This “Classic” Kombucha business really cracks me up. I guess 0.5% alcohol still counts, but seriously?! Anything to be able to charge more or find a new angle to sell something to a niche market…Hah, “black label” kombucha. Too bad it tastes so good.
Do you like kombucha? If you do, what’s your favorite variety?
I’m very loyal to green tea. Save for a weird six-month coffee stint in 2011-2012, I’ve been drinking it every morning since I was 20. Sometimes I want something a little different though. A few months ago, my mom gave me a few bags of this cinnamon tea from New York company Harney & Sons. It was love at first sip, and when I saw their booth at the Coffee and Tea Festival in March, I quickly bought a tin. I really wish I’d bought more than one…this is so good. Life is too short not to love what you drink. Hm. That sounds like a cheesy commercial. Ah well. It’s not like I work in advertising.
Have an awesome weekend!
Anyone else having a “one of those days” kind of weeks? Um, yeah. Over here, it’s been a range of death in the family, stressful communication issues (thanks, Mercury retrograde), and even a salmonella waiting game. The universe has a sense of humor–not 20 minutes after I finished a cup of tea brewed with the first bag in a box someone gave me for Christmas, I got a text about a recall. Guess which lot number was at the top of the list? Hey, it happens, but you’d better believe I kept myself busy that day to keep my mind off it.
Add to that things like, oh, feelings (what up, full moon), and it’s no wonder I’ve been relying on things like yoga and coffee dates with friends to get me through.
And humor. I love Mel Brooks—this clip basically says it all…
Good times. Another of my favorite remedies for these nerve soup weeks is real soup. Here are a few of my go-to recipes:
- Kale & Mushroom Soup
- Tortellini Soup
- Butternut Black Bean Chili
- Split Pea & Kale Soup (also good with collard greens instead of kale)
- Emergency Cabbage & Bean Soup
How do you deal with anxiety?
Greetings! I’m happy to be back in NYC, even if it does mean getting up at the ass-crack of dawn to get to work. This is my last week of staff relief, and then I have a few weeks in the burn unit, and then I’m all done with my clinical rotations. I know I said things were getting real a while ago, but they’re about to get even realer. Is that a word?
At least my family hooked me up with lots and lots of green tea. I think this should get me through the next few weeks…
Every day at lunch, I have a cup of tea (usually green). Interns get free tea, coffee, and fountain drinks, and I definitely take advantage. I don’t know why I never noticed this before, but yesterday, I was looking at the wrapping and got kind of annoyed. Why does the freaking tea wrapper have to include sweetening the tea in the preparation instructions? It really doesn’t have to be sweet to be enjoyable, folks!
What’s the most annoying thing you’ve seen on a food wrapper or package lately?
So yeah, I guess it’s turning into unofficial Caffeine Obsession Week over here. I should have figured going from a quart of black coffee a day to two bags of tea a day would be hard. At least the headaches and fogginess will drift away soon. Fortunately, I haven’t felt irritable or anything like that. In some ways, I’m a little more cheerful, since I’m not so jittery.
|Coffees||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|Coffee, generic brewed||8 oz.||133 (range: 102-200) (16 oz. = 266)|
|Starbucks Brewed Coffee (Grande)||16 oz.||320|
|Einstein Bros. regular coffee||16 oz.||300|
|Dunkin’ Donuts regular coffee||16 oz.||206|
|Starbucks Vanilla Latte (Grande)||16 oz.||150|
|Coffee, generic instant||8 oz.||93 (range: 27-173)|
|Coffee, generic decaffeinated||8 oz.||5 (range: 3-12)|
|Starbucks Espresso, doppio||2 oz.||150|
|Starbucks Frappuccino Blended Coffee Beverages, average||9.5 oz.||115|
|Starbucks Espresso, solo||1 oz.||75|
|Einstein Bros. Espresso||1 oz.||75|
|Espresso, generic||1 oz.||40 (range: 30-90)|
|Starbucks Espresso decaffeinated||1 oz.||4|
|Teas||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|Tea, brewed||8 oz.||53 (range: 40-120)|
|Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte (Grande)||16 oz.||100|
|Snapple, Lemon (and diet version)||16 oz.||42|
|Snapple, Peach (and diet version)||16 oz.||42|
|Snapple Raspberry (and diet version)||16 oz.||42|
|Arizona Iced Tea, black||16 oz.||32|
|Snapple, Just Plain Unsweetened||16 oz.||18|
