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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

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The Big Dipper

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

A healthy and delicious recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Big Dipper

Yields 6 Cups

  • 2 cups plain soy milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 12-ounce package soft silken tofu
  • 2 banans, in chunks
  • 1/2 cup mango slices
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

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

2. Pour into tall clear glasses and never go without.

per cup: Calories 175; Protein 7 g; Total Fat 4 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate29 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

Loving Audrey

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

A recipe for my love.

Audrey’s Amore

Yields 5 Cups

  • 3 cups chocolate soy, rice or low-fat dairy
  • 10 large ripe strawberries (fresh or thawed frozen)
  • 2 small bananas, in chunks
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

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

2. Chill for 5 minutes, pour into tal glasses and serve naked.

per cup: Calories 147; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 2 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 28 g; Cholesterol 4 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

Burning The Midnight Oil

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

A powerful and subtle recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

Burning The Midnight Oil

Yields 4 Cups

  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 3 frozen bananas (thawed)*
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder
  • 2 cups brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
  • 1 small (about 2-inch-square) brownie
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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

2. Pour into tall glasses and serve. Be prepared for unexpected fits of dancing, prancing and romancing.

*To freeze bananas, peel and chop them, seal in plastic bags, and place in the freezer until frozen.

per cup: Calories 242; Protein 4 g; Total Fat 3 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 52 g; Cholesterol 2 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

Hot Hot Love

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

A sizzling recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

Hot Love

Yields 4 Cups

  • 2 cups chocolate rice or soy milk
  • 2 bananas, in chunks
  • 1 12-ounce package soft silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 21/4 teaspoon cayenne

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

2. Pour into glasses or onto your partner and enjoy the hot afterglow.

per cup: Calories 432; Protein 9 g; Total Fat 3 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 94 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

The Sinful Warrior

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

Another scrumptious recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Sinful Warrior

Yields 5 Cups

  • 2 cups plain soy, rice or low-fat dairy milk
  • 1 large banana, in chunks
  • 1 12-ounce package soft silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

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

2. Slowly pour the rich, creamy decadence into glasses and prepare to drink pure bliss.

per cup: Calories 181; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 7 g; Saturated Fat 3 g; Carbohydrate 28 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

The Chocolate Connoisseur

Luscious-Choc-SmoothiesFrom Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresisitible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights.
By Gabriel Constans

Taste this sumptuous recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Chocolate Connoisseur

Yields 4 Cups

  • 2 cups chocolate soy or low-fat dairy milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 large banana, in chunks
  • 1/4 cup frozen raspberries (thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

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

2. Pour into tall juice or beer glasses and guzzle with pleasure.

per cup: Calories 138; Protein 3 g; Total Fat 2 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Carbohydrate 30 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.

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