Mornings can be tough. If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t function too well before you get that first cup of coffee down. After that, things ease up, and my world becomes a better place.
For me, the only thing better than a morning coffee… is a better cup of coffee. Since August of 2013, I’ve been drinking Bulletproof Coffee.
What is Bulletproof Coffee?
Bulletproof whaaaat?! LOL. Bulletproof coffee. No, it doesn’t give you superpowers but I’ve experienced a lot of positive benefits since drinking bulletproof coffee.
And for bonus points… it’s so delicious! I can’t get enough!
I’ve you’ve never heard of Bulletproof Coffee before, essentially it’s brewed high-quality coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT or Brain Octane Oil.
MCT and Brain Octane are a concentrated form caprylic fatty acids. MCT is 9 times and Brain Octane is 18 times stronger than coconut oil, which also possesses these essential fatty acids.
Bulletproof Coffee Benefits
To reap the benefits of bulletproof coffee, it’s important you purchase high-quality coffee beans. Whether or not you decide to purchase the Bulletproof brand, that’s up to you.
I first began experimenting with making a cup of this “bulletproof coffee” because, within a few hours of drinking my morning cup of coffee, I was experiencing energy crashes. At best, I felt the type of crash that led me to crave a second cup of coffee and a morning fix of carbs (or sugars); at worst, I’d get jittery or get headaches. By 2 pm, I was ready for a nap and another cup of coffee or a sugar fix.
At first, I thought it was because I needed to get more sleep, but that wasn’t the case.
Since incorporating a bedtime routine and making sure I got enough adequate sleep by tracking my sleep, I can tell you it wasn’t the quality of my sleep. It was the coffee I was drinking.
Many lower quality coffees have mycotoxins. In some people, they can trigger headaches, jitters, and cravings. And unhealthy cravings for sugar or carbs are never a good thing, and they are a sign that your body needs or lacks something.
Adding Butter to the Coffee
The first crazy question is WHY BUTTER? Right. Contrary to popular belief, butter does not make you fat; it’s unhealthy processed fats that our bodies don’t know what to do with that do, not a small dose of grass-fed butter rich in vitamin K.
A morning muffin or bagel with butter + jelly probably has more butter than my cup of coffee, so it’s a matter of perspective.
When blended, the butter gives the coffee the most delicious, creamy, rich texture and flavor you’ll ever try. Plus, it helps to keep me satiated for hours, and it curbs my cravings.
If you are wondering, why grass-fed butter? Here is why:
- Grass-fed butter is higher than grain-fed butter in omega-3 fatty acids, CLA, beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D, vitamin E, and antioxidants. You can see the difference in the butter: grass-fed butter is a bright yellow color, while grain-fed/factory-farmed butter is almost white. The lack of color is a sign that the butter is coming from sick, nutrient-depleted cows.
- Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid. Studies show that butyrate can both prevent and decrease inflammation in humans. In rodents, studies have shown butyrate to protect against mental illness, improve body composition, increase metabolism, and improve gut health.
Adding Oil to the Coffee
Well, I’m not adding cheap cooking oil to my coffee. I’m adding Brain Octane Oil or MCT Oil, a concentrated form of the beneficial essential fats from coconut oil -although, plain melted coconut oil can provide some benefits.
Let me explain what these medium-chain triglycerides do. In short, they boost the energy I need from coffee without a crash.
The caffeine naturally occurring in coffee helps transport the medium-chain-triglycerides through the blood/brain barrier by bypassing the liver entirely; and thus, feeding my brain powerful nutrients it needs.
What is the Best Blender to Make Bulletproof Coffee?
The best blender to make Bulletproof coffee is the one you already have at home. You’re blending soft and liquid ingredients so I wouldn’t worry about “power.”
However, if you’re in the market for a new blender, I’ve owned a Blendtec Blender for 8+ years and It’s the one I recommend for long term kitchen success. From smooth muffin batters to smoothies, to my Bulletproof coffee, my Blendtec does it all.
The Benefits I’ve Experienced Drinking Bulletproof Coffee
- A boost of energy that lasts for hours
- No post-caffeine drop crash
- Ability to focus on productive work for hours
- Curb in carb/sugar cravings (likely due to energy crashes)
- No more caffeine cravings/headaches
I remember my first cup of Bulletproof coffee. I was a skeptic and told my husband that surely a cup of coffee could not do all that! Well, it did.
That morning I told my husband I needed a “strong cup of coffee” to help me wake up since I was working on finishing my manuscript that morning for my second cookbook.
Little did I know that drinking that first cup of Bulletproof coffee would change my mornings.
I was able to focus for four hours straight and I felt like I had a lot of energy for the rest of the day. When 2 o’clock came around and I didn’t have the need for another cup of coffee or a nap, that’s when I told my husband that “I was hooked.”
In case you are wondering, I even travel with my coffee I love it so much.
When I do Intermittent Fasting, Bulletproof coffee is the only way I’ll break my fast. I want all the benefits of this coffee as soon as possible and after a fast, is the perfect time to take advantage of everything Bulletproof does for the body.
Intermittent Fasting for Women
If you want to dive deeper, I’ve created a book with everything you need to know about intermittent fasting & a 1-week meal plan so you know exactly what to eat during your eating windows. Check out my Intermittent Fasting Guide here.
I decided to write this post because I often receive a lot of questions about the type of coffee I drink. Or, what are some things that I do that help me be more productive.
For me, being able to “get it all done” starts with getting a good night’s sleep and waking up to a better cup of coffee. The rest is being organized and managing my time well.
As you can see, Bulletproof coffee is not just for men (even though most reviews are by men and for men). Bulletproof coffee is also great for women.
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee
After brewing a cup of your favorite coffee, you’ll need to measure out a few ingredients and place them in a blender (recipe below).
Better yet, watch this video to see how easy it is to make my favorite cup of coffee.
Classic Bulletproof Coffee
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee
- Brew 1 cup (8 to 12 ounces) of coffee using filtered water with the French press, coffee brewer, or pour-over methods.
- Pour brewed coffee inside a blender. To the blender, add 1 tablespoon of Brain Octane or MCT Oil and 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter.
- Blend for 20 to 30 seconds until the coffee becomes frothy like a foamy latte. Pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy.
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