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Recipe Questions

Do I need a high speed blender?

You do not need a high-speed blender to make the majority of my recipes. I have recipe testers living all over the world using a variety of different machines. When a high-speed machine is required, I will specify it in the recipe instructions. In most cases where a high-speed blender is used, you can use a food processor. Texture will vary.  

For the best results with conventional blenders, soak nuts, seeds, and dried fruits like dates and sun-dried tomatoes. This will give you the smoothest consistency. Read more about soaking for health and culinary benefit here

How do I get nutritional information?

My primary goal on this site is to share easy healthy recipes, and share my journey with whole foods. Here, we celebrate the taste, texture and fun of food.

Having said that, I realize that nutritional profiling is important. Particularly, for those of you living with restricted diets and medical conditions. 

I will be offering nutritional information for all of the recipes on the site in 2017. Until then, please plug the recipes into software like cronometer, fitday, and nutritiondata. 

Can I substitute ingredients?

My recipes are designed to be flexible and forgiving. 

In many cases, I will suggest substitutions that I have tried or that other readers have told me has worked for them. I do not have specific substitution information for possible scenario.

I get a lot of questions about substitutions for nuts, seeds, bananas, and avocados. 

Different substitutions work in situations depending on what the function of the ingredient is. 

Please leave a comment on the specific recipe, and I will respond to you. That way, other readers who may have the same question can benefit. Alternatively, if you'd prefer me to answer your question privately, please fill in the contact form with the specific recipe and foods you are avoiding, and I will help you. 

A recipe didn’t turn out as expected. What went wrong?

I test my recipes extensively, and if you measure the ingredients and follow the directions, I get very few messages saying they don't work. But, every once and a while, variables such as temperature, altitude, humidity, quality of ingredients, the make and model of blender, stove top, or oven can affect cook times and texture. 

Please post a question on the recipe so others can benefit from your experience, or use the contact form to reach out to me privately. I will respond to you promptly. 

How do I search for recipes?

There are several ways to search the recipes: by title, recipe category, food allergies or diet preferences.

To search recipes: click on the search icon located at the top right hand corner of every page, and click on find recipes

To search by title: click on keywords and type in your words. 

To search by type of recipe: click on categories and select your choice. 

To search by dietary restrictions: click on apply filters and select all of your choices, and click apply to filter recipes. 

To search programs: click on collections and select from the choices. 

Blender & Appliance Recommendations

What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?

A full list of my favorite kitchen gadgets are in the kitchen equipment section of the hints and tips section. 

Besides my blender, here are the kitchen gadgets I use everyday:

Knife sharpener
Ginger Grater
Citrus zester
Lemon Squeezer
Lime Squeezer
 

What food processor do you use?

I use the Breville Sous Chef food processor. I've had it for about five years now.

Not only is the design gorgeous, but the functionality rocks. It has a powerful motor, large capacity bowl with measurements, excellent pulse feature, and great timer function.

But what sets this machine apart is the extra wide feeding chute, the small and large pushers, the adjustable slicing blade with 24 settings, and the emulsifying disc. All of these features give you great control, making this machine extremely versatile.

Because I make a lot of raw food, it's fantastic for uniformly grinding and chopping fresh herbs, raw nuts and seeds and dried fruit. This machine makes great fresh nut and seed butters, dips and spreads. It's also fantastic for thick sticky stuff like raw balls, raw crusts, and raw cookies. I also make conventional gluten-free cakes and cookies with tremendous results. 

The adjustable slicing disc is also fabulous. You can slice super thin pieces up to thick cuts. The slicing and shredding disc is wonderful for slicing tomatoes. It also makes really uniform shredded pieces for salads. The julienne disc offers incredible control over sizing - you can make really long pieces by laying the vegetables horizontally in the wide feeding chute. The emulsifying disc is great for homemade mayonnaise, fruit sorbet, and ice cream.

What stand mixer do you use?

I've used a Kitchen Aid stand mixer for decades, and would never use anything else. KitchenAid make the best stand mixers on the market. 

Whether you get an Artisan® Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand MixerProfessional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand MixerPro Line® Series 7-Qt Bowl Lift Stand Mixer, or the new Mini, this stand mixer will make your life so much easier in the kitchen, and look gorgeous on the counter top, too.

