Another day, another cookbook giveaway! If you follow me on instagram, you may have seen the stack of different and awesome vegan cookbooks that I’m giving away this summer. Right now, we are on the third of six (in no particular order)! I promise that I’ll interject these posts with some of my recipes, but I’ve been keeping busy with my cookbook, as well as being the new dessert columnist for VegNews! I don’t think I can properly articulate just how exciting this is to me; just know that I’m thrilled.
Back to the matter at hand! The Blender Girl AKA Tess Masters is someone who I totally look up to within the blogger community. She is a freakin’ powerhouse, and runs her own empire with the help of many people, but it is so damn impressive! She has made awesome and innovative blender recipes for the last few years, concentrating on helping people live healthier lives more conveniently, as well as deliciously. Her first cookbook covered a wide variety of recipes that are made with the help of a trusty blender, but this one focuses on everyone’s favorite liquid meal, the smoothie.
You may be thinking, “Smoothies are so simple, why would I need a cookbook for them?” Trust me, I felt similarly prior to taking a look through this book and chatting with Tess. The Blender Girl Smoothies book is filled with such informative tips on incorporating different ingredients for different health benefits, as well as using spices to compliment fruits and veggies. Even through her book launch twitter chat, I learned so much more about what I can be using in my smoothies to make them even more awesome!
I also went to Tess’s book launch celebration, and got to try this Green Mojito Smoothie first-hand! That’s when I knew that I needed to feature it in this post for you all, because this thing is super tasty and very refreshing. Now, you can check out the recipe, read the short description of its benefits and enter to win a copy of the book!
Originally, I thought that January would be a month of leveling out from the holidays, but for some reason I’ve found that this month has been filled with all kinds of events, birthdays, dinners and the like. Not to mention, I’m working on the photos for Lindsay’s (Happy Herbivore) next cookbook and have been very busy with that. I’m really excited for this one and think that it will be even better than the last!
Some other things that inevitably come with January are people trying to eat better and be more physically active. This means that you may find yourself needing to recuperate after an awesome workout sooner than later. I have just the smoothie for you! Naturally sweetened with dates, combined with bananas and rich cacao nibs, plus a little vanilla to perfect it. It’s creamy, but not too thick and has a rich flavor.
Loaded with potassium for hydration and carbohydrates for regeneration, it’ll help you out, big time. This is probably where I should mention that this smoothie is also great for hangovers ;). Plus, recovery drinks are important for drinking right after work outs because they reduce fatigue and prolonged muscle soreness. Just make sure to enjoy it right after your workout!
NEWS FLASH: It’s hot outside. Summer is definitely here, and it’s time for cool foods and beverages. This grilled peach lassi is a mix of both; filled with sweet peaches and coconut yogurt, it makes a great snack for chillin’ out. Drink it in front of a fan or air conditioning vent for full effect.
Since my last post, I’ve been trying to stay cool, myself; while hanging out as much as possible with Corey, as he only had a week and a half break between tours. I say had, because he’s already gone again! Took him to the airport yesterday for sad goodbyes, and I’ll be seeing him in two months. Yikes. But, hey, that means I have a lot of extra time. 😉
The past few days I’ve been away from home and my kitchen, so there’s been a lot of dining out. Today I was back at it, but didn’t want to do anything to labor intensive. That’s where this lassi experiment comes into play! I sat down, staring at the aging peaches on my counter, wondering what I should do with them. Grilling is always fun in the summer, but I wanted something cold and refreshing. BOOM! Peach Lassi.
And now we’re here, together, and I have this super easy and delicious recipe for you.
My mind is filled with an insane amount of thoughts at the moment, infinitely long to-do lists, hopes that things go according to plan, and much more. This past week, alone, I had a birthday (on the 18th), got a fresh hair cut, interviewed for a design job, and am now getting started on my first cookbook; that is without the social events that I’ve attended, a reception and a couple of birthday dinners. Pretty advantageous, I’d say! Tomorrow I have my second interview with the same company (!!!!), the day after is a 5K that ends in the OC Brew Ha Ha 😉 and maybe I’ll have a get-together for my birthday. Do you ever feel paralyzed when there is a lot on your plate? That’s kind of how I am at the moment.
But, I’ve had so many well wishes and great vibes sent my way that I’m feeling good and pretty confident. I feel as though next week may be a little calmer, but I could be totally wrong and it wouldn’t be the first time. But, let’s travel back to the 18th for a second and go over how my actual birthday went. It started with me totally failing at making some gluten-free pumpkin pancakes and tossing out the batter :(, but then I created something delicious and healthier which was a bonus. I’ve made pumpkin smoothies before, but nothing as creamy as this; this smoothie is just the introduction to fall, which will be here–on the calendar at least–very, very soon.
The smoothie is delectable, but is a great bridge for the seasons, keeping its cool and still being light in comparison to the custard-y pumpkin pies that will soon be in ovens all over the country. Not to mention, it’s easily customizable to what ingredients you have on hand. No non-dairy yogurt? Just use non-dairy milk with no extra water. Maybe you want to use agave instead of maple syrup and add more spice? Go for it! The end product won’t be affected tremendously, so try this out without hesitation!