Bulletproof Coffee – Trying it out

I’ve been seeing posts about this “Bulletproof” Coffee and thought I would try it out. I am absolutely NOT a coffee drinker so I know nothing about how to spot a crap coffee or high-dollar, high-quality specialty coffee. The only thing I’ve ever liked about coffee is the smell. So, the fact that I even considered trying this Bulletproof Coffee is a pretty big deal in my world.

It basically means I’m frustrated and am looking for ways to change things up since it is obvious after THREE weeks of no progress towards losing body fat that something I am doing is holding me back. I’m not sure what it is but instead of giving up like I would do in the past I’m taking steps to change little things to find what the problem is. I know I’m eating well and I’m working out, but something is “off” and I need to find what it is.

The one thing I’m doing now that I’ve not done in the past (when things worked) is having the hot chocolate protein drink that I’ve started my day with for the last month. I also drank some whenever I had bad cravings to stave off the cheating. It supposedly only has 10g of carbs, which I didn’t think would be bad since I am mixing in a scoop of grass fed whey protein mix. But although it staved off some of my cravings for something sweet, it isn’t really working anymore and I’m hungry most of the day after drinking it. So, I thought it would be good to eliminate this drink and replace it with something no carb, no sugar like Coffee.

I’ve heard good things about Bulletproof Coffee, and how good the high-quality butter and coconut oil (or MCT oil) is for you. I’ve used coconut oil regularly in my cooking for a few years now so am already convinced of its benefits. I’ve not experienced the benefits of a high-quality grassfed butter but I do try to get grassfed meat when I can find it at a good price. Besides, I’ve tried some pretty disgusting things in the name of trying to get “healthy” or to lose weight, so if drinking coffee is the “least” of the things I try then I can do it.

To make Bulletproof Coffee:

  • Start with 500 ml (2 mugs) of black coffee brewed with mold-free beans (important)
  • Add 2 Tbs (or more, up to 80 grams, about 2/3 of a standard stick of butter) of Kerry Gold or other UNSALTED grass-fed butter
  • Add 30 grams of MCT oil for max energy, weight loss and brain function (optional if you have none)
  • Blend with a pre-heated hand blender, Magic Bullet, or (best) counter top blender until there is a creamy head of foam. (It doesn’t work well if you mix it with a spoon)

So yesterday I started playing with mixing up my own personal version of Bulletproof Coffee, with a twist. I don’t have expensive mold-free coffee (yet) so just used the best we had in the house which was a Starbucks House Blend for the Keurig. I also don’t have MCT oils, so I used Coconut Oil. And, my final twist was to add grassfed Whey protein powder because I am trying to get more protein since I don’t normally eat enough protein and I also figured mixing it in the coffee would make it more palatable for me – the non-coffee drinker.

My Bulletproof with a twist recipe is:

  • 1-2 mugs black coffee
  • 1-2 tbsp Kerry Gold unsalted butter
  • 1-2 tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 to 1 scoop Vanilla SFH grassfed whey protein powder
  • a few shakes of Cinnamon powder

I mix the above with our magic Bullet until it is a little frothy and well mixed. I am actually shocked that it doesn’t taste too terribly bad. I may try a little more butter and coconut oil, but not sure I can stomach that yet. The awesome thing is, when I’ve had coffee in the past it made me shaky and jittery. This mixture doesn’t. I don’t know if the additions cause the lack of jitteriness or what, but I am super happy about that. I do feel quite energetic though which is great.

The most surprising part is that I went HOURS without feeling hungry. Both yesterday and today I had my Protein Bulletproof Coffee at about 10 in the morning and wasn’t actually hungry until about 4 in the afternoon. This is FANTASTIC for me, as I’ve struggled with hunger during Intermittent Fasting in the past, and since trying to keep my (clean paleo food) calories around 1500 for the last month. I’ve been feeling hungry most of the time for the last month, which makes it harder to stay the course because I’m feeling so deprived. Not to mention I’ve not had ANY progress in 3 full weeks which is frustrating.

If you give up several things you like (sodas, fast food, etc) you’d expect to see results from just the lack of those things and the calories they contain. I know I was eating far more than 1500 calories a day through most of the last year, because I gained over 15 pounds and all of my clothes got tight. I don’t want to give up on clean eating because I know it is so good for me, but if cleaning up my diet and dropping calories isn’t also helping me reach my goals, then there is a part of me that wants to say “screw it” and just do the easy thing and go back to eating the things that are “fun” and that I don’t have to cook (I don’t enjoy cooking)!

But, I’m not ready to throw in the towel… I have goals that I want to reach by Spring and I can’t give up if I haven’t tried everything yet. So, I’ll give this Protein BulletProof thing a try and see if getting rid of my protein hot chocolate drink has an impact. I’m sure that getting rid of that bit of sugar and carbs will likely have at least a small positive impact. I hope anyway!

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