Some of the latest research on both of these foods has demonstrated how good they are for us. Of course we are talking about SMALL amounts of good dark chocolate, not the whole 1 lb. bag of peanut M&M’s! And everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb.
Coffee has also had some good food press and once again we have to talk about the whole moderation thing. I don’t think anyone would recommend the 8-10 cups of coffee I typically drink in a day. But I rationalize that I don’t have any trouble sleeping since the minute I sit down at night I am pretty much asleep and am pretty healthy all things considered. However, the fact that I talk pretty fast and move even faster most of the time could be considered annoying by those close to me.
Inspired by a coffee house drink, my friend Kitty who I met in a cooking class at the local Natural Foods Coop, had a dream about Mocha Cherry Muffins. She suggested I make them with an all natural dark chocolate brownie mix using the pumpkin or yogurt variation so as to reduce the fat, then add some coffee and dark sweet cherries. It sounded pretty good to me so I gave it a try. These are REALLY GOOD! I think she needs a notepad and paper by her bed. She might have a cook book in her dreams.
But back to the whole moderation thing….although these are good for you and low fat, please don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting. Take them to work or share with your neighbors. They will thank you and you will thank me.
Tags: Cherries, dark chocolate, Dark Sweet Cherries