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Monster Dragon Tea | Yerba Mate Review (!)

Please, join me in being pleasantly surprised that Monster Energy has released their (in my opinion) healthiest energy drink ever. The Monster Dragon Tea!

As a quick visit to the search bar will show you, I am a fan of Yerba Mate tea as a reliable caffiene source.

Because of my past experiences with Yerba Mate tea made by other brands, I was very excited to see that Monster Energy has made some too.

I was even more excited to have found a full-sized can at the Dollar Tree. Ordinarily, Yerba Mate in this size would run about $2.99 per drink. At $1 per drink, I was very excited to be able to purchase 6 cans without worrying about busting my budget for the week.

But, as we all know, saving money doesnt mean squat if the product you’re buying doesn’t do the job.

So the important question to answer is: “How is Monster Energy Dragon Tea?”

It’s perfect. It’s lovely. Not too sweet. Lightly flavorful. Fast and SMOOTH energy. There’s no jittery come up or unpleasant crash in this can. Just the wonderful experience of Yerba Mate.

Would I buy again? Very much yes. Indeed, I already have -several times. Hopefully the fact they are sold at the Dollar Tree is not an indication that they are being discontinued.

Before ending this article, I’d like to say that I resent the fact that people see me drinking a can with the name Monster on it and they turn their nose up like I’m drinking something unhealthy. Judgmental people like that must resist the urge to jump into their opinions like that. Please. It’s annoying.

This Dragon Tea, though. It’s Fabulous. THANKS MONSTER.

Sparkling Guayakí Yerba Mate Review

Wow! The OG Yerba Mate connect – Guayakí – is making it a point to transform with the times. Ie: health – friendly energy drinks available sparkling and in a can.

I purchased some smaller cans but they also had 16oz drinks available too. Honestly, the big ones probably would have been a better buy as the small cans and large cans cost the same amount.

Anyway! My excitement was HIGH when I saw these! I’m always hunting for a healthy energy drink.

Guayakí is a trusted brand and Yerba Mate is a natural source of caffeine so this was a mostly guilt-free taste test.

The first flavor I decided to try was the lower calorie one – although I didn’t pick it because it has low calories. I chose it because the flavor has sage in it! As you may know, I love sage. So it was a no-brainer.

The 15 calorie Ginger Sage flavor was okay. The lower sugar was apparent; this was not a sweet drink. But, it was bubbly!

It was probably the most refreshing beverage I’ve had that also had carbonated water in it.

Now for the part that matters most – the caffeine! This has 80 milligrams per can, about the same amount as a quality cup of coffee.

I did receive a boost from this, but it wasn’t super energy that had me ready to lift buildings.

What it did do for me was provide enough power to finish my work that day with a clear outlook.

The second flavor – grapefruit ginger – was the better one on all fronts. First it was full calories. Only 45 calories and each calorie was delicious.

The thing about these drinks is that the flavor on the can doesn’t translate very strong.

The Ginger Sage drink – while refreshing – did not taste like ginger or sage.

The Grapefruit Ginger drink was more flavorful and had the characteristic grapefruit flavor, just sweetened. I couldn’t really taste any ginger heat though so that was a little disappointing.

I guess the real question would be: would I purchase these again?

The answer is yes, I would. Sure, the caffeine is not over-powering but I don’t want it to be. Smooth, organic energy is achieved in these cans and the flavors are enjoyable – not too sweet at all and very refreshing.

Caffeinated Sparkling Water

Given the popularity of caffeine, it’s no surprise that a zero calorie option would be desired! Sparkling water infused with Caffeine fills that void.I picked up a can to try, and then I noticed that there were many options available:I think it’s weird, but the irony here is that I’m so sleepy right now, I’d gulp one of these down immediately. I did try one the other day, a black cherry flavor:It actually tasted pretty good. The black cherry flavor was so tasty that I didn’t even miss the sugar.Now, let’s get real about what matters: the energy boosting powers.How was it as a pick-me-up?It worked! I actually did receive a boost in energy from consuming this can. It was steady and long lasting energy. Mission accomplished!Be sure to drink some pure water too, though. Speaking water is fun but it’s not the most hydrating, unfortunately.

