I like coffee. I think I like sugar more than coffee. In fact, I think I like coffee because it is a vehicle through which I can consume large quantities of sugar. Anyone who has ever had coffee with me knows that I take it to the next level. If you use 2 creams, I use 5. If you take 3 packets of sugar, I take 6. Ask my friend Mary. She'll tell you how it is :)
Here's the thing: I KNOW that consuming large amounts of added sugar is not good for me. I've intentionally stayed away from all the documentaries and articles out there that explain why processed/refined sugar is detrimental to one's health because I know I wouldn't have an excuse once I saw them. I've been buying myself time.
As a mom, I am a role model for my child in so many ways. I have the amazing power to help shape the way my child looks at food, and to give him a strong nutritional foundation that will impact the rest of his life. Breastfeeding is one way I am able to do this. I am SO incredibly thankfully I am able to breastfeed my son, because I have been able to give him a superior form of nutrition since day one. Finley has only been eating solids for a few months and consumes primarily vegetables and fruits, but soon that will change and when he becomes more aware of what I am eating, I don't want to have to constantly explain myself. I don't want to be a "Do as I say Not as I Do" kind of person. There's something about parenthood that urges you to actively become the person you want to be. Not to just think about it, or plan for the day when you might change... but to do it.
Anyway, I follow the blog of this woman named Katie (visit her blog) and she knows everything there is to know about everything. Okay, not true, but she does lead a fairly non-toxic lifestyle in so many ways, and I am drawn to that. I first discovered Bulletproof Coffee when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy last winter, and the thought of putting butter into anything (never mind coffee) did not sound appealing and I was NOT going to try it. I stumbled across Bulletproof Coffee again this winter after having spent many months growing increasingly unsatisfied with my usual morning cup of coffee. This time, I was willing and ready to give it a fair chance.
The verdict? It's not nearly as terrible as I would have thought. In fact, I like it. And not in the way where I have to convince myself I like it... I genuinely enjoy drinking coffee with butter. There. I said it, I'm a freak! But the butter somehow gives the allusion that there is cream, and cuts out all the bitterness. I don't even miss my cream and sugar, which is good because my main purpose for trying this was to cut back even just a little on my sugar intake. I tried Upgraded Coffee Beans because they are supposed to be superior in how they are grown, harvested, and processed. You could probably try this with any coffee beans but I CAN confirm that the Upgraded Coffee Beans make an unbeatable cup of coffee. The first time I opened a bag of these beans, I inhaled and literally said "WOW" out loud. The smell of coffee beans is divine!
What You Need (the official recipe)
- Upgraded Coffee Beans (buy here)
- Some form of coffee maker
- UNSALTED, organic, grass-fed butter (learn why)
- Coconut oil
1. Brew it! I use 1 heaping tablespoon + 1 level tablespoon of unground coffee beans for each 3/4 cup of water. I obviously grind the bean before brewing, but this is my perfect strength. I use a french press!
2. Blend it! Put your brewed coffee + butter + coconut oil into a blender. I use my 3/4 cup of brewed coffee and add 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Keep in mind that coconut oil can make you a little nauseous if you aren't used to consuming it (I learned this lesson the hard way) so you can start smaller and build up. Blend until smooth and frothy.
3. Enjoy it! Bulletproof coffee is not like normal coffee. If you are using the Upgraded Coffee Beans, they are very carefully grown, harvested, and processed to keep toxins out of the process. The combination of these coffee beans and the healthy fats in the butter and coconut oil are intended to prevent the usual negative side effects of coffee (jitters, headaches, crash, fog) and instead boost your mental performance and even your health overall. I can't confirm all of these things, but you're welcome to do a little research or even your own experiment.