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The Golden Fleece

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

Enjoy this glorious recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

The Golden Fleece

Yields 4 1/2 Cups

  • 1 banana, in chunks
  • 2 cups plain soy milk
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 6 ounces milk chocolate, melted
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginseng

1. Place banana, mil, and pistachios in a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds; add the chocolates and ginseng powder and mix on medium for 30 seconds.

2. Pour into a ram’s horn or tall glasses and live forever.

per cup: Calories 550; Protein 8 g; Total Fat 32 g; Saturated Fat 15 g; Carbohydrate 65 g; Cholesterol 10 mg

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

Slow Hand

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

Enjoy this scrumptious recipe from my book of chocolate smoothies.

Slow Hand

Yields 4 Cups

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 banana, in chunks
  • 1 teaspoon ginkgo powder
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • Pinch of salt, plus extra for glass edges
  • 1/2 cup tequila

1. Place all ingredients, except tequila, in a blender and mix on medium for 50 seconds. Add tequila and blend for 10 more seconds.

2. Put a little salt on the rims of four champagne glasses, pour the drink, and take it slow and easy.

per cup: Calories 183; Protein 1 g; Total Fat 0 g; Saturated Fat o g; Carbohydrate 27 g; Cholesterol o mg

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

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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