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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

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.

Pineapple Coconut Freeze Smoothie

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

Pineapple Coconut Freeze Smoothie

1 12-ounce can juice-packed pineapple chunks
1/2 cup plain low-fat sory or dairy milk
1 banana, in chunks
4 scoops shaved ice
2 tablespoons pure coconut milk
1 scoop chocolate ice cream

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

Pour into tall clear glasses and serve.

Listen to or play music from the Bahamss, Trinidad or the Hawaiian Islands for enhanced enjoyment and atmosphere.

Yields: 4 Cups

Per Cup: Calories 132; Protein 2 g; Total Fat 4 g; Saturated Fat 2 g; Carbohydrate 24 g; Cholesterol 6 mg.

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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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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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Moon and Star Berries

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

Moon and Star Berries

2 cups chocolate low-fat soy milk
1 8pounce carton strawberry low-fat yogurt
1/2 cup chopped mango
1 banana, in chunks
10 strawberries
1/4 cup raspberries
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

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

Pour into tall glasses and serve with sensual slices of orange.

Yield: 4 Cups

Per Cup: Calories 166; Protein 5 g; Total Fat 2 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Carbohydrate 35 g; Cholesterol 5 mg.

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A Chocolate Life

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

The Chocolate Journey Begins

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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