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Published on February 18, 2021

Coffee Vs Energy Drinks: Why Coffee Gives You A Better Boost

Coffee Vs Energy Drinks: Why Coffee Gives You A Better Boost

Is it hard for you to get going in the morning? Do you often feel tired and run down? Is focusing on your work a struggle? If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, then don’t worry, as the majority of people also suffer from these issues.

Many people turn to energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull. However, in this article, I want to share with you a superior alternative—coffee. As I’ll show you, when you choose the right coffee and drink it at the right time, it can become the best energy booster for your mind and body.

Coffee Vs Energy Drinks

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of consuming coffee and energy drinks. Please put aside any preconceived ideas you may have around these drinks, and read on to find out the scientifically-backed pros and cons of each drink.

Disadvantages of Energy Drinks

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers have discovered that there are multiple downsides to consuming energy drinks, and these include the fact that they:[1]

  • Contain a lot of sugar
  • Are highly processed
  • Can cause dehydration
  • Can cause insomnia
  • Can cause anxiety
  • Can cause headaches
  • Can lead to tooth decay
  • Can cause high blood pressure
  • Can lead to kidney failure
  • Can be addictive

Energy drinks are also typically expensive, making them a poor choice for anyone on a tight budget. They’re also a drink that you can’t make at home but have to purchase from a store instead. This may sometimes prove to be inconvenient for most people who regularly consume energy drinks.

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In my opinion, the marketing of energy drinks by energy drink companies is a lot better than the actual drinks themselves, especially when you consider that a growing body of scientific evidence shows that consuming energy drinks can have serious health effects—particularly in children, teenagers, and young adults.[2] Having said that, there are still some benefits to be had from occasionally or moderately consuming an energy drink.

Advantages of Energy drinks

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, energy drinks can:[3]

  • Provide a quick energy boost
  • Help supply vital nutrients such as B vitamins
  • Improve physical endurance
  • Enhance alertness
  • Boost reaction time

And of course, some people enjoy the sugary or fruity taste that’s typically part of an energy drink. Personally, I think it’s okay if you want to consume the occasional energy drink, but I don’t recommend that you make it a habit.

Disadvantages of Coffee

Let’s turn our attention now to coffee. First, let’s start by looking at some of the downsides of consuming it:[4]

  • Can cause anxiety
  • Can disrupt sleep
  • Can raise blood pressure
  • Can be addictive
  • Can be expensive

While the above disadvantages may sound a little scary and off-putting, in reality, if you learn to choose the right coffee and drink it at the right time, you won’t have anything to worry about. And as you’ll see below, coffee has many more plus points compared to energy drinks, and its advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

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Advantages of Coffee

Fortunately, coffee has dozens of physical and mental health benefits, including:[5]

  • Being packed with essential nutrients
  • Being a fantastic source of antioxidants
  • Being loaded with caffeine—a stimulant that can enhance brain function and boost metabolism
  • Offering protection from Parkinson’s disease
  • Offering protection from Alzheimer’s diseases
  • Lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Lowering the risk of liver diseases
  • Lowering the risk of depression and suicide
  • Increasing metabolism
  • Helping people to live longer
  • Providing a sustained physical and mental energy boost

Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of coffee to the advantages and disadvantages of energy drinks, you’ll see why coffee is almost always better. With the appropriate equipment, coffee can also be conveniently and cost-effectively made at home—making it the perfect kind of energy drink.

These are just some of the many benefits of drinking coffee, but as I’ll show you later in this article, it’s important that you purchase high-quality coffee and consume it at the correct times of the day to get the utmost health and energy benefits.

Choose Coffee for Energy

On balance, when you compare energy drinks to coffee, there is one clear winner—coffee! That’s because coffee offers the best-sustained energy boost, and if made correctly, it doesn’t include the heaps of sugar or artificial sweeteners that most energy drinks are loaded with. Coffee is also a satisfying drink in both hot and cold climates.[6]

Personally, I’ve found tremendous benefits from drinking coffee for energy. It helps wake me up in the morning, and it helps me to stay focused and on track throughout my day. While I like to take a break from caffeine during the weekend, I can definitely attest to the energy-boosting power it provides me during my working week. It enables me to complete my tasks and projects on time, every time.

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Given my appreciation of the taste and effects of coffee, I’ve spent the last few years researching the best coffee beans for energy-boosting, and this has led to me launch my own coffee product: Infuel Energy.

Infuel Energy Coffee contains ethically-sourced coffee beans from Ethiopia. The coffee beans are lightly roasted, ensuring that you can benefit from the maximum amount of energy-boosting caffeine. It’s also a very tasty coffee bean with a fruity flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel that will instantly lift your mood and liven your day.

Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee is a specialized high-caffeine blend that will give you the maximum energy boost you need to tackle whatever you need to do or achieve. The beans are ethically sourced from Tanzania and India. Even though this is deliberately a strong coffee, it doesn’t sacrifice flavor. In fact, I feel it’s the perfect blend of a great-tasting coffee with a substantial energy-boosting punch.

Both of these premium coffee beans are available for you to try and buy today. Choosing between these two is mostly a matter of preference.

Whether you choose Infuel Energy Coffee or Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee, you’ll benefit from our bespoke ‘roast-to-order’ offering. This means we wait until we receive your order before we fire up our roaster. In other words, we roast your coffee and dispatch it the same day to guarantee that it’s at peak freshness when it reaches your home.

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I highly recommend that you try out the energy-boosting power of these specialist coffees by ordering a 12oz pack today: Infuel Energy Coffee and Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee.

Don’t miss this tasty and healthy way to improve your focus and boost your energy. I guarantee that you’ll notice a real difference in your energy levels.

Make Coffee Your Morning Friend

One last word about drinking coffee for energy:

It’s best that you only drink coffee in the morning. That’s because caffeine has a half-life—the time taken by the body to eliminate one-half of the caffeine—of about 5 hours.[7] This means that if you drink a cup of coffee at 6 pm, you’ll still have half the caffeine from the coffee in your system at 11 pm. You can see how this might adversely affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

If you stick to drinking coffee only in the morning, then you will get the energy boost you need throughout the day, and you’ll still be able to sleep like a baby at night. I hope this article has helped persuade you that coffee is the best choice when it comes to choosing an energy drink that you can consume and enjoy on a daily basis.

Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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17 Power Pressure Cooker Recipes for Rushed Weeknight Meals

17 Power Pressure Cooker Recipes for Rushed Weeknight Meals

Weeknights are wild. There are hobby meetings, sports events, date nights, late-night work calls, kids’ bath time, TV show premiers (of course), and there’s also… dinner?

Trying to cram in making a recipe, eating dinner (let alone enjoying the meal) and cleaning the kitchen in under an hour always seemed like it would take some sort of divine intervention. Well, let me introduce you to the power pressure cooker, aka the game changer.

The power pressure cooker makes the impossible possible. You can create a healthy, balanced meal in under an hour from start to finish. Even decadent dishes such as braised short ribs or whole meals such as salmon with potatoes and broccoli can be enjoyed from start to finish with breeze on a weeknight.

Is there anything easier than throwing your whole meal in one pot and letting the pot do the work? I can’t think of anything. It’s as if you significantly upgraded the already kitchen staple, the crockpot.

Here are some of my favorite power pressure cooker recipes to get dinner on the table under pressure:

1. Ramen Soup

    For those nights when all you need is a big hug, ramen is the perfect dish! High in anti-inflammatory ingredients such as fresh ginger, garlic and spinach this 20-minute soup is good for you in every which way.

    This quick ramen is balanced with lean protein from the chicken and soft-boiled eggs, starches from the noodles, and a salty broth that makes you crave more!

    To bump this recipe up even more nutritionally, try doubling the carrot and spinach for extra vitamin power.

    ~ Check out the recipe here!

    2. 4-minute Salmon, Broccoli and Potatoes

      What is better than a perfectly balanced meal in just 4 minutes? I can’t think of anything!

      This wonderfully fatty fish blends so well with the super food broccoli and starch of the potatoes that you won’t believe it was done in such a short amount of time!

      Salmon is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids (aka fish oil) that helps our heart, skin, joints, GI tract, and much more!

      ~ Check out the recipe here!

      3. Beef Gyros

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        A warm pita wrapped around freshly made gyros, toppings, and even Tzatziki sauce, oh my! This recipe goes from fridge to plate in under an hour with only 15 minutes of prep time!

        When creating the Tzatziki sauce, be sure to grab plain Greek Yogurt. This yogurt is naturally higher in protein, adding another nutritional benefit to this great dish! You can also opt for a whole wheat pita to add some extra fiber too!

        ~ Check out the recipe here!

        4. Shrimp Boil

          This recipe is perfect for summer beach nights, a classic shrimp boil recipe that you don’t have to spend all day preparing! This recipe is fun finger food to the max! It is delicious, satisfying and tastes the best when served on a picnic table.

          To take this recipe to the next level, adjust the proportions of veggies to protein. By increasing the corn and decreasing the amount of Andouille sausage, you can decrease the total sodium and calories while increasing the fiber and vitamins!

          ~ Check out the recipe here!

          5. Mexican Quinoa

            The perfect one pot meal with fiber, protein, and lots of flavor! This is a vegetarian and meat-lover dream!

            Quinoa is the perfect substitution for white rice in this classic recipe while complimenting the beans to create a protein filled dish. Plus the addition of all those vegetables creates a meal that is bursting with flavor. Top this Mexican quinoa with fresh avocado to perfectly round it out.

            ~ Check out the recipe here!

