City TV Vancouver

The Fun

5 days ago I crossed an item off my bucket list, while simultaneously jumping WAY outside of my comfort zone: a very nice producer let me do live television to promote Vegetarian Comfort Foods.

I don’t know what she was thinking, either, but now she’s my favourite. Anyway, I lived to brag tell about it.

While I was stressing and trying not to throw up or pee my pants, my husband had a great time meeting the faces of Breakfast Television and playing Sports Centre by himself. (He loved it.)

The Drama

If you watch the video closely, I run out of breath towards the end because I forgot to breathe, but it’s cool, because no one noticed, except now I’m telling everyone, so you WILL notice, but I’m okay with that because…….(*passes out).

See how that happens?!

Anyway, I loved it, I’m super grateful that people let me promote stuff in situations like this, and hopefully I’ll have a chance to try not to throw up or pee my pants again.

I’ll keep you posted.

The important thing is that no expletives left my lips. This was my number one, genuine fear, because when I get nervous, I tend to let loose. But I didn’t, so that’s one giant point for Jen.


The Result

The Launch of Vegetarian Comfort Foods + More

This week’s been crazy. Actually, honestly, this whole month’s been crazy. Or the summer. I don’t know…but the madness is both exhausting and exhilarating.

On August 4th, my second book was let into the world: Vegetarian Comfort Foods.

This seemed amazing to me. I was at my family’s cabin last year when I was negotiating the deal with my editor, and I was at the same cabin on August 4th when it was released just a couple of weeks ago. Wow. And because I personally love an excuse to throw a party, we conducted a formal launch at a cute little shop that also is brand new, called Wildflower Artisan Collective in Abbotsford, BC.

Fresita wine

Wine was kindly sponsored for the event by Fresita Sparking Summer Wine (this was the very first time I’ve dealt with obtaining a special occasion liquor license, so that was a special project in of itself), and tons of amazing friends and family came to get their copies signed by Yours Truly, and Tanya R. Loewen of Wild Honey Art House. (She took incredible photographs of all the recipes, and I am eternally grateful.)

Wildflower Artisan Collective


Aside from the cookbook launch, I handed in a fourth book this summer, (Baby Nosh), my husband and I went to San Diego for our 10th wedding anniversary, my kids grew about two feet each (something about lots of water and sunshine?!), and I began working on my most fave contract of the year: the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. To wrap it up, I will be doing a short segment for Breakfast Television Vancouver on the very last day of the month.

This is live TV people, and I’m me. Go grab yourself some popcorn and nestle in for a slip or fall or some accidental profanity.


Having whizzed by at warp speed, this summer has been one of my best EVER, and although I don’t want it to end yet, I’m looking forward to what autumn brings. (Probably more craziness.) I hope you all have had your own summertime adventures to commit to memory, and thanks so much for reading my blog!

PS- If you want a signed copy of Vegetarian Comfort Foods, I’ll be at Costco in Abbotsford from 12-4 on August 29th, and at various Bed, Bath, and Beyond locations throughout the fall. Stay tuned! xo

Book Launch + Foodie Stuff

Events and book launch

Excuses + Announcements + Events 

Hey, friends! I’ve been a busy girl. Actually, if it’s possible to be both lazy and busy at the same time, then that’s what I’ve been. Because I don’t feel particularly productive, lately…but I’ll think about that, later.

Anyway, I’m SUPER excited to announce the book launch for Vegetarian Comfort Foods! The book is being released on August 4th, but the launch will take place on August 20th at (drumroll, please!)…Wildflower Artisan Collective, in Abbotsford, BC!

The super cool part of this announcement is that this venue isn’t even open yet. It’s brand-spankin’ new–just like the book!

If you’re in the Vancouver/Fraser Valley area and feel the need to show off the fact that you spend your Thursday nights attending literary events (hehehe), then show your face, ladies and gents! There will be vino from a very generous yet-to-be-named wine sponsor, and goodies, and general awesomeness.

A bit about Wildflower: this very new business will be housing ONLY hand-crafted, locally-produced goods made by the citizens surrounding Abbotsford, BC. How cool is that?! The amazing ladies who are running the show are no joke–their first baby (aside from their actual babies) is Twine Abode, which is an eco-friendly skincare line.

I’m just so excited to be part of this whole thing, and I hope you can make it, so you feel the same way. Stay tuned for more details and the launch grows nearer, and in the meantime, I might try and post more than I have been lately. Admittedly, Fresh + Fit and the Surrey International Writers’ Conference (SiWC) and Baby Nosh are taking up all my time.

I’m lovin’ me a few great projects right now.

