I bet you never thought you’d hear someone from Dr. Lipman’s office touting the benefits of coffee, but we are constantly learning and evolving here, and Bulletproof Coffee is our latest experiment!
While our cabinets are full of tea, we do have an espresso machine at the wellness center and it gathered dust for a long time. Until one day, when a patient who had reversed his rheumatoid arthritis by following a Paleo diet told us about his new morning beverage. He described a drink that sounded quite odd: coffee + MCT oil + grass-fed butter.
Be Well Bulletproof Coffee Recipe:
Makes 1 serving
– 1 shot of espresso (or one cup of organic coffee)
– 1 tbsp MCT oil
– 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter (like KerryGold butter)
Combine all three ingredients in a high-speed blender for about 20 seconds, until the drink takes on a frothy consistency. Enjoy!
Who is Bulletproof Coffee good for?
This is a good option if you don’t normally have breakfast, or if you practice intermittent fasting. It’s a good option if you are hooked on coffee and want to upgrade the health benefits of your morning cup. It’s good if you have very low energy or brain fog in the morning. (Even though I’m quite sensitive to caffeine, I don’t get jittery from Bulletproof Coffee. But if you’re not a fan of coffee, no pressure to try this!)
When is the best time of day for Bulletproof Coffee?
We recommend having this drink first thing in the morning. You may find that it gives you a boost of energy that will last for hours. By having this drink in the morning, it will signal to your body to burn fats for energy and will boost your cognitive function.
Why do we like MCT Oil?
MCT’s (Medium-chain triglycerides) are a unique form of fat that require less energy and enzymes to be digested. As a result, they are a readily available source of energy, leading to an increase in metabolism and providing quick energy replenishment. Unlike other dietary fats, MCTs don’t get stored as fat in the body, they get burned for energy. MCT’s improve satiety, which means less hunger and less cravings, two important components in healthy weight management.
Why do we like grass-fed butter?
Butter from grass-fed cows supplies a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids that’s much healthier than what comes from cows that are fed corn or soy. Grass-fed butter is a good source of carotene, vitamin A and vitamin K2. While we often encourage people to avoid most dairy, grass-fed butter is generally not a problem because it contains fats, with only minor traces of dairy proteins. You’ll also find the color is a more vibrant yellow and the flavor is much better than butter from grain-fed cows.
Isn’t it too much fat?
It’s a lot of fat! The caveat I would make is that you should be having butter-coffee along with a big heavy meal — I think of this as a “mini meal” or meal replacement. More and more research is showing that refined carbs and sugar are making us fat and leading to heart disease — not fats.
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