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Indulgent Butter Coffee

Frothy, velvety Bulletproof coffee (aka butter coffee) seems a new trend for coffee lovers. It actually goes way back in history.   Himalayan sherpas and Ethiopians, have been drinking butter coffee or tea for centuries.  Today, Americans, Canadians, and the British add butter, coconut or MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) to their cup of java.  It’s calorie dense and often consumed to replace breakfast.   It’s become increasingly popular for keto, paleo, and low-carb eaters and those desiring to kick up their metabolism.

Popularity of butter coffee has increased though it best as only an occasional beverage. Bulletproof coffee may be healthy for some, but diets should consist of balanced, nutrient rich foods rather than meal replacement beverages.    Saturated fat can be part of a healthy diet when consumed in small amounts, though it may raise cholesterol and be harmful if over consumed. For those who have elevated levels or heart conditions, it’s best to avoid Bulletproof coffee.   

*Always consult with your health provider for guidance.

Coffee is packed with antioxidants like chlorogenic acid, may increase energy, focus, and promote fat burning.   It may also help support inflammatory response and the heart.

For “brain octane oils” use ghee, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, or MCT oil.  Fats like Ghee are rich in important nutrients like vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, and conjugated linoleic acid. Supporting healthy brain function is one of the benefits these types of fats.   Grass fed butter contains high amounts antioxidants, like beta carotene and good omega-3 fatty acids,  as opposed to regular butter.  Coconut oil or MCT oil. Coconut oil is a healthy fat that may increase heart-protective HDL (good) cholesterol and supports a healthy inflammatory response.   MCT oil has been shown to support weight loss and may support healthy cholesterol.

Combining these kinds of fats with the coffee makes for a filling, energizing hot beverage and may promote feelings of fullness.  You could reap the benefits of these fats by also using them in moderation as additions to your regular foods for maximum nutrient value. 

I like to enjoy an occasional rich Bulletproof coffee when I’m low in energy.  I don’t drink it as a meal replacement but rather an indulgent treat.   I do use the different fats when making meals by adding it to stir fry, vegetables, or other dishes.

Flavouring your coffee with spices or essential oils really adds to the experience and flavor. Personally,  I like using a drop of Cinnamon or Peppermint essential oil.  I  add it to the mixture into the fats before blending so it disperses well throughout the coffee.  

RECIPE FOR ONE CUP:

1 cup brewed coffee

1-2 tsp. raw virgin coconut oil or MCT Oil

1-2 Tbs. grass-fed butter, unsalted or ghee

1 drop Cinnamon or Peppermint essential oil  (if too strong, dip a toothpick in the essential oil and swirl into mixture)

Add all ingredients to a blender or Nutribullet, blend until creamy, pour into a coffee mug, enjoy.

 If you do not have these, use a milk frother in a mug.  

 ENJOY!

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