This drink may seem a little strange to you at first but I really can’t recommend it enough. I’ve been having a variation of it every morning for a few months now and I’ve noticed a huge increase in energy, especially in my early morning workouts.
Essentially, I’m using this as a pre-workout and it’s awesome. It also tastes incredible. I know it sounds super odd to add oil to your coffee but when you blend it something magical happens. After about 30-60 seconds it turns into the frothiest, creamiest, latte-like cup of coffee you ever did see. I love it!
Other than the killer workouts, I’ve also lost a bit of weight, noticed an increase in productivity and focus throughout the morning and that I’m not as hungry as I used to be between breakfast and lunch. The weight loss is probably due to a number of factors, I’m not attributing it just to this. I’ve been training pretty hard lately and eating really well so I’m sure it’s a combination of things. Either way, I’m hooked on this addition to my diet.
So what’s the deal with Bulletproof Coffee anyway? Well, Dave Apsprey’s original version is made with unsalted, grass-fed butter, MCT oil and low-toxin coffee. I don’t eat butter but using just 1 tbsp of MCT oil is working great for me. Regular coconut oil works too.
MCT oil is medium chain triglycerides and it’s found in coconut oil as well as other foods. Supplementation with MCT oil began as a fat source to help treat disease, obesity and fat malabsorption. Recently, athletes and bodybuilders have been touting it’s fat burning and energy sustaining powers.
I’m usually pretty skeptical about things like this, I don’t believe there is an end all to be all “superfood” and I don’t think MCT oil would be considered that even if there was one. But personally I’ve been loving it as an addition to my diet and it makes me feel good, so that’s all that really matters!
Typical Bulletproof Coffee is meant to be used as a replacement for breakfast, personally I’m not using it that way. Since I’m only adding 1 tbsp of MCT oil to mine, I still eat my regular breakfast after my workout.
There are some notions to be considered if you decide to follow Asprey’s original recipe for Bulletproof Coffee. If you have any health concerns, you may want to check with your doctor before proceeding it. My version only contains a small amount of added fat where as typical Aprey’s Bulletproof Coffee recommends 2 tbsp of butter in addition to the 1 tbsp of MCT oil, quite a lot! It may work for some people depending on your activity level, your current diet and if you have any health issues however, I wouldn’t just jump right in to that without further research. Do your own research, experiment and then make a decision as to whether it’s something that would benefit you or not.
I’m not really a fan of traditional store-bought “pre-workouts,” there’s too much scary stuff in lot of them. I do enjoy the Vega Pre-Workout Energizer and I often use it for evening workouts but for early morning workout sessions, MCT oil coffee has been the most effective and most delicious way to get rockin’ in the morning. I also don’t have much of an appetite at 6 am but do need some energy for my workout, so this is really perfect for me.
To really super charge it and make it more substantial, I also love adding about 1/2 a scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder. It tastes awesome, gets super frothy and delicious and provides all the energy I need and more for a killer workout. I’ve been hooked on this lately! It’s so good!
How to make my version of Bulletproof Coffee:
1. Brew your favourite organic coffee. (I’ve made this with green and black tea too, both of which are delicious!)
2. Blend about 2 cups of coffee with 1 tbsp of MCT oil or coconut oil in a high-speed blender for at least 30 seconds until frothy. Optional: Add 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder of choice, it’s awesome!
You can add a little sweetener if you prefer. I don’t like my coffee sweet so I just drink it as is. If you like a bit of sweetener try a splash of maple syrup, stevia, xylitol or other sweetener of choice. You can also add a little non-dairy milk if you must. If you add protein you definitely don’t need sweetener or added milk.
Pick up some MCT Oil and give it a try! Be sure to come back and let me know what you think!