Bulletproof coffee (BPC) has become a thing among low-carbers/ketonians. It wasn’t for me at first. I have always been more of a tea drinker, but I can’t stand ‘stuff’ in my tea. I’ve always drunk it plain.
When I started making bulletproof coffee I used instant coffee since I didn’t own a coffee-maker, I still buy instant coffee. I buy Folger’s because I feel bad about how the Manson family killed Abigail Folger.
Instant coffee has 2 net carbs per 12 oz serving. At one point I thought of getting a coffee-maker to cut my carbs, but I don’t think my instant coffee carbs have added to my daily carb counts enough to bother.
The basic recipe for full bulletproof coffee includes up to 3 Tablespoons of fat sources— butter, ghee, MCT oil, coconut oil, heavy whipping cream, even EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil.) The EVOO adds an odd flavor, but if you have people surrounding you who believe the fat-is-bad dogma, using EVOO in your coffee might be a peacemaking gesture. I cover the odd flavor of EVOO bulletproof coffee by adding 1/8 teaspoon turmeric as well as the 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon that I usually add to bulletproof coffee.
I also add sea salt to my bulletproof coffees, 1/4 teaspoon worth. I was once advised to restrict salt by my medical person, and then my blood tests came back and I was low in sodium so a little more salt is OK even with conventional medical people. The Keto/Low-Carb eating plan usually cuts way back on a person’s salt intake, so many people may need to add a bit back this way.
I’ve tried adding kelp powder to my bulletproof coffees for the nutritional adds, but it makes the coffee taste too fishy for me. I get kelp into my body in other ways now.
Caffeine is not always bad for you, though if you are a pregnant lady you should leave it off for a while. I can’t sleep if I drink caffeinated coffee much after 2pm, so I have decaf in the house. Which is the brand my mother bought, but it tastes very nasty to me so I usually drink other things after 2.
MCT oil is medium-chain triglyceride oil which is said to be good in helping you get and stay in ketosis. It’s kind of pricey, though. Coconut oil which I buy at the dollar store has some MCT oil in it, and I usually use that. I usually put the plastic container of coconut oil (closed!) into a wide-mouth quart canning jar filled with hot tap water to make the oil non-solid at room temperature so I can measure it out accurately. It also helps keep the beverage hot, because the hot water for the coffee doesn’t not lose heat by having to melt the coconut oil.
I use heavy whipping cream when I have some in the house for my bulletproof coffee. During Lent this year I decided to give up heavy whipping cream for a sacrifice. I WAS going to use coconut milk instead, but I didn’t care for it as much and by the end of Lent I was drinking my BPC without any lightener.
Never use ‘creamer’ to replace actual cream for your BPC. ‘Creamer’ is full of chemicals, bad fats, and perhaps sugars— read the label. Instead, buy a small container of whole milk and use that by the Tablespoon or 1/2 Tablespoon. I’ve thought of buying dehydrated cream because it’s less perishable, and because one of the stores I used to buy cream at now only seems to carry ‘creamer.’
The point of BPC is to get some good fats into your body. In a world where stores cut every bit of visible fat off cuts of meat because they assume everyone’s on a low-fat diet, you might have a hard time getting enough fat in your food. BPC can help. It also helps stop hunger or food cravings.
This post is about bulletproof COFFEE, but you can make it with tea, bone broth, cocoa/cacao/carob powder to make other bulletproof drinks. Experiment! Find one you like.