His previous books include Great American Smoothies and the novel Buddha's Wife. Gabriel has 5 children, 1 grandchild and a large extended family at the ROP Center for Street Children in Rwanda, to which he is an advisor www.rwandanorphansproject.org. You can read more about Gabriel, his books, articles and other work he is involved in, at www.gogabriel.com,
My Blatant Polygamist Affair with Chocolate
My personal relationship with the cocoa bean started at an early age. I remember, as a baby, getting fed up with the same old breast or bottle day in and day out. If my mother only knew how much I craved a good warmed pint of chocolate milk, she would have enjoyed many more restful nights and a less cranky babe during the day.
I didn't have to wait long however. Before I knew it kindergarten had arrived! Cartons of chocolate milk every day! I think I even traded a few sandwiches and carrot sticks for other kids cartons. If I'd known, at that age, what playing hooky was, I probably would have skipped out at recess and rode my bike (with training wheels) down to the local market and begged shoppers to give me money so I could buy some chocolate milk.
The desire for chocolate increased as I aged. If my parents would have allowed it, I would have had something chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
By the time I turned twelve I was so desperate for the sweet substance that I committed a heinous crime. With a ton of guilt and desperation, I went to the store with a friend and stole some chocolate bars.
We were obviously not cut out for a life of crime. Not only did the chocolate bars my friend and I had snitched turn out to be "for baking only," making us spit out the first big juicy bite, but also someone had seen us inside taking them and told the owner who discovered us cringing out back with the bitter goods drooling down our faces. He made us tell our parents and bring back the money we owed. I had never been so embarrassed in my life and have never stolen anything since that day, let alone chocolate.
My adult years have been pleasantly inundated with dark brown smooth chocolate in every known form, especially ice cream and smoothies. My obsession, which I have no desire or need to change, has become an integral part of my life. Luckily, I found a partner/mate/spouse/wife/friend who also enjoys the sensual benefits of chocolate. I can't imagine our relationship working out so well if she didn't, heaven forbid, love chocolate as much as I do!
We've thought of starting a new religious cult called The Chocolates, which will have houses of worship throughout the land. Followers will pray before their blenders and take communion with their goblets of chocolate nectar. There will be no need for priests, rabbis, ministers or mullahs, because nobody should come between you and your chocolate. All followers will be encouraged to have a personal relationship with the cocoa bean and spread the love, care and compassion it provides in our lives to all those we meet.
Falling in Love
Chocolate is Better Than Sex Because . . .
Recipes From Luscious Chocolate Smoothies:
An Irresistible Collection of Healthy Cocoa Delights
By Gabriel Constans
Yield: 4 cups
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup guava slices
1/2cup mango slices
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
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Yield: 5 cups
2 cups soy milk
12 ounces silken style soft tofu
1/2 tablespoon flax seed oil
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder