Have you heard about this new craze of putting a big ole’ pat of butter, not on TOAST, but in your morning cuppa joe?
Whether you call it butter coffee, fatty coffee, Bulletproof or keto, it’s taking the health food nation by storm.
Why would you want a gob of fat in your coffee? And more importantly… does it actually taste good?
The Basics of Fat-Fasting
Fasting is something that most cultures incorporate into their customs or faith traditions for numerous reasons. The thing is, it’s actually really good for both your body and brain– for mental clarity, focus, weight-loss, chronic illness prevention, and more.
But fasting means eating nothing, right? Well… it’s not so black and white.
There’s two things your body burns for energy: One, glucose. And two, ketones.
Glucose is essentially your body’s carbohydrate-storing mechanism– and your body will always grab that first.
So, if you’re constantly putting carbohydrates in, there will be a big store of glucose and you’ll never have to dip into your fat stores.
Your fat stores are called ketones. Ketones are sitting there waiting to be used in case of famine. Fortunately, if you’re reading this you probably have internet access, and hence access also to food, and you’ve never had to experience real famine.
But fasting will simulate famine.
Here’s the glitch, though. You have to deplete, and stop replenishing, those glucose stores in order for your body to dip into your ketone stockpile.
Think of it like this… Every time you eat the bag of chips that’s on the counter, there’s another bag of chips there. You keep grabbing that because it’s easier than preparing vegetables and cheese from the refrigerator.
Your body is lazy. It’s going to grab the chips (glucose) first, every time.
But take away the chips, and when you’re hungry, you’ll go in the fridge for the veggies and cheese.
Take away the glucose, your body will go in for the ketones.
When you start burning those ketones, you’re in fat-burning mode. You’ll lose weight and feel an incredible difference in your mental clarity.
Combine the benefits of coffee with the power of fat, and you have the breakfast of champions.
Fatty coffee is like rocket-fuel for your brain and a jump-start for your body.
Once your glucose-stores are cleared out and you’re not putting them back in, you can start fat-fasting.
This simply means that you get up in the morning, and instead of having breakfast (which literally means “break fast”), you brew a hot cup of coffee and add a pat of fat.
It doesn’t have to be butter. It can be coconut oil or MCT oil if you prefer. I just like the taste of pure, pasture-raised butter, myself.
The ketones in the coffee will power your body without switching you out of fat-burning mode. You’ll feel full for hours, and you’ll notice a difference in your focus and energy levels.
How to Make Tasty Fat-Fasting Coffee
You can make fatty coffee a number of different ways, and even add flavors to make it taste as delicious as your typical morning cup.
The trick is to stay away from sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, or carbohydrates of any kind.
The basic recipe is: one cup of hot brewed coffee and one tablespoon pasture-raised butter or virgin coconut oil.
Add the fat to the coffee. Use a frother, a whisk, or the steam wand of your cappuccino machine, to whip the fat into a nice froth. Otherwise you’ll end up with an oil slick.
- Vanilla Latte: Add ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract and a small amount of pure organic stevia leaf (for natural sweetness)
- Cinnamon spice: Add a pinch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg (cinnamon is an appetite suppressant)
- Latte: Add a tablespoon of full fat, pasture-raised heavy cream
- Mint Mocha: Add a drop of pure mint extract or food grade peppermint oil, a small amount of pure organic stevia leaf (for natural sweetness), and ½ – 1 teaspoon cacao powder
- Keto Tea: Switch out the coffee for a cup of strong-brewed tea
Now, drink this incredible ketogenic (burning ketones) coffee and wait a few more hours to eat a balanced, low-carbohydrate meal or snack.
See! You’ve fat-fasted. It’s not hard at all.
Drop a comment below and let us know how you like the coffee and how you feel after you’ve gone into fat-burning, brain-booster mode!
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