"Bulletproof" coffee, aka butter coffee, aka Keto Coffee, hit the scene when Dave Asprey, founder of the Bulletproof empire, first posted it to his blog in 2009, and it’s gained a cult-like following ever since.
Why? Because it really truly does work. By work, I mean it: increases your energy, sustains higher energy levels with no crash, produces ketones for your body to use as fuel, and satiates hunger.
Supposedly, it all began when a freezing cold and exhausted Dave was offered tea chock full of yak butter by monks he encountered hiking in Tibet. It gave him the best energy boost one could imagine, so when he returned home, he began experimenting with adding grass-fed butter to his own coffee. Butter coffee has since evolved into somewhat of an art form over the years, and I’d like to tell you all the little secrets and intricacies so you can rock your own today!
First, we need to start with…wait for it….the COFFEE part of the keto coffee! Shockingly this part is often overlooked; most people jump right to the coconut oil, ghee, or superfood powders they add-in, and that, my friends, is a huge mistake. Most coffee is full of mold and other toxins, and in the pursuit of optimal health, why on earth would you start your day by putting that in your body?!
I have personally been to a coffee farm in Guatemala, where many of the world’s beans come from, and I can tell you I saw firsthand fields of beans sitting out in the sun to dry, as is common practice with coffee beans. This method allows for mold and bacteria growth, however, and like I said, why would you want to start your day off that way?
My favorite brand is Purity Coffee. While I knew that Purity was mold-free, pesticide-free, and fully organic, I learned when I spoke with the founder of Purity that this coffee also has 10 times the antioxidants of leading coffees on the market, AND they have personal relationships with each of their coffee farmers and work hard to ensure fair labor practices and fair prices, AND they control every step of the process to ensure chemicals never enter the picture, AND they make sure that mono-crop farming is never used to ensure the health of not only the coffee but our plant. And that, my friends, is when I became obsessed. A company with a conscience? That cares about the people who make the coffee? And the environment? And the people that drink it? Ok, that's it. I'm done. I'm sold. (Want some for yourself? Go here and use code KBWellness for 20%. I promise it's worth the switch.)
Next, we get to the main event – the fat! Adding fat to your coffee sounds odd at first, but this is the key to achieving all the benefits touted by butter/keto/bulletproof coffee enthusiasts everywhere. This is the key that allows you to stay fuller longer, avoid a caffeine crash and have improved cognition.
If you grew up in the low-fat era like me, you were taught to fear fat, but that was wrong! As long as you aren’t ALSO loading up on carbs at the same time (hint: this means don't add a bunch of sugar to your coffee!) don’t be afraid to load up the fat.
Hopefully, you’re aware of all the current research debunking the myth that fat makes you fat (spoiler alert – too much sugar or sugar and fat together makes you fat). Fat is healthy and necessary for every cell in our body to function, so don’t be afraid to go for it.
The most common options are grass-fed butter, ghee, coconut oil, MCT oil, or my personal favorite, Brain Octane oil. Brain Octane oil is essentially the most “potent” form of medium-chain triglycerides available, raising ketones four times higher than coconut oil alone. Snag your own brain octane oil here: Amazon.
You can absolutely stop here and get so many benefits from just adding fat to your coffee, but if you want to keep going, now it’s time for the fun extras. I like to add collagen powder to my coffee for a little protein boost (and collagen is great for your skin, hair, nails, and joints). I use Designs for Health Pure Paleo because it is a nice clean source of pure collagen...and it tastes AWESOME (I like the vanilla, but the chocolate is awesome too!). If you want to try it with a 10% off discount, head here: KB Wellness Wellevate Dispensary.
Do NOT. I repeat, do NOT add sugar to your coffee. You’ll completely destroy all of its benefits by causing a blood sugar spike (and subsequent blood sugar crash), not to mention contributing to insulin resistance and weight gain. If you need something sweet, try Stevia. It’s one of the only sweeteners out there that doesn’t cause problems for those following the FODMAP diet, SCD diet, AIP, Paleo, and many more. I use Sweetleaf because my local grocery store carries it, but whatever you choose, make sure it is raw and PURE stevia, NOT a blend. This isn’t a place to try to save money. The pure brands might cost more, but they last FOREVER because they are so potent and sweet that you only need one tiny drop in each cup of coffee.
You can also add some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Whatever vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc., you use, be sure it is organic and free of mold. Spices are notorious for harboring mold and toxins, unfortunately, so be sure to vet your brand well and store them in a cool, dry environment so they don’t GROW mold once you’ve begun using them.
Now that you’ve put everything you want in the coffee, you need to BLEND IT TO DEATH! I put mine in my Vitamix, but an immersion blender works great too. If you try to just stir it, you’ll end up with an oily, greasy mess. Gross. Blending it will completely emulsify the mixture into a frothy hot cup of creamy goodness that will honestly rival any latte you’ve had to date. But don’t take my word for it. Try it for yourself today – and let me know what you think!
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