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How do you bulletproof your coffee? Well, the exact recipe from the person who coined the term is here. Basically, it's taking a double expresso, add an equal amount of water, add two tablespoons of unsalted butter, and/or a healthy portion of coconut oil, and then blending the concoction until you get a creamy head of foam, much like a latte.
Dave Asprey is the man behind the bulletproof diet, which is basically built on the 'Paleo' or 'Caveman' diet. On a trip to Tibet, he tried Yak Butter Tea, which is what the Tibetans and Sherpas drink in the mornings for energy. If you've never tried it, it's more like soup than tea, and is most certainly an acquired taste. Instead of putting butter in tea, he used coffee, and the taste is much more palatable.
Fresh roasted coffee has natural oils, which gives good coffee its rich flavor and texture. So the added butter (it has to be unsalted) just adds a creamy 'feel' to the coffee. Adding coconut oil does change the flavor the coffee, and it may not be to everyone's taste.
Why bulletproof your coffee? Well, Asprey says it can promote brain function, memory, and energy levels. Asprey's idea is that you have this cup of coffee for breakfast, and nothing else, which kind of trains the body to burn fat for fuel. If you can do that, Asprey says you'll lose weight, and it leaves you feeling lean, focused and energized. It's an interesting idea, and I'm attempting to move towards it... slowly. Although I've bulletproofed my morning cup of coffee (and enjoy it that way), I still eat my bacon, eggs, and a banana with it!