MALIBU, Calif. - Known as The Blender Girl, Tess Masters is the sultaness of smoothies, going well beyond fruit and yogurt to make liquid magic.
"I think we want to help our blender help us, right?" asked Masters.
Choosing nuts, seeds, juices, sauces, fats, tea, produce and powders means you'll need some science to get things to turn out smoothly.
Believe it or not, there is actually an order to where you put your smoothie items in. Powders should not go in last.
"If you put them on top, they fly up into the lid when you turn the blender on," said Masters.
Start with liquids first and high water content fruits.
"Then I put the softest ingredients," said Masters.
Then protein powder and she encourages you to get spicy.
"Cardamon is beautiful with pear, peaches, mango. You can do cayenne pepper, a pinch to an eighth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper is really good for digestion. Curry powder goes well with all of those beautiful tropical fruits. Then you put the really hard, fibrous ingredients: beets, frozen fruit, carrots," she said.
Masters soaks seeds and nuts overnight or -- in a pinch -- in boiled water for 10 minutes then drains to use.
If you don't want to taste veggies, but want to use them for nutrition, she says frozen raw cauliflower, broccoli or zucchini work well as our taste buds don't recogninize them in extremely hot or cold temperatures.
Masters has books, but her app provides 300-plus recipes in the palm of your hand.