Bulletproof coffee is quite a bit healthier than your average breakfast, and it has the calories to match. Commonly used in intermittent fasting, bulletproof coffee gives plenty of energy and a great satiated feeling throughout the morning fasting hours.
Now, I want to explain this further. Drinking this coffee will break your fast from the night time, but it will ramp up your metabolism with caffeine and fats. This is to help you get through the fasting process in the 10+ hours ahead.
Personally, I drink 2 cups of this in the morning – fast all day – and eat at 9pm. If you’re only using this for breakfast, and still eating a lunch, then it’s not really intermittent fasting.
I use a Keurig Coffee Maker, it’s seriously the best coffee machine I’ve owned, by far! It doesn’t take up much more space than a regular coffee maker and I also have a small drawer that it sits on top of, which stores all my different flavors. You can use regular coffee in it no problem, too! Yeah, yeah, I know Folgers isn’t the best quality, but like I said you can order tons of different brands & flavors 😉
You can also fresh grind your coffee and use it, so if you don’t trust the quality of the cups then it’s no worry. I actually recommend using freshly ground beans, it’s healthier for you and it tastes better – but I’m a sucker for the pure convenience of them.
Main Components Bulletproof Coffee
Coconut Oil or MCT Oil – Coconut oil technically is MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil, well about 65-80% MCT anyway. MCT oil is just more concentrated than coconut oil, but both have been shown to aid in fat loss. I use coconut oil because, to me, it gives it a nice taste and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper where I live!
Grass Fed Butter – Cows that have a diet of fresh grass yields butter that has improved consistency and nutritional properties. The increase of fresh grass in the diet proportionally increases the amount of fat content, specifically unsaturated fats, which gives a pleasant firmness. The nutritional quality also increases, it’s loaded with Vitamin K2 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids.
Immersion Blender – Go on and try to mix this up with a fork, you’ll be sitting there for 20 minutes and having terrible results. Oil doesn’t mix with water unless you give it some help. You need a blender to be able to force these 2 liquids together, giving you a finished look like a latte – foamy on the top.
Benefits of Bulletproof Coffee
Fat Loss. Plain and simple, the consumption of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) has been shown to lead to greater losses in adipose tissue (fat tissue), in both animals and humans.
Eating Fat? Do I even need to explain this one? Eating fat has been shown to lead to greater amounts of energy, more efficient energy usage, and more effective weight loss.
More Energy. Studies have shown that the rapid rate of oxidation in MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) leads to an increase in energy expenditure. Primarily, MCFAs are converted into ketones (our best friends), are absorbed differently in the body compared to regular oils, and give us more overall energy.
Heart Attacks? The myth that saturated fats increases the chance of Coronary Heart Disease has been debunked over and over. Recent studies show that saturated fats can actually have a positive effect on your overall heart-health.
What You Need for BPC
It’s a simple recipe, but don’t let that fool you. It tastes great, fuels you during the day, and has tons of additional health benefits. If you want to make it 0 net carbs, simply opt out of using the vanilla and heavy cream!
I want to say that I am not the creator of this recipe. David Asprey is the “inventor” of the original bulletproof coffee, but keep in mind that the name has become mainstreamed and is used to describe any cup of coffee with fat in it.
- 2 Cups Coffee
- 2 Tbsp. Grass Fed Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil (or MCT oil)
- 1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream (Optional)
- 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract (Optional)
How to Make Bulletproof Coffee
Brew 2 cups worth of coffee into a large container. I used a measuring cup just because I wanted something that was see-through (for your benefit). I have the Keurig Brewed K-Cup Drawer to help with organization.
Grab your butter, coconut oil, and immersion blender. You can mix this in a regular blender if you want to, but I feel like it’s more hassle than it’s worth in a normal blender.
Cut off 2 Tbsp. of grass fed butter. I’m surprised at how few people use the packages markings – just cut into it, they work!
Drop your butter into the coffee and watch it ooze.
Measure out 2 Tbsp. of coconut oil (or MCT oil) and plunk that it into your coffee also.
Measure out 1 tsp. of vanilla extract and add it to the coffee.
Last but not least, the 1 Tbsp. of Heavy Cream. This adds a great creaminess to the coffee.
Mix it all together very well.
It will be a bit frothy on the top, but your bulletproof coffee is finished!
Measure it out into your favorite mug and drink away!
I personally drink both of the cups I make, but if you were to drink 1 cup of BPC it would come out to: 255 Calories, 28.5g Fats, 1g Net Carbs, and 0g Protein.
|Bulletproof Coffee||Calories||Fats (g)||Carbs (g)||Fiber (g)||Net Carbs (g)||Protein (g)|
|2 Cups Coffee||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|2 Tbsp. Grass Fed Unsalted Butter||200||24||0||0||0||0|
|2 Tbsp. Organic Coconut Oil||240||28||0||0||0||0|
|1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream||50||5||1||0||1||0|
|1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract||12||0||1||0||1||0|
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- The linear relationship between the proportion of fresh grass in the cow diet, milk fatty acid composition, and butter properties.
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- Increased concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in milk and platelet rich plasma of grass-fed cows.