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Java Monster’s New Oatmilk Energy Drink Is Completely Vegan

As veganism becomes increasingly more popular, so too do the options for those who choose this way of life. Plant-based meat is absolutely booming, and there seems to be a new type of milk in the supermarket every day. When it comes to energizing drinks, though, options remain limited. Luckily, Monster’s new Java Monster Farmer’s Oats combines oatmilk, coffee, and their signature energy blend to produce an energy punch fit for any vegan in need. 

Monster’s newest recipe starts with real coffee and a plant-based version of their energy blend. These are combined, and then blended with oatmilk. Oatmilk, made by soaking oats in water and subsequently straining, acts as a creamy neutralizer that evens out the robustness of the other two ingredients.

Currently, the blend is releasing in the Farmer’s Oats flavor, which has notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. It’s close to an oatmeal cookie, but minus the calories, as a whole can of the new drink is only 150 calories.

If you’ve ever had a bowl of oatmeal that was so good you wished that you could skip the spoon and drink it– now’s your time. 

If this sounds like it fits your lifestyle, Java Monster Farmer’s Oats is available nationwide beginning October 28th, 2019.

Created in partnership with Monster Energy. 

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REIGN Releases Orange Dreamsicle Flavor With 300 mg of Natural Caffeine

In 2019, the energy drink game has been flipped on its head. Once a guaranteed sugar and calorie bomb, brands, like REIGN Total Body Fuel, have looked to pivot these drinks down a different path. By providing a zero sugar & natural energy source beverage, these drinks have been a hit within the last year with those who pay attention to what they consume. Reign has also begun to push out creative flavors expanding the traditional taste of energy drinks, like their newest flavor: Orange Dreamsicle.

The flavor is a pleasantly accurate recreation of an orange dreamsicle. It’s got some sweetness to it, without being overwhelming, and manages to nail the creamy flavor of the beloved summer treat. It tastes more in line with a cream soda, rather than an energy drink.

This is the newest of variations in the REIGN line, joining flavors like Melon Mania, Razzle Berry and Sour Apple.

With no sugar, no artificial colors or flavoring, 300 mg of natural caffeine, and BCAAs for muscle recovery, the drinks are perfect for anyone in need of an energy boost before they hit the gym. This is exactly why the drink is endorsed by muscle-extraordinaire Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, best known as The Mountain on Game of Thrones, and WWE Diva Star Natalie Eva Marie.

If you feel like being on the same energy level as these two, and the guy at your local gym that just did 10 muscle-ups as a light warm up, information for where REIGN Total Body Fuel can be found, and more, is available at

Created in partnership with Reign Body Fuel. 

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10 Drinks That Are Guaranteed To Induce A Hangover

Alcohol can be a best friend one night and a sworn enemy the next day. It’s a fickle relationship, to say the least. That sworn enemy part? It comes in the form of a hangover, which will greet you in the morning with the gentle warmth of a sledgehammer to the face.

Now, while there are many variables at play when it comes to a hangover — drinking on an empty stomach, not enough water in the evening, etc — it all comes down to pretty simple reasons. You get hangovers because of things like, sugar, carbonation, and congeners.

Instead of going through the science outright, though, let’s get all hyped up on science by walking it through a few drinks that are sure to do damage to your body.

Red Wine

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Red wine may be a class-act accessory the night before, but it’s an aggressive bully the morning after. Congeners, a fermentation byproduct that strikes up the morning hangover band, contribute to a wine’s color. So the darker a wino goes, the worse they’ll feel. White wine may not always prove its worth as an evening drink, but it’ll keep a drinker’s head from caving in the next day.

Darker Liquors

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Likewise, liquors of a darker shade —  your bourbons, your brandys, your dark rums — are ready to sabotage the morning-after for the same reason, those dang congeners. Bourbon’s actually the fiercest culprit, having the 40 times the quantity of congeners than in vodka.

Cheap Liquor

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Liquor tends to have higher alcohol concentrations than its beer and wine brethren. And the cheaper the spirit, the more congeners. So scooping the cheapest booze is the fastest route to a forced day in bed. Honestly, though, who’s surprised that the most affordable thing at the bar betrays you in the end?


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Why a more lofty drink like champagne ends up as a head pounder always seems to be up for discussion. It’s a go-to celebratory toast drink, but it’ll knock out the brain come sun-up. The reason is it comes down to the fact that it’s jam-packed with bubbles. That carbon dioxide helps get the alcohol into a drinker’s blood stream faster than other kinds of alcohol.