Enjoy the rest of May, and let me leave you with a recipe for a kick-ass smoothie. xo

Banana oatmeal smoothie

Deliciously Date-able Smoothie


  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates


Blend until seemingly smooth. (You’ll probably still get a few tiny date chunks, which are delicious.) Drink up and smile! xo

Content Writing for Health + Wellness in Vancouver


Happy Earth Day, everyone! I hope you’ve all done something miniscule or little or big or enormous to lend a hand to Mother Earth, today! Today’s blog is exciting for me, because I’m introducing a new business that won’t be formally launched for a few more months, but I’m taking on some amazing clients early, so I thought I’d share!

Fresh + Fit Vancouver is my latest and greatest project, spawned from the relentless requests I was receiving to write bios and ‘about’ pages and content for local businesses. I figured if there was a market for this kind of thing, then I’m in! Since my passion lies within the health and wellness industry, I decided to make it niche and remain in that realm.

Jennifer Browne

Fresh + Fit serves two purposes in Vancouver: 

1- To be a place of reference for Vancouverites who may be looking for a new juice bar, spin class, or place to receive a fabulous pedicure, and

2- To provide a blogging service to Vancouver’s health and wellness businesses that highlights originality and individual strengths. Most people don’t like writing their own blogs, but I love writing, and I LOVE a great kale juice, yoga class, and collagen fascial. I will help you post original, fun, interesting content, while also providing link building and social media shout-outs.

“If your goal is to remain visible to Vancouver’s savvy health and wellness consumers, you should still be hosting original content on a consistent basis. Blogging is a fantastic way of providing current and potential clients with new and exciting information that is relevant to what they’re searching for.”

Interested? Visit for more details. xo

Book Signing Event: Happy Healthy Gut at Chapters on Robson, Vancouver

Happy Healthy Gut book signing

Happy Valentine’s Day! This day is one of my faves, but not because of all the love and chocolate. February 14th marks the halfway point through February, which means it’s almost March, which means it’s almost SPRING!

And every Vancouverite out there is DYING for spring by this point in our long, dark, rainy winter.

It’s also 5 days before an event I’ve been waiting for since the fall: on Thursday, February 19th, I’ll be signing copies of my first book, Happy Healthy Gut: The Plant-Based Diet Solution to Curing IBS and Other Chronic Digestive Disorders, at my favorite bookstore, Chapters on Robson Street, Vancouver.

WHY is this my fave bookstore? Because it’s 3 floors of awesomeness that are accessed via old-school iconic escalator, and the store itself is deep within the heart of Vancouver’s notoriously fabulous shopping district. Plus, there’s a Starbucks. (Obviously.) Come find me on Thursday from 1-4, and I’ll happily gift you with an abundance of bookmarks, and a big, goofy smile.

Because this will never happen again.

Chapters on Robson

Photo courtesy of Vancity Buzz.

On June 30th of this year, because of skyrocketing downtown leases, Chapters on Robson will be closing its doors, and relocating elsewhere in Vancouver. That day, my friends, will be a sad, sad day.

So help me make incredible memories and join me on Thursday. For those of you who live in and around the Vancouver area, I hope to see your beautiful faces. xo

This Year's Top 10 Wellness Trends


The Wellness Show is a weekend-long celebration of health and wellness, hosted each year in Vancouver. This year’s dates are the 13th-15th, and I’ll be there as a blogger on behalf on My Van City on the Sunday.

Feel free to hunt me down and say hi!

This year’s wellness experts put a lot of time and effort into researching the latest health trends, which I’m finding SUPER interesting. Some are surprising (I thought sprouting was in a couple of years ago),  but most are not (being more zen is definitely on trend). 😉 The rest of this post was written and passed along for The Happy Healthy Life to share by The Wellness Show, so without further adieu:

Here are the top trends we’re currently seeing in health and wellness:

1- Sprouting: Sprouting raw nuts, seeds, beans and grains is one of the quickest, easiest ways to pack a group of   nutrients into your body in just one handful. Eating sprouted foods also aids in digestion and helps to make your body’s PH more alkaline. Chat with the experts from Sprout Growers Dome at the show.

2- Non-GMOs: Not only are genetically modified foods unkind to the environment, but they are also bad for our bodies. You’ll find non-GMO-verified exhibitors at the Wellness Show. You¹ll also find kinder, better tasting, and better for you meat options, like local, grass-fed, free range beef and pork. Learn how to cook it, too, at one of our cooking demos!

3- Healthy snacking and smoothies/juices: Cold-pressed juices and smoothies are a great way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals in a very portable package. Vitamix will be one of the exhibitors at the show, and we’ll also have juices to sample from Bremner Juices, and supplements like vegan protein powders and Greens+ Superfood to boost your juice. Learn about healthy snacking on the run from our very own Liz Pearson, and discover the newest trend: Smoothie Bowls. They incorporate a smoothie, along with additional fresh fruit, and granola.

