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Crazy Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix

Crazy Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix


Ditch coffee and tea in favor of jelly beans, gum, and maple syrup

Get your daily dose of caffeine without even touching a cup of coffee.

While a double-shot of espresso might be just the thing to snap us out of our midday lulls (and post-lunch food comas), the world seems to have other plans.

Since before the new millenium, caffeine-laced food and drink products have been on the rise, most notably with energy drinks targeted toward hyperactive teenagers everywhere. Now, the energy drink industry is expected to be worth $21.5 billion by 2017, jumping from $12.5 billion in 2012.

The caffeine influx doesn't stop there; the stimulant has infiltrated all sorts of products, from candy to gum to alcohol. But let's not get too crazy, guys; the Mayo Clinic says that 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day isn't harmful for most adults, but more than 500 milligrams can cause some complications.

So to help you figure out just how to replace a daily cup of coffee, we've rounded up nine crazy ways to get your caffeine fix, comparing them to a standard cup of coffee (85 milligrams) so you can get your fill of candy or hot sauce with a little jolt to power through.


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These bracelets administer caffeine right through your skin. They're lined with energy patches that provide the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, according to Perk, but over the course of four hours to prevent jitters or crashing. Because the caffeine isn't going through your digestive system, the effects are also stronger and hit faster. Each bracelet comes with 30 caffeine patches to get you started.


5 Trendy Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix (And What to Know About Each)

Americans are certifiably obsessed with coffee. What's even better, these days it's not just your regular mug of hot and (deliciously) bitter goodness: Over a third of Americans are now choosing gourmet coffee beverages. And there are a number of trendy new ways to prepare the beverage.

Americans are certifiably obsessed with coffee. Nearly 60% of Americans age 18 and up report they drink coffee on any given day, according to the National Coffee Association&aposs 2015 trends report, with this year&aposs Zagat coffee survey finding that the number of people with a daily habit is more like 80%.

As you&aposve probably heard, the potential health benefits of coffee are many: it&aposs been linked with helping weight loss, and possibly even slashing your risk for diseases like diabetes and cancer. It may also boost your calorie-burn during a workout, making it the perfect pre-gym drink. While this definitely doesn&apost mean you should drink coffee non-stop, you can feel great about your daily fix.

These days it&aposs not just your regular mug of hot and (deliciously) bitter goodness: Over a third of Americans are now choosing gourmet coffee beverages. And there are a number of trendy new ways to prepare the beverage.

Here are five buzzing ways to enjoy java, along with what you should know about each.

Pour over

The first time I saw this method I thought, hmmm, so this is just a low-tech way of making a brew? (e.g. no machine plugged into an outlet). But nope, there’s more to it than that. In a nutshell pour over involves placing freshly ground beans into a rinsed filter, within a filter holder or cone, which is placed over a vessel. Connoisseurs say that wetting the grounds, then continuously pouring water (heated to a precise temperature, usually 200 degrees) from a kettle methodically and slowly (we’re talking four minutes or so) over the grounds, rather than â€ᔿlooding” them, extracts more flavor. When using this meticulous method some baristas also utilize scales and timers. Pour over has been referred to as “theater” because it&aposs quite entertaining to watch. I have to admit, I really enjoy the "show" myself — when I’m not in a hurry for my cup, that is.

Cold brew

With cold brewing, time replaces heat: instead of five or 10 minutes of brewing with hot water, you steep coffee grounds in cold or room temp water for 12 hours or more before filtering them out. Because the coffee never comes into contact with hot water, certain oils and fatty acids, which can only be extracted by heat, are left behind in the grounds. Cold brewing fans say this results in coffee that’s smoother and less bitter.

Cold brew also tends to have less caffeine. For example, 16 ounces of Starbucks unsweetened cold brew contains around 165 mg of caffeine, compared to 330 mg in the same sized cup of dark roast. So if you’re looking for less intensityâ€𠇛oth in buzz and in bitterness—this may be your brew. Just don’t confuse cold brew with regular iced coffee, which is typically made from hot coffee that’s been chilled or poured over ice.

Single-origin

Coffee makers often blend beans to create more complexity. For example, they might mix a bean with great flavor with another that has a fantastic aroma, or combine beans with varying flavor profiles. "Single-origin" means coffee made from beans grown in one geographical region, or even a specific farm, instead.