Booze Mixed With Soda or Juice

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This is basically just pouring sugar down the gullet, so it’s no surprise it makes a person feel like hell come morning. The fact that alcohol is involved is doing absolutely nobody any favors — except maybe the tastebuds. Whether it’s whiskey and cola or vodka and orange juice, if the mixer is super sweet, there’s a chance the next day will come with a super headache.

Fruity Colorful Cocktails

This is going to strike the same way soda and juice do, mostly because they may be hiding beneath that tiny umbrella. Anything that has a pretty color to it has a good chance of becoming your frienemy. It’s going to be an entire witch’s brew of booze that then disguises the whole festive monstrosity with sweeteners. Witchcraft, I say!

Booze with Energy Drinks

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Not only are energy drinks major players when it comes to hangovers, but mixing a depressant and a stimulant together is no good for a human being from the start. It basically has the potential to rile a person up to drink more for longer than one’s body would initially agree to. Plus, the sugar content of energy drinks is bonkers to begin with.

Gimmicky Nonsense Shots in a Dive Bar

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This will priority mail your brain a hangover for a number of reasons. It could be a goofball sugary concoction with some innuendo name, it could be the cheapest booze in the house that they hide with sugar, or it’s some maniac pour like a ‘bar mat shot’, which is exactly what it sounds like — all the spilled liquid on the bar, squeezed into a shot glass. This kind of lunacy is best (and hopefully only) limited to a 21st birthday, and even then, like, why?

Long Island Iced Tea

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If anyone orders a drink that at its core is a selection of gin, rum, tequila, vodka, and triple sec — especially one that hides them vixens and villains with sour mix and a splash of cola — it can’t really be that much of a blindside once everything goes haywire. These will deliver a boxer-like hangover because the drinker is simply downing all the booze together in what will surely be an accidental half dozen orders.

Literally Any Drink With ‘Adios’ or ‘Goodbye’ or ‘So Long’ or ‘911’ in the Title

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These kinds of drinks essentially take the spirit of Long Island Iced Teas, but turn it into more direct chaos. Sometimes, they’ll act like it’s a mystery concoction that just randomly showed up one day. This could be anything from a Slushee that’s, like, three-fourths Bacardi 151 to a blue lagoon fishbowl of tequila that looks like someone could swim in it. Anything that hints at a blackout in its name can, will, and should absolutely beat a person up like crazy. This is how you lose an entire weekend.


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Study Shows Energy Drink Consumption Can Lead To Cocaine Use

Who knew that Monster energy drinks would be a bridge to riding the white horse? Well, that’s what a recent study believes, anyway.

A study conducted by the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health showed a strong correlation between energy drinks, cocaine use, prescription stimulants, and even alcohol use, according to UMD Right Now.

The study was posted in the journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and tracked 1,099 first-year college students up until age 25. The university monitored how often they drank energy drinks and concluded, “Such individuals appear to be at high risk for adverse substance use outcomes, and results suggest possible specificity regarding cocaine use…”

They even found that by age 25, these energy drinkers were at risk of developing alcohol abuse.

You could see some similarities between energy drinks and cocaine, albeit cocaine is probably a tad bit stronger. Then there’s the energy drink that just straight up called themselves “Cocaine,” adding a warning label that read, “Warning – this beverage should be consumed by responsible adults. Failure to adhere to this warning may result in excess excitement, stamina, fun, and possible feeling of euphoria.”

Also a disclaimer in this study, they didn’t find a direct link between energy drinks and stimulants, as it remains unclear why the correlation would exist, but they felt there’s enough there to cause concern and look into it further.

Energy drinks could be the problem, or it could be that they decided to survey a bunch of college kids who apparently have the money to afford drugs and alcohol, party all the time, and need energy drinks to get them through the semester… because they’re college kids.

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Man Gets Hepatitis After Weeks Of Drinking Nothing But Energy Drinks


We’ve pounded quite a few energy drinks back in our college days. Had to stay awake and cram for those finals somehow. We’ve never drank so many that we’d contract a life-threatening disease, however.

After this terrifying wake up call, we may never touch one again.

Gizmodo reports that a 50-year-old man was diagnosed with severe hepatitis after drinking nothing but energy drinks for three weeks straight. Reports say he needed them to get through his long hours as a construction worker.

The man soon became fatigued, experienced abdominal pain, had nausea, and vomited frequently. He thought he had the flu until he noticed his urine was dark and his skin turned yellow. Yep, jaundice.

