Written by Jennifer Biswas Hoffner
You may or may not have heard of Bulletproof coffee, but it's becoming very popular. The basic idea is that you mix grass-fed butter and MCT oil (aka medium chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil) into your hot coffee. You stick it in a blender until it’s emulsified and voila! You have yourself a delicious buttery coffee.
There have been some claimed benefits for doing this such as improved brain performance and that it prevents you from having hunger pains if you drink it alone for breakfast. For me, coffee always makes me a bit smarter, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so neither of those is something that I can attest to. However, its biggest claim is the one that I want to talk about - which is that drinking your coffee this way will give you fewer jitters and a more even caffeine buzz. While you still may have a bit of a crash, this stuff really does work!
There is also another benefit. It's delicious! Yeah yeah, butter in coffee sounds weird - but think about it. It's butter! When doesn’t butter make things taste better? However there is a critical distinction to be made here - it has to be grass-fed butter.
Now, you may be wondering why the grass-fed butter? The majority of cows are either soy or corn fed. The cows can't even properly digest what they eat, and this produces the type of fats you don't want in your body. Grass-fed cows always produce the best quality beef, milk and butter.
Grass-fed butter is also much higher in Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that are incredibly important for the heart. It's been shown in countries where cows are grass-fed that butter consumption is associated with a dramatic reduction in heart disease risk.
While BulletProof does sell their own brand of coffee beans and “Brain Octane Oil”, you don't need to buy their products to have a great buttery coffee. You need just 3 ingredients.
- 1 cup organic coffee
- 1 or 2 Tbs of grass-fed butter (Kerrygold is recommended)
- 1 Tsp Organic Coconut Oil
Brew your coffee, then add in the butter and coconut oil into a blender. Easy as that! Do you love coffee? Think you'll give this a try? Let us know!