Modified: January 2020, First Published in September
We’re excited to announce that we found the parent’s secret to more energy and it’s the easiest plus most delicious recipe ever! I’ve never really enjoyed drinking coffee, even as an adult. BUT when my wife and I learned a new recipe for healthy bulletproof coffee, everything changed.
Don’t get me wrong, we would go to the family’s favorite spot for coffee: Starbucks… but the thing is, I never cared for it. I drank it anyway and found myself wasting it and feeling jittery afterward.
Tea was always our go-to. in fact, there is a red teapot that lives on top of our stove always ready to blow its whistle. My youngest daughter affectionately calls it the whistle pig!
We use tea for that extra energy push but as our lives get busier, we needed something stronger but healthy at the same time.
So when we stumbled upon this bulletproof coffee recipe, we were hooked. It is easy to make, the taste is beyond delicious, and we get that natural boost of energy without the jitters. It’s been a healthy win for our family.
Bulletproof coffee is for, not only the busy parent but perfect for anyone needing that energy boost to start their day —while staying healthy.
Even the kids enjoy it and we take the recipe (and maker) with us on our travels. It’s become our family’s “thing” and it’s so cool to share it with you.
How BulletProof Coffee Was Born
During our research, we read time after time that coffee can help you with a natural energy boost but we constantly felt jittery and later we’d experience a big “energy crash”. Who has time for that, right?
So we kept researching and found a cool ingredient that is known for it’s amazing and natural health benefits and it’s called coconut oil. I’m sure you’ve heard of it but who knew it would be a delicious ingredient in coffee?
When we came across the bulletproof coffee phenomenon we were immediately intrigued. Coffee plus coconut oil, Woohoo!
How the Coconut Oil Trick Works
I had tried just a spoonful of coconut oil many times before and knew that by itself it worked well, and quickly if I took too much. But the trick was to get that big spoonful at once if I really wanted it to be effective.
I was hopeful this bulletproof coffee was going to do the trick. And it did! Now don’t get me wrong, this is no fix-all, cure-all. It’s just a helping hand for giving me that natural energy boost.
Likely many of you can relate, low energy and fatigue are a normal part of aging, but who has time to feel tired and unmotivated (especially when you have 6 teenagers and run many businesses, like us).
How to DIY Bulletproof Coffee using 4 Healthy Ingredients (for a healthy morning boost)
For best results mix with freshly brewed coffee in a blender on medium or high for 30 seconds or until you get that frothy layer on top!
for 1 cup
Play around with these ingredients to fit your liking. Our recipe is so delicious that our teens don’t even go to Starbucks anymore. We are hooked!
Learn More About the 4 Healthy Ingredients in Bulletproof Coffe
#1 Coconut oil
Coconut oil has a natural, gentle laxative effect but the benefits of adding coconut oil to your coffee don’t stop there!
It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality with that smooth, silky feel we all want. I use it topically as well for a leave-in conditioner or detangler. I’ve heard that it also prevents lice!
It contains about 50 percent lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils.
Weight loss is thought to be promoted as coconut oil increases the body’s metabolic rate. It works by helping to remove stress on the pancreas, burning more energy to help people lose excess weight.
Cacao is chocolate in the rawest form. I could put chocolate on everything! But, not to be confused with cocoa powder which is processed and usually found with added sugars.
I put a small spoonful of cacao powder in my coffee not just for that chocolatey taste, but for the blast of antioxidants.
Cacao is packed with antioxidants, possibly more than any other food, protecting you from cardiovascular disease, reducing the risk of stroke and improving blood circulation.
It contains nutrients like iron, magnesium, and zinc plus healthy fats, fiber, and protein. Did you know all that existed in our beloved chocolate? It really is good for you!
Feeling down? Cacao may provide antidepressant benefits. Containing the substance phenethylamine, which is a neurotransmitter found in the brain, it is thought to act as a mood elevator and natural antidepressant.
Pair this with the already mood-enhancing, brain-boosting power of coffee to start your day with a bang.
#3 Raw butter
Raw butter… how I love you… let me count the ways. I love how raw butter gives coffee a rich flavor.
It’s also rich in vitamins as well, including Vitamin A in its most easily absorbable form necessary for thyroid and adrenal health. A big concern for women lately, myself included, are the often misunderstood thyroid problems.
Other vitamins and benefits include D, K and E, omega-3 and image-6 fats, another boost for brain function, endocrine system, nervous system, and intestinal tract.
Worried about the cholesterol? Butter contains lecithin which assists in the assimilation and metabolization of cholesterol and other fats. I recently had my own cholesterol checked and after months of buttery coffee every day, my cholesterol looks great. If you are worried about your cholesterol please see your physician and check it regularly.
An unexpected benefit of butter I found was a boost to oral health. Butter can help prevent tooth decay, plaque buildup, and cavity formation. I wonder if it keeps the coffee stains away?
#4 Maple Syrup
Pure maple syrup might be my favorite ingredient. If you are like me and need to have a sweetener in your coffee, try one that is packed with nutrition and healing benefits instead of negative effects like bleached white sugars.
This sweetener has sweet benefits. I add a double dose to my husband’s coffee, not just because he likes it sweet, but because its really good for the reproductive system, especially the prostate gland.
Real, pure maple has minerals your body needs like zinc and manganese. These minerals and antioxidants enhance liver function, boost the immune system and fight inflammatory diseases like arthritis and heart disease.
We are so lucky to have a family-run maple tree farm nearby where my family has been able to view the process of distilling plus pick up maple sugar and maple candies. YUM!!
Why choose any other sweetener for your coffee? I feel good knowing that my sweetener isn’t just sweet.
Although bulletproof coffee can give parents more energy, remember to also get your energy boost by doing the following every day:
- Get enough sleep!
- Have a healthy diet.
- Create Family Fun!
- Less Screen time.
If bulletproof coffee isn’t for you …
Coffee isn’t for everyone. There are many articles stating that coffee has some negative side effects that you should be aware of. Thankfully, we are all different and I am able to enjoy the benefits of coffee. Listen to your body to decide if it’s good for you and if it makes you feel well.
Remember these are our opinions based on our own research —and trial and error! As always we encourage you to read, read, read and talk to your medical professional if you have any health concerns.