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The Naked Truth

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

Enjoy this lively recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Naked Truth

Yields 6 Cups

  • 2 cups plain soy, rice or almond milk
  • 11 12-ounce package soft silken tofu
  • 3/4 cup vanilla soy, rice or ice cream
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, drained
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons brandy

1. Place all ingredients, except brandy, in a blender and mix on high for about 2 minutes; add brandy and blend for 10 seconds more.

2. Pour into tumblers or wide-mouthed glasses and drink with the goddess..

per cup: Calories 406; Protein 10 g; Total Fat 26 g; Saturated Fat 8 g; Carbohydrate 32 g; Cholesterol 8 mg

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

Rich and Famous

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

Another mouth-watering recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

RICH AND FAMOUS

Yields 4 1/2 Cups

  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 bananas, in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon egg substitute mixed with 2
    tablespoons water or 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

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

2. Pour into expensive tall glasses, serve and enjoy the riches.

per cup: Calories 404; Protein 9 g; Total Fat 19 g; Saturated Fat 11 g; Carbohydrate 51 g; Cholesterol 22 mg

Find more recipes, humor, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.
Watch a video of the author preparing one of his favorite recipes from the book at YouTube.

Avo Maria

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

Hope you enjoy this recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

AVO MARIA

Yields 4 Cups

  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate low-fat soy or dairy milk
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) firm silken tofu
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4 cup pickled ginger, drained
  • 1/2 banana, in chunks

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

2. Pour into goblet or chalice, get on your knees, and pray for more..

per cup: Calories 152; Protein 4 g; Total Fat 5 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 24 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.
Watch a video of the author preparing one of his favorite recipes from the book at YouTube.

The Gingerbread (Wo)Man

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

Hope you enjoy this recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Gingerbread (Wo)Man

Yields 3 Cups

  • 2 cups plain low-fat soy milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate spirulina (or protein) powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup crushed graham crackers

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high speed for 30 seconds.

2. Pour into tall glasses and serve with cookies or cake.

per cup: Calories 140; Protein 6 g; Total Fat 3 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Carbohydrate 25 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.
Watch a video of the author preparing one of his favorite recipes from the book at YouTube.

Yellow Silk

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

Hope you enjoy this recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

YELLOW SILK

Yields 4 Cups

  • 1 lemon, peeled, chopped, and seeded
  • 2 cups plain low-fat soy, rice, almond or dairy milk
  • 1 banana, in chunks
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) soft silken tofu
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Orange slices, cut in half

1. Place all ingredients, except orange slices,  in a blender and mix on medium for 1 minute.

2. Pour into glasses, put half an orange slice on each glass rim, and serve.

per cup: Calories 247; Protein 5 g; Total Fat 11 g; Saturated Fat 5 g; Carbohydrate 38 g; Cholesterol 0 mg

Find more recipes, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.
Watch a video of the author preparing one of his favorite recipes from the book at YouTube.

Out On A Date

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

Hope you enjoy this recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

OUT ON A DATE

Yields 3 Cups

1 cup plain low-fat soy or dairy milk
1 banana, in chunks
1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt (or soy yogurt)
4 dates, chopped
1/4 cup pickled ginger; drained
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

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

2. Pour into tall glass and kiss your date.

per cup: Calories 270; Protein 7 g; Total Fat 6 g; Saturated Fat 3 g; Carbohydrate 51 g; Cholesterol 4 mg

Find more recipes, chocolate facts and stories at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.
Read one of the many reviews at Five Healthy Recipes.
Watch a video of the author preparing one of his favorite recipes from the book at YouTube.

Chocolate Smoothies

From Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An Irresistible Collection of Health Cocoa Delights.
by Gabriel Constans

Whether it is the food of the Gods, a sinister plot to keep us caught in desire or simply a wonderful part of life, men, women and children have found the consumption of chocolate to be one of the most pleasurable activities to enjoy during any season or occasion. The summer months are especially addictive.

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 water drinks for all ages.

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.

