It has been really interesting to me that the most questioned part of my food journal has been the bullet proof coffee. No one has questioned my intake, the fact that I eat bread or drank a beer the other night. This worries me a little. I want to make something absolutely clear - THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET (pun intended). I have been drinking bullet proof coffee for 3 weeks now. It has nothing to do with how I look or how I compete. The same holds true for #48 (KK). The progress I have made physically over the last 6 years has been a result of clean eating and hard work in the gym.
With the in mind I want to share my experience with you and give you some tips if you decide to experiment with bullet proof coffee.
I began thinking about bullet proof coffee as a meal replacement because our 6:00 am class has grown considerably over the last 12 months. I used to eat my egg scramble during warm-ups but with a larger group and our more dynamic, interactive warm-ups that was no longer possible. I considered fasting until 7:00 am but I did not feel very sharp with just water and coffee from 5:30-7:00. I know some other CrossFit coaches and athletes that have used bullet proof coffee successfully in the past. I really like coffee so I thought it was worth a try. Very simply, bullet proof coffee is premium coffee with butter and coconut oil in it. The type of coffee, butter, and coconut oil really do matter so please don't try to substitute because something is on sale or you have some laying around your house.
I've pasted the recipe straight from the Bullet Proof Executive website with my comments in italics.
- At least 2tbs Kerrygold unsalted grass-fed butter (see pic below, we use 2 tbs for our small 4 cup Mr Coffee brewer, we buy ours at Trader Joes but they also sell it at Sprouts & Whole Foods)
- 1-2tbs of MCT oil (we use 2 tbs of premium liquid coconut oil for our small 4 cup brewer, this is at Whole Foods)
- 2 cups (~453g or 500ml) of hot coffee brewed with low-toxin beans (Again we brew 4 cups for the two of us to split, we use Matador coffee, they have a store at 32nd st and Union Hills but they also sell to the local Whole Foods, the key is to buy single bean coffee not blends)
3 Steps To Bulletproof Your Coffee (BK's shortened version)
#1 Make coffee: Brew coffee as you normally would.
#2 Put 2 tbs butter and 2 tbs of coconut oil in the blender.
#3 Add the brewed coffee to the butter and MCT oil that is already in the bottom of the blender. Blend until there is a thick layer of foam on top like a latte. We did not have a blender at home so we bought a Magic Bullet. We wanted something cheap in case we did not stick with our bullet proof experiment. We also wanted something that was easy to wash because we would be using it everyday.
* Just so I am completely clear, KK and I make 4 cups of coffee and use 2 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of coconut oil. The recipe recommends 2 cups of coffee with 2 tbs of butter and 2 tbs of coconut oil. We make our coffee the night before and then re-blend it in the morning and heat it in our old milk steamer. Both of us think the coffee tastes best when very hot. I usually end up reheating mine in the microwave 1 or 2 times. Sometimes we add cinnamon for a little change of pace.