Last Minute Holiday Gifts Ideas for Foodies

Looking for a last minute gift for your favorite foodie? Merlot Mommy has some ideas – including Avitae!

Avitae included in fitness gift guide included Avitae in a holiday gift guide for the fitness lover in your life.

Caffeine pills, energy gummies and coffee, oh my!

Long gone are the days when coffee and tea were the only ways a person could get caffeine in his or her system. Nowadays one can find caffeine in gum, candy, drinks, shots, even shampoo! Here’s an overview of all the healthy and less-than-healthy ways of consuming caffeine.

Caffeinated Food

Some food like chocolate has naturally occurring caffeine from the cocoa. Then there are products where synthetic caffeine has been added: waffles, cookies, chips, jerky, granola and more. If a company is adding caffeine, they must declare that and the caffeine content on the label. Caffeinated food can be worrisome because not following the serving sizes can be dangerous. Are you the kind of person that can’t have just one waffle, brownie or serving of chips? When these foods are caffeinated, having more than one serving can mean consuming more caffeine than you can handle.

With caffeinated food, there is no standard amount of caffeine. One company’s granola contains 50 mg caffeine per bar, while another company’s granola has 100 mg caffeine. Most adults should have only 400 mg caffeine per day. Along with the caffeine content per serving, you should evaluate the fat, sugar and protein content, and any ingredients you may be allergic or sensitive to.

  • PRO: Say “goodbye” to consuming caffeine on an empty stomach.
  • CON: Be extra cautious with caffeinated food around children and pets because caffeinated food could make them very sick.

Caffeinated Gum, Candy, Mints and Gummies

If you don’t have time for a meal or snack, caffeinated gum, candy, mints or gummies might seem like the way to go. They’re quick to consume (though the caffeine won’t kick in any faster), and more portable than a caffeinated drink. Options include energy strips, gum, jelly beans, mints and marshmallows.

Caffeinated gum, candy and mints create the same safety hazard as caffeinated food – not following the serving size can be dangerous. The risk of consuming too much caffeine increases with products like these because it can be easy to forget how many pieces you’ve had.

  • PRO: A smaller product means it’s easier to carry it around with you or keep it in your car or jacket pocket.
  • CON: Caffeine does not get absorbed from gum the same way it gets absorbed from a caffeinated beverage. Since you eventually spit out the gum, only 70 percent of the caffeine content makes it into your system.

Caffeinated Medication

Before there were energy drinks, there was NoDoz – caffeine pills that were popular among college kids before Red Bull existed. Today, NoDoz isn’t the only caffeine-containing pill or medication available. Excedrin also contains caffeine, because caffeine can help block pain signals in the brain. Several sports supplements also contain caffeine because of caffeine’s role in fat metabolism and muscle performance (See “Caffeine as a Gym Partner”).

  • PRO: Caffeine pills can be convenient and portable like energy gum or candy.
  • CON: Sports supplements and weight-loss supplements are two of the most commonly adulterated kinds of supplements. Make sure your supplier is trustworthy, and watch out for red flags if you’re buying online.


Adults get their caffeine mostly from coffee and tea, while children and adolescents get most of their caffeine from soda and chocolate. The caffeine in coffee varies based on the beans, the brewing method and other factors. There is no “average” cup of coffee, since the caffeine content can range from 90 mg to 180 mg per 8-oz cup.

  • PRO: Plain, black coffee offers caffeine as well as antioxidants.
  • CON: Coffee often requires patience, whether it’s waiting in a line or waiting for the brew. Also, coffee is less palatable out of a certain temperature range, so it has to be consumed right away. This makes it less convenient than other forms of caffeine.

Energy Shots

Though there are many options for energy shots, one brand continues to dominate the market. 5 Hour Energy Extra Strength contains 230 mg caffeine per bottle*. The caffeine content of other energy shots ranges from 6 mg to 500 mg caffeine.

  • PRO: Energy shots are portable and conveniently small.
  • CON: Energy shots deliver concentrated forms of synthetic caffeine, which give the illusion the caffeine will kick in faster. However, whether it comes from an energy shot or an energy drink, caffeine will take about 15-20 minutes to kick in.

Energy Drinks – including Energy Juices and Energy Waters

When choosing an energy drink, it’s important to find one that meets your ingredient preferences. For example, are you avoiding sugar or avoiding alternative sweeteners? Are you looking for high vitamin content or simple ingredients? Do you want an energy drink that contains caffeine from natural sources like green tea extract?

