2014 brought us the food trend phenomenons of juicing and juice cleansing – the craze of drinking freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices. Let’s face it, Coca-Cola owns Odwalla and Pepsi owns Naked Fruit; so unless you have been under a rock, it’s doubtful you missed this trend, which represents only a sliver of the non-alcoholic beverage industry, which has become a huge part of our world.
Juicing is here to stay, but 2015 has already introduced us to what I believe to be the next healthy beverage craze: The Bullet Proof Coffee (a brand created by entrepreneur Dave Asprey). Without a doubt, many of the nutrient based juice concoctions being gulped daily by the health-minded do not sound at all appetizing. If this is a prerequisite for a healthy beverage, the recipe for Bullet Proof Coffee fits the trend perfectly! Trust me, your jaw will drop as you read the recipe…
Bullet Proof Coffee
- 2 Cups Freshly Brewed Coffee *
- 1 Tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 Tablespoon Grass Fed Unsalted Butter
Using a French press or a metal coffee sieve, brew coffee. Put Coconut Oil and Unsalted Butter into blender. Pour piping hot coffee into the blender and pulse.
*Note: The freshest beans produce the best “crema” the lovely foam that floats on the top of a great cup of coffee.
Let’s be honest, the recipe sounds like a cup of coffee your toddler might prepare for your Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. But in all honesty, it is a deliciously creamy drink, similar to a latte, with the added perk of being super-healthy. Wait… Healthy? How in the world can adding saturated fats to coffee be remotely healthy?
Grass Fed Butter – What an animal eats changes the fat structures in their tissues; legume and grains depletes the nutrient value of their fat. Cows that graze on grass produce a butter that is naturally higher in Omega 3, vitamins, anti-inflammatory properties and carotenoids. Interestingly, grass fed butter is noticeably more yellow that traditional butter, which is a sign of the nutrient density. Kerrygold is the grass fed “brain octane” that is readily available in the United States.
Coconut Oil – Despite the fact that it is a saturated fat, coconut oil is one of the “good” fats and here’s why: the majority of its fatty acids are MCT (medium chain triglycerides), which are digested differently traveling straight to the liver and amazingly, burned as fuel instead as being stored as fat!!