I like a little bit of coffee with my cream and sugar.
It's true. I love the morning ritual of a hot cup of coffee, but the bitterness of black coffee makes me cringe every time. I've at least upgraded to healthier creamer options, but still wonder if my morning cup is slowing down my efforts to lose the baby weight.
The other day I happened to be grocery shopping at a different store than usual, and saw Kerrygold Butter in the dairy section. I was thrilled, since my normal grocery story doesn't carry that brand, and I knew I had seen it recommended for a bulletproof coffee recipe, since it's grass-fed butter, so I threw it into the cart and promptly forgot about it.
I successfully avoided making the bulletproof coffee for about a week for various reasons: sickness, Starbucks for Mother's Day, laziness, etc., but that Kerrygold butter stared into my soul every time I opened the fridge until I was brave enough to give it a try.
So first of all, what is bulletproof coffee? Long story short, it's high quality coffee mixed with healthy fats - grass fed butter or ghee, and coconut oil. Here's the official brand and website, but I used what I had on hand instead of the official Bulletproof brand ingredients. The idea is that this drink will keep you full, give you steady energy by absorbing the caffeine, and even give you mental clarity. Some have had great results shedding belly fat by drinking their bulletproof coffee consistently, which was what drew me to the recipe initially (in an effort to tone up after having a baby). I also decided after doing some reading to throw in a sprinkle of cinnamon for its many health benefits, and some high quality protein powder.
Did it work? Was it good?
As far as taste goes, this coffee was creamy and smooth. It helped to use a high quality coffee as a base. It wasn't bitter, and I loved the hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Having said that, it wasn't sweet by any means, and I definitely missed the sweet taste of my creamer. I wonder if I made it a habit of drinking this every morning if that need for sweetness would fade?
As promised, the bulletproof coffee kept me full, and I did feel fairly alert (or as alert as one can be after being up all night to nurse a newborn). I waited until midmorning to have my nutrient dense chocolate shake, so it felt good to be making healthy choices all morning.
Will I drink this every morning? Probably not. But I will definitely start incorporating it a few mornings a week! I would love to know if anyone else has consistently used bulletproof coffee and seen results like a leaner stomach or an increased ability to do advanced trigonometry. Fill us in! It seems to be a cult favorite, and I've heard quite a few people rave about how they drink it every morning, so let's hear it! Do you love it? Hate it? Not care?
Either way, here is the recipe I used for my very first bulletproof coffee. It was creamy, frothy, and filling. Enjoy!
- 8 oz fair trade coffee (slow roasted, small batch, 100% arabica beans)
- 1 TBSP Kerrygold butter
- 1 TBSP organic unrefined coconut oil
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1 scoop of vanilla undentured whey protein powder
- Blend for 20-30 seconds (I used my Ninja blender <-- affiliate link)
- Pour and enjoy
- Drink this beverage instead of your normal breakfast. Not with it!
So what about you? Do you drink bulletproof coffee? What do you think?
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