The doctors diagnosed the man with hepatitis due to his excessive ingestion of vitamin B3, which is also known as niacin. A typical energy drink, let’s say Monster, contains about 200 percent of the daily recommended intake of niacin. That amount isn’t enough to poison you… unless you drink five to seven times that throughout the day for nonstop for weeks.

A new case published in the British Medical Journal states that consumers should be aware of all the ingredients found in popular foods and drinks so they don’t over-consume dietary supplements.

Maybe we’ll just stick to black coffee for a while.


Amp Up Your Recipes With These 7 Ways To Cook With Energy Drinks

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Let’s be honest: the only thing wrong with bacon is that it won’t get you jacked on caffeine. But you can end all of that nonsense with our hyper charged energy drink cooking ideas below. From sauces to sautes, there are tons of completely underutilized excuses to bring an extreme edge to your edibles.

Rockstar Glazed Ribs

Colas are already a staple in BBQ sauces, so why not take it a twitchy step further? You can really get those ribs cracklin’ by putting Rockstar or any other energy drink in that sauce instead of standard pop. Not only will your sauce be sweeter with a splash of soda, but your pork ribs will be glistening like a mofo.

Parboiling Brats

Pros know that the best way to rock sausage is by cooking it in beer first to help soften the casing and give the brats that hefeweizen flavor. With a sweet or spicy sausage cooked in your favorite energy drink, though, you could have yourself a truly swinging sausage party. Just pour a couple energy into a sauce pan, add the sausage and let the supercharged stew simmer.

Red Bull Bacon

Eggs, bacon, and coffee is the classic breakfast, but who has time to cook all that? Skip a few steps in your morning prep by making Red Bullified bacon. Just look up a recipe for brown sugar bacon and replace the sweet powder with a can or two of your favorite energy drink for the ultimate meal on the go.

Monster Mango Habanero Chicken Wings

Looking for a sweet and spicy kick? Try adding energy drinks into all sorts of glazes. For instance, this hot wing variation is just begging for you to add a can of Monster Energy drink and unleash the beast on your taste buds. That’s one kickin’ chicken!

Red Bull-Battered Onion Rings

Beer-battered onion rings? You clearly don’t have a huge English paper due tomorrow. For a deep fried and totally jacked take on this fast food favorite, sub out beer in your batter for a little Red Bull.

Rockstar Marinated Steak

As mentioned above, sodas are already a favorite for glazing meats and a necessity for barbecue sauces. But you can take it other level if you marinate a t-bone in some energy drink—in other words, soak it overnight. The carbonic acid will soften the meat, while the sugar will seal in the steak’s flavorful juices. The copious amounts of caffeine are solely for your pleasure.

Red (Bull) Velvet Cupcakes

And finally, dessert. The only thing extra you’ve ever wanted from this beetroot-dyed classic is a little buzz. The Red Bull allows you to replace buttermilk or sour cream with a little whole milk without sacrificing flavor. Add some Red Bull to mix the dry ingredients in your batter to give your red velvet cake a fizzy airiness, or splash some into the cream cheese frosting to your tastes to truly give your cupcakes some wings.

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Taco Bell Tests Newest Freeze Made With ROCKSTAR ENERGY

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Looks like more fast food companies are dipping their toes into the energy drink game. Last week, we reported that McDonald’s was selling cans of Monster Energy drinks at select locations. Now, it looks like Taco Bell is doing something similar: Rockstar Energy Freezes.

The Mexican food-inspired chain has begun testing the slush blend at select locations in Tennessee, Brand Eating reports. Taco Bell is incorporating the Rockstar Punched flavor of the energy drink into its Freeze. With the existing line of fruity Freeze flavors, it definitely makes sense to go with that one.

No word yet if Taco Bell plans to expand testing of the beverage outside of the state.

For the college crowd that thrives on late-night orders of tacos and crunchwraps, this might also be the perfect addition to the menu.

Definitely hoping it takes off nationally.

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McDonald’s Plans To Add This MONSTER Item To the Menu

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McDonald’s just made a monster announcement. Bloomberg reports that the fast food chain has plans to begin selling Monster energy drinks along with value meals.

Currently, about 20 McDonald’s locations in the US are testing the caffeine-filled beverages. Now that Monster is being distributed by Coke, it’s a lot easier for the chain to add them to stores.

The Wall Street Journal reports that McDonald’s might be offering a $4 special for two 16-oz cans of Monster.

While buying energy drinks isn’t illegal, the beverages have been proven to be unhealthy when consumed in large quantities. Hopefully McDonald’s finds a way to keep kids from going Monster crazy.

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