If you’re a fan of coffee you’ve probably heard of a growing alternative health practice: putting butter in your morning cup of joe. Yes, I just said butter. In a cup of coffee.
Sounds crazy right, but don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. Keep an open mind and read on.
What is Bulletproof Coffee®?
Putting butter in coffee recently became trendy when Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Asprey coined the term Bulletproof Coffee® after a trip to Tibet where he drank hot tea mixed with yak butter. The traditional Tibetan beverage rejuvenated him and ultimately inspired his own version using high-quality coffee, grass-fed butter and medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, derived from coconut and palm kernel oil.
According to Dave, when you drink this concoction in the morning the healthy fats naturally energize you, make you feel satiated and jump start fat burning for the rest of the day.
Those claims are enough to make hundreds of thousands of folks jump on the bandwagon, hoping to reduce their appetite and shed pounds with little effort.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Here’s the deal: it’s not a magic weight loss cure. You shouldn’t substitute this drink for breakfast just so you can lower your daily caloric intake. While healthy fats do make you more satiated, you need to eat them with other foods, especially those with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K & K2 so your body can properly absorb them.
No matter what food lifestyle you embrace–80/20, real food, primal, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, keto, etc.–it’s good practice to start your day with healthy foods and enough calories to properly fuel your body.
I understand that what constitutes a “healthy” breakfast is totally subjective; however, I don’t think many would disagree that we all need food of some sort!
What’s Brain Octane?
Sounds like something you would hear with brain surgery, right? In his Bulletproof Coffee® recipe, Dave recommends using MCT oil, which is a supplement comprised of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA) sourced from coconut oil and palm kernel oil that are easily absorbed by the body. Compared to long chain fatty acids, MCFAs are easily and quickly digested, which is why they’re recommended by many as a source of healthy, sustained energy and a way to stimulate your metabolism.
However, if you find MCT Oil too expensive, you can easily attain the same dietary benefits from its source–organic, virgin coconut oil.
The Benefits of Putting Grass-Fed Butter & Coconut Oil In Your Coffee
In summary (in case you skimmed the previous sections), mixing high quality grass-fed butter and coconut oil (or MCT oil) into your morning coffee will increase your daily intake and absorption of healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K & K2 and healthy fatty acids such as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). In addition, this healthy fat combo has the potential to give you sustained energy for several hours afterward.
Oh, yeah and one other thing. It’s delicious! Yep. Grass-fed butter and organic, virgin coconut oil taste wonderful on their own, but when they’re whizzed together with hot coffee it creates a delicious, creamy latte-like beverage that goes down smoothly!
Trust me, this does not involve plopping the butter or coconut oil directly into the coffee. That will just create an oily top layer, which we want to avoid. It’s all about the blender, y’all.
And without further adieu, here’s my own simple version that’s easy to replicate at home.
- Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee®. (French Press is easiest.)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane to the hot coffee (it’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp and work up over several days).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee
- Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a latte.