I love Christmas-time! I always have. I especially enjoy it now that I am a mother. It is such a joy to watch the holidays unfold through my son’s eyes. From the first snowfall of the season, to the excitement of the holiday lights and decorations, it is all pure delight for him (and me!).
What I don’t like about this time of year though, is that I always feel so run down and exhausted, that by the time Christmas Day actually rolls around it is hard to muster up the energy I want to have to fully enjoy it. By the time I slow down enough to savor the holiday magic, I either get slammed with an epic cold or flu, or am too wiped out to do any of the fun things I had originally planned for us to do (like snow tubing at the local mountain, ice skating at the outdoor rink, etc.).
This year I vowed for it to be different. I have already scaled back on commitments and the usual holiday stressors. I deliberately did not bake (or plan to bake) as much as I usually do. I opted for store bought appetizers for get-togethers, and instead of making an advent calendar from scratch this year, I gifted my son a store-bought one. And you know what? Nobody cared. And life felt a lot more doable and a lot less chaotic.
So, although all the little things I have tweaked or ignored have assisted with this holiday season feeling a lot more doable already, I have also consumed way more coffee than usual, as well. I really try to stick to one cup a day because I find that I ended up having trouble sleeping if I have too much caffeine during the day. It seems to wreak havoc on my anxiety.
However, I never end up having only one cup. Or if I do, it’s one GIANT cup which is equivalent to like three actual (250ml) cups coffee. On top of that, I hate the bitterness of coffee so much that, in order to drink it and reap the short-term caffeinated buzz, I have to add so much sickly-sweet, highly processed, non-dairy creamer (aka delicious tasting chemicals) that not only have I diluted my anticipated buzz, I have also just turned my cup of coffee into basically a candy-bar in a cup. Not healthy and a horrible habit I’ve fallen into.
As often is the case this time of year, I have been thinking about my New Year’s Resolution. I have resolved to reduce my sugar-ladden, chemically-laced coffee intake and have vowed to attempt to allow myself ONE cup or less of actual coffee (not tasty fillers) every morning. Even when I initially announced my intended resolution, I had major doubts at my ability to succeed, although I genuinely do want to try.
I kept hearing about the “fat coffee” idea, which is essentially the idea of using healthy fats like grass-fed butter and/or coconut oil in your coffee instead of heaps of sugar, sweeteners and artificial creamers (basically the “cancer in a cup” that I had grown to crave). I explored a bit further and read a few things here and there but wasn’t really sold on the idea of butter in coffee- weird right?
However, the more I read about Bulletproof, the more I was intrigued. The minute I discovered that all coffee is not created equal and the majority of coffee I had been drinking likely contained mold (yes, mold! Gross, right?), I was sold and convinced that since Bulletproof Coffee is low toxin, high performance & full of healthy fats to fuel me, it was a whole lot healthier for me than the artificial coffee creamer crap I had become a slave to.
So, not only does Bulletproof Coffee use the purest coffee, it is then blended with grass-fed unsalted butter & something called Brain Octane Oil. Brain Octane Oil is distilled from 100% coconut but it is not like your typical off the shelf coconut oil. Not only does it not contain any palm oil, thereby helping ensure the protection of the Orangutan habitat, it is rapidly absorbed and changed into ketone bodies so it provides instant energy to the brain. Brain Octane Oil produces 4x the ketone energy of plain coconut oil! Cool, right!? It also has potent anti-microbial effects that help support healthy digestion and immune function.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of their Starter Kits (which, by the way, is a great way to test out Bulletproof Coffee & see if you like it) and now I am hooked! In fact, my husband begged me to let him try some, he is now obsessed too!
The biggest shock for me was how great the coffee tasted without any cream or sugar added. It was smooth tasting, not bitter at all and frothy and creamy without any dairy added. I was so pleasantly surprised by this that I don’t foresee any trouble with me keeping my resolution. As long as I keep opting for a Bulletproof cup of coffee or my former junky cup of java, I am confident that I will have at least one successful resolution under my belt this time next year.
So, how do you make the perfect cup of delicious, healthy, good-for-you cup of coffee? I’ll tell you (and trust me, this is the real way. I admit I tried a copycat recipe ages ago and it was utter disappointment).
The Recipe for REAL Bulletproof Coffee
- Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)
- Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
- Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee
- Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte.
*Note: This post was sponsored but all opinions are my own