Happy Healthy Gut

4- Good for your gut: Fermented foods are great for us, because they contain helpful bacteria that help with immunity and digestion. While at the Wellness Show, sample some saurkraut, sip some kombucha, try some sourdough bread or yogurt from Liberte and Yoplait. You can also try the latest probiotics at Nature’s Fare and Pure Pharmacy.

5- Bone Broth: one of the newest and most popular health food trends right now, this nutrient-dense, inexpensive and easy to make consume is thought to be excellent for bones and teeth, due to its high collagen content.


6- Cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower is the current reigning king of cruciferous. You can make it into rice, you can mash it, and you can roast it whole. It takes on spices and flavouring incredibly well, and it¹s low in carbs. Other cruciferous veg that the world is currently loving? Brussels sprouts and other cabbages, for their ability to fill you up and their high fiber and vitamin content.

7- Stealthy Healthy: A fantastic new trend in eating out is healthy upscale restaurants. You no longer have to resort to ordering a salad when eating out if you want to be healthy. Restaurants are now dedicated to creating healthy food that looks and tastes amazing. Attend cooking demos by the chefs from Graze, Calabash, Tojos, and Top Chefs to learn new, healthy recipes and techniques.

8- Wearable tech: One of the biggest fitness trends is wearable tech that monitors your daily steps, how much you sleep, how much you eat, and how many calories you burn on your workout. Your tech is linked to your home computer or your smartphone. Another trend is apps‹your smartphone can now source your healthy lunch, prompt you to drink water, or help you to workout.

Beautiful healthy Young Woman lying on the green grass

9- Connecting with your inner Zen: We need calm and peace more than ever in today’s busy world with never-ending emails and Facebook updates. Take a class on how to meditate, and learn how to better manage your stress. Learn about floating at Pure Float, and block out the world for a few moments to focus and centre.

10- New fun workouts:  Instead of hour-long workouts, the trend is to shorter, 20 or 30 minute, high-intensity workouts. Take a dance fit class at the show, or, learn how to set up your own home gym from Flaman Fitnness. Outdoor workouts are another great trend happening right now being outdoors has wonderful benefits to add to exercise. Connect with The Pole Lady to find out how you can take your daily walk to the next level!

If you want to connect with the amazing people who put all these stats into a fun way to see if you’re on trend, visit The Wellness Show, which runs Friday, February 13 (noon to 7 pm), Saturday, February 14 (10 am to 7 pm) and Sunday, February 15 (10 am to 6 pm) at the Vancouver Convention Centre, East Building Exhibit Hall B & C, 999 Canada Place. Ticket prices are: $14.50 (General Admission), $12.50 (Seniors & Students), $6.00 (Children 6-15), and FREE (Children 5 & Under), 3 Day Passes are available for $30. Admission is available at the door, or may be purchased in advance online at

Be well, amigos! xo

New Book Announcement: The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea!

Kombucha Tea

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe how December is FLYING by! Two sleeps ’til Christmas! Woo hoo!

I received an early Christmas gift a couple of days ago: a new book contract! I’m super excited to announce The Good Living Guide to Medicinal Tea: How to Brew the Cure to What Ails You will be released in January 2016! Not only is this fabulous, but I’ll be fortunate enough to work with Tanya R. Loewen from Wild Honey Art House again! Sooooo exciting!

 dried green tea leaves

It’ll be a few months before I’ll be able to unveil a cover for this new book, so instead, I decided to post a few extremely gorgeous tea images to satisfy myself (and maybe you? Any hardcore tea lovers out there?!), until I can make it happen.

My holiday is already off to a fab start, and I hope everyone who reads this has an amazing couple of weeks, too. xo

Medicinal Herbal Tea

Happy Healthy Holidays! Sharing your favorite plant-based recipes

Rustic Table Setting

Hey, everyone! TGIF, am I right?! I don’t know about you, but my October flew by with insane determination, and November’s already kicking my butt, too. With no slow-down in sight (’tis the season for parties and get-togethers and perhaps a little fete-a-fete here and there), I know my brain will be mush within a few short weeks. SO…I thought maybe I’d try and conjure up a few simple ideas regarding shared eats. With Canadian Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror, and American Thanksgiving just down the road, it’s clearly that time of year.

When I’m asked to “bring a dish to pass,” there are definite times when I fall back on old, lazy favorites. But considering I have a recipe book coming out next summer, I thought maybe I’d attempt to raise the bar for myself and be ready to show up to my friends’ houses with something that looks (and tastes!) like I’ve put at least an ounce of effort and creativity into it.

I’m going to share three plant-based concoctions that I think might fit the bill, and hopefully you think they sound good enough to try at home. I specify “plant-based,” because I like to share ideas that fit with my usual foodie lifestyle, which is that of clean, whole, nutrient-rich eats. We get enough crap out there, right? Let’s set a good example and share some healthy, happy recipes!

