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Caffeine Awareness Month

Caffeine Awareness Month

It’s Caffeine Awareness Month, and we’ll have tips to help you make sure you’re using caffeine safely.

Caffeine is usually safe for adults, but pregnant women shouldn’t use it, and children should avoid it.

Up to 400 mg of caffeine a day is usually safe for healthy adults. That’s about 4 cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola, or 2 energy shots.

How Much Caffeine is Safe?

 

While the caffeine in 10 cans of cola is still at a safe limit, it would have over 90 teaspoons of sugar. You should be shooting for no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day. Be aware of the sugar you take in with your caffeine.

Watching Sugar with Caffeine

 

Avoid mixing caffeine with other substances like alcohol. Their effects can compound each another, making them more dangerous.

Avoid Mixing Caffeine

 

You may want to cut back on caffeine if you’re experiencing side effects like migraines, insomnia, nervousness and restlessness, a fast or uneven heartbeat, or jittery muscle tremors.

Side Effects of Caffeine

 

Caffeine usually takes an effect on most people within 15 to 45 minutes, so don’t drink more just because you don’t immediately feel its effects.

Caffeine Takes Effect

 

Caffeine isn’t safe for dogs, so don’t let them get into chocolate or caffeinated drinks.

Caffeine and Dogs
Healthy Chocolate Recipes

Healthy Chocolate Recipes

It’s American Chocolate Week, and you don’t have to break your healthy diet to enjoy it with these healthy chocolate recipes.

Whip up a simple and indulgent Greek Yogurt Chocolate Mousse that will impress anyone.

These tasty No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars are the perfect kid-friendly treat.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Image and Recipe via The Big Man’s World

 

This Chocolate Banana Frozen Yogurt Bark is a cool, refreshing treat when you’re craving ice cream.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake is a great replacement for your sugary boxed cake mix.

Chocolate Quinoa Cake
Image and Recipe via Sunkissed Kitchen

 

Treat yourself with these beautiful Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slices.

Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slices
Image and Recipe via Frankie’s Feast

 

Skip the candy bar with these healthy and easy Chocolate Coconut Balls.

Chocolate Coconut Balls
Image and Recipe via iFood Real

 

Skinny Double Chocolate Banana Muffins are a great way to start your morning if you have a sweet tooth.

National Cookie Month

National Cookie Month

It’s National Cookie Month, and we can help you whip up some sweet treats without ruining your diet.

Easy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies combine all your favorites.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Image and Recipe via Ambitious Kitchen

 

These light Paleo Lemon Cookies are perfect with tea for a cozy snack.

Paleo Lemon Cookies
Image and Recipe via Texanerin Baking

 

Ditch the high-calorie box with Healthy No-Bake Samoa Cookies.

Healthy No-Bake Samoa Cookies
Image and Recipe via The Pretty Bee

 

Combine teatime in one bite with Healthy Matcha Green Tea Almond Shortbread Cookies.

Healthy Double-Chocolate Breakfast Cookies let you eat chocolate in the morning.

Healthy Double-Chocolate Breakfast Cookies
Image and Recipe via Whole and Heavenly Oven

 

Surprise your kids with Healthy No-Bake Unicorn Cookies for a sweet treat.

Healthy No-Bake Unicorn Cookies
Image and Recipe via The Big Man’s World

 

These slightly sweet Coconut Oatmeal Cookies are great for an adult sweet tooth.

Beat Stress Tips

Tips to Beat Stress

It was Everybody Deserves a Massage Week, so we helped you take a minute for yourself each day with these tips to beat stress.

If you’ve never had a massage, they’re a great way to relax, relieve muscle tension, and help your immune and digestive systems.

Massage Away Stress

 

Grab some gum. It’s been shown to relieve anxiety and stress and improve alertness while multitasking.

Fighting Strss with Gum

 

Watch a viral video, comedy special, or your favorite rom-com. Laughter can lower stress hormones, reduce inflammation in the arteries, and increase good cholesterol.

Laughter for Your Stress

 

Unplug from your technology, turn off your phone, and shut off the news. Taking a break can genuinely help you beat stress.

Eat a square of chocolate, suck on a peppermint, or sip on hot chocolate. Sweets can stem the production of the stress hormone.

A Dose of Sweetness

 

Try a stress-relieving yoga routine. It’s great exercise, and you’ll feel refreshed and calm afterward.

Stress-Fighting Yoga

 

Learn to knit, cross-stitch, or sew. Repetitive motions have been shown to help sooth anxiety.

Knit Your Way to Peace

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Snacking Smart with Healthy Snacks

Healthy Snacks

This week in food, we gave you healthy snacks for the whole family to help you find ways to stick to healthy resolutions.

These are certain foods you can snack on for all-day energy, like melons. Find more on Cooking Light’s list.

Energy-Filled Melon

 

Make these Quinoa Coconut Cacao Bars for a chocolate fix even your kids will love.

These Slow Roasted Pear Chips with Chocolate Sauce are crunchy, sweet, and the perfect adult snack.

Go over to Real Simple for 24 snack ideas like these Spicy Soledad Almonds.

Spicy Soledad Almonds
Recipe via Real Simple

 

Cooking Light has an easy recipe to make your snacking favorite much healthier, homemade Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips.

Sour Cream and Onion Potato Chips
Recipe via Cooking Light

 

Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather is better than store-bought for your kids, and tasty enough that you’ll love it too.

Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather
Image and Recipe via Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

 

Make your kids’ favorite with these oven-baked, homemade Doritos, in 3 flavors, that are even vegan.