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The Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon
by Gabriel Constans

Guaranteed to turn your tongue blue for the rest of the day. For a little fun, go see an acupuncturist immediately after drinking this smoothie. One of the first things they usually do is look at your tongue to determine your state of health. Blueberries, by the way, are high in iron.

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Yield: 4 cups

1 cup ripe, juicy blueberries (or thawed frozen)
2 large bananas
2 cups watermelon juice
4 tablespoons plain yogurt
1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal
1 tablespoon protein powder
1 1/2 teaspoons hone, brown rice syrup or agave

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

Pour into bowls or glasses, enjoy and stick out your tongues.

The CuGurt

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by Gabriel Constans

Cucumbers are rich in magnesium, iron, and potassium, and are believed to assist the function of the liver and kidneys. The CuGurt is an excellent lunch or evening meal.

Yield: 4 cups

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup plain yogurt (soy, dairy, coconut or almond)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons miso
2 mint leaves, finely chopped, or 1 tablespoon dried mint
1 cup filtered ice water
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

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

Pour into tall glasses and chill out.

Spice of Life

Spice of Life
by Gabriel Constans

“They” say variety is the spice of life. This holiday drink has all the colors of falling leaves and a perfect blend of sweetness and spice to get you in the spirit. Dates, originally from the Middle East, are a good source of energy and a great sweet to use instead of candy.

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Yield: 5 cups

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup roasted cashews
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup firm tofu
1/2 cup plain yogurt
3 cups apple juice

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on high speed for 45 seconds.

Pour into your favorite mug, add a candy cane or two, serve and sing.

Kiwi’s Down Under

Kiwi’s Down Under
by Gabriel Constans

The raspberry hits you strongly at first, then a nice aftertaste of kiwi and almond kicks in to finish it off. Kiwis, identified worldwide with New Zealand, are high in vitamin C. They help maintain healthy gums and teeth, as well as aid in digestion.

These New Zealand rugby players just drank a pitcher of Kiwi’s Down Under.

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Yield: 4 cups

2 ripe kiwis, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 ripe banana
1 cup raspberry juice
1 tablespoon almond butter

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

Pour into tall glasses, drink up and head for the nearest rugby field.

Luscious Lassi

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by Gabriel Constans

Lassi is an Indian drink most often made with dairy, honey, and fruit. In India, you’ll often see people greet one another by putting their palms together and saying, “Namaste” (“I honor the light within you”). The Luscious Lassi is a cool, refreshing smoothie which honors the light within each one of us. One sip and you’ll think you’re in Kashmir, Mumbai or Southern India.

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Yield: 4 1/2 cups

3 tablespoons plain yogurt (dairy, soy, rice or almond)
1 1/2 ripe mangoes, peeled, seeded, and sliced
3 cups milk (soy, rice or dairy)
3 tablespoons honey

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend on low speed for 1 minute.

Pour into glasses and serve. Namaste.

The Mahatma

The Mahatma
by Gabriel Constans

Mahatma Gandhi was one of India’s most celebrated citizens. He practiced and advocated nonviolence, and helped India gain its independence from the British in 1947. As a strict vegetarian and a proponent of living simply, his primary diet consisted of rice, as does that of most Indians. This is a tasty smoothie, as good as the best Indian food anywhere.

Photo of Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein having a drink together.

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Yield: 4 1/2 cups

3/4 teaspoon curry powder
3/4 cup raisins
3/4 cup chopped cashews
3/4 cup plain yogurt
3 cups milk (soy or rice)
1 1/2 cups cooked short grain brown rice

Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 1 minute or longer, until desired texture (smooth or creamy) is reached.

Pour into small bowls or cups and serve.

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.

Orangutan Tang

Orangutan Tang

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.

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Yield: 4 cups

1 1/2 cups rice milk
1 cup plain yogurt (soy or dairy)
1 banana
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.

Great-Am-SmoothiesExcerpt from Great American Smoothies: The Ultimate Blending Guide for Shakes, Slushes, Desserts, & Thirst Quenchers by Gabriel Constans

The Honey Bunny

The Honey Bunny

images-1Bunnies are better known as rabbits or hares. They’re cute, cuddly, furry, and wiggle their noses and hop around on large back legs. Everyone loves them. In the wild, they’re prey for many animals, and in captivity they’re prey for children who want to snuggle and squeeze them to death. Remember, this drink is not an animal. Do not squeeze it or try to make it hop, or it could get quite messy!

Yield: 4.5  cups

2 ripe bananas

1/3 cup banana-strawberry yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)

1/4 cup firm tofu

3 tablespoons honey

2 cups milk (soy, rice or dairy)

Place tall the ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 45 seconds.

Pour into tall glasses, serve and bounce with delight.

Great-Am-SmoothiesExcerpt from Great American Smoothies: The Ultimate Blending Guide for Shakes, Slushes, Desserts, & Thirst Quenchers
by Gabriel Constans
(One of the first books of smoothies published in North America.)

The Pink Flamingo

Great-Am-Smoothies

The Pink Flamingo

From Great American Smoothies: The Ultimate Blending Guide for Shakes, Slushes, Desserts, & Thirst Quenchers
by Gabriel Constans
(One of the first books of smoothies published in North America. Avery Publishing, 1997)

Take a drink of this smoothie and try to not think about pink flamingos. Impossible, you say? Perhaps, but not as difficult as avoiding the image of a pink elephant.

Yield: 4 cups

1 cup raspberry juice

4 tablespoons frozen orange juice

1 cup filtered water

3 small bananas

2 tablespoons plain soy yogurt

1/4 cup firm tofu

10 fresh strawberries

1 cup peeled and chopped cantaloupe

1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix on medium speed for 40 seconds.

2. Pour into tall glasses (without thinking of a pink flamingo) and serve.

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