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Meet The First Caffeinated Sparkling Water

Need a boost of energy and want to quench your thirst, but are looking for a healthy alternative to energy drinks? A doctor in Louisville, Kentucky has created a sparkling water that also gives you a jolt of caffeine.

Phocus, is said to be the first-of-its-kind premium sparkling water containing natural caffeine from green tea and the natural amino acid L-theanine, which is known to reduce anxiety and relax the mind. It’s currently available in five flavors: natural, grapefruit, blood orange, peach, cucumber, and yuzu + lime.

This was all created by Dr. John Mitell, who enjoyed sodas and energy drinks, but didn’t want to be drinking them in front of patients knowing that it would be hypocritical to advise on their health while loading himself up with sugars. Phocus is kosher, vegan, non-dairy, non-GMO, and gluten free. One can contains as much caffeine as an 8 oz. cup of coffee.

Phocus retails for $1.99-$2.79 per 11.5oz. can, and is available in 12 packs for $21.99.

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Cult Favorite Tejava To Launch Two New Flavors

Tejava has gained a word of mouth following on the sole basis of its tea flavor alone. While known specifically for its iconic black tea, the company is releasing new teas that draw on intense aroma.

In the first of their Origins line, Tejava just announced the addition of two new flavors of unsweetened and ready-to-drink teas: Fujian Oolong Tea and Hojicha Green Tea.

Owned by parent company Crystal Geyser, the all-natural and unsweetened Tejava is brewed from hand-picked tea leaves found on the island of Java in Indonesia and are free of sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

With, the addition of new flavors like Fujian Oolong and Hojicha Green Tea, Tejava expands itself to a wider audience helping the tea become more ubiquitous. The swanky glass bottles are also a pretty nice touch.

“Tea addicts, like me, love their black tea to the point it’s a cult following,” said Foodbeast’s resident youth Constantine Spyrou who happened to be a huge fan of the beverage. “Tejava has way more flavor than any other bottled tea you can find in stores and is at a super affordable price.”

Expect to find the two new flavors in late November at Consumers will be able to find them in retail stores sometime shorty after.

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Using Green Tea In Your Instant Ramen Is The Trending Hack That Is A Game Changer

Instant ramen was the representative food of many college students back in the day. It was inexpensive, delicious, and easy to make. All you needed was some hot water, a dry cup of noodles, and you were pretty much good to go.

While we’ve discovered ways to hack our ramen over the years, a new method has surfaced that could potentially be a game changer for how we eat instant noodles. And all you need is some green tea.

SoraNews24 reported a hack that’s happening in Japan where folks are replacing the water in their instant ramen with green tea. While this adds an extra step of boiling green tea to add to the dry noodles, apparently it also unlocks a flavor of untold deliciousness.

The herbs from the tea are said to compliment the savoriness of the broth, coming together beautifully.

Resident fitness guru and video producer Ricky Zollinger and myself whipped up a cup to try. We steeped some Lipton Green Tea, nuked it in the microwave until it was boiling, and added it to a cup of beef-flavored instant noodles. No joke, it was amazing.

“The green tea adds another layer of flavor,” said Zollinger. “It compliments the seasoning, giving the cup depth and creating a silkier broth.”

This discovery even opens up the possibility of experimenting with other tea flavors. There’s a pack of ginger tea under my desk that may pair quite nicely with a chicken flavor.

Excited to see what else we can discover.

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Simple Diet Tips That’ll Help You Live To 100

I’ve never been old, but I can imagine that I’d be OK with holding onto life for as long as possible. There are lots of little things you can do to expand your life, and your eating habits have a lot to do with it.

AsapSCIENCE‘s YouTube channel posted a video on how to live to 100 years old, and a lot of the video touched on dietary habits.

Some of them are pretty tough, and I’m sure you already know where this is going, but there’s no way around the fact that we need more veggies in our diet. The video also shows that we can take a cue from Japan’s eating and drinking habits, since they tend to live a few years longer than us.

The video is above, and it has other vital non-food tips, like exercising regularly, sleeping well, and having lots and lots of sex, but we pulled out the food points for you below.

Here’s hoping we all live long enough to be like those hip old people:


Home Cooked Meals

The first subject involved takeout food, and we basically have to cut that out as much as possible. A study showed that when 65 year olds ate home-cooked meals at least five times a week, they were 47 percent more likely to add an extra 10 years to their life.


Vegetarian Diet

This next one hurts, as Asap points out that those who switch to a vegetarian diet, not necessarily vegan, lower their chances of premature death by 12 percent.

Cut The Cold Cuts

I know, I’m on your side, too. It’d be hard for me to switch over to the veggie-filled dark side, but they do provide some middle ground for us. Even if you don’t want to give up meat, giving up cold cuts in particular will help, because those kinds of processed meats are often linked to cancer and heart disease.