The benefit for the coffee-connoisseur? You get to experience the unique qualities imparted from just one source of beans, which are affected by things like climate, soil, elevation, biodiversity, and growing techniques. Beans from one farm in Ethiopia will have very different characteristics from those grown in Brazil, or Guatemala, and serious coffee lovers appreciate the nuances.

Two other key reasons single-origin coffee has become more popular involve sustainability and traceability. As coffee buyers develop relationships with specific coffee growers, farmers are often able to receive higher prices for their crops, use more environmentally-friendly farming techniques, and keep their land healthier, all of which help to improve the well-being of communities, and foster sustainability. Food enthusiasts are also much more interested in knowing exactly where their food comes from now, and choosing single origin can allow coffee drinkers to learn about the specific farm or farmers that produced their coffee, even if they are many miles away.

Edible coffee

Several years ago munching on a few dark chocolate covered espresso beans inspired me to whip some coffee grounds into a cherry almond smoothie (which was Ah-mazing), and I’ve been experimenting with baking and cooking with coffee ever since. It’s become a pretty hot culinary trend, and there are countless way to get creative in the kitchen. Try brewed coffee as the liquid in dishes ranging from oatmeal to a marinade. You can also use coffee grounds as a rub for meat, add it to pudding, yogurt, brownies or cookies, or in a myriad of savory dishes, like chili, and black bean soup.

Bulletproof

Bulletproof Coffee is a concoction created by a tech entrepreneur named Dave Asprey. The controversial formula involves a combination of proprietary coffee, grass fed butter, and a Bulletproof branded "Brain Octane Oil" made with coconut and/or palm kernel, which are rich in a type of fat shown in some research to boost satiety and your ability to burn calories. While grass-fed butter is certainly better for you than its conventional counterpart, proponents of this coffee drink (and the diet) recommend sipping it as a breakfast substitute.

Personally I do not advise trading a healthy breakfast like an organic veggie and avocado omelet, or oats with fruit and nuts, which provide a much broader spectrum of nutrients, for coffee alone, with about 400 calories from butter and oil. While drinking the coffee by itself is supposed to be connected to its weight loss benefits (coming from the zero carb and high fat content), I have seen people shed 25, 50, even 100 pounds eating healthy, balanced meals that include reasonable portions of “good” carbs. So in short, my biggest concern about the coffee isn’t so much its ingredients, but what you’re giving up for them.

Now that you&aposve got the skinny on these trends, it&aposs up to you what you brew next.

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Cynthia Sass is a nutritionist and registered dietitian with master’s degrees in both nutrition science and public health. Frequently seen on national TV, she’s Health’s contributing nutrition editor, and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Cynthia is currently the sports nutrition consultant to the New York Rangers NHL team and the New York Yankees MLB team, and is board certified as a specialist in sports dietetics. Cynthia is a three time New York Times best selling author, and her brand new book is Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches with Real Food, Real Fast. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


2. Awake Bar

Maiya Hoard

The magic of an Awake Bar is truly astonishing. Having one of these bars is equal to having a cup full of coffee however, unlike coffee, these bars are enjoyable to have. Awake Bars come in caramel, milk, and dark chocolate flavors. I highly recommend the caramel ones.

Although these bars are a little expensive, it's are worth it as within 1 hour of consumption they will hit your system and you will be ready to run a marathon.


15 Healthy and Creative Ways to Get Your Caffeine Fix

To many, that morning cup of coffee is a ritual&mdashan obsession, even. A solid 80 to 185 mg of caffeine per cup can kick start a morning, and it&rsquos got even more benefits beyond the jolt. Each day 100 million American adults drink the elixir that&rsquos been linked to improved mood, a lower the risk of some cancers, and increased calorie burn Effects of breakfast and caffeine on performance and mood in the late morning and after lunch. Smith, A.P., Kendrick, A.M., Maben, A.L. Health Pyschology Research Unit, School of Psychology, University of Wales College of Cardiff, UK. Neuropsychobiology, 1993 26(4):198-204. Effect of coffee ingestion on physiological responses and ratings of perceived exertion during submaximal endurance exercise. Demura, S., Yamada, T., Terasawa, N. Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Kanazawa University. Journal of Perceptual and Motor Skills, 2007 Dec 105 (3 Pt 2):1109-16. Coffee consumption and prostate cancer risk: further evidence for inverse relationship. Shaflque, K., McLoone, P., Qureshi, K., et al. Nutrition Journal, 2012 Jun 13 11(1):42. . Think coffee has no place past the mug? Here are some sneaky ways to get it into any diet.

