Last week I got an email from a friend asking me if she had to give up her coffee while doing my Love Yourself Winter Detox. My reply back was yes and no – it depended on how much she was drinking and what she was putting in it. She replied back asking if I was familiar with “bullet proof” coffee. Yes, I had heard of it (and drink it occasionally) but was not sure how it transpired or where it came from. So, off to do a little research to better educated myself.
Turns out, Dave Asprey is the author of a book called “The Bulletproof Diet.” He’s also the inventor of “bulletproof coffee with butter.” Honestly, I have not read Dave’s book yet, but I did do a little research on him.
Dave Asprey was a Silicone Valley millionaire who, in his mid-20’s, weighed in at 300 pounds. His doctors told him to consume less than 1,800 calories/day and work out at least 90 minutes a day, 6 days a week and he would lose the weight. Despite following his doctor’s orders, Dave’s weight did not budge. So, he embarked on an intensive and expensive personal, scientific study to uncover what was happening with his weight, brain fog, lack of energy, and overall unhappiness.
A mere $300,000 later, Dave had his bio-individual answers and inspiration to write “The Bulletproof Diet,” an anti-inflammatory program that has people skipping breakfast and eating high levels of healthy saturated fats. (Since I have not yet read the book, I am not making any comments about Dave’s no breakfast plan.)
Dave’s story and book also led to his signature “Bulletproof Coffee.”
So what is Bulletproof Coffee?
In a nutshell, it’s black caffeinated coffee blended with grass-fed butter and MCT oil.
MCT oil stands for medium chain triglycerides also known as fatty acids (as opposed to long chain triglycerides or LCT’s). Medium references the chain length of the fatty acid.
If you are getting very specific, in Asprey’s book, a bulletproof coffee is made with low toxin coffee beans, UNSALTED grass-fed butter, and Brain Octane (the branded name of Bulletproof’s own purified MCT oil).
Brew the coffee. In your blender, combine the coffee, butter and MCT oil and blend until a thick foamy layer forms on the top.
Asprey claims that this mix helps increase energy and mental acuity.
As a busy mama, I need all the energy and acuity help I can get! So, to keep it simple at my house, my bulletproof coffee is made with coffee, organic, unsalted, grass-fed butter and coconut oil (which, as it’s found in nature, contains MCT’s). However, I use DECAF coffee (wish I could tolerate a little caffeine but I can’t…does not mean YOU can’t have a little!). This little morning concoction certainly works to keep me full! But I think the jury is still out whether or not it’s good to start every day with this drink as opposed to a healthy whole foods meal.
My hubby enjoys the fully loaded caffeinated version and claims it give him a great morning energy while keeping him full for hours, even if he is not able to have a healthy-eats style breakfast.
No need for me to rush out and bulletproof my coffee on a daily basis (as there’s a lot more science to discuss regarding “bulletproof coffee” that I’m not discussing in this blog post)…but at least I am now more informed on how and where this concept originated (hope it’s the same for you).
But maybe I would rethink all that if I get my hubby to give me a little “squeeze” and serve my bulletproof black coffee to me in bed…