How to Get the Healthiest Cup of Coffee in 3 Steps
Make your caffeine addiction go to work for you.
It’s true that coffee may just be the most controversial food when it comes to the wellness world. There are nutritionists who swear by it and others who won’t go anywhere near it, doctors who claim it’s killing us, and studies that prove some very real health benefits it can offer. While the jury’s still out on whether the pros outweigh the cons or vice versa, what we do know is that those of us loyal to this very necessary morning habit are on a constant quest to make sure it is the healthiest, purest, most functional thing that could touch our lips before 10:00 AM.
And, guys, it seems a consensus has been reached. Between the mushroom powders, adaptogenic herbs, and cacao powders, the elixir that has stood the test of time when it comes to making your coffee habit as nutritious as possible is none other than bulletproof coffee. What started as widespread hysteria over putting butter in coffee(?!?) has gained a cult following of celebs, A-listers, bloggers, and professional athletes who all swear by this, um, unique combination and its undeniable results. What results, you ask? More energy, improved brain function, optimal digestion, and even weight loss.
Keepin’ It Clean
According to Dave Asprey, the brains behind Bulletproof Coffee, the difference between a junky cup of hotel coffee and high-quality coffee made with clean beans goes far beyond the taste. A recent study conducted by the NIH found that 91 percent of the 60 different coffee beans tested were contaminated with mycotoxins—toxic byproducts produced by fungus that increase inflammation and can cause disease in the liver and GI tract over time. They are also the culprits responsible for those heart palpitations, jitters, and not-so-lovely crashes that so many of us have come to associate with a daily cup of coffee. Certified clean coffee beans are mycotoxin-free thanks to a three-step process: high-quality beans that are not likely to grow mold, a special production method that reduces mycotoxin contamination, and a post-production test to check for mold. The result? A healthy, happy energy high that will keep your body clean and your brain buzzing all day long.
Smooth as Buttah
Butter in my coffee?! All we can say is...don’t knock it till you try it. Grass-fed butter is rich in omega-3s, CLA, beta-carotene, antioxidants, and vitamins A, K, D & E. Not only does mixing butter in your coffee provide your body with all of these essential nutrients your body needs to thrive, but it also keeps you fuller longer, reduces jitters and crashes, provides a slower, more sustained energy high, and kicks the body into fat-burning drive first thing in the morning. If you are a proud member of the No Dairy Team, sub the butter for ghee (a lactose-free butter with all of the nutrients and none of the dairy)! Either way, make sure your fat of choice is grass-fed, as grain-fed butter and ghee are much lower in nutrients and, therefore, results.
Bonus Brain Buzz
When they say the secret is in the sauce, they’re talking about Brain Octane Oil. Brain Octane (MCT oil) is a purified form of medium-chain triglycerides that, according to Asprey, keep your brain buzzing and your belly slim. Medium-chain triglycerides are the healing ingredients responsible for the world falling in love with coconut oil and telling you to put it in and on everything. However, MCT oil has 18 times the amount of triglycerides as coconut oil and is in a form that bypasses the liver entirely, so that it can be utilized by the brain immediately and efficiently. This means increased cognitive function and energy, a boosted, thriving metabolism, and, when consumed on an empty stomach, the unique ability to turn the body, once again, into a fat-burning machine.
Intrigued? Yeah, same. To get the most out of it, drink bulletproof coffee on an empty stomach.
Daily Bulletproof Coffee Recipe
ground clean coffee beans
1. Brew 1 cup of coffee using clean coffee beans. The traditional bulletproof coffee recipe recommends using a French press.
2. Add 2 teaspoons of Brain Octane to the coffee when it’s hot. The MCT oil is strong, so work your way up to 2 full tablespoons.
3. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter or ghee.
4. Pour into your trusty blender, and blend for 30 seconds. Move it over to your favorite mug, and enjoy every creamy, frothy, fat-burning sip.