“You want me to put WHAAAAA in my coffee??” Is usually the first response I get from my clients when I mention putting grass-fed butter in their coffee. It’s delicious! The health benefits are numerous-but mostly-it’s DELICIOUS!
Some of you may have heard of Bulletproof ™ Coffee. This is a version of that in a way, but with less fat because at the end of the day, calories do matter and fat is more calorie dense than carbs or protein. I am completely addicted to my morning coffee and I’m not afraid to admit it. I see no problem with caffeine to support my high activity level. Generally I’m game for anything that is safe and helps me kick more ass and be more awesome. Coffee does it for me. Love that stuff.
Anyway…black coffee can get really boring. It’s also basically calorie free so we sometimes need something to add to it…especially if we are not eating a whole foods breakfast. Another thing about coffee- it’s usually HOT. I’m sorry, but in the middle of the summer hot coffee is usually the LAST thing I want. So…I got to experimenting and came up with something I am SUPER proud of because I think it tastes amazing and definitely gives you the GET UP AND GO you need to get your day off on the right foot- Iced Butter Java.
- 1-2 cups of brewed coffee (hot is recommended to melt butter)
- your favorite whey or casein protein powder (mine is this it’s AWESOME and what I use in all of my protein treats. here’s the link)
- Grass fed unsalted butter
- Coconut or MCT oil
- Stevia (optional)
- Coffee maker
- Immersion blender or other blender
- Cup, Ice, Freezer
- Measuring spoons
- Either brew, or take 1-2 cups of leftover coffee and pour it in your mixing cup or blender.
- Add 1/2-1 scoop of your favorite protein powder
- Add 1-2 teaspoons grass fed, unsalted butter
- Add in 1-2 teaspoons coconut or MCT oil
- Add in a few drops of liquid stevia or a bit of powdered stevia if you like your coffee sweet (the protein will add some sweetness)
- Blend until well mixed and frothy on top.
- Place in the freezer for an hour or so to chill
- Remove from freezer and blend one more time to break up any butter that has cooled on top.
- Pour into another cup filled with ice
If you are asking yourself, “Okay, what the heck?? BUTTER in my coffee? Won’t this make me fat? How can this POSSIBLY be ‘healthy’ or taste good?”
Stop right there! This coffee is amazing. If you try it and don’t like it, I want to hear from you!
Let me tell you that I recently introduced my family to this butter coffee nonsense, and since I did, my Dad now puts butter and MCT oil in his coffee every morning, and my brother in law is making this same concoction every morning and has lost over 10lbs by switching out his breakfast with this deliciousness! (BOOM! I scored some MAJOR points with the fam on that one.)
I am a nerd when it comes to nutrition stuff, so let me tell you a bit about what the health benefits are of a drink like this (if you care):
MCT oil- Medium Chain Triglycerides. If you use coconut oil, approximately 60% of coconut oil is made up of MCTs. MCTs are an easily digested fat. Your body treats MCTs differently than any other fat. It actually bypasses the normal fat digestion process and is metabolized by the body very quickly. Because of this, it gives you energy very quickly (much like a carbohydrate) without the blood sugar crash of eating carbs. So not only does that caffeine give you a little boost, but you get an extra kick from the MCTs in this drink!
Grass Fed Butter-butter is basically pure fat with very little dairy protein. GRASS FED butter is especially high in CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is a fatty acid that has been linked to heart health (YES, eating butter can improve your heart health),increased fat loss, supression of tumors, and many other health benefits (I could seriously go on and on…but this is not a post about the health benefits of butter.) The vitamin content of grass fed butter is also superior to that of grain fed butter. It is high in Vitamin A, and K2 which has been shown to reduce plaque in your arteries. Grass fed butter also has a significantly superior omega 3 to omega 6 ratio (about 1:1) which is what we want to reduce inflammation in the body. Grain fed butter has a lot higher omega 6 fats which can cause additional inflammation in the body. To top it all off, grass fed butter tastes AMAZING compared to the sticks of that other crap you probably have in the fridge. My recommendation? Use that crap butter to make some cookies with the leftover white flour you haven’t thrown away yet and give those suckers away, and pitch the rest. Get yourself some real grass fed butter and you will NEVER go back to that other stuff.
Whey Protein/Casein Protein Powder-Depending on what type of protein powder you use, the benefits will differ. In order to KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid), I’ll just let you know some general health benefits of supplementing your diet with protein powder. Supplementing your diet with protein powder is a great way to help you reach your protein requirement for the day without adding a lot of extra calories to your diet. It’s quick, easy, and convenient. Adding some protein powder to this recipe not only makes it taste delicious, but can help you stay satisfied longer. Fat and protein are a great mix. Protein powder can help you lose body fat while preserving muscle, and well as help to increase muscle size and strength if you are lifting weights (and if you aren’t, WHY the hell not??)
If you give this a try, please let me know what you think!