So, we’re talking organic coffee here. Just to be clear.
Because toxins are, in fact, gross. And the ones in coffee can be pretty strong.
So, step number one: get yourself some organic brew beans. Good job. I’m already proud of you.
Like I mentioned in this week’s earlier post (how to get yourself back on track in 1 day: 11 easy ways), I casually mentioned coffee, and a way to drink a little less of it.
Not that (organic) coffee bad for you. It’s all in how you use it. Like most things.
If you’re in the “tired all day, can’t wake up in the morning, need coffee to uh… eliminate” camp, just being honest– you could probably use more real food and sleep in your life first. That coffee is just a temporary little band-aid. For an hour or two. Of course, you can check here for office coffee makers hoping that the best brewing equipment will make your day. Frankly speaking, sometimes a good cup of coffee really matters, so go for it and enjoy.
Which is fine — and totally necessary– some days. Or maybe even seasons. Not as a long term method to make it through your life.
Coffee is one of those tricky things. You have it to get energy and wake up, but more often than not, the caffeine (and sugar if you’re adding it in) makes your blood sugar crash harder a few hours later. It can distract you from hunger while you have it, but then make you ravenous a hour or two later.
And after the caffeine wears off, it can still leave your nervous system stimulated enough to not let you sleep (even though you are exhausted). Like a mean little trick that just means you’ll need it even more the next morning.
But, let’s say it’s a day that you need it. Want it. Would love it.
What’s the best way to have it?
And by best- I mean, best for you and best tasting.
The method is nothing new (it’s often referred to as bulletproof coffee). With my own little tweaks after road testing it this past week, one thing is for sure: this is, by far, the best tasting coffee I’ve ever made at home. And I feel way better after having it, than a normal cup.
By blending your brewed coffee of choice with a tiny bit of unrefined coconut oil, you’re adding some really great healthy fat to your morning cup, and one that steadies the absorption of caffeine and slows down the crash feeling that happens in the hours that follow it. Meaning more sustained energy all throughout your day. Yes, please. And, it kind of fills you up nicely.
If you’re not using unrefined coconut oil in your kitchen yet, you should! It’s one of the healthiest foods around, is great for your metabolism, digestion, liver, skin and heart. Plus, it’s great for high heat cooking and baking, and tastes pretty amazing on anything. And, you can use it as lotion. I get mine in bulk at Costco.
Frothy Coconut Coffee
Note: the original recipe calls for the addition of grass fed-butter with the coconut oil, but it feels like overkill to me, and makes it a bit too creamy/heavy tasting for my liking. Feel free to experiment to find the version that you like the best.
1 cup brewed organic coffee or espresso (I use my french press)
1/2 teaspoon-1 teaspoon organic unrefined coconut oil, ghee or grassfed butter (I love this kind) (start with 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up)
Make coffee first, then add in coconut oil/ghee/butter and stir until it melts.
Pour coffee mixture into a blender (do not skip this step, otherwise you will have weird oily coffee) and blend on high for 20-30 seconds until it lightens in color.
If you are used to adding sugar, add a splash of real vanilla extract while the blender is running. Drink warm.
Now, it’s your turn. Have you tried coffee like this before? Did you notice anything different? Have suggestions on other great versions? Please share below.