Review: Vegan Starbucks Coffee Drink with Almond Milk

Man, I was excited when I saw this in a local convenience store.

There was NO WAY I could pass an Almond Milk Starbucks drink without giving it a try!

I love coffee!

& I used to love these Starbucks drinks! My sister would buy them for me and I enjoyed every drop.

As I became more health conscious, dairy milk disappeared from my diet.

And these pre-made drinks disappeared too.

Until now!

Cost: $2.99

Taste: Sweet and creamy. They taste just like the dairy ones. I wish there were more flavors to choose from.

Would I re-purchase? Hmmm let me see how much energy I gain and I’ll get back to you 😉

*Update: Yesss, Caffeine! ⚡️

On the health side, there are weird ingredients that the cleanest eaters may be wary of… Like cellulose gel.

However for me, I don’t really mind at this time 🙂

Will you try one?

Cold Brewed Conversations

Coffee qualifies as a plant-based beverage. Essentially made with beans and water; it sounds like it should be pretty healthy.

New ways to prepare old favorite food and drinks are everywhere. It’s the best when the new way is healthier, too!

Some may say that cold brew coffee isn’t new but lately it’s being talked about a lot more than ever before.

Is coffee healthy? Who knows, honestly. Some say it’s a drug, it’s a diuretic, it’s addicting, and even that it’s healthy.

The opinion here is that Coffee is okay. It gets more unhealthier the more “add-ins” there are (like granulated sugar and creamers…)

Good advice: drink more water than coffee.

The thing about coffee that makes gives me the most pause is the acidity of hot coffee. It’s just unfortunate, really. But thats where cold brew comes in.

Cold brew means that hot, boiling water is not used in the process of making it.

Using cold water cuts the acidity by around 60-70%. That’s great!

What’s not so great is the process of cold brewing requires the coffee drinker to plan ahead. Like, ahead-ahead. Unlike hot coffee, which can be prepared on about 3 minutes, cold brew goodness requires a few hours until it’s ready. Some say overnight.

However, that’s not a bad thing. The advantage is that a person can make large batches at a time and it’ll be ready to go at a moments notice.

The coffee will be cold to drink, though. Which is fine for someone like me. Iced coffee is the bees knees.

So the musings come in now, with questions of whether or not the acidity levels will rise if the coffee is then warmed up..

And then sweetening cold brewed coffee can really only be accomplished with a liquid sweetener. These are generally bad, unless you make it yourself with good ingredients.

A premade creamer will blend in well with cold coffee, if need be.

I think it would be worth it to try to make your own creamer/sweetener. After all if your making your own cold brew then you can probably do that too!

Can we discuss for a moment, Premade cold brew coffee drinks?

Generally speaking they seem to be reasonably priced (when purchased at the grocery store). And easy to drink. Too easy sometimes, especially if it’s tasty.

I find that for hot coffee, one cup is usually enough caffeine. But for cold brew iced coffee drinks, I’ll be tempted to drink more just because it’s so refreshing. Yes that’s a problem! That’s an easy way to catch the jitters.

Also, always take note of the sugar content in the prepackaged stuff. I like Califia brand, they seem to be reasonable when it comes to the add-ins.

Unfortunately they give no indication of the caffeine content. Also, “XX Espresso”? Where? Lol. Seems normal to me.

Next up is Gevalia. Seems okay.

Quick review:

This product doesn’t seem very caffeine dense. I’ve been following the directions, using 1/2 a cup (with almond milk) and it’s okay.

I mean, I loved iced coffee so, hell yeah, this rocks!

But as a caffeine source, it is hard to come up with a conclusion. Partially because I’ve been significantly sleep deprived (busy life!! Like website content being punched out at 12:34 midnight. ) And, remember friends, caffeine is not a replacement for sleep. Let’s be sure we’re getting enough of that Light Source. Seriously. That’s an order!

I’m impressed with the caramel flavor. Check the ingredients:

I am also happy that there is no sugar in this.

These have 3 flavors that I saw and this is the only one I saw with salt. So I guess that’s an important flavoring component.

Okay you guys, ironically I’m sleepy so we’ll conclude this convo with something very important:

7-Eleven is selling their luxurious cold brew for only one dollar. Take advantage!