Coffee and Butter…Together.

Bulletproof Breakfast

No, the title is not a joke. I am really going to tell you why adding butter to your coffee is good for you. Last October, I was listened to a man by the name of Dave Asprey talk about his coffee he drinks every morning. Asprey calls it Bulletproof Coffee, and for good reason. It is a coffee recipe designed to take your morning to the Next Level. But this is no average coffee, and Dave Asprey is no ordinary man. In the past 15 years, Asprey has spent over $250,000 “bio-hacking”  and literally upgrading his body and mind through changing his diet and fitness, supplementation, and self quantification. As for the coffee, it combines high quality, mold free, coffee beans (not Starbucks people), butter from grass-fed cows, and MCT oil (an extract of coconut oil). Sounds strange, right? It is a bit strange at first but after having drank this for breakfast for almost three months now, I understand the benefits. This recipe, along with exercise and small diet changes, has helped me loose almost 20 pounds and keep it off! To understand why this recipe works, we have to break down why all these things are good for you.

Coffee

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Not all coffee is created equal. Good coffee, in moderation of course, has been proven to improve memory recall, improve insulin sensitivity, accelerate fat loss, and improve exercise function. Bad coffee gives you the shakes, heartburn, and can make you irritable in high doses. The coffee beans Asprey sells online are mycotoxin free, meaning they are free of any unwanted toxins or molds that normal coffee beans are usually riddled with. Quality is important for anyone who drinks coffee on a regular basis. Here are Dave’s 3 steps for picking the best coffee beans.

Grass-Fed Butter

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There a some key differences to point out when it comes to grass-fed butter vs normal grain-fed butter. Because these cows are raised on pastures and consume green grass rather grains, which actually make cows sick, the butter the cow produces is a butter of a much higher quality. The short and medium chain fatty acids, carotene, and Vitamin K2 levels have been proven to be higher than standard butter. Kerrygold unsalted (silver package, the gold package on the left is the saleted version) grass-fed butter is my prefered option. You can find it at Trader Joe’s ($2.69) or Whole Foods ($3.99 or sometimes 2 for $6).

MCT/Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs. These MCT’s have been proven to help efficiently burn energy when they are broken down by the liver. Because of Coconut Oil’s high MCT levels, it can help increase the amount of HDL (good) cholesterol in the bloodstream as well as promote better thyroid function. Poor thyroid function can lead to the production of LDL (bad) cholesterol. Asprey takes coconut oil to the next level by running it through a centrifuge and Taking out just the MCT’s. This creates a super concentrated MCT oil which he sells on his website. I personally have not tried the recipe with The MCT oil. MCT oil is hard to find unless you buy it straight from Asprey so for convienience and price sake, I think coconut oil works just fine!

How To Make It

1. Grind the beans

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2. Make the coffee.

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3. Blend it up!

Take 2-4 tablespoons of butter, 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, and your pot of coffee and throw it all in the Blender!

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(Everyone should own a blender! Weather its a Vitamix, Ninja, or a “Magic Bullet” style blender. Even a hand blender would work here.)

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4. Pour, enjoy, and feel the difference in your morning!

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It can take up to two weeks for your body to turn on its fat burning digestion systems if you havent been getting enough good saturated fats in your diet. Start with just 2 tablespoons of butter for the first few times you make it and add more or less dependng on how it makes you feel. This delicious creamy morning beverage takes only about 10 minutes to make. Add a scoope of whey protein powder to the recipe for a great pick-me-up after an early morning work out.

The information for today’s post was provided by Dave Asprey, Mark Sission, and Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc, Siobhan Bleakney, ND, and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Co-Medical Directors of Inner Source Health in New York.

 

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