bulletproof elixirs to boost your morning coffee

 

posted by little tucker on april 2, 2017

You are probably already familiar with Bulletproof Coffee, as it continues to pop up on menus at funky cafes and health food stores around town. Essentially, bulletproof is a “pepped up” coffee with the addition of brain octane oil (or XCT/MCT oil) and unsalted grass-fed butter (or ghee) in your morning cup of joe. The benefits of doing so are wide spread and varies between each individual - including weight loss, huge energy boosts, an increase in focus and brain function and acting as an appetite suppressant, as well as it being a great way to fill up on healthy fats in the AM. But not only is it great for you - it’s also freaking delicious! The blend of coffee, butter and the oils leaves you with a silky, foamy coffee that to me, tastes better than a regular coffee any day!

The various types of oils available for your bulletproof coffee can get confusing as hell when you’re standing looking at the shelves at the store - there are a lot of variations and brands out there, so let me try make this as simple as possible for you! WARNING: I’m about to throw some weird and ugly words at you. Ok so, you only need to be adding one of these into your recipe - brain octane, XCT oil or MCT oil. Essentially, Bulletproof is its own brand - which offers either brain octane oil or XCT oil. Both of these are medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s). The difference between the two (very simply put, because I aint no food scientist) is this - brain octane is a little more powerful - 18 x more powerful than coconut oil and contains just caprylic acid (C8), whereas XCT oil contains both C8 and capris acid (C10) and is 6 x more powerful than coconut oil. XCT oil is directly absorbed within the body instead of being stored in fatty tissues and brain octane is metabolized more efficiently into ketone energy and rather than being stored as fat, it is excreted through your lungs (breath) or kidneys (urine). 

Ok now lets leave that confusing paragraph behind us and let me just say this - buy whichever one suits you best. I personally go for the cheaper option - which is XCT oil over brain octane - and still find huge benefits from this. I also don’t always buy the Bulletproof brand. There are a lot of brands out there cheaper than Bulletproof, however please be wary. As much as a cheaper price tag is attractive, some brands substitute in cheaper alternatives like palm oils, so please always make sure the ingredients of what you are buying are still pure. On that note - using a regular butter over a grass-fed butter won’t really do the trick. Butter from grass-fed cows is much higher in omega-3 fatty acids and nutritionally is a much better option for you. If you’re vegan, just simply leave the butter out, you’ll still be left with a delicious and nutritious coffee! One last thing I’d like to note is that a lot of people use a bulletproof coffee as a breakfast replacement in the morning. Personally, I don’t really know how. Yes, it is filling, but I don’t find it fills me up for hours like some people say. I still pair my daily bulletproof coffee with breakfast - which is always full of nuts and more good fats. I also stay away from caffeine, and can say opting for a decaf coffee is still as good for bulletproofs, despite my boyfriend claiming “death before decaf”. 

Some great places in Calgary to fill up on your bulletproof essentials, or simply buy one, include Wild & Raw, Community Natural Foods, Vitality Tap, The Light Cellar, Bruhe, Euphoria Cafe and Amaranth.

As I mentioned, I’ve got into the habit of having a bulletproof coffee every morning, and if I’m feeling a little crazy, I like to mix in a few other ingredients to make it even more delicious and beneficial. In my regular bulletproof recipe, which I haven’t added into the below recipe, I always add in a scoop of collagen powder for bone and joint health, hormone balance, digestion and healthy skin and hair (and it’s tasteless - so perfect to sneakily add into your bulletproof). Enjoy!

bulletproof coffee

YIELDS: 1 bulletproof coffee
COOK TIME: 2 minutes

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of black coffee
1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
1 tsp - 1 tbsp XCT or Brain Octane Oil (start with a small amount and build your way up)

Method:

Start by simply brewing your coffee. In a blender, add in your coffee, butter and oil and blend on high for 10 seconds. That’s it! Enjoy your creamy and delicious bulletproof coffee.

Little Tucker Notes:
You can add in a scoop of collagen powder for extra (tasteless) benefits

lavender bulletproof coffee

YIELDS: 1 bulletproof coffee
COOK TIME: 2 minutes

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of black coffee
1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
1 tsp - 1 tbsp XCT or Brain Octane Oil (start with a small amount and build your way up)
1 drop lavender essential oil
1 drop orange essential oil
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
(optional) 1 tsp honey

Method:

This is personally my fave of the three bulletproof elixir recipes I’ve made for you. The orange extract gives that perfect traditional bergamot flavour from an Earl Grey tea, and the lavender adds an incredibly calming note to it - so I love waking up first thing with these scents and flavours. Finally, the vanilla ties in all those flavours to create a perfect London Fog impersonation! Simply add all ingredients into your blender and blend on high for 10 seconds.

 

golden turmeric bulletproof coffee

YIELDS: 1 bulletproof coffee
COOK TIME: 2 minutes

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of black coffee
1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
1 tsp - 1 tbsp XCT or Brain Octane Oil (start with a small amount and build your way up)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
(optional) 1tsp honey
(optional) a sprinkle of black pepper

Method:

 I love a good turmeric elixir - and this one is no exception. The mix of turmeric, ginger and cinnamon in this creates a perfect spice blend for a delicious and creamy golden milk bulletproof. If you’re feeling extra spicy - add in a sprinkle of black pepper to make all those spices stand out even more. Blend on high and enjoy!

peppermint mocha bulletproof coffee

YIELDS: 1 bulletproof coffee
COOK TIME: 2 minutes

Ingredients:
1-2 cups of black coffee
1-2 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter
1 tsp - 1 tbsp XCT or Brain Octane Oil (start with a small amount and build your way up)
1 drop peppermint essential oil
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
pinch of himalayan pink salt
(optional) 1tsp honey

Method:

 This is my go-to bulletproof when I wake up craving something a little sweeter. It’s the perfect guilt free hot chocolate drink - and the peppermint always makes my belly happy! Pop in your blender on high for 10 seconds and enjoy while hot!

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