Luscious Chocolate Smoothies

Copa Cocoa Banana

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

Copa Cocoa Banana

1 cup filtered water
2 large bananas, in chunks
1 cup fresh orange slices
1/2 cup pure coconut milk
1 8-ounce carton apricot-mango low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup raspberries
4 drops peppermint extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup tequila

Place all ingredients, except tequila, in a blender and mix on medium for 1 minute; add tequila and mix for 30 seconds more.

Pour into tall glasses, sit down and brace yourself before drinking.

Yields: 5 Cups

per cup: Calories 211; Protein 4 g; Total Fat 6 g; Saturated Fat 5 g; Carbohydrate 32 ; Cholesterol 3 mg

More recipes, cocoa history and humor at Luscious Chocolate Smoothies.

The Velvet Orchid

From Luscious Chocolate Smoothies: An irresistible collection of health cocoa delights by Gabriel Constans.

The Velvet Orchid

2 cups chocolate low-fat soy milk or dairy milk
½ banana, in chunks
1 12-oz package of soft silken tofu
1 cup frozen mango slices
2 oz semisweet chocolate, melted

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and mix on high for two minutes.
2. Pour contents into tall glasses and serve.

Yields: 4 cups. Per cup: calories 218; protein 7 g; total fat 8 g; saturated fat 3 g; carbohydrate 34 g; cholesterol 0 mg.

More recipes, chocolate humor and history at: Luscious Chocolate Smoothies

Cadbury Chocolate History

Chocolate Wars: The 150-Year Rivalry Between The World’s Greatest Chocolate Makers by Deborah Cadbury (PublicAffairs, 2010). Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.

This is a rich and delicious expose about the chocolate industry, which includes a number of insights an unexpected surprises. Most people do not realize that the first large chocolate companies in the world, were started in 19th century England by three religious families – the Frys, Rowntrees and Cadburys. Cadbury is the most well-known of the three and the author is a descendent. Richard Tapper Cadbury’s sons created a cocoa company that rivaled that of their European competition of Lindt and Nestle. What is most remarkable and the thread that runs throughout this story, are the passionately held ethics and concerns these Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) held for running their business, treating their employees and helping their communities.

Unlike present multi-nationals, of which Cadbury has fallen prey (to Kraft in 2009), these pioneers in the British chocolate and confectioners business believed how they did business was as, if not more important, than the business they did. They took their religious faith seriously and looked for ways to educate the illiterate, stop slavery and provide a healthy and advantages environment for all their employees, as well as others in their country. The families, boards and associations which made up the Fry, Rowntree and Cadbury companies, held themselves and those who worked for them, to strict codes that included never incurring a debt they couldn’t pay or treating anyone as less than another.

The author of Chocolate Wars has vigorously researched the families and companies histories, including those of the Cadbury’s rivals, Nestle, Lindt, Mars and Hershey; as well as more recent takeovers and insights into Kraft and other present day conglomerates. She brings a sense of humanity to everyone involved in the story and provides glimpses of each as individuals who lived with their private joys, sorrows, disappointments, hopes, tragedies and dreams. Nobody is painted with broad brushes of “all good” or “all evil”, though the issues they faced are clearly presented and laid bare before readers’ eyes.

This is not a simple genealogical story about the author’s family or a dry history of the chocolate industry in Europe and America and its globalization. It is an intricate, complex and meaningful exploration of how difficult it is to enact one’s personal ethics, beliefs and morals into business and the greater society as a whole. Ms. Cadbury is essentially asking us to take a look at how we conduct ourselves and whether our actions match our rhetoric and beliefs. Though it is extremely difficult, there are some who were indeed able to do both and they did so for almost two centuries.

Much has changed in the last 20 years, but perhaps the same ideals and ethics held by Richard Tapper Cadbury and his sons, can still be put into practice in today’s familial, political and business institutions, in spite of or instead of, the constant drive for power, money and control. They are simple beliefs of honesty, integrity, transparency and everyone’s best interests, not just the few. Are those who work in the cocoa factories and fields and make the delicious chocolate confections we all love, treated fairly, humanely and with the same care as those who run the companies under which brands they now labor? Are we, as consumers, producers and shareholders, holding these companies accountable for providing a decent wage, health care and safe environmental conditions? By her book’s example and that of her ancestors, the author of Chocolate Wars would undoubtedly say, if we aren’t, we should be.

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