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Monday, September 14, 2009

Recipe: The Power Lift

The school year is now is full swing and pretty soon students will be staying up late into the night cramming for exams, term papers, presentations and mid-terms and finals. And these students will definitely need some fuel to keep chugging along with all the heavy loads of coursework.

The following recipe from the Web site Coffee Science may quickly become every students go-to-drink to keep awake in the wee hours!

The Power Lift

This coffee banana smoothie is a smart snack before a workout. Yogurt is a stellar source of calcium, the banana adds potassium, wheat germ kicks in extra vitamin E, and coffee contributes some vigor. All the way around, this is a healthful snack. Remember, research shows that caffeine improves physical stamina and may even reduce muscle pain. So enjoy it and then get moo-ving.

1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, cold or at room temperature
2 6-ounce containers plain low-fat yogurt (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
3 to 4 ice cubes
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
* (Use more or less honey depending on the ripeness of the bananas.)


Place all ingredients in a blender container. Cover, and blend on high speed for 1 minute, or until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Serve immediately.

Per serving: Calories: 154; Protein: 6 grams; Carbohydrate: 30 grams; Fat: 2 grams; Cholesterol: 5 mg.; Sodium: 63 mg.

*Recipe information courtesy of http://www.coffeescience.org/recipes.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to School: Coffee Tips

It's back to school time and we all know what that means! Waking up early, rushing to get ready for work or school and getting back into the morning grind...but that doesn't mean that you should be missing out on your morning coffee grind!

Here are some tips for the coffee lover on the go on how you can still savor your favorite morning treat without interrupting or slowing down your coffee routine!

(1) Instant Coffee
By now, PGH Coffee Pot readers should know I am an advocate of instant coffee. It's everything you love but in a faster and more convenient form. Making your coffee instant in the A.M. will cut your brewing time in half.

(2) Travel Mugs
Even though you are in a hurry to shuttle the kids off to school, beat the traffic to work or catch the bus for school on time doesn't mean that you have to leave your coffee buzz behind. Travel mugs come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and styles so you can have your Joe and drink it too! There's nothing better in the winter months than breathing in the warm steam from your travel mug full of piping hot coffee while you are waiting at the bus stop. I like to have my coffee maker prepared and ready for brewing over night so I can get out faster in the morning. I set my coffee maker up withe the filter and coffee grinds so all I have to do is add the water and plug her in.

(3) Store-Bought Coffee Drinks
They may not always be the best brew or they may not always give you the quickest pick-me-up, but they are as convenient as they come and satisfy the caffeine craving. Store-bought coffee drinks, like Starbucks' bottled Frappucinos, can be purchased at a local grocery store or drug store. You can stock up when you do some weekend grocery shopping and then you can grab-and-go right from you 'fridge in the morning. Not only does this save you time, so you don't have to brew your own coffee or stop a coffee shop and wait in line, but it also saves you money cause sometimes you can by them on-sale.

Keep these tips in mind and remember to always be safe during the morning rush!

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