Bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates may be just the thing you need to start your day…
Full disclosure: I am not a coffee drinker. Well, I am not a caffeinated coffee drinker. When I was in college (a lifetime ago), I remember drinking 6 cups of coffee a day. But since I discovered that caffeine is something I don’t tolerate well (or, really, at all…), I stopped cold turkey. But I’ve always loved the taste and the smell of coffee so when I want a treat, I’ll grab a good cup of decaf.
A few years ago, when I first learned about Bulletproof Coffee from the amazingly knowledgeable Dave Asprey, all I wanted to do was try it. I started making it for Steve and for others who could actually tolerate caffeine and I found people were really reaping some great benefits.
I kept hearing about increases in energy, appetite suppression, amazing focus and clarity, and I was so envious!
So, I went on a mission to figure out if I would be able to gain some of those benefits if I made my bulletproof coffee with decaf. And, I recently found out that I can! Yay! I’ve been using Dave’s Brain Octane (see recipe below for where you can buy it) and grass-fed butter and organic decaf coffee beans. And, oh my… it’s really just awesome. It keeps me energized, focused, and feeling great until I’m ready to have a healthy lunch many hours later.
In my version of this coffee, I’ve added a few dates to the blender and let me just say, the flavor is amazing!
You probably already know that I am a smoothie fiend on most mornings, but variety is the spice of life…
I recommend jumping on the bulletproof coffee bandwagon!
For those days when you want a kickstart to your day without the coffee, try my recipe for Matcha Chia Pudding.
Here are a few great healing facts about this bulletproof coffee sweetened with dates recipe:
Coffee is a diuretic and is good for constipation. It’s also good for memory and focus.
Coconut oil is awesome. In Asian medicine, we use coconut to strengthen the body, reduce swelling, and stop bleeding. Coconut kills viruses, bacteria, and parasites. It’s good for all types of infections and viruses in the body, including the flu, bronchitis, tapeworms, urinary tract infections, and herpes. And perhaps most importantly, it helps you keep your mind sharp and it makes it easier for you to focus. Dave Asprey’s Brain Octane is pure, concentrated form of coconut oil. I have used regular organic coconut oil and I’ve used Brain Octane. I like both, but I’ve been giving Dave’s oil a try lately. According to Dave, Brain Octane helps your body burn fat more easily and is better for your brain. So, far, so good for me!
Grass-fed butter is good for you! Butter from grass-fed cows is higher in Omega-3s and vitamin K2, than butter from grain-fed cows. Grass-fed butter contains the fatty acid CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) — this has actually been shown to help with weight loss. I know many people are worried about cholesterol, but there is a lot of research now to show there is no link between cholesterol and heart disease. I’m a butter lover, in moderation, but I only eat grass-fed butter!
Dates are rich in potassium, dietary fiber and tannins. Fiber is good for your gut and tannins help the body fight inflammation and infection. Dates are also rich in vitamin A and iron. The most amazing thing about dates is that they can be used to replace sugar in almost anything. I stopped using sweetened protein powders in my smoothies and now I use unsweetened ones but I add a few dates.
- 2 cups freshly brewed coffee (regular or decaf)
- 2-tsp to 2-Tbs (start small and increase) organic coconut oil or Brain Octane (here's where to get Brain Octane)
- 2-tsp to 2-Tbs grass-fed butter or ghee (again, start small and increase)
- 2 dates
- Pour all ingredients into blender.
- Blend until frothy and smooth.
- Drink in the morning and enjoy!