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The Chocolate Wallop

Excerpt from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights. By Gabriel Constans

The Chocolate Wallop

Yields: 4 Cups

1/4 cup low-fat soy milk
2 cups orange juice
2 ripe bananas
1/4 cup cashew bits
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup mango slices
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for 2 1/2 minutes.

Pour into tall glasses and serve with bravado.

Per Cup: Calories 235; Protein 5 g; Total Fat 8 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 40 g; Cholesterol 0 mg.

Get all the recipes, jokes and cocoa facts at: Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.

Kinky Kahlua

Another delicious recipe from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of healthy cocoa delights.

Kinky Kahlua

2 cups plain low-fat milk (dairy, soy or rice)
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
20 fresh strawberries
1/2 cup Kahlua liqueur

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

Pour into coffee mugs, serve immediately and head straight to heaven.

Yields: 4 Cups

Per Cup: Calories 233; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 2 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 37 g; Cholesterol 7 mg

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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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Breakfast In Bed

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

Breakfast In Bed

2 cups orange juice
1 banana, in chunks
1/2 cup (4 ounces) soft silken tofu
1/2 pint Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk Ice Cream
1/4 cup raspberries

Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on medium for 90 seconds.

Pour into 2 tall glasses and serve your partner in bed on Sunday morning or any day of the week.

Yield: 4 cups

Per Cup: Calories 245; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 11 g; Saturated Fat 6 g; Carbohydrate 34 g; Cholesterol 25 mg.

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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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Luscious Chocolate

Excerpt from Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.

Chocolate Consumption

The chocolate industry is an $8 billion-a-year business. The United States is the world’s leader in the production and importation of chocolate candy. Most women in the United States prefer to get chocolate instead of flowers, especially women over the age of 50. In the U.S., females 30 to 39 years old and males 12 to 19 years old consume the highest percentage of chocolate per day.

Americans consume roughly 3 billion pounds of chocolate each year, which is more than 11 pounds per person. The Swiss eat, on average, about 22 pounds of chocolate products per person, per year. Per person the Danes eat the most chocolate, at 30 pounds a year.

Love Potion

1 cup chocolate low-fat soy milk
1 banana, in chunks
1 teaspoon tequila
1/4 teaspoon arbol chili powder
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

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

Pour this love potion into tall, sensual glasses and serve (adults only).

per cup: Calories 296; Protein 4 g; Total Fat 15 g; Saturated Fat 9 g; Carbohydrate 36 g; Cholesterol 2 mg.

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