            6. Lo Mein

              This Lo Mein will stomp any greasy, take-out craving you have without the usual guilt! It is not very often, you can replace a sinful bowl of take-out with something so delicious and easy to make at home!

              Make this Lo Mein in less than 15 minutes from start to finish. That’s faster than it takes for the delivery person to show up at the door!

              ~ Check out the recipe here!

              7. Whole “Rotisserie” Chicken

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                Everyone knows that the secret to batch cooking is to have a whole chicken cooked to use in various ways throughout the week!

                This recipe makes the most perfectly moist rotisserie chicken that can be used as is, for tacos, for soup, and for sandwiches all week long!

                Tip: keep the bones and scraps to make an amazing chicken stock to have on hand! Cooking the stock longer and at a lower temperature will create a delicious bone broth rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins.

                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                8. Chicken and Lentil Soup

                  This is the coziest soup around! Rich in protein, fiber, and B vitamins, this soup will meet all your cravings!

                  It also couldn’t be easier for a rushed weekday meal, all you have to do is chop and let your power pressure cooker do the work!

                  In just 30 minutes, you will have a warming soup that the whole family can enjoy!

                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                  9. Vegan Quinoa Burrito Bowls

                    Is there anyone out there that doesn’t enjoy a good burrito bowl? This veggie bowl is the perfect one-pot meal that is easily customizable!

                    From vegans to meat-lovers, everyone will enjoy this easy, fiber-rich bowl. Add whatever toppings you please to create a burrito bowl that is just as good as a restaurant’s!

                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                    10. Rice and Beans

                      The classic rice and beans dish is a staple for many reasons. It is full of perfectly complimented proteins, great texture, and balanced seasonings. Now, you can create this filling balanced meal in under an hour! No more pre-soaking those beans!

                      This perfectly seasoned, filling balanced meal will have everyone fighting for another bowl!

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                      ~ Check out the recipe here!

                      11. Summer Quinoa Salad

                        Your fresh in-season berries were made for this quick salad!

                        Take this nutrient dense salad to a party or serve it as light, summer dinner to have everyone asking for the recipe!

                        The quinoa, fruit, vegetables, and nuts create a dish that is perfectly balanced with all the food groups. You can top this salad with cooked chicken breast or leave it as-is to meet everyone needs!

                        ~ Check out the recipe here!

                        12. Minestrone Soup

                          This Minestrone Soup is quick and veggie full making it perfect for any weeknight dinner! It is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants, and Vitamin A making it the perfect dinner for the whole family!

                          Tip: Use whole grain noodles to increase the fiber and B vitamins of this tasty dish!

                          ~ Check out the recipe here!

                          13. Lemon Garlic Chicken

                            Make your protein and side dish at the same time with flavorful chicken that the whole family will love! In less than an hour, you can have a beautiful and balanced plate with veggies and protein.

                            This flavorful lemon garlic chicken will give you the protein and excitement to spice up any plate!

                            ~ Check out the recipe here!

                            14. Chicken Fajitas

                              Quick, easy and very few dirty dishes are used to create these fajitas that will rival even your favorite Mexican restaurant!

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                              Feel free to top these with whatever you wish but be sure to include fresh avocado for a bump-up in vitamins and minerals.

                              Tip: If you enjoy sour cream on your fajitas, opt for plain Greek yogurt that is higher in protein, lower in calories, and just as tasty!

                              ~ Check out the recipe here!

                              15. Coconut Chicken Curry

                                A big bowl of coconut chicken curry over rice is what dreams are made of! This bright, flavorful dish is full of vegetables and lean protein without the dryness!

                                What can usually take a few hours, create this colorful dish in just 30 minutes with your power pressure cooker!

                                ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                16. Cashew Chicken

                                  This take-out classic can be on your plate in just 20-minutes but you can pretend you took hours to create it when everyone asks for the recipe! You can double the green bell pepper to increase the veggies without sacrificing any flavor. Serve this classic over brown rice for extra fiber and minerals.

                                  ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                  17. Meatloaf

                                    Meatloaf has been a menu staple since sliced bread but never did it only take 20 minutes to make! This recipe includes the meatloaf and the sides to create a one-pot dream. Perfect to serve after long weekdays, this dish is a comforting staple.

                                    And don’t be fooled by the short cooking time, this meatloaf is the best of both worlds- it’s juicy and fast to make!

                                    ~ Check out the recipe here!

                                    Despite its apparent roots in the crockpot concept, power pressure cooker meals are apt to be much healthier. Without the need for fatty sauces to create flavor and prevent dryness, the power pressure cooker uses the heat generated by the water to cook the food. This leads to more flavor without dryness and overall leaner meals.

                                    The power pressure cooker is the answer for anyone striving for healthy, balanced meals with a crazy weeknight schedule.

                                    It really can do it all. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll feel great after enjoying healthy, balanced meals while easily juggling all the activities you enjoy!

                                    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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