Sunset on the Water
by Gabriel Constans
Persimmons are rich in carbohydrates and potassium and have a wonderful blood-red color: Asian countries have grown them for years, although the United States now leads the world in production of these sugary fruits. This smoothie is the perfect accompaniment to sitting outside and watching the sun go down.
Yield: 4 cups
1/2 persimmon, peeled and seeded
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 ripe bananas
1/2 cup raisins
2 cups filtered water
1 tablespoon brown rice syrup
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 1 minute.
Pour into clear glasses and watch the colors upon the horizon.
The orangutan is closely related to the chimpanzee, the gorilla, and humans. Its name comes from two Malay words meaning “man” and “jungle.” They enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, and love to play and get into mischief. This smoothie resembles the orangutan in its playfulness and rich, brownish-red color.
Yield: 4 cups
1 1/2 cups rice milk
1 cup plain yogurt (soy or dairy)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses, serve and become a little mischievous.
Excerpt from Great American Smoothies: The Ultimate Blending Guide for Shakes, Slushes, Desserts, & Thirst Quenchers by Gabriel Constans