Updated: Aug 6, 2018
"Andria, what's that in your coffee?"
I recently became aware of a coffee trend that is slowly gaining traction in the land of the health nuts. You may or may not have heard of "Bulletproof coffee," which is hot coffee blended with MCT oil and unsalted grass-fed butter.
The first time I tried it, I was not sold. I don't know if I just didn't put enough butter in or what, but it was very strange to me. Likely it's because I usually prefer my coffee tall, dark, and handsome. This ultra-fatty, fru-fru brew took a lot of getting used to, but the second time I tried it, I was hooked.
For the record, I blame my mother for this. But it's a good kind of blame.
The Components, and How They Work Together for Your Body
Grass-fed Butter and MCT Oil
Contrary to what we've all been spoon-fed by the FDA, your body needs a good deal of fat to properly process energy. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors survived on very little grains, some protein, and a LOT of fats. Basically, turn the American food pyramid upside down and you'll get the right proportions. Instead of eating tons of grains, which are meant for animals with four stomachs, we are supposed to consume 10% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 70% healthy fats for the optimum energy burn, weight control, and overall well-being. Grass-fed butter in your morning coffee can help you start your day with the energy you need.
Now, before you tell me how gross that sounds, just remember that butter is made of cream, and we put plenty of that in our coffee. Salted or unsalted is completely up to you, but I prefer mine salted. I happen to like Kerrygold's Grass-fed Butter because it's not expensive and also widely available in my area.
Because butter is a short and medium-chain triglyceride fat, which means that it burns slowly like high-quality coal. Slow, sustained energy keeps you from crashing later in the day. Combined with MCT oil (refined coconut oil that is liquid at room temperature), you'll find that your energy is high and your appetite shrinks, meaning that you're less likely to overeat at mealtime. Carbohydrate-rich meals, yes, even the "healthier" ones like steel-cut oatmeal, brown rice, and quinoa, burn quickly, but leave you crashing. A murderous appetite soon follows, and soon you'll be tearing apart your kitchen, looking for anything to stop those raging hunger pains. It's like throwing hay in the stove. (Thank you, Mom, for the coal and hay analogy!)
BULLETPROOF® COFFEE RECIPE
Recipe by Dave Asprey, bulletproofexec.com
Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)
Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™(a commercial example of medium chain triglyceride — or MCT — oil) to the hot coffee.
Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee (most commonly available brand seems to be Kerrygold).
Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte.
How it Tastes, and How I Make Mine:
I actually prefer my "bulletproof coffee" in layers. I've tried it blended before, and though my mother swears that "blending takes it to a whole new level," I have a soft spot for that buttery layer on top. To me, this coffee is like a fancy coffeehouse drink. I have always been a breakfast eater, but this coffee has completely eliminated my need for food (read: CARBS!) in the morning. Believe it or not, it keeps me going for at least four hours, and I no longer get hit with those horrible mid-morning hunger pains like I used to. I can now take a later lunch, eat less at that time, and keep my weight down.
I doubt I'll be running any 10K marathons soon, but at least I've found a way to stave off those hunger pains. If you're a person with a naturally large appetite, this could be one of the fundamentals you need to drop those extra pounds, think more clearly, and shine like the sun at your job. Until next time!
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