My three breakfast essentials in order of importance are coffee (duh), peanut butter (smooth, not crunchy) and bananas (girl needs her potassium). Steem, a new peanut butter that contains caffeine, could cut this list from three to two.
"Steem is designed to provide a consistent release of sustained energy and the naturally slow digestion of peanut butter is the key to that," the product's website reads. "Steem delivers protein, electrolytes, and caffeine, granting you hours of endurance and focus, and freeing you from distractions like hunger and fatigue."
That's quite the skill set. One tablespoon of Steem supposedly has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
“The unsaturated fats actually create bonds with the caffeine so the digestion process is slower and results in a steady release of energy,” co-founder Chris Pettazzoni told Boston.com. Steem was invented last year in Greenfield, MA after Pettazzoni and his business partners, Keith Barnofski and Andrew Brach, tried to come up with a foolproof hangover cure.
Now, I'm a bit of a peanut butter snob -- Skippy > JIF, don't argue it, I will defend Skippy till my dying day -- and have tried everything from powdered PB2 to Better'n Peanut Butter. I sadly haven't tried STEEM, so I can't comment on how it tastes or its hangover-curing abilities.