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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #104 The Caffeinated Family Life
August 22, 2008

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Kindy's Musings....

Now every week, as your family dietitian, I will be scoping out the most relevant research and news that you can use to help your family make healthy nutrition and wellness choices.


...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.

What started with the coffee and energy drink revolution has now spread far beyond the beverage category. Here are a few products that you may want to watch....

Snickers Charged

Candy giant Mars has just brought out a limited edition of its Snickers bar called Snickers Charged, which is loaded with 60 milligrams of caffeine along with the usual chocolate, caramel and peanuts. Marketed as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, it promises a big energy surge to help you get through your busy day.


Spazzstick lip balm touts its high-quality, all-vegetarian ingredients, but if you think it sounds crunchy granola, forget it. It also contains caffeine, in copious amounts, which gets absorbed directly through the soft skin of the lips, and moves quickly into the brain. In 4 equally invigorating varieties: Vanilla Toffee, Chocolate Cake, Orange and Cool Mint.

Kiel's Eye Alert and Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub

In the past few years, high-end apothecary/beauty care boutique Kiehl’s has beefed up its men’s product line. The key ingredient in the men's products? You guessed it. The Eye Alert cream and Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub are both made with a potent blend of Vitamin E and caffeine.

Java Pops

These lollipops aren't for kids. Each one is extra large and loaded with 60mg of caffeine. Available in French Vanilla, Chocolate Almond, Irish Crème, Cappuccino, and Chocolate Raspberry.

Sum Seeds

Roasted sunflower seeds are a good natural energy source. But apparently not good enough. A new brand called Sum Seeds now offers sunflower seeds fortified with caffeine (plus taurine, lysine, and ginseng, just like an energy drink). Each bag delivers 120mg of caffeine, or as much as almost two cups of coffee.


Read the latest food trends and happenings with the links below:





Rigatoni with Eggplant and Dried Tomato Pesto


1 medium onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound)

6 ounces dried rigatoni or other short pasta (such as penne or fusilli)

1/3 recipe Dried Tomato Pesto (recipe follows)

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons crumbled chevre (goat cheese) or feta cheese (optional)

Fresh Italian parsley


1. Cut onion into 8 wedges. Place in a 13x9x2-inch baking pan; brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast in a 425 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

2. Cut stem end off eggplant; discard. Cut eggplant in half lengthwise. Brush with remaining olive oil. Stir onion; place eggplant in pan, cut sides down. Continue roasting for 15 minutes more or until onion is golden brown and eggplant is just tender.

3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well. Toss the cooked pasta with Dried Tomato Pesto and pepper.

4. Transfer pasta to a serving bowl; keep warm. Transfer eggplant to a cutting board; using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. (Use a fork to steady eggplant as you slice.) Toss eggplant and onion with pasta; season to taste with salt. Top with cheese and Italian parsley, if desired.

Makes 6 to 8 side-dish servings or 4 main-dish servings.


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