1. Energy Smoothie

When iced coffee doesn&rsquot do the trick, blend some Joe in a smoothie. Try a &ldquoban-offee&rdquo version by blending ¾ cup of cooled coffee, a frozen banana, ¼ cup milk (of your choice), and a touch of maple syrup for a jolt with banana&rsquos superfood powers. Extra perk: The potassium in bananas helps to replenish electrolytes lost from a night of boozing The major electrolytes: sodium, potassium, and chloride. Terry, J. Journal of Intravenous Nursing: The Official Publication of the Intravenous Nurses Society, 1994 Sep-Oct17(5):240-7. .

2. Coffee Muffins

Get ready for coffee cake&rsquos younger and cuter (pre-portioned) cousin. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees, and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Mix 1 cup of strong, cold coffee, ½ cup sugar (or another sweetener), 2 eggs, and a cup of plain yogurt. Add 2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour (or instant oats!), and two teaspoons of baking powder until just combined. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Mocha &ldquoPuddin&rsquo&rsquo

Mix up a cup of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of instant coffee, and whip it up &lsquotil the coffee dissolves. Sweeten it to taste, and add some vanilla extract for an extra zing. Top the mock pudding with some nuts or berries!

4. Coffee Rub

The dark acidic tones of coffee pair well with dark meats like duck, beef, and lamb. Rub freshly ground coffee beans (the darker the roast, the more potent the coffee flavor), with a touch of coarse pepper on to a meat of choice. Pro Tip: Throw it all in a plastic bag and shake it around for a mess-free even coating.

5. Perky Marinade

Coffee&rsquos not just for sweet stuff. Soak some steak in coffee for an hour or more before it hits the grill for tender, smoky meat without the not-so-glamorous nutrition stats other marinades have.

6. Balsamic Coffee Reduction

This tasty glaze is an easy and delicious addition to any salad (and especially tomato and mozzarella based ones). Combine 1 cup of coffee, 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, and the zest of a lemon to a small saucepan and simmer over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens to coat the back of a spoon. Drizzle away!

7. Frappe-Pops

Mix up a milk of choice, a teaspoon of instant coffee, and a touch of agave nectar (or preferred sweetener) in w bowl. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds (empty cups will do, too) and freeze. After freezing for an hour, insert popsicle sticks, and continue to freeze until solid (about another hour or two).

8. Pick-Me-Up Oats

Prepare one serving of plain ol&rsquo oatmeal (or a whole pot if you&rsquore cooking for the week). Mash up half a banana with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee, a splash of vanilla extract, and ¼ cup milk. Add the oats (or a hefty scoop from your big pot) and stirto combine. Heat for 1-2 minutes, or eat it chilled when the weather&rsquos hot for a high fiber breakfast that&rsquos been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels, aid in digestion, and improve metabolism Can dietary oats promote health? Welch, RW, Human Nutrition Research Group, University of Ulster at Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK. British Journal of biomedical science, 1994 Sep51(3):260-70. .

9. Raw Energy Bars

Toss a handful of favorite nuts in a food processor and pulse until it reaches a fine sand-like texture. Add a few chopped dates, 2-3 tablespoons ground coffee beans or instant coffee, and a pinch of sea salt and pulse until the mixture begins to come together. Slowly add a few drops of water until the mixtures becomes a little doughy. Spice it up with some mix-ins: shredded coconut, cocoa powder (packed with antioxidants, or cacao nibs are great options Cocoa and Chocolate in Human Health and Disease. D., Katz, Doughty K, Ali A. Yale University Prevention Research Center, Derby, Connecticut. Antioxidants & redox signaling, 2011 Apr 7. . Scrape the mixture onto a pan lined with parchment paper and press it flat. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

10. Chocolate Covered Beans

We mean the espresso kind, not lima. Grab a good dark-roast bean, and a good quality chocolate (milk, dark, or a mixture). Chop up the chocolate, and microwave on low, stirring every 10 seconds until completely melted. (Tedious, but worth it!) Pour the beans into the chocolate and remove one-by-one with a fork, drop the dipped beans onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Keep &lsquoem separate, otherwise you&rsquoll have coffee bean clusters! (Or, you know, go buy a bag of pre-covered beans.)

