STOP! There’s an important PART ONE to this article: WHY you should drink fancy coffee. In this previous post, I gave you some insight into exactly what the deal is with coffee in terms of your health. Now I’ll show you how to drink coffee that way I do.
What you’ll need to make coffee like a health coach:
1 cup (8 to 12oz) fair trade, shade grown and organic coffee. (Why? Read this.)
1 Tbs Coconut Oil
1 Tbs Organic Grass Fed Unsalted Butter or Ghee
2 Tbs Raw Cacao Powder
1 Tbs Raw Honey
Couple shakes Cinnamon
Almond Milk (optional)
Add all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
While this might seem like a pain in the butt for just a simple cup of coffee, I promise you it’s actually 1) an incredibly quick process 2) all ingredients, once on hand, last a very long time. This way of drinking coffee was not my idea; I actually stole it from Dave Aspry and his Bulletproof® coffee program. He stole the idea from the Tibetans who have been drinking yak butter tea for hundreds of years. While the concept of adding butter and oil to coffee might seem absolutely bonkers to you, it’s actually been around the block a few times. The original recipe calls for the coffee to be blended with MCTs, or Medium Chain Triglycerides, in the form of the butter and coconut oils. I added the cacao, honey, almond milk and cinnamon for additional flavor and health benefits.
To understand why adding all this to our morning joe is a really great idea we first have to start with the understanding that some fats are really, really good for us. They make our skin glow and our hair shine. Both coconut oil and grass fed butter are those fats. The size of them (medium chain) is what makes them so special. The brain loves them and can easily use them as energy. The liver can burn them quickly so they don’t get stored as fat. Additionally, these are the good types of fats that we want building our cell membranes to keep them nice and flexible.
It’s crucial to note that the butter needs to be grass fed. Mass produced, crappy butter does not have the same health effects as that coming from a healthy cow grazing on it’s natural diet. Ghee is also known as “clarified” butter and has had the lactose and the casein removed, making it much more digestible for many (myself included). You can use the two interchangeably. Using salted butter would probably be as gross as it sounds. Organic, grass fed and unsalted butter, though a mouthful, is the way to go.
Raw cacao is chocolate in its original form. The fruit of the cocoa tree contains small beans from which all chocolate is made. Cacao, in its natural state, is an incredible health food. It contains high amounts of many vital trace nutrients like magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and manganese. It also makes this drink more like a mocha, which I find to be awesome.
Raw honey is one of my all time favorite natural sweeteners. It’s pure, unheated, unpasteurized and unprocessed. For these reasons raw honey varies greatly from its processed, commercial cousin. Raw honey is still nutritionally in tact with all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes it naturally comes with.
Cinnamon can tout a massive range of health benefits. It’s known to stabilize blood sugar, soothe a sore throat, calm IBS and fight tooth decay. An all around good guy.
Instead of starting your morning with just a regular cup of coffee (booooring!) flirt with starting your day this way instead. Play around with the ingredients to find a recipe that suits you. If butter seems to rich to digest, try the ghee instead or start with a smaller amount. Make it your own. Drinking coffee this way is so suitable to quick, on the go mornings. If you’re someone who loves coffee but hates breakfast you should definitely be trying this. You’ll actually be giving your body the nutrients it needs for stable energy all day long. I always say that getting healthy is just a series of upgrades. I highly recommend you give this one a try.