Oh, coffee. You are the wind beneath my wings. You inspire me to stay awake. You are the reason I’m vertical. You’re a good friend.
Indeed, I have a big fat crush on a hot cup of joe (still not sure why they call it that), but I don’t love pasteurized cream and white sugar. Sadly, I am incapable of enjoying black coffee like the hipsters, so I needed to find an alternative. And find it, I did! Wowza.
This is now the only way we take our coffee at home, every morning. And guess what? This is a healthier way to enjoy coffee than taking it black. Take THAT, cool hipsters.
If you are familiar with the Bulletproof Coffee cult-like obsession that has grown over the last few years, you’ll soon understand why I had to add the “ish” on there. I like the concept… but the execution needed tweaking for my own real food standards.
The official Bulletproof cup of coffee includes high quality, low-toxin brewed coffee (there are mold toxins in most cheap coffees that add burden to your body’s already-overloaded detoxification system), as well as grass-fed butter, and a shot of MCT oil. Blend it together in a high-powered blender until it’s emulsified, with a nice thick foamy layer on top, like a latté. Brilliant, right? Totally.
Or almost, anyway.
What I Love/Don’t Love About Bulletproof Coffee
I definitely cannot deny the motivations for choosing a low-toxin coffee bean. Our bodies are already way over-burdened in today’s age with all of the toxic chemical uses in everything from our food (eat clean!) to our furniture (detox your home) to our medicine (try natural remedies).
If I have an opportunity to invite fewer toxins into my home and my diet I’ll take it.
Right now we buy this brand of coffee. It’s fair-trade and certified organic. I’m currently doing some more research in to the coffee industry and the potential health ramifications of the various methods of roasting and such (like mycotoxins, as mentioned above). We may choose a different brand in the future, but for now this is working well for us. We use a Chemex to brew it, which I reviewed here.)
I also fully agree with the great health benefits of grass-fed butter (or, more accurately, butter from grass-fed cows). Butter is a health food, and grass-fed butter is even better. Unfortunately, I have not found it in stores in my area (and I haven’t bothered looking all that hard because we cannot currently afford the extra cost). Regular unsalted butter is what we use.
MCT oil vs. Coconut Oil
MCT oil is the last ingredient in the official Bulletproof concoction, and that’s the one that I skip altogether. MCT stands for medium chain triglycerides (or medium chain fatty acids), which is the type of fat in coconut oil.
Of course, coconut oil is a super health food, right? So I guess they figured, “If coconut oil is so healthy, then how ’bout we make a pimped out, SUPER POWERFUL version of that oil?!”
Unfortunately, all they did was to artificially break it down and separate the components. The lauric acid is removed (one of the best and healthiest components of coconut oil) and we’re left with a potent liquid of fatty acids (source). But is that better? In almost every case, I believe that the way nature intended it is the best way*, which means no MCT oil for us.
Instead, I add a dollop of virgin coconut oil in with my butter and coffee, as well as a splash of real maple syrup. You could get creative, too, and try things like cinnamon, cocoa, and more. I’ve used just coconut oil when cutting back on all dairy, and I’ve used dates instead of the maple syrup when on Whole30 (yes, I know that’s against the rules, but we planned to break the rules anyway, so hey.)
I blend it on high using my Vitamix for about one minute, then pour and enjoy! It’s an amazingly frothy, creamy, flavourful concoction with a hint of sweet.
(*Of course, cooking, preparing, and preserving are not what I’m talking about here. I’m referring specifically to artificially altering foods from their original state with non-traditional methods. But you’re smart and probably already knew that.)
Breakfast Replacement? No Thanks.
The last argument that I have with the official Bulletproof coffee is that the creator actually recommends that it be used as a breakfast replacement. From his website:
“Try this just once, with at least 2 Tbs of butter, and have nothing else for breakfast. You will experience one of the best mornings of your life, with boundless energy and focus. It’s amazing.”
I definitely agree that this would be a better option than breakfast cereal with low-fat milk (blech). However, I can tell you with absolute certainty that having just a cup of coffee (bulletproof as it may be) for breakfast is not going to work for a lot of people like myself, with adrenal fatigue, who need a big breakfast with some solid protein, fat, and vegetables (see this morning’s on instagram here).
When I give up caffeine (I confess: I’ve been avoiding that step) in order to heal from adrenal fatigue, I’m going to have to find a new way to get a daily dose of coconut oil, but for now – this is sheer perfection.
It tastes great, it’s the healthiest way to enjoy a cup of coffee, and it’s easy!
Here’s my adapted recipe:
- 1 cup brewed fair-trade, organic coffee
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (or to taste)
- Pre-heat your high-powered blender with hot water for a minute, then dump out.
- Combine ingredients and blend on high power for a minute.
- Pour and enjoy.
- Serve with a real-food friendly breakfast!
Serve it up alongside a big ol’ healthy breakfast with a recipe from my breakfast ebook, The Breakfast Revolution!
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This post sponsored by Plan to Eat. Because eating at home should be easier.
I'm Beth. I created Red & Honey because I'm obsessed with the wild art of wellness.