11. Coffee Cubes

Keep that iced coffee strong as steel by using coffee ice cubes to keep it cool. Simply fill an ice cube tray with cooled coffee, and freeze. Pop out the frozen cubes and let them melt into your coffee, and say goodbye to watered down coffee.

12. Coffee Granita

Granita, Granada. We know you might not believe us, but this one only has two ingredients. Brew up some coffee and add agave nectar to taste. Taste it before freezing (you&rsquoll want it a little sweeter and stronger than normal drinking coffee). Pour the coffee into a shallow baking pan, and pop it in the freezer. Pro tip: It&rsquos easier when the liquid is only about an inch deep. Every 30 minutes, use a fork to scrape the icy coffee into crystals, until all of the coffee is crystallized.

13.Banana Coffee Ice Cream

Ice cream in 4 ingredients. &lsquoNuff said. But just in case, here are the instructions: In a blender or food processor, combine 2-4 ripe frozen bananas, 2-4 teaspoons instant coffee (depending on how strong you like it), ½ cup chopped dark chocolate (optional), and 1/8 cup almond milk. Pulse until the mixture gets going, and then blend until smooth. (Note: You may need closer to ¼ cup milk if the blender is having a hard time pulsing up the ingredients.) Pour into a Tupperware container (about 1 quart in size) and freeze to harden up the ice cream before scooping!

14. BBQ Sauce with a Buzz

Combine ½ cup ketchup (we recommend choosing a low-sugar, low-sodium brand), ½ cup brewed coffee, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and ½ a teaspoon each of onion powder, garlic powder, and chili powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until it thickens up. Stir in ½ teaspoon each of black pepper, balsamic vinegar, and low sodium soy sauce.

15. Coffee Cocktail

This list simply would not be complete without a cocktail. For a late night pick me up, combine ¼ cup chilled espresso, 2 tablespoons of rum (white or spiced), and 1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk (it&rsquos just a little). Shake well and strain into an ice-filled glass.


Coffee Soda: The Most Refreshing Way to Get Your Caffeine Fix

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There are an almost overwhelming number of ways to get your coffee fix these days—from good old drip to nitro—but there's one more permutation to add to your caffeine rotation: coffee soda. This refreshing alternative is, essentially, coffee mixed with soda water a bubbly, iced Americano if you will. And it's the most summer-appropriate way to get your morning buzz.

Baristas are treating these concoctions like mixed drinks and adding everything from bitters to a splash of citrus to create really inventive cups. Sound a bit strange? Don’t knock it until you try it. The citrus and coffee combination has become common in some spots overseas: “In Italy, you can find someone squeezing a lemon into their espresso [and] Australian cafes have been known to create a Sparky [lime with double shot espresso],” says Thi Lam, co-owner of Keepers Coffee Soda—a canned mix of coffee, soda, and citrus that's just about to hit the market Stateside. The combination of citrus and coffee works because "coffee is actually a fruit that can contain hundreds of different flavor notes depending on the region and elevation where they are grown,” says Lam. And adding a splash of lemon, for example, can really magnify more subtle, natural citrus notes in the beans.

“These kinds of drinks seem like a natural evolution for coffee,” says Methodical Coffee’s Co-Owner, Marco Suarez. “Cold sugary drinks like Frappuccinos were a natural evolution from Starbucks’ lattes and coffee sodas seem like a natural evolution for third wave coffee shops who focus on more complex flavors. As for coffee sodas specifically, it’s becoming more common to roast coffees in a way to highlight the bean’s brighter tones and when that’s mixed with the crisp effervescence of a soda, it makes for a super refreshing summer drink.”


