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Caffeine Awareness Month

Every March is Caffeine Awareness Month. Let’s face it most of us need a little caffeine in the morning to get us started for the day. As normal as this has become in our society, this is not a new idea.
In 1819 Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, a German chemist, was the first person to extract caffeine from cocoa beans.
In 1912 The U.S. House of Representatives decided to amend the Pure Food and Drug Act, adding caffeine as a “habit-forming” and “deleterious” substance.
In 2003 The Caffeine Awareness Alliance was founded. It was formed in order to promote a caffeine-free environment.

Green Tea from my favorite Sushi spot.

Tea the Healthiest way to get your Caffeine

As addictive as Caffeine can be it’s not all bad. Not only can caffeine increase your ability to stay awake, but it can help you be more productive throughout your day. It is known to treat a number of conditions including headaches, skin problems, digestion and OCD.
Green Tea is the healthiest beverage on Earth. It is full or antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. A few examples are: improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and so much more.
A cup of green tea contains about 40 mg of caffeine.

PMGK’s French Press Coffee

Get your Caffeine from a cup of Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular ways to caffeinate.
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) state that a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine can be part of a healthy, daily diet.
A cup of coffee contains 80 mg of Caffeine.
With Starbuck shops popping up on every corner, it’s a trend that keeps growing and growing. That’s where PMGK can help. We can teach you how to make all your favorite kinds of coffee without paying the ridiculous Starbucks prices. Just click on the many links throughout this post.

Chocolate has Caffeine too.

A milk chocolate bar contains about 10 mg of caffeine, whereas a darker chocolate bar contains 30 mg of caffeine. If you have a sweet tooth this is a great way to get a little bit of caffeine without over doing it. Research also has proven that dark chocolate has many health benefits.

What’s your flavor?
Caffeine options

No matter what your preference is, there’s a Caffeine for you. From coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate bars, frappuccinos, and so many more. An 8 oz. energy drink, a 20 oz. diet cola, and a shot of espresso contain about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee.
It’s easy to justify our caffeine addictions by looking at all the health benefits, however, there are downsides as well. Consuming more than 400 mg per day could trigger anxiety, insomnia, and increased blood pressure.  Caffeine affects everyone differently. So know your limits. Research further the pros and cons of your beverage of choice. But don’t let any of it stop you from enjoying your favorite caffeinated drink. We only live once. I don’t know about you, but I plan to eat and drink well, as long as I’m here, and if it involves caffeine, so be it.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Roll (Date Roll)

The Best Date Roll

This Date Roll with Chocolate Chips is, absolutely amazing.  Forget about about Granola Bars.  Grahamola Bars are the new norm.  I’m talking about a no bake recipe that isn’t just soft and chewy, it’s tasty sweet through and through.  Not too much either.  It’s exactly what you’d expect and more.  Anybody that slaps a label on this recipe and markets it will make Millions.  And I’ll confess, in this recipe, I didn’t put a single ounce of Dates in the ingredients but you can all kinds of dried fruits if you’d like; Dates, Raisins, Cranberries.  You can even substitute the Walnuts for your favorite and the Sweetened Condensed Milk can be replaced with Honey.  Anything your little heart desires.  Don’t hold back.

Date Roll with Chocolate Chips Ingredients:

2 pkg Graham Crackers, ground
2 cup Walnuts, chopped
2 cup Coconut Flakes, sweetened
2 cup Marshmallow
2 cup Chocolate Chips, mini
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz

Mix and shape into a roll.  Set up in Freezer for 30 minutes and serve.  Be sure to watch the video tutorial for this Date Roll with Chocolate Chips and I’ll show you exactly how to make it.

Chocolate Shell for Ice Cream

The Best Milk Chocolate Shell

If you’re looking for an amazing Chocolate Shell that instantly freezes to your ice cream, after you dip it, then you’ve come to the right place.  This Homemade Milk Chocolate recipe doesn’t just make an awesome candy shell it makes great chocolate that can be molded into any shape.  So you’re getting a two in one recipe here because the same recipe makes both.  Chocolate Shell for Ice Cream and Candy you can eat.

Candy Chocolate Shell

When I make this Chocolate Shell for my family, I often add crushed or ground nuts, like honey roasted peanuts.  Candy Sprinkles are a good alternative as well.  The Chocolate Candy Shell freezes in just a few seconds, after you apply it to the ice cream, so be sure to add the nuts or sprinkles immediately after you poor it on or it won’t stick.

This Chocolate Shell recipe is really just the Homemade Milk Chocolate recipe I posted before, only in it’s liquid form.  It can easily be applied to a bowl of ice cream or used as a dip for ice cream cones.  Just be sure to firmly press the ice cream in the cone before you dip it or you just might lose it in the chocolate.  And if you have any left over, it can be refrigerated and melted back down for future use.

Chocolate Shell Ingredients:

3/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 cup Powdered Sugar
6 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
4 tbsp Powdered Milk

Follow the instructions in the video tutorials to make this Chocolate Shell recipe.