Bulletproof Coffee: The What, Why, and How-To


17-PP-1023-SOCIAL-BlogBanners-Coffee Many of us rely on coffee to feel human in the morning and superhuman throughout the day.  While we may have trouble convincing you to stray from your daily tall, non-fat, no-foam, sugar-free half-caf caramel latte, the hype surrounding the bulletproof coffee craze is worth exploring.  Simply put, bulletproof coffee uses unexpected replacements for traditional cream and sugar that help provide longer-lasting energy and other nutritional benefits as well.  Here’s the scoop.

The History

Health blogger Dave Asprey, while hiking in the Himalayas, had the unique experience of tasting traditional Tibetan tea drinks infused with yak butter.  Upon his return to the U.S., Asprey experimented with a variety of buttered drinks and eventually settled on a coffee recipe, which he published on his blog in 2009.  His bulletproof coffee gained widespread attention around 2014 due to media attention on nationally syndicated morning news programs, and it became especially popular among those following paleo and low-carb diets.

Benefits of MCT Oil

The ‘secret weapon’ in Bulletproof Coffee that allows it to support longer lasting energy is the clever addition of MCT Oil. Medium-chain Triglycerides are nutritionally unique compounds found naturally in coconut and palm kernel oils.  MCTs are easily digested by the body and absorb into the bloodstream quickly, providing energy when metabolized. Because MCTs do not contain sugar, MCT oil won’t lead to a “sugar crash” the way candy or sweet snacks would.

The Taste

……is difficult to describe.  This is definitely not your typical morning latte, so you’ll need to keep an open mind.

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Ingredients:

8-12 oz hot coffee
1 tablespoon MCT Oil
1 tablespoon grass-fed, unsalted butter
Cinnamon (optional)

Directions: Add all ingredients to a blender (or use a handheld mixer) and blend for 20-30 seconds. If there is a film of oil on top, it needs to be blended more.  Add a dash of cinnamon for flavor, and to support sugar and nutrient metabolism.*

Tip: If you have a sensitive stomach, cut the amount of MCT oil and butter in half.

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