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Chocolate Love

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesExcerpt from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights.

Xocoatil was the Aztecs’ word for “chocolate”. They called it the “bitter drink” and considered it a gift from the Gods. The cocoa bean has been cultivated for the last 1000 years and recorded as early as 2000 BC.

Cocoa was first introduced to Europe when Cortés brought the beans to Spain and offered them to the Emperor in the early 1500s. By adding Cinnamon, heat and sugar, they improved the bitter taste. The discovery of cocoa by the Spaniards was so provocative that they kept its existence a secret for almost a century until it was smuggled by monks to France. By the 1650s it had crossed the channel to England and the North American colonies of the English and the Dutch.

Good for the Heart

Cocoa powder and chocolate contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, which are the same beneficial compounds found in fruits, vegetables and red wine that may reduce the risk of developing heart disease. It is believed that damage done in the body by free oxygen radicals is linked to heart disease and other maladies connected with aging. There is some research that indicates that antioxidants in the blood stream help eliminate free radicals, thus reducing the risk of developing heart disease. Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants, per 100 grams, then prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, kale, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, Brussels sprouts, plums, alfalfa sprouts, oranges, red grapes, red bell pepper, cherries, onion, corn or eggplant.

Audrey’s Amore

3 cups chocolate milk (dairy, soy, or rice)
10 large ripe strawberries
2 small bananas
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on medium speed for 1 minute. Chill for five minutes, pour into tall glasses and serve naked (literally or figuratively).

Yield: 5 cups

Tequila & Chocolate Smoothie

Recipe from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights.

Tequila & Chocolate Smoothie

1 cup orange juice
1 cup crushed ice
1 banana, in chunks
1 teaspoon ginkgo powder
1 cup fresh or canned pineapple chunks (drained)
1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon dark chocolate syrup
1/2 cup tequila
Pinch of salt (in drink & for edge of glasses)

Place all ingredients, except tequila, in a blender and mix on medium for 50 seconds. Add tequila and mix for 10 more seconds.

Put a little salt on the rims of four champagne glasses, pour the drink and take it slow and easy.

Yield: 4 cups.

Per Cup: Calories 183; Protein 1 g; Total Fat 0 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Carbohydrate 27 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

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Love, Chocolate & Valentines

Excerpt for Valentine’s Day from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights.

Smoothies are one of the easiest and healthiest snacks (or entire meals) for any occasion, especially when you add chocolate and its added health benefits. You can blend up a batch in 10 minutes and have enough for days.

THE BEST LOVERS

Love comes and loves goes, but chocolate is always around the corner.

Just like chocolate, some people are semisweet, some are bitter, others are just plain nutty.

A chocolate smoothie a day keeps the psychiatrist away.

Chocolate will never abandon you for another mate, doesn’t cheat, lie or leave its clothes on the floor.

Chocolate, like unconditional love, is an addiction that you don’t want to live without.

GOOD FOR THE HEART

Cocoa powder and chocolate contain rich sources of polyphenol antioxidants, which are the same beneficial compounds found in fruits, vegetables and red wine that may reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

It is believed that damage done in the body by free oxygen radicals is linked to heart disease and other maladies connected with aging. There is some research that indicates that antioxidants in the blood stream help eliminate free radicals, thus reducing the risk of developing heart disease.

Dark chocolate contains more antioxidants, per 100 grams, then prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, kale, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, Brussels sprouts, plums, alfalfa sprouts, oranges, red grapes, red bell pepper, cherries, onion, corn or eggplant.

LOVING RECIPES

The Latin Lover

4 oz melted bittersweet dark chocolate
2 cups soy milk
1 banana
12 oz silken style soft tofu
½ Tbsp flax seed oil
1 tsp cinnamon powder

1. Place ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for one minute.
2. Pour into tall cups and serve.

Yields: 5 cups. Per cup: calories 231; protein 7 g; total fat 12 g; saturated fat 5 g; carbohydrate 26 g; cholesterol 1 mg.

The Velvet Orchid

2 cups chocolate low-fat soy milk or dairy milk
½ banana, in chunks
1 12-oz package of soft silken tofu
1 cup frozen mango slices
2 oz semisweet chocolate, melted

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for two minutes.
2. Pour contents into tall glasses and serve.

Yields: 4 cups. Per cup: calories 218; protein 7 g; total fat 8 g; saturated fat 3 g; carbohydrate 34 g; cholesterol 0 mg.

The Naked Truth

2 cups plain low-fat soy milk
1 12-oz package soft silken tofu
¾ cup vanilla ice or soy cream
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 Tbsp brandy

1. Place all ingredients, except brandy, in a blender and mix on high for about two minutes; add brandy and blend for 10 seconds more.
2. Pour into tumblers or wide-mouthed glasses.

Yields: 6 cups. Per cup: calories 406; protein 10 g; total fat 26 g; saturated fat 8 g; carbohydrate 32 g; cholesterol 8 mg.

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