Healthy and creative ways to get your caffeine fix

To many, that morning cup of coffee is a ritual — an obsession, even. A solid 80 to 185 mg of caffeine per cup can kick start a morning, and it's got even more benefits beyond the jolt. Each day 100 million American adults drink the elixir that's been linked to improved mood, a lower the risk of some cancers, and increased calorie burn [1][2][3] . Think coffee has no place past the mug? Here are some sneaky ways to get it into any diet.

1. Energy Smoothie
When iced coffee doesn't do the trick, blend some Joe in a smoothie. Try a "ban-offee" version by blending ¾ cup of cooled coffee, a frozen banana, ¼ cup milk (of your choice), and a touch of maple syrup for a jolt with banana's superfood powers. Extra perk: The potassium in bananas helps to replenish electrolytes lost from a night of boozing[4].

2. Coffee Muffins
Get ready for coffee cake's younger and cuter (pre-portioned) cousin. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees, and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Mix 1 cup of strong, cold coffee, ½ cup sugar (or another sweetener), 2 eggs, and a cup of plain yogurt. Add 2 ½ cups of whole-wheat flour (or instant oats!), and two teaspoons of baking powder until just combined. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

3. Mocha "Puddin''
Mix up a cup of plain yogurt with 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder, and a tablespoon of instant coffee, and whip it up 'til the coffee dissolves. Sweeten it to taste, and add some vanilla extract for an extra zing. Top the mock pudding with some nuts or berries!

4. Coffee Rub
The dark acidic tones of coffee pair well with dark meats like duck, beef, and lamb. Rub freshly ground coffee beans (the darker the roast, the more potent the coffee flavor), with a touch of coarse pepper on to a meat of choice. Pro Tip: Throw it all in a plastic bag and shake it around for a mess-free even coating.

5. Perky Marinade
Coffee's not just for sweet stuff. Soak some steak in coffee for an hour or more before it hits the grill for tender, smoky meat without the not-so-glamorous nutrition stats other marinades have.


How to get caffeine out of your system

While your relationship is giving you some serious butterflies, the initial honeymoon phase energy jolt is now welcoming you to the caffeine-high. Unfortunately, it’s quickly turning into a love-hate relationship, and you’re ready to come down. But how do you get rid of coffee jitters?

Here are a few ways to get rid of caffeine jitters quickly:

An effective way to get rid of your jitters is to flush out your system with water. Drinking water will decrease the effects of caffeine in a relatively short time. Being dehydrated can sometimes enhance your jitters, so filling up on some good ole’ h2O will only help. Try drinking a glass of water for every cup of coffee you have. You’ll thank me later.

You just crossed the caffeine line, which probably means you can’t sit still. Exercising will help metabolize the caffeine and get all of that unwanted energy you’ve got bottled up, out! Try stretching, taking a brisk walk or going for a quick jog. All of these will improve the mind, body and soul.

3. Wait it out.

Luckily, the effects of caffeine eventually go away on their own. There is always the option to practice breathing techniques while you’re just waiting it out! Typically, you’ll be feeling back to normal within a couple of hours, if you can wait that long.

4. Sip on some herbal tea.

Herbal tea will neutralize the effects of caffeine on the body. With no caffeine, these magical beverages contain some pretty darn good health benefits such as aiding in digestion, protecting cells and easing those nasty colds. Not to mention the therapeutic aspect as being an added benefit, too! Chamomile is a good one to try.

5. Amp up your Vitamin C game.

Fruits high in vitamin C are prime. High caffeine levels in your blood affect vitamin C concentration in your blood, tricking your body into thinking you have a vitamin C deficiency. Chomping on an orange or grapefruit could be your best bet to get some added vitamin C back into your bloodstream.


Making Coffee With a Moka Pot

To make good coffee using a moka pot, you will need:

  • Coffee (Most of our coffee-making techniques might call for this ingredient)
  • Moka pot (I advise against an aluminum moka pot because this metal can affect the coffee’s taste)
  • Water

This is one of the easiest ways to make coffee. However, it is important to use the right quality moka pot, especially if you have something other than a gas stove. If you get a cheap aluminum moka pot, the handle can melt easily. Additionally, its rubber gasket rings are usually not very high quality, and they quickly become porous if you use the pot frequently.

Lastly, aluminum moka pots don’t really smell good, which can sometimes affect your coffee’s taste. In fact, the first few times you make coffee with a new cheapo pot, the coffee might be undrinkable. In other words, get a high-quality pot. You will be glad you did.

