We ALL have them. Its those little things that we do that make us, well, us.
My newest quirk is a little hard to explain.
Well, actually, its easy to explain, just harder to Explain.
Those things? Yeah, those are part of my new daily habit. Unsalted Kerrygold butter, MCT oil and locally roasted fair-trade coffee.
MCT oil takes a bit more explaining because I bet many people aren’t familier with it. MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil, basically a fat that doesn’t have a long chain of fatty acid esters of glycerol. It is found most commonly from Coconuts and Palms (Coconut and Palm oil are both MCTs) There are lots of articles out there that extoll the virtues and uses of MCT oil in the athletic community, bodybuilding community and the low-carb (Adkins) community. This blogger wrote a fantastic post with lots of links to studies regarding MCT oil and its usefullness. I HIGHLY suggest taking a look if you are interested in more information. I don’t care about the use of MCT for bodybuilding and I love rice, flavoured pasta and potatoes far too much to ever think about low-carb anything. The BIG upside for me is that MCT’s are not digested by the liver or bile salts in general, they are absorbed directly and can be put to use in the body. As someone who no longer has a bile concentrator in my body and who has been suffering with the digestion of nearly EVERY form of dietary fat, just let me tell you what a godsend discovering this has been for me.
You could also use coconut oil if you don’t have or want to try MCT oil.
Yes. I am blending the coffee, MCT oil and 2 tablespoons of butter together. On High. For 30 seconds to a minute.
This is the result: Creamy, frothy and perfectly hot, thanks to the speed of the Vitamix.
How does it taste?
Well, thats where my quirk gets quirkier.
Its amazing. Creamy, smooth and perfect.
And this coming from someone who has ALWAYS had at least 2 sugar packets in a regular diner cup or at least 2 tablespoons of Coffeemate in her home-brewed mug. For years I have been saying that my concession to “fake” food was Coffeemate but no longer. I don’t need the sugar and don’t miss it. As for the flavours, I have tried vanilla and almond extract and both are lovely additions.
Before you wrinkle your nose at the idea of butter and an oil in your coffee, stop and think.
Do you take cream/half-n-half/milk in your coffee? Butter is simply whipped cream. Or over whipped cream, depending on your POV.
Oil? If you put Coffeemate/International Delight or ANY other non-dairy creamer in your coffee, you already are putting oil in yours. A highly processed oil and most likely a trans fat. Mine is simply better for you.
Now for the big question: WHY?
Because I figured I had nothing to lose when the nutritionist at work told me about it. She told me that drinking this “Bulletproof Coffee” helped her feel full while she was IF-ing and/or low-carbing. Considering that I often fast by accident (get ‘too busy’ at work for lunch and go for 10+ hours), the idea of something that would help give me energy without a sugar crash or processed food binge was very appealing. Let me be very clear though: I DO try to eat and have healthy choices around if I take the time to eat them. I just have no sense of time and it passes me by without me being aware until I am ‘starving’ with an hour before I get to go home and make dinner. With the sun shining these past few days, I have totally taken my lunch breaks and enjoyed the sun, and the lunches, immensely. I don’t generally skip meals on purpose. Just usually. On accident.
However…for the past week, this coffee has totally carried me through from 8am to 3pm with NO hunger and complete ability to resist the candy and snacks that have been out tempting me at work. I feel alert, boundless energy and really enthusiastic about life in general. Granted, this could be due to the increase of Vitamin D but I’m going to give the coffee its due.
Do your own research like I did. There are tonnes of blogs about different peoples trials of buttery coffee. There are just as many articles out there about the benefits of grass-fed butter and just as many of those about MCT oil and Coconut oil.
Think I’m nuts and that this is just another fad in the food world?
If you discount the yak butter tea that has been drunk in Tibet and China and Bhutan so long that it has “Traditional” in front of ‘recipe’.
I just know it works for me.
Try it and let me know what you think!