Bulletproof coffee & MCT Oil? Is it worth it over regular coffee for mental performance?
Are you looking for a coffee that is ethical sourced, high in healthy high saturated fats, helps boosts metabolism and stabilise gut health, or has a positive effect on mood and overall health?
The ritual of waking up, wiping the sleep from your eyes and making your way to the coffee maker to start your day is a morning ritual shared by millions the globe over to help jumpstart their day.
So what’s the big deal with “Bulletproof Coffee” then? Is it nothing more than an overhyped Starbucks skinny latte, or a tasty drink with powerful “nootropic” benefits?
Bulletproof coffee is a variation of coffee made popular by Dave Asprey. After hiking the Himalayas, legend (yes folks, Dave is now the stuff of folklore) has it Asprey became exhausted and was treated to a cup of tea mixed with yak butter by some locals.
Or a shaman on a unicorn, or Neil Patrick Harris himself, on his way to White Castle.
Impressed by the how energized he felt after having the drink, he decided to make his own version, but with coffee.
If you haven’t heard about Bulletproof coffee yet, it’s basically low-toxin coffee mixed with MCT oil and/or grass-fed unsalted butter. The healthy fats mixed with the coffee is supposed to improve your energy and suppress hunger longer.
The gold standard ingredient you should have is MCT oil.
It’s an extremely healthy type of saturated fat offering numerous benefits ranging from improved energy levels to better cognitive function. After that is butter. Make sure it’s grass-fed and unsalted. it keeps you feeling full longer and prevents energy dips throughout the day.
Some people use coconut oil in their Bulletproof coffee in replacement in MCT. There’s nothing wrong with this, however, if you want to get the best mental performance from Bulletproof coffee, you should use MCT oil instead since it contains more concentrated amounts of medium chain fatty acids which provide lasting energy.
Bulletproof Coffee Diet Recipes
Bulletproof coffee is a growing trend with people concocting their own variations of the drink to suit their needs. Here are some basic recipes you can try at home:
Bulletproof Coffee with Butter and/or Coconut Oil Recipe
Ingredients: Brewed coffee, 1-2 tbsp grass-fed, unsalted butter, 1-2 tsp extra virgin coconut oil.
Directions: Pour coffee and coconut oil or butter into blender. Blend for 30 seconds and pour into cup.
Optional: Add stevia, raw honey, or coconut sugar to sweeten. You can also use vanilla extract, peppermint, or gelatin for extra flavor and texture.
Bulletproof Coffee with Protein Powder Recipe
Ingredients: Brewed coffee, ½ cup nut milk or non-dairy milk, 1 scoop of protein powder
Directions: Pour coffee, milk, and protein powder into blender and blend for 30 seconds until coffee is frothy. Pour into cup and serve.
Guidelines for Using Bulletproof Coffee for Mental Performance
- Do not use salted butter, margarine or instant coffee. Opt for low-toxin coffee beans and grass-fed butter. You want the best performance possible? Only use the right, quality ingredients. Keep that in mind when experimenting on the mixture that works best for you.
- Use a blender. Stirring fat in your coffee will only cause it to sit on top –not the best first sip you want from your Bulletproof coffee.
- Drink it while it’s hot as butter solidifies when left cool for a couple hours.
- As with any regimen, it’s always best to do your own research before trying it. Start with small doses in the beginning and try experimenting with other healthy oils mentioned above. Grass-fed full-fat yogurt and whole milk are good alternatives to butter.
- Pay attention to how you’re feeling throughout the day. Your body will tell you if the Bulletproof coffee is working for you. If not, consider experimenting with more optimal ingredients.
The Bulletproof coffee is worth trying if you like coffee and you’re looking to improve your mental performance. Have you tried Bulletproof coffee? Share your thoughts in the comments!