Keto-ers make different adaptations to the original Bulletproof Coffee (BPC) recipe that was first coined by founder of The Bulletproof Diet, Dave Asprey. It basically consists of high-quality, toxin free coffee beans, grass-fed butter and Brain Octane Oil (100% c8 MCT oil).
Benefits of Fat-Filled Bulletproof Coffee:
Reduces hunger: the Brain Octane oil is made up of 100% c8 medium-chain triglycerides which balance the hunger hormones and satiate you with healthy fats for longer.
Steady releasing energy: grass-fed butter is a great source of saturated fat which slows down caffeine being absorbed; this helps to avoid a spike and crash and eliminates those dreaded caffeine jitters by providing several hours of steadily released energy.
Clearer mind and thoughts: the Brain Octane oil is a powerful tool in the BPC recipe as it bypasses the lymphatic system and heads straight to the liver where it rapidly metabolises into ketone bodies. When following a keto eating style, these ketone bodies are a great source of energy in a fat-burning body and are the brain’s preferred fuel. The difference in focus, memory and clearer thoughts is astonishing!
Not only does coffee taste delicious, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals like potassium, manganese and B vitamins as well as being packed with antioxidants. Although coffee doesn’t agree with everyone, especially hormonal imbalances with thyroid and adrenals, studies have shown many benefits related to consuming coffee in moderation; improved alertness, sharper focus, elevated mood, heightened physical performance and an improved ability to burn fat. However, these benefits means squat if you’re drinking performance robbing coffee beans; just like the food you eat, the quality of the coffee that you drink matters too.
Certified Clean Coffee Beans give you the brain functioning properties and energy you need to win the day and thrive. Crappy coffee can rob your energy, give you a foggy head and headache, accelerated caffeine jitters and anxiety symptoms.
It’s also time to re-evaluate your coffee habit if you NEED a cup of coffee to get up and going in the morning, this could mean cortisol and melatonin are out of balance which effects the natural circadian rhythm of the body, encouraging fat storage around the mid-section. More serious cases leading to adrenal dysfunction and even thyroid dysfunction.
The Original Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
Great optional add-ins to jazz up your coffee:
- ceylon cinnamon powder - helps you regulate your blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance
- vanilla bean powder – historically been used as a cognitive enhancer
- ginger powder – powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory
- cayenne powder – works synergistically with MCTs for thermogenesis
- collagen protein or vanilla flavored – aids healthy tissue repair while maintaining healthy levels of inflammation and revitalising your skin
- cacao butter – great source of healthy saturated fat, gives a subtle chocolate finish to your coffee
- eggs and/or egg yolk – a good alternative as a source of healthy fats in the absence of butter, with micronutrients like omega-3s and vitamin K2
Brew your coffee in a french press the way you like it
Add coffee and the rest of ingredients into the blender, with any add-on ingredients you want to jazz up your coffee with. Blend for at least 20 seconds to create a creamy, frothy latte - delicious!
Note: if you're adding collagen powder, only add it into the last 10 seconds of blending
BUTTER vs. CREAM IN YOUR COFFEE… ☕
☕ COFFEE IS A SUPERFOOD…
It’s not essential in the keto diet to blend butter into your coffee but I’ll explain what the health benefits are for doing it. With important optical signalling compounds, putting cream, milk, nut milk, sugar or honey into your coffee then wrecks these beneficial effects as each of these additions change the insulin response. The membrane that’s present in cream will also take away some of the polyphenol antioxidant benefits that are present in coffee. Here’s some cutting edge biochemistry science on…
☕ HOW IT WORKS…
When you eat food including fat your body takes ketones or sugar and uses that to make infrared light (heat) the heat changes the water structure so that the water can be used for protein folding. According to Dr. Gerald Pollack who wrote Fourth Phase of Water and is one of the preeminent researches in the biochemistry of water – blending grass-fed ghee or butter into your coffee changes the water into the same type of water that is used inside your cells when protein folding. Therefore you won’t get the mitochondria benefits from using cream in your coffee, that you get from blending grass-fed butter or grass-fed ghee into your coffee.
☕ BOTTOM LINE: if you would like assistance with better brain function, increased energy, and normalised weight, blend grass-fed butter or ghee into your coffee instead of cream, milk, nut milk, sugar or honey.