For all of those who didn’t get a chance to read the article on 10 superfoods women should incorporate into their diet…well coffee and chocolate made the list. I’ll extract the most important data for you…
The Java Junkie’s Dream
Rejoice! Your morning cup of joe is healthy. Experts on an American Society for Nutrition panel recently concluded that drinking three to five eight-ounce cups a day lowers your risk of Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and colon and liver cancers. “Among other things, the antioxidants in coffee protect your cells and DNA from damage,” Bowden says. “Coffee seems to increase antioxidants in the blood, too.” Furthermore women who drink at least six cups a day are less likely to develop high blood pressure, revealed a 2005 study by Harvard scientists.
The Sweet Surprise
Enjoying a small amount of flavonoid-filled dark chocolate may prevent clogged arteries and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Also, eating up to 3.6 ounces daily can be as effective as beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors at lowering blood pressure, notes a recent Archives of Internal Medicine study. Also, studies have shown that eating chocolate releases serotonin, the feel-better brain chemical. I also posted on my article about the benefits of eating chocolate that COCOA POWDER is a richer source of antioxidants than dark chocolate, plus it has lower fat content making it a better ingredient to incorporate into your diet.
That said….here is a delectable frozen java & choco slushy recipe adapted from EatingWell Magazine. It has been modified in a way that you don’t have to go running straight into the gym to burn off its calories. It’s only 130 calories per glass!! Trust me, the low calorie count doesn’t sacrifice the flavor. This tall glass of java slushy contains powerful ingredients like frozen coffee cubes and cocoa powder. However, using skim milk or any other milk that is low in calories like almond or soy milk makes this healthier. To make this slushy sweet use a low cal sweetener, or if you are feeling like you want to indulge a bit…being the weekend and all….use maple syrup. Yes….the calories count was calculated using maple syrup.
Servings: 1 tall and glorious glass of java slushy.
NOTE: if you want to make 2 glasses remember to double everything in the recipe.
1/2 cup double-strength brewed coffee or espresso
1/2 cup low-fat milk, almond milk or any other milk of preference
1 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice
1 ice cube
cinnamon to sprinkle on top
1. Brew fresh expresso and pour over an ice cube tray. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight.
2. Combine 6 frozen coffee cubes, milk, cocoa and maple syrup to taste in a blender. Pulse until smooth. If you want this to have a slushy consistency add 1 plain ice cube or more if you want to make it even thicker.
3. Pour over a tall glass and dust with a cinnamon if desired, and serve immediately.