Every stand mixer comes equipped with a flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and burnished spiral attachment to mix, knead, whisk, and whip for all of your baking needs. 

The base comes in a mind-blowing variety of colors to match your personal aesthetic, and bowls come in stainless steel; ceramic; and clear, frosted or hammered glass.

The Power Hub allows you to get even more out of the mixer with attachments. I love the spiralizer and ice cream attachments. 

What blender do you use?

I own almost every blender on the market, and recommend blenders in different price points. But, as The Blender Girl I need to be using the best blender in the world. So, I use the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender

This new high-speed machine is now the most powerful blender, and it is also the most gorgeous blender I've ever seen. For the first time in the high-speed blender space we have style and substance - a gorgeous machine that you can tailor to your personal style, and a machine that is matched by incredible performance. 

Features of this blender include:

  • 56-oz. capacity Thermal Control Jar with removable ingredient-measuring cap. This container heats soup faster and retains heat longer than the market leader.
  • 3 pre-set Adapti-Blend™ Recipe Programs for Smoothies, Juices, and Soups set precise speeds and times for ease and great results.
  • Patented Asymmetric Stainless-Steel Blade blends at four different angles for smooth, consistent results.
  • Precision Variable Speed Dial with speeds from 1 to 11 for custom blending.
  • High/Low Pulse Button for extra bursts of power at any speed.
  • Self-Cleaning Cycle—just add water, a drop of dish soap, and start.
  • Flex-Edge Tamper simultaneously pushes ingredients toward the blending vortex while scraping down the sides of the container.
  • Premium Die-Cast Metal Base for extra stability when blending at high speeds.
  • Designed, engineered, and assembled in the USA.
  • 10-Year Warranty.
  • Iconic Pro Line® Series design suitable for contemporary and traditional kitchens.

Watch my videos with KitchenAid to help you get the most out of your new machine, and I've developed a collection of delicious easy recipes.

Follow using the hashtag #TheBlendedLife to get all of my favorite recipes and healthy living tips.

The new KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series blender is available in the U.S exclusively at Williams-Sonoma, with other retailers to follow in the fall. The blender will be available in Europe and Australia in September/October.

There is a base model for $499 and an upgraded model with pre-programmed settings and a dual-wall container for $599. Both machines have the same powerful motor.

About Me

How can I join you in social media?

I am very active in social media. You can find me everywhere using the handle @theblendergirl

Join The Blender Girl community:

Facebook
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Snap Chat: @theblendergirl
Periscope: @theblendergirl

Who took the photos of you?

Being an actor, I'm really fortunate to work with a lot of really incredible photographers. 

I work with Anson SmartDavid ZaughDana Patrick, Susan Stitt, and Trent Lanz.

Where can I learn more about your acting and voice over work?

Head to TessMasters.com to learn more about my acting and voice over work. 

How do you stay healthy and fit?

My perfect blend is an alkaline, plant-based diet of whole foods. I eat a high percentage of raw foods (leafy greens, non-starchy veggies, low sugar fruits, and sprouted nuts and seeds). The amount of raw foods depends on the season. In the hotter months, I eat a lot of raw foods. In the cooler weather, I eat a bit more cooked foods. 

I start my day with two 16oz glasses of lemon water (filtered water with the juice of 1 lemon squeezed into the glasses). I then enjoy a green smoothie or soup for breakfast, depending on the weather. I always mix up the leafy greens I use for variety, and to avoid oxalate toxicity. I then enjoy a salad, wrap, or soup for lunch, and a variety of raw and cooked foods for dinner. I always include probiotic-rich foods like kefir or cultured vegetables with every meal. 

For exercise, I mix it up. I usually go for an early morning hike or walk, and do some meditation. I also love indoor and outdoor rock climbing, resistance training, yoga, and pilates. 

I also get in my infrared sauna every day, have regular colonics, stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and high-water-content foods, and get lots of sleep and rest. 

A big part of wellness is emotional. I maintain a positive attitude and set mindful intentions. 

We are all different with varying requirements depending on our age, geneology, stress levels, climate, diet, activity levels, and emotional situation. 

