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Web's Best Recipe Smoothie -- with Chocolate!

Who says recipe smoothie can't be flavored with chocolate?

Trivia: The word "smoothie" originated in commerce as a trade name for brassieres.

In my younger life, I worked in restaurants and served up many a milkshake. They didn't know about smoothies back then. The commercial milkshake makers are wonderful but somewhat extravagant for home use. However, if you make a lot of smoothies or other drinks, it would be a good investment. Check out the Waring PDM1 Drink Mixer . Naturally, you can use it for making smoothies, shakes, sodas, cocktails, eggnog and more.

Or, if you want a dedicated smoothie maker, you won't go wrong with the Waring PBB25 Professional Bar Blender, Black and Stainless Steel.

An ice crusher is another handy gadget if you make a lot of smoothies or other drinks. The Waring IC70 Pro Professional Ice Crusher gets high ratings from satisfied users. Sadly, I have not yet purchased an ice crusher. If I do, I think this will be the one.

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Nutritional tip: Add 2 tsp ground, and preferably organic, Flax Seeds, to each recipe smoothie. Flax seeds are rich in soluble fibre and omega 3 acids. Both fibre and omega 3, in case you don't know, help to prevent heart disease. However, I'm told you won't benefit from whole flax seeds. They have to be ground. You can do this using a ordinary coffee grinder, or if you want to get fancy, use a dedicated grinder like the Blossom Flax Seed Mill

I'm lucky because I know some grain farmers in Saskatchewan. They give me pails full of flax. I have to pick out the chaff and dead bugs and grind it myself, but hey, the price is right!

All right then, lets get back to talking about recipe smoothie.

Recipe Smoothie #1 : Chocolate Mint

Tip: Use low fat yoghurt and skim milk if you are concerned about fat content or keeping the calories down.

2 cups of yoghurt -- plain, vanilla or chocolate
2 cups milk
½ teaspoon mint extract
½ cup chocolate syrup

Combine in a mixer until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with a mint leaf.

Recipe Smoothie #2 : Vegan, Low Fat

1 frozen banana
4 ounces tofu
1/3 cup chocolate flavored soy, rice, or almond milk
1 tbsp maple syrup or artificial sweetener to taste
2 tsp flax seed

Add all ingredients to a drink mixer and mix until blended. Taste, adding additional sweetener if desired. carries the top quality, gourmet chocolate that can be difficult to find locally.

Recipe Smoothie #3 : Choco-Strawberry-Banana

1/4 cup chocolate syrup, commercial or use the chocolate syrup recipe on this web site
2 cups milk or yoghurt (plain, vanilla, strawberry or banana yoghurt work well)
1 banana, cut in chunks
1 cup sliced, fresh strawberries or equivalent frozen strawberries, thawed

Put all ingredients of your recipe smoothie into a drink mixer and mix until smooth.

Recipe Smoothie #4 : Chocolate Cherry Pecan

1 cup yoghurt (plain, vanilla, chocolate, cherry flavor)
1/4 cup chocolate syrup
1 cup fresh cherries, sliced and pitted, OR equivalent canned or frozen cherries
2 tbsp pecans, finely chopped
1/2 cup milk (low fat if desired)
dash vanilla extract

Put all ingredients in a blender. Mix until smooth. Pour in glasses and serve.

Recipe Smoothie #4 : Orange Chocolate Surprise

1 1/4 cup yoghurt (plain, vanilla, orange, or chocolate)
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup chocolate syrup

Put all ingredients in a mixer and mix until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with an orange slice.

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