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.
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.