Hangover helper
Bloody Mary might be
Morning sunshine
Sleep spell

Photo 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.

Chai Tai Smoothie and The Blender Girl Smoothie App
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Serves: 2
 
If the world were ending, I’d make this decadent treat my finale. The incredible creaminess and blend of warm spices will make you weak in the knees. The boosters add an injection of protein and omega-3s—so you may feel a tad less cheeky as you head to heaven.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut water
  • ¼ cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
  • 2 medium frozen sliced bananas
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)
Instructions
  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until
  2. smooth and creamy.
Notes
Boosters

1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

Recipe 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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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.