photo courtesy of Tess Masters
Are you a smoothie junkie? Do you love, or even crave, a cold, creamy mix of fruits (and maybe even veggies!), blended to perfection, as a compliment to or even as a meal? Or do you wish you could branch out of your smoothie rut, as you find yourself making the same smoothie over and over again? (This is me!)
Then this app is just your thing.
Tess Masters, a.k.a. The Blender Girl, actor, cook, and author of The Blender Girl cookbook, has created a fun app, available for Apple iPhone and iPad. It’s available for $4.99, and offers a way to customize your smoothie to your unique desires, cravings, and needs. Features include:
70 Delicious Smoothie Recipes: Plus, one additional smoothie recipe released weekly for a total of 100 recipes.
Stunning 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.
Unique 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.
Comprehensive 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.
Quick 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.
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Personally, I’m interested in making the Chai Tai Smoothie (pictured up top), which is a creamy-comforting blend of almond milk, coconut water, dates, bananas, and chai spices. It sounds cozy, and a departure from my usual banana-spinach-blueberry combo I’ve made for months without deviation.
So if it’s time for you to blend up something new, check this app out!