Powerhouse Bulletproof Coffee (Paleo)
Start your day with this quick and simple metabolism boosting coffee. A creamy twist on the classic bulletproof coffee, but with gut healing benefits. Collagen provides a protein boost that can promote healthier skin, improve digestion, and fight inflammation, hence the name powerhouse!
The idea of mixing butter and MCT oil into coffee, better known as Bulletproof Coffee, was first introduced by Dave Asprey. about 20 years ago. You can read more about bulletproof coffee and the science behind it here.
I started making my own variation of bulletproof coffee about a year ago.
So let’s talk about what makes this coffee powerhouse:
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies. It is found in our muscles, tendons, bones, skin, gut and blood vessels. Collagen is the building block and glue that holds the body together. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to wrinkles, saggy skin, digestion issues, brittle hair and nails, joint pain and inflammation.
Hydrolyzed collagen, also known as collagen peptides, is is a protein made when the complex molecules of collagen are broken down into shorter chains of amino acids, such as glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. This process makes the peptides more bioavailable and easier to digest. Once the peptides enter the bloodstream, they can help repair and rebuild our hair, skin, nails, bones, and joints.
Since adding collagen peptides into my daily routine, I have noticed significant improvements in the health of my skin, hair, and digestion.
Collagen has been shown to...
Improve hair, skin and nails
Support bone and joint health
Detoxify the body
Promote better sleep
The natural peptides found in collagen dissolve easily in cold or hot liquids and will not affect the taste of your coffee. They also offer an impressive 10 grams of protein per scoop. It is important to choose collagen from grass-fed sources to avoid potential use of antibiotics, hormones, pesticides, GMO’s or toxins.
MCT Oil/Coconut Oil
MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides, a form of saturated fatty acid that has numerous health benefits, ranging from improved cognitive function to better weight management. Coconut oil ia composed of roughly 60-65%, making it a great natural source of medium chain triglycerides.
MCT's Provides Increases in Energy
Medium Chain Triglycerides, better known as MCT’s, are absorbed and metabolized by the body very quickly, providing an immediate increase in energy.
MCT's Speeds Metabolism
MCT’s are metabolized differently than other fats. They are sent straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are quickly either converted into fuel for the body. This makes MCT's great for people with digestive difficulties.
MCT's Boost the Immune System
Healthy fats are crucial for immune function. Since MCT's are more readily absorbed, they can be useful for people who struggle with fat absorption.
Unlike MCT oil, coconut oil contains a fat called Lauric Acid. This fat, also found in breast milk, has antimicrobial properties that help kill a wide range of pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi in the human body, making it highly beneficial. Therefore, I alternate between MCT and coocnut oil in my morning coffee or matcha. For immunity, I will use coconut oil, and more quick tasteless energy, I will use MCT.
The days of fearing butter are over. Butter and ghee from grass-fed cows contains fatty acid, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), that boosts immunity and fights disease. Not only will it provide a healthy dose of vitamins and fats, it will make your coffee taste amazing.
Grass-Fed Butter is High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids and CLA
Omega-3 fatty acids offer a ton of health benefits for the body, while CLA may help to reduce tumors, lower cholesterol and high blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.
Grass-Fed Butter is Higher in Butyrate
Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid that can help repvent and decrease inflammation; it also helps the body detox, improves colon health, supports healthy insulin levels and has been proven beneficial for those suffering from IBS, Chohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Grass-Fed Butter Contains more Nutrients
A single tablespoon of grass-fed butter contains 500 IU vitamin A, more carotenes than carrots, and is chockfull of vitamin K2, vitamin D, and vitamin E.
You are more than welcome to use grass-fed butter in this recipe, but I personally prefer to use grass-fed ghee. Why? Well, similar to butter, ghee has all the same health benefits as butter, but lacks water (making it shelf stable) and the milk solids lactose and casein that are found in butter (making it dairy-free). This is why ghee is awesome for those with dairy or lactose sensitivites.
Powerhouse Bulletproof style Coffee
Start your day with this quick and simple, metabolism boosting coffee. A creamy dairy-free twist on the classic bulletproof coffee with gut healing benefits. Adding collagen provides a protein boost that can promote healthier skin, improve digestion, and fight inflammation, hence the name powerhouse!
Makes: 1 coffee
Prep time: 5 minute
Cook time: 1 minute
12 oz coffee, freshly brewed, (preferably organic)
1/2 tablespoon MCT Powder, MCT Oil or coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon grass-fed butter or ghee (if you tolerate dairy)
1-2 scoops marine collagen
stevia or sweetener, to taste (optional)
Grind whole coffee beans in a coffee grinder and brew according to manufacturer's instructions. I use a Capresso to grind whole coffee beans and then brew coffee with an Aeropress, a device where coffee is steeped for 10–50 seconds and then forced through a filter using your own force. This brewing method provideds the best tasting, full-bodied coffee, but choose any brewing method of your liking.
Add brewed coffee to a vitamix or high-speed blender (make sure the blender has a place for air to escape) followed by the remaining ingredients (minus the collagen) and blend until frothy, about 30 seconds. Add the collagen and blend another 5 seconds.
Pour into your favorite mug, sip and enjoy!