Apply the “Look, Listen, Learn and Teach” approach to lifestyle changes. Look for the signs of “less than perfect health”; listen to your body’s reactions to foods; learn what works and what doesn’t to find your perfect blend. 

What is your cooking training?

I am a self taught home cook. I don't have any formal chef training.

I learnt to cook from my mum, from my own experimentation, and from cooking classes I've taken all over the world during my travels. 

Where do you live?

I live in Los Angeles. 

I'm Australian. I grew up in Melbourne, and moved to Singapore when I was 16. I then moved to L.A to attend UCLA, where I studied acting. I moved back to Australia in 1996, and eventually moved back to L.A in 2010. 

I now work as an actor and voice over artist, and as an author, speaker, and recipe developer. 

Do you have food allergies?

I do not have serious food allergies. I have an intolerance to wheat and dairy, and choose not to eat gluten, dairy, eggs, or meat. I do eat a small amount of soy and grains. 

When did you start this blog?

Read my story here

Work With Me

giveaways

Every month I host a month-long giveaway, and promote it on social media and the major sweepstakes websites. 

I promote products that are in synergy with my beliefs, and things I use in my kitchen. I am open to new products. However, I would need to use the product and have experience with it first. 

I do not accept payment for hosting giveaways. However, shipping of the product to the winners is the responsibility of the sponsoring company. 

I will consider new giveaways, providing there is synergy with my beliefs, and there are no conflicts with my existing partnerships. 

Please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will connect with you promptly. 

Download my press kit

recipe features

If you'd like to feature one of my recipes on your website, please credit The Blender Girl with a link back to my original recipe post.

To use images from the site, please fill in the contact form, and I will connect you with the relevant photographer. 

To feature recipes and images from the site, books, or app in a print publication, please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will supply the relevant assets and credit language. 

Download my press kit

video presenting

I've been working as an actor, voice over artist, and presenter for over twenty years, hosting children’s television shows, infomercials, corporate videos, and live events in the United States and Australia.  

As The Blender Girl, I have presented videos for KitchenAid, Massel broths, Sprouts Market, Silk, So Delicious, Earthbound Farm, Vega, Driscoll's, KitchenIQ, and others. 

I am available for new clients, providing there is synergy with my beliefs, and there are no conflicts with my existing partnerships. 

Please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will connect with you promptly. 

Download my press kit

recipe development

I have developed recipes for KitchenAid, Silk, Driscoll's, KitchenIQ, Vega, Way Better Snacks, Sprout Living, Massel, Suncoast Gold, Square One Organics, Thrive Alive Foundation, Vegetarian Times, Allergic Living, Today.Com, and others.   

I am available for recipe development work, providing there is synergy with my beliefs, and there are no conflicts with my existing partnerships. 

Please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will connect with you promptly. 

Download my press kit

speaking engagements

I love sharing my perfect blend for healthy living. I also speak about branding, mission alignment and strategy within and between companies, sales, and social media. 

I am available for speaking engagements, providing there is synergy with my beliefs, and there are no conflicts with my existing partnerships. 

Please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will connect with you promptly. 

Download my press kit

spokesperson and ambassadorships

I am currently the global spokesperson for KitchenAid blenders, ambassador for Massel broths, and an ambassador for Temple Turmeric. I also do ongoing contract work with several other brands. 

I will consider new spokesperson and brand ambassadorships, providing there is synergy with my beliefs, and there are no conflicts with my existing partnerships. 

Please fill in the contact form, and my team and I will connect with you promptly. 

Download my press kit

Copyright Questions

Can I use your photos?

All of the photos on this site are copyrighted by the photographer or publisher. 

Any use of those photos needs to be negotiated with the respective photographer.

Please fill in the contact form, and I will connect you with the relevant party.  

Can I publish your recipes?

Yes, you are welcome to share a recipe on your website. 

Please credit “The Blender Girl” as the source, and link back to my original recipe.

To republish recipes in print and other forms of media, please fill in the contact form, and my team and will get back to you promptly with assets and credit language.   

How To Use The Site

How do I share recipes?

Below the title for each recipe or post is a share button. 

There are links to share via FacebookTwitter, Google +, and Pinterest.

To share directly through email, click on the envelope icon.  

How do I comment on posts?