|Arizona Iced Tea, green||16 oz.||15|
|Snapple, Kiwi Teawi||16 oz.||10|
|Soft Drinks||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|FDA official limit for cola and pepper soft drinks||12 oz.||71|
|Vault||12 oz.||71 (20 oz. = 118)|
|Jolt Cola||12 oz.||72|
|Mountain Dew MDX, regular or diet||12 oz.||71 (20 oz. = 118)|
|Coke Blak||12 oz.||69 (20 oz. = 115)|
|Coke Red, regular or diet||12 oz.||54 (20 oz. = 90)|
|Mountain Dew, regular or diet||12 oz.||54 (20 oz. = 90)|
|Pepsi One||12 oz.||54 (20 oz. = 90)|
|Mellow Yellow||12 oz.||53|
|Diet Coke||12 oz.||47 (20 oz. = 78)|
|Diet Coke Lime||12 oz.||47 (20 oz. = 78)|
|Pibb Xtra, Diet Mr. Pibb, Pibb Zero||12 oz.||41 (20 oz. = 68)|
|Dr. Pepper||12 oz.||42 (20 oz. = 68)|
|Dr. Pepper diet||12 oz.||44 (20 oz. = 68)|
|Pepsi||12 oz.||38 (20 oz. = 63)|
|Pepsi Lime, regular or Diet||12 oz.||38 (20 oz. = 63)|
|Pepsi Vanilla||12 oz.||37|
|Pepsi Twist||12 oz.||38 (20 oz. = 63)|
|Pepsi Wild Cherry, regular or diet||12 oz.||38 (20 oz. = 63)|
|Diet Pepsi||12 oz.||36 (20 oz. = 60)|
|Pepsi Twist, diet||12 oz.||36 (20 oz. = 60)|
|Coca-Cola Classic||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke Black Cherry Vanilla, regular or diet||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke C2||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke Cherry, regular or diet||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke Lime||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke Vanilla||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Coke Zero||12 oz.||35 (20 oz. = 58)|
|Barq’s Diet Root Beer||12 oz.||0|
|Barq’s Root Beer||12 oz.||22 (20 oz. = 38)|
|7-Up, regular or diet||12 oz.||0|
|Fanta, all flavors||12 oz.||0|
|Fresca, all flavors||12 oz.||0|
|Mug Root Beer, regular or diet||12 oz.||0|
|Sierra Mist, regular or free||12 oz.||0|
|Sprite, regular or diet||12 oz.||0|
|Energy Drinks||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|Spike Shooter||8.4 oz.||300|
|Monster Energy||16 oz.||160|
|Full Throttle||16 oz.||144|
|Rip It, all varieties||8 oz.||100|
|Tab Energy||10.5 oz.||95|
|SoBe No Fear||8 oz.||83|
|Red Bull||8.3 oz.||80|
|Red Bull Sugarfree||8.3 oz..||80|
|Rockstar Energy Drink||8 oz.||80|
|SoBe Adrenaline Rush||8.3 oz.||79|
|Glaceau Vitamin Water Energy Tropical Citrus||20 oz.||50|
|SoBe Essential Energy, Berry or Orange||8 oz.||48|
|Frozen Desserts||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Heath Bar Crunch||8 fl. oz.||84|
|Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Flavored Ice Cream||8 fl. oz.||68|
|Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream||8 fl. oz.||58|
|Haagen-Dazs Coffee Light Ice Cream||8 fl. oz.||58|
|Haagen-Dazs Coffee Frozen Yogurt||8 fl. oz.||58|
|Haagen-Dazs Coffee & Almond Crunch Bar||8 fl. oz.||58|
|Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream||8 fl. oz.||50-60|
|Chocolates/Candies/Other||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|Jolt Caffeinated Gum||1 stick||33|
|Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Bar||1.45 oz.||31|
|Hershey’s Chocolate Bar||1.55 oz.||9|
|Hershey’s Kisses||41g (9 pieces)||9|
|Hot Cocoa||8 oz.||9 (range: 3-13)|
|Over-The-Counter Drugs||Service Size||Caffeine (mg)|
|NoDoz (Maximum Strength)||1 tablet||200|
|Excedrin (Extra Strength)||2 tablets||130|
|Anacin (Maximum Strength)||2 tablets||64|
How much caffeine do you drink in a day?
A conversation at work yesterday reminded me that this time last year, I was a devoted tea drinker. It wasn’t until this fall, when I got my first coffee maker in years, that I got back into the morning coffee habit. Unfortunately, my body reacts a little differently to it now than it did when I was in my early twenties.
Yesterday I had one of those “click” moments when being made aware of how much tension I really do store in my upper back. How did that get there?
With tomorrow’s solar eclipse already working its magic, it feels like the right time to make a change, however small. So starting with today, I’m going back to drinking green tea in the morning. I think I’ll like it. I certainly didn’t miss the black-coffee jitters before, and I don’t think I’ll miss them now.
So yeah. When I spoke a few weeks ago about 2012 being the beginning of that “whole other ball game,” I didn’t even realize how true that was going to turn out to be. Long story short, it’s all good. For right now, I’m just relaxed and paying attention.
How does caffeine affect you? Do you prefer tea or coffee?