You've probably heard about 'bulletproof' coffee, and probably thought what the heck is that?!! I don't blame you, it sounds like a coffee that's going to give you superman powers, and while I can't necessarily attest for that, I can tell you it's delicious!
I'm quite fond of a long black with only a tiny dash of almond milk (to cool it down so I don't have to wait to drink it) but if you like a 'milky' tasting coffee but would prefer to not have to have tonnes of milk each day then I would recommend a bulletproof coffee is the best way to go.
This versatile 'super' coffee can it be made vegan (use a bit of coconut butter instead of ghee) and you can also add extra supplements like Collagen and probably some other things (which I'm yet to try) just to make it extra super, and perhaps to make your body extra 'bulletproof'.
The benefits of this type of coffee compared to your normal one:
- Wellness mama tells us that MCT Oil (it stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides) are considered easily digestible and beneficial fats, and the fat, from my knowledge is a great source of energy. In addition to this MCT oil supports hormones, can improve gut health and supports a healthy immune system;
- Ghee is a traditional and typical ayurvedic addition to food. It is sometimes used to cleanse and detox the body (in hardcore ayurvedic cleanses), but in general use is great to lubricate connective tissues and in ayurvedic terms it is traditionally used to promote memory, intelligence and to enhance digestion;
- While it's probably contestable, there are benefits to coffee, for example, it can act as an enema of sorts helping to clear the bowels (not everyone will get this however, and some may find it worse than others). In general though, I would definitely promote moderate coffee consumption, and my mantra is definitely NOT after midday so that I can ensure that I have a restful sleep at night (sorry, no Expresso Martini's for me);
- The good thing about mixing these three ingredients (and all of their benefits), particularly if you drink coffee for energy in the morning is that the fats in the MCT oil ad the Ghee help to lessen the extent of the 'crash' that you might get after the initial hit of caffeine. The combination of the three ingredients might also lessen the extent to which coffee might upset your stomach. This then leads to better cognitive functioning, and for longer, and often suppressed food cravings which means that you're less likely to grab that chocolate bar when your energy levels are dropping.
Now, if I've convinced you enough, and you're ready to try it for yourself... here is the recipe that I've been using at home:
- 3/4 teaspoon of organic ghee (I get mine from Source Bulk Foods)
- 2 tablespoons of Melrose MCT Oil (purchased from a little health food shop in Coolum) - start with 1 teaspoon and work your way up
- A single / double shot of coffee
- Hot water to top up afterwards
- OPTIONAL: 1 teaspoon of collagen powder (to help the skin, hair, nails & digestive system a little more, I've been using Nes Proteins Grass Fed and Finished Collagen Hydrolysate, it's the one that is hot and cold water soluble)
Blend all ingredients, except the hot water, in your nutribullet for a couple of seconds then pour into your favourite cup & top up with hot water.