3pm comes everyday, like clockwork (groundhog day). The figurative ‘end’ of a stay-at-home parents day and the start of the evening shift. That’s how I’ve always thought about it anyway.
If I’ve not had enough sleep (every night!), not been for a run (oops!), not eaten well (Nixon’s crusts don’t count as lunch??) then the afternoons are prone to drag and become a battle of wits. Me vs the boys vs homework, chores, dinner and bedtime.
This indian summer has seen me replacing my afternoon coffee with an icy cold Soda Stream and a tiny dash of guarana powder. Before changing pm teams I needed to find out exactly what the hell guarana was and what it could do for me < there has to be something in it for me of course!
What is Guarana?
- Guarana is a plant that grows in the Amazon basin.
- The seeds contain approx twice the amount of caffeine as is found in coffee seeds.
- Guaranine, the caffeine found in Guarana is identical to that found in tea, coffee and mate
Sounds good. Now how to use it?
The little bottle I have states 500mg as the recommended serving size which equates to roughly 1/10th of a teaspoon. I’ve been making my fave SodaStream Waters flavours, adding 1 serving of guarana, ice and taking a moment to gather myself; read: sit down for the first time all day, give Nix the iPad – don’t even, puhlease – maybe breathe a couple of times and perhaps read something that hasn’t originated on social media.
Ok I’m done being sarcastic because we all know I don’t really do any of those things (especially not the latter!). I make my bubbly drink, put my go-go powder in it, which thankfully is entirely natural and not a Class A drug, knock it back and get on with the vacuuming. You know it’s true.
I kicked my daily energy-drink-in-a-can habit almost 12 months ago as I was concerned about what was in my fave can of pep. But I have missed it! Totally happy to have found an alternative that has simplified that extensive list of ingredients, but also prompted me to do a wee bit of research and as a result set my mind at ease regarding what exactly guarana is.