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By now, you’ve probably heard of the bulletproof coffee craze. I first heard of “butter coffee” a few years ago when I was searching online for ways to customize an Atkins-friendly drink at Starbucks! I remember reading through a long list of comments and coming across the mention of butter coffee. I wrote it down as something to try out. My version of bulletproof coffee has a few extra ingredients to make it extra fabulous: grassfed gelatin, cinnamon, and a pinch of Himalayan pink salt. I find that I can tolerate grassfed butter with no eczema or psoriasis outbreaks, but you can also use grassfed ghee instead. It will still taste great!
By now, you know that I’m a big fan of adding a pinch of salt to beverages. Just a tiny amount, and make sure that your pantry is stocked with the good stuff: a high-quality pink salt. This salt is actually good for you and filled with essential minerals. Are you new to the paleo/low-carb way of eating? You might be dealing with leg cramping due to the natural diuretic effect of low-carb eating. This natural salt increases hydration, prevents muscle cramping, balances your electrolytes and pH–the list goes on and on. If you’re not feeling well, make sure you’re consuming enough salt! The New York Times actually published an article last month that is headed in the right direction on the topic of salt. Another small victory!
A quick tip I like to give out to any MCT newbies: make sure to introduce it in 1 teaspoon increments until you can handle up to 1 tablespoon at a time. Consuming too much initially can cause gastrointestinal distress, something you don’t want to be dealing with while you’re on your commute to work! Increase your dosage until you can handle about a tablespoon at a time. Not familiar with MCT? MCT is short for medium chain triglycerides, which are an extremely healthy and easily-digestible form of saturated fat found in coconut. MCTs enhance ketone production, and we know that ketones are an excellent energy source for your body. When your body is running on ketones, it’s also known as ketosis, which is a healthy and natural state for your body to be in (and not be confused with ketoacidosis, a serious diabetic condition). For someone following a ketogenic diet, ketone production is a must! MCT oil can usually be found in the health or supplement aisle at the grocery store, or you can pick up a bottle from Amazon (what I usually do).
More recently, I started adding grassfed gelatin to my diet, which is a flavorless solid substance derived from the collagen found in animal bones. It is a great source of amino acids and it helps to repair connective tissue and supports joint care. I feel a difference especially in my hands, which swell and stiffen less frequently since adding the gelatin to my diet.
Not bad for a cup of coffee, huh? I use this exact same recipe to make butter tea, or you can just use hot water. You can also add a pinch of turmeric powder or a tiny bit cayenne pepper to make it pica pica (spicyyy). Try it out and enjoy the recipe!
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until frothy.
- Drink immediately.
- You can also use an immersion blender for this recipe.