Take Notes From Japan

The Japanese live longer than Americans. On Average, Japanese women and men live to 87 and 80 years old, respectively, while American women and men usually top out at 82 and 77 years old. With that in mind, some of Japan’s biggest dietary keys are eating fish, and drinking green tea.

A study conducted on 40,000 Japanese people showed that those who drank more than 5 cups of green tea a day, lowered their risk of heart disease. As far as fish goes, 2.2 years of life were added to the Japanese folks who added Omega-3s fatty acids to their diet.

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This Matcha Green Tea ‘Nutella-Like’ Spread Is On Illuminati Levels Of Delicious

There’s a delicious epidemic going down in the foodie world right now and it involves matcha!  It’s all green errthang in here like the Boston Celtics just won the NBA Championship (God forbid…).  But a matcha green tea flavored latte, cake, croissant — you name it, it’s out there!

One thing we haven’t really seen in the world of matcha is a creme spread you can take home and indulge in — until now!

The indulgent spread is fresh from Illuminatea’s secret kitchen (no that wasn’t mispelled; yes, their brand name is dope). They’ve created a decadent ‘Matcha Pistachio Creme Spread’ that is as mind-blowingly delicious, as you can expect.  Think Nutella, but better — ’cause it’s green tea.

Made with culinary grade matcha imported from Japan, fresh pistachios from Central California, and vanilla crème all artfully woven into a rich, velvety texture, there’s nothing artificial in this jar.

Based out of Laguna Niguel, CA, Illuminatea’s ‘Matcha Pistachio Creme Spread’ is currently available in super limited quantities. Available now on the Illuminatea website and Midori Matcha Cafe in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo district. Don’t sleep, it’s delicious — everyone here at Foodbeast is obsessed with it!

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Tea Lovers Get The Ultimate Experience At American Tea Room


Tea time need not be boring. Sure, the mental picture of pinkies up, dry biscuits, and proper etiquette doesn’t strike anybody as appealing in the very least. But what if high-tech, interactive video boards, crazy expensive tea machines worth more than a Kardashian procedure, and the coolest, most expansive premium tea lineup is involved in this tea time experience? Yeah, I know, I’d be wanting in, too.

Enter American Tea Room in Los Angeles, CA. Here you can steep yourself in an extensive and optimal tea lover’s paradise, where you’re immersing various senses to see, touch, smell, and most importantly taste what a top notch tea experience should be.

American Tea House

CEO and Tea Master David Barenholtz has ensured that his selection of teas is a well-curated collection that’s become one of the most coveted in the country. The space itself is an expansive and chic atmosphere that lets all shop, sip, and learn about Barenholtz’s wide-ranging tea offerings — from rare and quality varieties sourced from all over the world to premium matcha green tea whisked right in front of you.

So at ease stiff pinkies, tea time’s simply a good time at American Tea Room.

American Tea House


Photos: Peter Pham
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We Re-created Starbucks Japan’s New Matcha White Chocolate Frappuccino


While Starbucks has had Green Tea Creme Frappuccinos on its menus, Japan just remixed them with their new Matcha White Chocolate Fraps.

It’s a “limited-edition” release that according to Rocket News 24, wasn’t even advertised until days before the Monday debut.

As always, word of the drink has mostly spread through social media, as customers are stoked on the new flavor.

I went to our local Starbucks to see if they could duplicate the new Frap, and while it took a little work, the barista was actually able to hook me up with one.

He basically made the same green drizzle that was used in the Cherry Blossom Frap, which was a mix of Matcha powder and white chocolate, then poured it over a White Chocolate Frap.

They don’t have the matcha drizzle readily available, so if you do try to order this, make sure it’s a slow time at the store, and you know the barista well enough that they won’t want to kill you for this request.

From Matcha Green tea cakes at McDonald’s, to Matcha Green Tea Kit Kats, Japan has really milked the flavor over the last couple years, but no one’s complaining.

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Auntie Anne’s Introduces Their New Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake Pretzels

Auntie Anne’s, the famed soft pretzel company, might finally get a step up on Wetzel’s Pretzels with their newest creation, the Matcha Green Tea Cheescake Pretzel. Bit of a mouthful, but surely this new delectable treat is too.

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Although this pretzel is only coming out in Japan, the steady rise of matcha as a staple in many foods seems to be a trend that’s not going away any time soon, so a quick trip over the Pacific may be in store for these new additions to Auntie Anne’s family.

These new delights are stuffed with equal parts matcha cream and cheesecake cream, then rolled in crushed almonds to round out the flavor. The pretzel rolls will be sold for 420 yen (or $3.75). Unfortunately, this promotion only lasts until May 31st before it is removed from menus.



Source: Rocket News 24