Bulletproof coffee is becoming more and more popular, especially for those of us adopting paleo or vegan diets or just looking for a healthier way to enjoy coffee. It was created by a cool dude named Dave Asprey who is an entrepreneur and nutrition blogger. He created “the bulletproof diet” which is his version of an upgraded paleo diet. You can check out his blog here.
“Eating carbs in the morning will set you up for an energy spike and crash along with food cravings throughout the entire day. If you decide to test this for yourself, it will be blindingly obvious. Try having just Bulletproof Coffee instead of your usual breakfast and see how long it takes you to want food. For most people, it turns off the desire for food for at least 5 to 6 hours.” ― Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Diet
There are a few different ways to make bulletproof coffee. Traditionally (Dave’s original recipe) it is made with grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil but since I recently started avoiding dairy in my diet I have been using coconut oil to make my bulletproof coffee. Some people use MCT oil to make their bulletproof but coconut oil contains all the same health properties the MCT oil PLUS lauric acid (not found in MCT oil) which is a powerful natural antimicrobial agent. The other difference is that MCT oil is manufactured and coconut oil is natural, so I go with the natural option :)
Heres what you do:
Brew your organic fair trade coffee as per usual.
Pour it into the blender with a Tbs of organic virgin coconut oil per cup of coffee. **
Add a little vanilla extract or a drop or 2 of stevia if you like.
“Pulse” the blender on a low setting 2 or 3 times. Drink up buttercup!
**If you don’t already consume coconut oil regularly you might want to start with a smaller portion (say a teaspoon instead of a table spoon) and then work your way up gradually since the fat can upset your stomach if you’re not use to it.
**If you choose to use grass-fed butter as well as coconut oil, The ratio should be 1 tbs of coconut oil and 1 tsp of butter per cup of coffee.
The blender emulsifies the oil so the coffee becomes creamy, kind of like a latte, instead of oily. Plus you get a dose of beneficial fats. The coconut oil also helps you get more of a prolonged energy boost instead of the jitters and then caffeine crash like a regular cup of coffee does. It also helps to increase the metabolism and therefor fuels weight loss.