Alright. Here we go…

Chocolate-Graham Banana Bites (Makes 32)

banana bites2


  • 4 bananas (not too ripe)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup graham crumbs
  • 32 toothpicks*


Melt chocolate chips in double broiler, slowly. Slice each banana into 8 chunks (so there should be 32 chunks in total), and stick each with a toothpick. Once chocolate is melted, dip each banana chunk half-way into the chocolate, then dust with graham. The chocolate will harden, so it must be done quickly. Repeat until every chunk has been dressed, then cover and refrigerate until they can be served.

Acorn Squashed Casserole (serves 8)

Acorn Squash


  • 2 acorn squashes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup watercress
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley


Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice each squash horizontally. Remove seeds and pulp, and discard. Slice squash into 1/2″ rounds. (Which will actually look like flowers.) Set aside. In a large bowl, combine oil, syrup, and spices. Add squash to bowl and mix well, until evenly coated. Bake in a single layer on cookie sheet for 10 minutes, then flip squash and back for another 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and arrange in dish. Chop herbs and sprinkle on top of squash. Serve hot as a side dish.

Baked Ratatouille Bruschetta (Serves 12)

Grilled vegetables


  • 1/2 an eggplant
  • 1/2 a zucchini
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 white onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 16 oz. can of chopped and roasted tomatoes
  • 1 large whole wheat baguette


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Finely chop eggplant, zucchini, pepper, and onion. Mix, and place in oven-safe dish. Mince the garlic and add to mixture, then stir. Drizzle olive oil over mixture, and then pour tomatoes over all the vegetables. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Once done, remove from oven and let sit until it cools slightly. Meanwhile, slice baguette into rounds. Place a spoonful of ratatouille on top of each, and place back in the oven for 6-8 more minutes. Serve hot.

Hope you enjoy! From my table to yours, stay happy and healthy! (And have a great weekend!) xo

The Blender Girl Smoothies App is HERE!

The Blender Girl

As a lover of all things that could possibly be juiced or thrown into a Vitamix, I am ECSTATIC to announce the launch of The Blender Girl Smoothies app! How exciting! Here’s what it is, and how it works:

The Blender Girl and her healthy, blender-centric recipes have taken the world by storm—and in this comprehensive smoothie-making guide, she takes smoothies to the next level and helps you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. One hundred creative and delicious smoothie recipes each contain three additional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both. And the unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day. Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe, an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, and other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.

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.

As if all of that isn’t awesome enough, here’s a sneak peek at some of the incredible smoothie recipes that this app has to offer:

Blender Girl App

Chai Tai

Serves 2

  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk or other nut, grain, or seed milk (strained if homemade)
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut water
  • 1/4 cup (43g) chopped pitted dates (soaked, if using a conventional blender)
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of natural salt (optional, to bring out flavors)
  • 2 medium frozen sliced bananas
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes (optional)

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.


  • 1 tablespoon blanched raw almonds, soaked
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed oil

Blender Girl App

Green Mojito

Serves 2

  • 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

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy.


  • 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Blender Girl App

Mystical Mango

Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water, plus more as needed
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 cups (320g) frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup (62g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add more water as needed to blend.


  • 1/2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil

Blender Girl App

Grapefruit-Fennel Fix

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup (120ml) water
  • 1/2 small fennel bulb, cored, trimmed of stalks, and chopped
  • 1 medium red grapefruit, peel and pith removed, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 green apple, skin on, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15 drops alcohol-free liquid stevia, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups (190g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients (except the ice cubes) into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add the ice and blast for a few seconds more, until smooth and chilled.


  • 1 cup (27g) loosely packed baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate powder

ALSO…The Happy Healthy Life will be giving away a FREE COPY of The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Visit HERE to enter the draw (click on Giveaway), which begins TODAY!

Ummm…how much do you love me for all of this? (No, really; I wanna know.) More info on the beauty and brains behind The Blender Girl (Tess Masters) below…

Tess Masters Bio:

Australian-born Tess Masters is an actor, cook, and author of The Blender Girl cookbook and The Blender Girl Smoothies app. She shares her enthusiasm for healthy living on

As a presenter and recipe developer, Tess collaborates with leading food, culinary, and lifestyle brands. She has been featured in the LA Times, Washington Post, Vegetarian Times, InStyle, Real Simple, Clean Eating, Thrive, Living Without, Today.Com, Food Network.Com, Prevention.Com, Glamour.Com, Shape.Com, Parents.Com, Chow.Com among other publications and websites. Away from the blender, Tess enjoys a diverse performance career. She has toured internationally with stage productions, worked in film and television, and lent her voice to commercial campaigns, audiobooks, and popular videogame characters.

Tess and her partner, Scott Brick, live in Studio City, California, with their West Highland White Terrier (and blender-cuisine maven), Cookie.

Social Media Links:

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.