  • PRO: Some energy drinks offer a caffeine boost, low or no sugar, and natural flavors and colors. Energy waters like Avitae can be hydrating as well as stimulating, and offer a healthy alternative to the more common energy drinks.
  • CON: Energy drinks vary wildly in their ingredients and caffeine content. Some energy drinks contain high amounts of caffeine and sugar, artificial ingredients and an excess of B vitamins. It’s important to make sure the caffeine content is right for you, and to evaluate whether the caffeine is delivered immediately or through time-release technology.


Holiday Survival Kit: What You Need to Power Through the Holiday Season

1. Caffeine – Holiday parties, in-laws, lines at the mall, holiday traffic… the holiday season is full of situations that sap our energy. Caffeine can help you stay motivated and energized to get through it with confidence.

2. Water – It’s tough to remember to drink water when it’s cold outside, but dehydration slows down metabolism and causes fatigue. Staying hydrated is just as important in the winter as it is during the summer.

3. Lists – Lists aren’t just for Santa. Everything feels more manageable when it’s written down: grocery lists, to-do lists, lists of gifts received, gifts to buy, gifts to ask for, etc. Keep these the same place you keep your agenda/calendar for easy access and editing.

4. Sense of Humor – The holidays are stressful for a number of reasons, and people will get on your nerves. Keeping a sense of humor will help you keep your sanity.

5. Adaptability – Even the best plans come undone during the holiday season. Expecting the unexpected and embracing sudden changes in plans can help minimize overall stress.

6. Stress Ball – Foam and sand-filled stress balls are great to keep handy during the holidays. Give them a tight squeeze, then try to relax your mind and whole body as you release.

7. Gum – Ever heard of the “nervous munchies”? When people get stressed, they tend to snack. Chewing gum can help reduce the stress and the extra calories.

8. Exercise – It’s important to make time for yourself, even when the errands seem endless. Exercise can improve mood, reduce stress and help you fall asleep easier at night.

9. Bouncy-ball or Large Marble – At the end of a long day on your feet, rolling your feet on a small ball can help break up the knots.

10. Batteries or Chargers –Editing your calendar and lists, calling relatives and texting Santa will tax your smartphone battery. Keep a spare charger or spare batteries handy.

11. Layers – As the weather gets colder, it’s important to have extra layers of clothes available. Layers give you the flexibility to adjust your wardrobe throughout the day to match the situation.

12. Good Music – Whether you adore holiday music or get sick of hearing the same song over and over, finding the right playlist can make a stressful busy day more manageable.

13. Lotion and Lip Balm – Lotion and lip balm help you stay moisturized through the cold weather season.

14. Hand Wipes or Sanitizer – Busy malls, holiday traveling and crowded grocery stores can all be breeding places for germs.

15. Charity and Gratitude – Taking time to give back and give thanks is a great way to improve the world around you. There are also studies that link gratitude with a sense of well-being.

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Avitae Instagram Sweepstakes – Official Rules

Avitae Instagram Sweepstakes – Official Rules



Sponsor: Avitae USA, LLC, PO Box 93686, Cleveland, OH 44101

Eligibility: Avitae’s Instagram Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding Puerto Rico, and all United States territories and possessions), age 18 or older at the time of entry. Void in Puerto Rico, all U.S. territories and possessions and where otherwise taxed, prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of the Sponsor or its subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, advertising agencies, and their immediate families and household members are not eligible.

Sweepstakes Entry Period: The Sweepstakes will begin on November 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and end on November 23, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. ET. Only entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period and which are otherwise fully compliant with these Official Rules are “Valid Entries.”

How to enter: “Like” the sweepstakes image posted to the official @AvitaeCaffeineWater Instagram profile, tag two friends in the comments and follow @AvitaeCaffeineWater with a public profile (for confirmation purposes).

Selection of Winners: Winners will be notified on or about November 23, 2017. Sponsor will randomly select one (1) potential winner from all Valid Entries on Instagram for a total of three (3) winners including the two (2) Instagram users they tagged in the comments. Sponsor reserves the right to not award a prize, if, in their sole discretion, they do not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified Valid Entries. Potential winner will be notified on Instagram by the official Avitae accounts in the comments of the sweepstakes post. Winners will have 48 hours to respond, at which point a new winner will be chosen randomly from remaining eligible entries. Sponsor is not responsible for unsuccessful efforts to notify any potential winner.

Grand Prize: One (1) grand prize winner and the two (2) Instagram users they tagged in the comments will each receive one (1) free 12-pack of Avitae product. Winners will be able to select from Original, Flavored or Sparkling Avitae for their subscription. Avitae will collect product preference and necessary details for ordering on behalf of the winners. No cash value will be awarded in exchange for these prizes.

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