Updated: Sep 6, 2019
When I posted a picture of a cup of "Bulletproof Coffee" on my Instagram story, it created a frenzy among some of my friends and relatives and lead them to ask questions like;
"What is Bulletproof Coffee?",
"What is the difference between this and regular Coffee?",
"What's so special about a normal cup of Coffee?"
This blog is to answer each and every person who texted me, and also because I am in LOOOOVE with it!
Although I've had it only a few times, I can't help but gush over it!
What is "Bulletproof Coffee"?
Bulletproof Coffee is a beverage which is made from basic Coffee powder/beans, water, coconut oil, grass-fed butter/ghee which are blended together.
How to make it?
Make a mixture of water and Coffee grounds (just like black coffee) and add 1 tbsp of Coconut Oil (Make sure its 100% pure. Virgin Coconut oil tastes best), 1 tbsp of Unsalted Butter/ Ghee(Clarified Butter), and blend them together in a blender!
What is so special about it?
When I first heard about BPC, I was a little skeptical to try it because of mixed reviews and facts found online. The ingredients were also a little questionable for me since I am on a weight loss path and diet.
When I researched more carefully, I came to know that although calorie-free and great for weight watchers, regular coffee may keep you awake, alert and energized but not satiated enough for a workout or getting through skipping a meal.
BPC can actually do that!
You can have a cup of this miracle, and be able to work out without feeling faint or hungry because of its high-calorie content.
Changes I've made to make it more compatible with my diet...
According to a nutritionist website, the original calories while breaking down the ingredients for 1 cup of BPC are;
117 calories of Coconut Oil, (1 tbsp)
102 calories of Butter, unsalted, (1 tbsp)
4 calories of Regular Coffee, brewed from grounds, (2 cups (8 fl oz))
So you can see that this is a ton of calories, and definitely a great amount of cholesterol intake based on the dosage above.
I, on the other hand, made some small changes to make it fit into my calorie count, and also reduce the intake of cholesterol while still taking in the benefits of BPC for my daily lifestyle.
The first change I made:
Instead of 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, I only add 1/2 a tablespoon, so that makes it;
58 calories of Coconut Oil (1/2 tbsp)
The second change I made:
Instead of Butter, I used either 1/2 a tablespoon of Cow ghee, or just left it as it is with Coconut oil itself.
56 calories in Cow Ghee (1/2 tbsp) or 0 calories for adding nothing else
Why Ghee and not Butter?
Although Both butter and ghee contain small amounts of important fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene, butter is very high in calories and unhealthy fats along with healthy ones, which can be a problem when it comes to controlling cholesterol.
When Ghee (Also called as "Clarified Butter") is made, most of the milk solids are removed.
Those milk solids contain lactose components and a compound called Casein, which is known to cause symptoms like:
Rashes and redness, Wheezing, coughing, asthmatic symptoms, Itching, Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, etc. even though it makes the BPC taste creamier and gives a great frothy top.
Which makes Ghee perfect for vegans or lactose sensitive individuals!
Butter is Acidic in nature, which can disturb your bowel movements or digestion.
Which is why I chose Ghee over Butter! The only physical difference is that the coffee won't be as creamy as it would be with butter. Although it may seem a little greasy, it still tastes great!
Cow ghee is low in fat content and a little higher in cholesterol when compared to buffalo ghee. It also contains richer nutrients than buffalo ghee such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.
Cow ghee is also beneficial for a healthier digestive system and holds better medicinal properties as it can help with hair fall, migraines, vision improvement, concentration, increased memory power etc.
The third change I made:
Instead of two cups worth of coffee grounds, I use only one.
2 Calories of Regular Coffee (1 cup)
So the total number of calories I take with one cup of BPC after the significant changes are:
116 (with Ghee) or 60 (without Ghee)
while without any change would be
The last and final change I made:
After drinking BPC, I wait for half an hour to 45 min (Walking or exercising during that time) and have a very low calorie and high nutrient breakfast if I am not satiated enough to survive until the next meal.
If I still feel full, then I skip the meal and eat a snack after a few hours.
BPC is supposed to be a meal replacement, but since I halved the dosage, I get to take in nutrients while investing some energy and healthy calories into my diet which can help me lose weight and improve my metabolism.
What does it taste like?
I don't know about others' opinions, but to me, it tastes like unsweetened coffee with creams similar to the ones they serve at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks (the iced coffee) with a hint of vanilla-ish Coconut.
I don't take BPC hot, so I compared it to the iced coffee.
Since I use 100% Virgin Coconut oil, the bitterness of the coffee grounds is a little better since the oil is slightly sweet and creamy.
If you are not a fan of bitter coffee, then you can add honey or jaggery in BPC.
I like to take it as it is to keep my sugar cravings at bay, but with a sweetening agent other than sugar, I'm sure it'll taste divine!
How do I feel?
1. I feel more energized and active than I usually am.
2. I am more alert and focused.
3. My digestion is better, and my stomach feels light and satiated.
4. Being a hardcore Foodie, I haven't craved sweets or junk food since I started drinking BPC
5. My mood is improved and I feel great!
6. My tastebuds are absolutely satisfied with the taste of coffee (with a twist!)
Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments below!
This blog is completely based on MY EXPERIENCE and basic thorough research conducted through Google and nutritionist websites. Just because it worked for me, doesn't mean it is great for everybody.
Please conduct a little research based on your health condition and then give this regime a try.
Picture 1 credits (Google)
Nutrition Facts: https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calories.asp?recipe=1890213
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