Bulletproof Coffee - by Justin Sarubbi

Bulletproof Coffee

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Anyone with a desk job knows that your morning (sometimes late afternoon) cup of coffee can be a lifeline to get you through the workday. If you are like me, you are always looking for ways to spice up your morning cup of Joe. I got an idea for all you adventurers out there—why not reach for the butter? You heard me correctly, “BUTTER”. Each morning I mix my Coffee with Butter and Oil, to create the miraculous “Bulletproof Coffee”. After I drink this strange frothy concoction I find myself filled with an exuberant amount of energy that leaves me full for hours. The theory behind this mix of ingredients suggests that the breakdown of the fats slows the absorption of caffeine to bloodstream, leading towards a prolonged energy boost instead of a quick boost then crash.  Sounds too good to be true, then see for yourself, but just remember once you go Bulletproof you won’t ever want to go back.

What exactly is in this Bullet Proof Coffee?

  • 2 tbsp Organic Unsalted Grass-fed Butter (It must be Grass-fed I will explain more below). 
  • 1-2tbsp MCT Oil (can also sub with Coconut Oil)
  • 2 Cups of Hot Coffee (Light, Medium, Dark Roast, it all works)

How do I make Bullet Proof Coffee? 

  1. Brew Coffee.
  2. Add Butter, Oil, and Coffee to a Blender. 
  3. Blend until a layer of foam begins to form (5-10 seconds). 
  4. Pour and Enjoy!!!

Click Here  for Video Demonstration.  

Why do I drink Butter?

It’s all about the Fat. As an Athlete, especially a “Paleo” Athlete, I have come to grasp that all Fats are not created equal. Healthy saturated fats from Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Nuts,  Avacados, and Butter are great slow burning, stable forms of energy.  During low/moderate endurance-based activity, fat is our muscles’ primary fuel source. When exercise is moderate-high to high intensity, carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel. Since we all know how intense our Wods can be, you would think we would want to fuel up on Carbs and ditch the fat. This would be ideal, unfortunately, our muscles can only store a finite amount of carbs, and loading up before a workout can only take you so far. Fat on the other hand, can be stored in the body in abundance. If you increase your reliance on fat for energy, this will decrease your reliance on carbs. Due to the constant fuel supply from fats, you will find your fatigue start to diminish, leading to greater performance. If you have your diet dialed in by following a “Paleoish” eating plan, additional saturated fats can be a beautiful thing.

All information has been found on Robb Wolf’s blog, if you want to dive a little deeper please click here.

Not all Butter is created Equal? 

Grass-fed butter (cows fed a diet of grass) and Grain-fed (cows fed a diet of grains) butter are two entirely different beasts.  Grass-fed butter contains a significantly higher level of omega-3s, depending on the breed of cow, grass fed butter can contain between 2 to 5 times more omega-3s than grain fed cows. For everyone that has been chugging their fish oil by the gallon, we all know how important omega-3’s can be.  Beef and Butter are some of the best dietary sources of Conjugated Linolelic Acid, a Fatty Acid that exhibits potent antioxidant activity that has been shown to protect against heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Grass-fed butter contains an average of 2 to 3 times more CLA than grain-fed butter. Grass-fed butter also contains significantly more antioxidants vitamin E, glutathione, superoxide dismutase, which can play an important role in protecting our cells from oxidation.  If you ever compared a stick of grass-fed butter to grain-fed butter you would notice that the grass-fed stick has a yellow color while grain-fed butter can appear very pale. This is because grass-fed butter contains Beta Carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A that is found in the pigment of plants, in which cows fed grain, simply do not eat.  To put it another way, grass-fed butter has the nutrient density of a long “Chipper” while grain-fed butter looks more like a short “Couplet”.

All information has been found from this Article by Kriss Kresser, feel free to click here for additional information.  

Where can I find Grass-fed butter?

If you are interested in picking up some grass-fed butter you can find Kerry Gold Irish Butter at most supermarkets.  Monmouth Health Foods on Main Street (right around the corner from the box) sells Kerry Gold Irish butter.  I currently get mine from “Door to Door Organics” a local organic produce service that the JSA uses as a drop off. 

What is a MCT? 

 MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides, which are 6-12 carbon fatty acids that are naturally found in milk fat, coconut oil, and palm oil. Due to their chain length they more closely resemble carbs than fats. This means they are absorbed and metabolized rapidly and can be used for a quick source of energy. Very little MCT oil is stored as fat because it is used for energy so quickly. MCT oil can be found at Prosource, Bulletproofexec.com, and Amazon. If you are looking to save some money you can substitute MCT oil with coconut oil but I must warn you MCT oil is nearly 6 times stronger. 

***Disclaimer: begin using 1 tablespoon per day and slowly increase over several days. Too much MCT, especially if consumed on empty stomach, can result in diarrhea or a stomachache. ***

All information has been found on Robb Wolf’s blog, for further information please click here

Different Variations

-Pumpkin Spice (per 1 cup): add 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree + dash of cinnamon & nutmeg

-Mexican Chocolate (per 1 Cup): This is my personal favorite. Add 1 teaspoon cacao (or cocoa) + dash of cinnamon and chili powder. 

-Chai (per 1 Cup):substitute 1 cup of brewed chai tea instead of coffee. 

-Iced: Prepare coffee the normal way, then chill and pour over ice (coffee needs to be hot for fats to emulsify).

Conclusion

I don’t work out till 7pm most nights so I find holding off eating breakfast as late as possible helps me fuel up closer to my workout. On days I drink my bulletproof coffee I don’t get hungry for breakfast until like 11:30-12 and sometimes I skip breakfast all together. They recommend using Upgraded Beans to avoid Mycotoxins found in cheap coffees, but I don’t have the budget for it, so I haven’t yet tried it. Don’t just take my word for it click on the links in the reference section below and explore for yourself. Play around with different ingredients and recipes and find your own favorite combination.

References: 

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/bulletproof-coffee-recipe/

http://robbwolf.com/2011/08/03/big-fat-blog-post-part-1/

http://chriskresser.com/why-grass-fed-trumps-grain-fed

http://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/10/21/can-coffee-really-improve-health-meet-bulletproof-2/

http://blog.wellnessfx.com/2012/08/06/your-optimal-fatty-acid-level-with-the-bulletproof-executive/

http://youtu.be/qQAl3BASNYs

http://youtu.be/4YjLMdx3YZY