My friend Tess is the loveliest of people. She has a warm heart, an incredible spirit and the most infectious laugh you’ll ever hear. She’s generous, smart and kind. I love that girl so very much.
She’s incredibly gifted, too, which works well for her since she’s also a force to be reckoned with. Tess has done incredible things with her career (she’s an actor and voice-over artist as well being well-known as The Blender Girl). I wrote about her first book, The Blender Girl, 100 gluten-free vegan recipes, when I shared her recipe for Edamame Dip last year. That is such a fantastic book (and I’m FAR from vegan, proving how relatable Tess is) and her second book, The Blender Girl Smoothies, is just as exceptional as her first. You’ve likely already guessed that this delicious Green Mojito Smoothie recipe comes from Tess’s new book.
You’re going to love this Green Mojito Smoothie! It has all the flavors I love: lime, mint and pineapple with kale to keep things from being too sweet. I’ll add a few slices of jalapeno to mine, too…but you can’t be too surprised by that admission. Breakfast for me lately often consists of coffee with a bit more coffee. I’ve begun reviving old good habits though, and smoothies are one of the ways I’ve begun reclaiming good health. I had already started making the occasional breakfast smoothie and Tess’s book has given me so many new, delicious choices and ideas to keep me wanting more. Although, I’ll admit that as much as I love Tess’s book, I might just love her app even more.
I bought it because although I have the book, sometimes I’m at the store and can’t decide what fruits and veggies I want to pick up. Sure, there’s my old stand-by with frozen fruit, greens and almond milk, but sometimes I get bored with the same old thing. Tess’s app is great for that; I can even enter how I’m feeling, what I need and what I’m craving…and the app will suggest recipes for me! Most of the time I feel “like crawling back into bed”, I need “a burst of energy” and I crave “a little heat”…which churns out seven smoothie recipes that fit my mood! So far, the Spicy Wake-Up! is my favorite but I’ve yet to try them all. Occasionally I feel “up for anything”, I need to “treat myself” and I’m craving “dessert”…that’s when I bring on Tess’s Apple Pie in a Glass recipe!
This Green Mojito Smoothie hasn’t yet come up for me a choice when I use the “I Feel, I Need, I Crave” search option but I like it that way; it’s fun to discover new combinations that might not have been my first choice otherwise. And I’ve saved it as a favorite so I can find it quickly when I’m on the run. Here’s what it looks like on my iPad:
Thing is, even if I didn’t adore Tess, I’d still want this app. I use this app and I enjoy flipping through the book when I’m planning my week’s recipes. I love that it’s helping keep me on track and get me back to better breakfast habits. My girls love smoothies, too, so it’s easy to throw a few ingredients for all of us for breakfast, then feel energized and get outside for a long walk together!
No makeup…don’t judge ;-) Here we are after catching up over lunch in DC earlier this year. I was speaking at IACP and had to run off to the afternoon session. I still get happy tears when I look at this picture. #grateful
One thing I’d like to note: I don’t share things with you that I don’t love because, well, what’s the point in that? I genuinely believe in Tess and her products and I wouldn’t write about them otherwise. So enjoy this Green Mojito Smoothie recipe and shoot me a note with any questions you might have. I’d be happy to hear what your favorites are, too!
More delicious breakfast recipes:
- Raspberry Almond Flour Pancakes
- Tropical Smoothie Recipe (3 ways)
- Chia Seed Smoothie with Mango and Banana
- Baked Oatmeal Cups
- 1 cup 240ml coconut water or water
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
- 3 limes, peeled and quartered
- 1 cup 25g torn-up curly green kale leaves (1 or 2 large leaves with stalk removed)
- 1/2 cup 18g firmly packed mint
- 2 cups 320g frozen pineapple
- 5 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
- 1 teaspoon minced ginger
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.
Reprinted with permission from THE BLENDER GIRL SMOOTHIES Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Tess Masters. Photographs copyright © 2014 by Erin Kunkel. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.