Posted: Mar 19, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Yes, you read that right. Add a bit of coconut oil and some grass fed butter to your coffee and you'll be sipping on the latest health trend that just might have you waking up early for a taste.

You may have gotten the message that the 30 year low-fat craze that many of us were raised on has been debunked. All fats are not created equal and it turns out we really thrive on a diet packed with healthy fats. Sure, you understand that nuts and avocados are good, but the idea of adding oil and butter to your morning brew may feel a little odd, at first. Keep an open mind and give this alternative to skim milk a try. You may never look back.

Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, coined the term and the recipe for Bulletproof Coffee (TM) in his search to constantly improve his mind and body performance. Based on traditional butter tea that he tasted while hiking in Tibet, Asprey set out to develop a recipe that would give him lasting energy, rather than experiencing the eventual caffeine crash most of us face by mid-morning. His recipe is wildly popular among athletes, paleo enthusiasts and is starting to trickle down to the masses.

The goal is to create a cup of coffee that fills you up with healthy fats, supports brain function and kick starts your metabolism for the day.

Healthy fats from a tablespoon of unsalted grass fed butter or ghee and a teaspoon of coconut oil are blended with a cup of fresh organic coffee resulting in a frothy, creamy and slightly sweet drink. Plenty of other health enthusiasts are taking to the trend. Some call it fat coffee or butter coffee and some folks add heavy cream or coconut milk in addition to the oil and butter. The goal is to create a cup of coffee that fills you up with healthy fats, supports brain function and kick starts your metabolism for the day.

Some take this as their breakfast. I've come to enjoy my own version of this delicious drink several times a week a couple of hours before my usual breakfast. If you're wondering, I take my coffee with a touch of coconut oil, cinnamon and heavy cream. It's such a treat that I literally lay in bed thinking about it in the moments between turning off the alarm and running downstairs to press 'grind' on my coffee maker.

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