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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

Cloud Nine

Recipe from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights. By Gabriel Constans (Booktrope Publishers)

Luscious Chocolate Smoothies is a delicious collection of recipes that combines the rich, intoxicating taste and heart health benefits of dark chocolate, with a tantalizing balance of fruits, nuts, tofu, soy, liquor, juices and other unique elements to create cool, refreshing mouth watering drinks for all ages.

The book is interspersed with chocolate anecdotes, humor and history, as well as tips for blending and information on its vivacious ingredients. Discover the connection between love and chocolate; delve into The Hurricane, Coyote’s Howl or The Nutty Professor; and blissfully empty every cup to the last drop.

Cloud Nine

4 small bananas, in chunks
2 1/2 cups water
1 8-ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 cup firm silken tofu
1/4 cup protein powder
2 heaping tablespoons chocolate spirulina powder

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on medium speed for 1 minute.

Pour into your favorite containers and drink up protein, potassium, vitamin C and great taste.

Per Cup: Calories 183; Protein 7 g; Total Fat 1 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Carbohydrate 39 g; Cholesterol 0 mg.

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Chocolate Drinks All Summer

Recipe from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights. By Gabriel Constans (Booktrope Publishers)

Luscious Chocolate Smoothies is a delicious collection of recipes that combines the rich, intoxicating taste and heart health benefits of dark chocolate, with a tantalizing balance of fruits, nuts, tofu, soy, liquor, juices and other unique elements to create cool, refreshing mouth watering drinks for all ages.

The book is interspersed with chocolate anecdotes, humor and history, as well as tips for blending and information on its vivacious ingredients. Discover the connection between love and chocolate; delve into The Hurricane, Coyote’s Howl or The Nutty Professor; and blissfully empty every cup to the last drop.

The Blue Danube

Yield: 4 Cups

2 cups plain low-fat soy (or dairy) milk
2 bananas, in chunks
1 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 scoop vanilla ice cream (soy or dairy)

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on low for 1 minute.

Pour into tall glasses and serve.

Enjoy everyone’s blue tongues.

Per Cup: Calories 114; Protein 3 g; Total Fat 2 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Carbohydrate 25 g; Cholesterol 0 mg.

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The Green Hornet

Recipe from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights by Gabriel Constans.

Perfect for a hot breezy spring day or evening.

The Green Hornet

2 cups orange juice
1 banana (in chunks)
2 kiwifruits (peeled and sliced)
4 scoops vanilla ice cream (dairy, soy or rice)
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for 1 minute.

Pour the creamy green nectar into tall clear glasses and drink up.

Yields: 3 cups.

Per Cup: Calories 321; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 11 g; Saturated Fat 6 g; Carbohydrate 55 g; Cholesterol 38 mg.

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