To comment on a post, scroll to the bottom of the post, and click on load comments to view the comments and open up the new comments field. 

Enter your name, email address (which is never displayed to others), website (if you have one), and comment. 

You can follow the thread to be notified via email when I respond (which I do to all comments) or when others ask questions  by selecting yes in the "subscribe to this thread?" field.

You can unsubscribe to the thread by selecting no in the same field with your follow-up comment. 

To respond to a particular comment by me or another user, click on the "reply" button underneath a particular comment. 

How do I search for specific food allergies and diets?

All of the recipes are vegan (dairy-free, egg-free) and gluten-free, and many are also nut-free, soy-free, raw, and Body Ecology friendly. I will add filters for grain-free and paleo-friendly in 2017. 

To search recipes: click on the search icon located at the top right hand corner of every page, and click on find recipes

To search by food allergies or dietary restrictions: click on apply filters and select all of your choices, and click apply to filter recipes. 

How do I change my user name and password for giveaways?

To change your user name and password to enter the giveaways, please click on the reset my password. If you experience problems, please fill in the contact form and my team and I will assist you. 

How do I enter the giveaways?

If you've subscribed to my newsletter, but have not entered the giveaways before, fill in the sign UP field. Create a user name and password for the giveaway database. You then use these login details to enter future giveaways.

If you've entered previous giveaways use the sign IN field. You can change your login details at any time using the password reset option 

If you experience problems, fill in the contact form, and tech support will assist you. 

How do I print recipes?

Click on the print icon at the top of each recipe, and high-resolution recipe card will be generated.

How do I search for recipes by food allergies & diet?

To search recipes by food allergies, diet, or appliance: click on the relevant icons located on the icon panel. Once you have hard clicked and shaded the icons (you can select more than one) click on "apply filter" to be directed to your search results.

To begin a new search and clear your search selection: click on "clear all filters" above the search results. 

All of my recipes are vegetarian, gluten free and refined sugar free. The recipes from the past three years are all vegan. 

How do I search for specific recipes?

There are several ways to search for my recipes. You can search by recipe title, recipe category, food allergies or diet preferences.

To search recipes: click on the search icon located at the top right hand corner of every recipe page.

To search by recipe title: type in the name in the keyword field above the recipe categories. 

To search recipes by food allergies, diet, or appliance: click on the relevant icons located on the icon panel. Once you have hard clicked and shaded the icons (you can select more than one) click on "apply filter" to be directed to your search results.

To begin a new search and clear your search selection: click on "clear all filters" above the search results. 

All of my recipes are vegetarian, gluten free and refined sugar free. The recipes from the past three years are all vegan. 

How do I comment on a post?

To comment on a post, just click on the comments link under the title of every post, or scroll down to the bottom of the recipe post. Click on the "your comment" bar to open the comments field. Enter your name, email address (which is never displayed to others) and your website (if you have one). Then write your comment. 

You follow the thread to be notified when I respond (which I do to all comments)  by ticking the box, "subscribe to comments?".

You will receive an email notification when I respond to you, and when others comment on the post about their experience. You can unsubscribe to the comments by unclicking the box with your follow-up comment. 

To respond to a particular comment by me or another user, click on the "reply" button underneath a particular comment. 

How can I unsubscribe to the newsletter?

Unsubscribe to the newsletter by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any email.

How can I subscribe to your newsletter?

To subscribe to my newsletter, click on the subscribe button at the top of every page on a desktop, or the menu/search icon on the top right of every page on mobile devices. Then click on the subscribe by email field, and follow the prompts. 

You will receive a follow up email to confirm your subscription. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive this email. Follow the prompts and click on the link to confirm your subscription, and you are all set. 

I send out an email once a week. 

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of every email. 

The Blender Girl Cookbook

Where can I purchase your cookbooks?

I am the author of three cookbooks with Random House: 

The Blender Girl 
The Blender Girl Smoothies book
The Perfect Blend

You can purchase these books on amazon all over the world, and wherever books are sold. For those of you living in Australia, the Book Depository is a great option with free shipping. 

I also have a smoothies app with Random House:

You can download The Blender Girl Smoothies app in the app store. 

I am also the co-author of The Detox Dynamo Cleanse ebook. You can download this book through my website. 

 

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