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All That Jazz

All That Jazz
by Gabriel Constans

Jazz is an original art form of American music that first became popular in the 1920s. It has continued to expand and deepen its roots throughout the music world. Elements of jazz have been integrated into classical, folk, blues, soul, country, rock, and rap music. Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and John Coltrane are just a few of its famous innovators. This smoothie is perfect to drink while listening to their music – or making your own.

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Yield: 4 1/2 cups

2 1/2 medium bananas
3 tablespoons brewer’s yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 1/2 cups apple juice
3 apricots, finely chopped
3 tablespoons honey

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 1 minute.
Pour, stir and let yourself move with all that jazz.

Charleston Cherry

Charleston Cherry
by Gabriel Constans

The Charleston was the ballroom sensation of the 1920s. Named for Charleston, South Carolina, it is believed to have evolved from African-Americans dance steps then common, called the Jay-Bird and the Juba. It began simply as a rhythmic twisting of the feet, but when it reached Harlem it took on a fast, flapping kick. In 1923, a revue called Runnin’ Wild was presented in New York City by Cecil Mack and James P. Johnson. It featured the Charleston and ignited the public’s demand for this dance throughout the land. You’ll enjoy this cool Southern thirst-quencher any time of the year.

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Yield: 4 1/2 cups

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 frozen banana (slices)
20 pitted cherries
1 ripe banana
2 cups filtered water

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on high speed for 30 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses and try to drink while dancing.

Blueberry Boogie

Blueberry Boogie
by Gabriel Constans

Boogie Woogie is an American original. It is a spin-off of jazz and rhythm and blues that influenced rock-and-roll. One person who helped popularize this style was Fats Domino, whose song “Blueberry Hill,” was a big seller. “Fats” was so named because of his large size – when he sat on the piano bench, it would disappear from view. Drink the Blueberry Boogie when you’ve got the blues. It will lift your spirits and your blood sugar.

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Yield: 4 cups

1 cup soft tofu
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons honey
5 drops peppermint extract
2 cups filtered water

Place ingredients in a blender, and mix on high for 30 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses and boogie woogie away.

Mellow Fellow

Mellow Fellow
by Gabriel Constans

Calm that tummy. Get rid of indigestion. Quiet the baby. Peppermint provides energy, relaxation, and calmness.

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Yield: 3 1/2 cups

1 cup brewed peppermint tea
2 fresh parsley leaves, chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup carrot juice
4 tablespoons maple syrup

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Pour, serve and mellow out.

Smooth Move

Smooth Move
by Gabriel Constans

Grapefruit is low in calories and high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins B1, B2, and C. It also prevents constipation and helps you sleep soundly, so this smoothie makes a great bedtime snack.

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Yield: 3 cups

1 cup grapefruit juice
1 1/2 ripe bananas
1 prune, chopped
1 apricot, chopped
3 tablespoons honey

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 1 minute.
Pour into tumblers and serve.

Purple People Pleaser

Purple People Pleaser
by Gabriel Constans

The color of this drink is a sight to see, and it tastes like velvet-smooth peeled grapes caressing your tongue. The pineapple juice helps reduce weight by digesting proteins, and the bananas provide potassium.

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Yield: 4 cups

6 tablespoons frozen organic grape juice concentrate
1 slice fresh pineapple
1 cup filtered water
1 banana
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Pour, drink with delight and stick out your purple people pleasing tongue.

Wheatgrass Wonder

Wheatgrass Wonder
by Gabriel Constans

Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the body of toxins, purifies the liver, and reportedly helps damaged cells heal. Reactions to the Wheatgrass Wonder range from “Shock” and “Fabulous” to “Stimulating” and “Arousing.”

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Yield: 6 cups

1/2 cup wheatgrass juice
1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
4 tablespoons lime juice
12 ice cubes, crushed

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on high speed for 30 seconds.
Pour into small glasses and get ready to take off.

Neighborhood Nectar

Neighborhood Nectar
by Gabriel Constans

Ah, nectarines! What a treat. Not only do they taste fabulous, but they are also rich in potassium, sodium, and calcium. Nectarines help clean out the toxic crud that accumulates in your pores, thus aiding your complexion. Try sharing this smoothie with your neighbors – they’ll love it!

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Yield: 5 cups

6 tablespoons plain yogurt (soy, almond or dairy)
6 fresh nectarines, peeled and sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
1/3 cup wheat germ
1 cup seedless grapes
3 cups filtered water

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 45 seconds.
Pour into tall glasses and serve at your next block or neighborhood party.

Godzilla’s Ginseng

Godzilla’s Ginseng
by Gabriel Constans

Ginseng is known throughout the world as a powerful tonic and energizer. It’s prescribed in China for ailments ranging from colds to impotence. You can use it in stir fry, salads, drinks, soups, and healing remedies, such as this natural breath freshener. It has a zingy taste that, like Godzilla, returns again and again.

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Yield: 3 cups

3 tablespoons powdered ginseng
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons maple styrup

Place ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.
Chill the mixture in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Pour into tall glasses and serve with a slice of lemon or lime on top.

That Old Black Magic

That Old Black Magic

Spirulina is a form of algae. It’s a big energy booster that the Aztecs used to take on long trips. Rose hip tea is high in vitamin C, and helps fight off colds. This smoothie should be dark in color and rich in taste.

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Yield: 4 cups

1/4 cup spirulina
1 large banana
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup grape juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup brewed rose hip tea

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on medium speed for 30 seconds.

Pour into tall glasses and serve this delicious and healthy concoction.

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