New way to drink coffee

Are you a coffee drinker? I admit, there is nothing like my morning cup o’ joe. I wonder where in the world that saying came from anyways…? Anyhow, since omitting dairy from my life (well, most the time….) I no longer enjoy the luscious taste of heavy cream in my coffee. Sad day. I still like black coffee and I usually just drink it like that, but sometimes you just want a little something fun. I was occasionally using coconut milk from a can because it had less crap in it than those fake alternative creamers, but I didn’t love the idea of putting too much of that in my body. (Things in cans sort of creep me out…)

You may have heard of “Bulletproof Coffee”? In a nutshell, this is coffee blended with butter and coconut oil. I got my idea from this but I’ve modified mine, of course. Heaven forbid I follow a recipe! *GASP*  Plus, the bulletproof coffee has way more fat than most of our gallbladders can handle at once, so I have been using just a tablespoon of coconut oil. (I REALLY want to use the butter though….) It’s awesome because the coconut oil whips the coffee up into a frothy delicious concoction! You should try it. Or try it with the butter and let me know how it tastes! Prepare to be amazed.

Why drink coffee like this…

Stating the obvious here, because it tastes delicious. Duh.

Or you have an intolerance to dairy. Omit the butter and you have a much better alternative than those crappy, fake creamers and alternative milks. Seriously. Have you ever looked at the ingredients in those? Gross. Plus, they don’t taste great.

Another reason is the fats lessen the jittery effects of coffee because they slow down the caffeine absorption into your bloodstream.

And last but not least, you are sneaking some healthy fats into your body, disguised as coffee!!

Here’s the skinny on the delicious goodness of butter and coconut oil:

Coconut oil. The benefits of this oil are due to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, which give it antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial qualities. Coconut oil is made of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). These are easily digested and immediately burned by your liver for energy. More on coconut oil here.

Grass fed butter. Butter is a great source of a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate, which helps fight inflammation. Grass-fed dairy is much higher in Vitamin K2 and Omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients that are important for the heart. Go here for more about benefits of butter.

Frothy Coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 C Organic coffee
  • 1 T Coconut oil - unrefined, preferably organic OR
  • 1 T Grass fed butter (or a little of both!)
  • Cinnamon, cardamom, sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare your coffee (I use pour over or french press method)
  2. Add your fats
  3. Add any other fun add-ins like cinnamon, cardamom, pinch of sea salt (yeah, it's not bad!)
  4. Emulsify with your immersion blender or regular blender until it becomes frothy
  5. Drink and enjoy!
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I make my coffee in a wide mouth mason jar and my immersion blender fits right in. Easy breezy beautiful.  Something to keep in mind, if you’re not used to using a lot of healthy fats, start with a teaspoon and work up to let your body absorb them. YUM.

 

 

The Amazing Digestive System

You may have checked out the fancy chart from my last post and now you’re wondering what the hell it means if you’re not getting Type 4’s and 5’s everyday and if it really is that big of a deal. The answer is a big, fat ‘YES’. Or maybe it’s a long skinny ‘yesssss’. Either way, your body is trying to tell you something. Are you listening?

Digestion is a major foundation of health. It is the process of breaking down food into smaller components so that the nutrients can be absorbed and used by our cells. Every cell of our body depends on a properly functioning digestive system for energy, growth, and repair. The digestive process includes the mechanical and chemical breakdown of food, the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream, the assimilation of these nutrients by cells and the elimination of waste products.  It is a north to south process and if anywhere along the line things go wrong, the rest of the system won’t work properly. This means less than optimal health and function for your body!

Some things that can cause our digestive systems to not work properly are:

  • not chewing enough
  • eating too fast or too much
  • eating when under stress
  • food allergies and sensitivities
  • consuming a low fat diet, poor quality fats, and highly processed foods
  • low stomach acid and/or pancreatic enzymes

All these things can lead up to your poo not coming out quite right. It has been said that all disease begins in the gut. All the more reason to become aware of the signs your body is giving you and start taking action.

Do yourself a favor this week. Sit down, take your time and enjoy your meals. Chew your food and don’t dilute your stomach acid and enzymes by “washing” your food down with gulps of water. Stop eating when you feel satisfied and choose fresh, colorful whole foods. If you try this and you still don’t feel quite right, think about visiting a nutritional therapist or ND for some guidance. Your whole body will thank you!