Once you have your moka pot, make sure to freshly grind your coffee beans. People also tend to grind the beans too fine. Just because moka pots are sometimes called “espresso makers” – remember, they don’t actually make espresso! – people often think they should use a fine grinder setting, like they would with a real espresso machine. Don’t. If you use a finer grind, you won’t get more flavor, you will just burn your coffee.

After grinding the coffee, fill the water compartment with lukewarm water. If you are not sure how much water to put in, there is usually a mark near the top of the water chamber. Otherwise, simply fill it up until the water is just under the ventilation valve.

Next, fit the funnel filter on top of the water chamber. Then pour in the ground coffee. It should sit loosely in the filter, but you should smooth and level the grounds with a spoon. Screw the moka pot’s top section onto the bottom section. Make sure it’s tight. Really tight. Otherwise, the moka pot won’t build up enough pressure, and you will get bad results.

The coffee is ready when it makes a spurting, whistling sound. However, it’s even better to remove the moka pot from the heat just before it reaches that point. If you don’t, the coffee can burn. Admittedly, your apartment might get that tasty coffee smell, but the coffee won’t taste good.

Using a moka pot is a quick, easy way to make coffee, but I can’t really give it my wholehearted recommendation. Still, there are a few good things about these pots.

Advantages of Stove-Top Coffee Pots

Moka pots come in several sizes, making them good options regardless of whether you are making coffee for several people or whether you are flying solo. They are also really quick, so you won’t have to wait long to get your caffeine fix. There’s no waste besides coffee grounds. Also, if you regularly clean your moka pot with water, it should last for a long time. You can also buy replacement parts in case anything gets worn out.


Coffee Pot Cooking Ideas

Start your morning off with a delicious cinnamon roll made on the coffee pot burner.

Sweet and hot apple chutney will make your entire house smell amazing while it cooks. It’s a great recipe for fall or winter!

Make an entire meal in your coffee pot! NPR cooked up Poached Salmon, Couscous and Steamed Veggies all at the same time. Healthy and handy.

How about a nice grilled cheese sandwich for lunch? You can even heat up some tomato soup in the crock to pair with your sandwich.

Try hot and hearty oatmeal with your Keurig. Your breakfast will practically make itself while you get ready.

Eating a high-protein diet? Get hard-boiled eggs even when you travel by making them in the coffee pot in your hotel room.

Chocolate fondue sounds heavenly right about now. Add some strawberries, pieces of cake and marshmallows, and you have a romantic dessert right in your coffee pot.

Spray some PAM on your burner and fry up a few sausage links for breakfast. You know, to go with your hard-boiled eggs.

You know we’re crazy about Nutella here. Well, these bloggers made Nutella pancakes on the coffee maker plate, and they look out of this world delicious!

Cooked apples are one of my favorite desserts! Serve them over ice cream while they’re still hot. Yum!

Just run the water through the coffee maker, add hot dogs and return the pot to the burner until they’re plump and ready. You may laugh now, but in college, this would have been a welcome change from Ramen!

Speaking of those cheap, tasty noodles, you can make Ramen in the coffee pot, too. Good to know if your roommate has stunk up the microwave with burned popcorn… again. (Looking for more college hacks? Check out our Dorm Hacks 101 post!)

This person cooked up some potatoes for potato salad. It takes about 2-3 hours to get them tender, but you’ll have have plenty of other things to occupy your time at the campsite while those are cooking.

But it doesn’t have to be all unhealthy stuff. The coffee maker’s filter basket can serve as a vegetable steamer in a pinch. Stick to carrots, green beans, broccoli, peas, and things like that. You don’t want to stink up your room with onions or peppers.


6 New Ways To Get Your Caffeine Fix Without Drinking Coffee

Sure, we all know caffeine boosts energy, but it&rsquos also an antioxidant. And it’s one of the only substances shown to boost performance on standardized tests. If you&rsquore a big fan of caffeine, and are wondering where the interesting new ways of getting your fix might be, since after all there are plenty of new and inventive ways to enjoy the benefits of hemp-derivatives, look no further: here are some stimulating new ways to get your caffeine, without drinking coffee.