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Fancy, Healthy Coffee {seriously … you need to try!}

December 10, 2013
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I love coffee.  Period.

My 9 week break from coffee was hard, lemme tell you.  This pregnancy, and both previous pregnancies, I took a break from coffee during my first trimester.  This was easier than my non-pregnant body could imagine … mostly because I developed a strong aversion to the thought, smell, and for sure, taste, of coffee during each of these first trimesters (our bodies really are smart!).  This doesn’t mean I didn’t miss some aspects of my coffee drinking.  I missed the caffeine (I think, or it could just have been the exhaustion of the first trimester).  I missed sipping on something warm in the mornings at work or home.  I missed the thought of ‘going out for coffee’ on a weekend morning.

Anyway … I’m past that stage now (have been for a couple weeks), and I’m back to drinking coffee (though I’m definitely limiting myself…).  I talked to my doctor, and she assured me that ONE cup a day was fine (she even said two would be okay, but I’m telling myself she only approved ONE).  Some people still look at me, assess that I’m pregnant, see that I’m drinking coffee, and give me odd looks.  Luckily, no one has actually said anything (to my face, at least) yet (I’ve heard bad stories from other public coffee drinking preggos).

A couple months ago, my husband Matt, started adding butter to his coffee.  This disgusted me beyond belief.  I thought maybe it was because we ran out of cream (I’m the one who usually likes cream, and I wasn’t drinking coffee…therefore no one to buy cream at the grocery store).  Then he switched to adding coconut oil.  Then he started adding both.  Ick!  I refused to clean out his coffee mugs that sat in the car all day with remnants of coffee and oil/butter caked on the bottom.  Really, everything about this, completely revolted me.

I finally asked him about it last week (he tried to explain several times before, but apparently I was too disgusted to listen).  Like usual, he convinced me that this was a good idea.

How?

Well … on Sunday, he made us Salted Caramel Lattes (recipe via Wellness Mama).  And, you guessed it, they were fantastic!  He also rattled off all the reasons my ‘latte’ was healthy.  I was convinced.  I actually got up a little earlier (and was just a little later to work) yesterday and made this.  Really it doesn’t take very long … I think I just like having an excuse of being 5 minutes late to work.  Also yesterday, I did a bunch more ‘research’ on my own as to why this cup of coffee was so healthy.

I’m going to do the same in this post.  I’m going to share a couple of the benefits first.  Hopefully, you’ll be motivated enough to overlook the ingredients, and give this recipe a try!  It’s a least worth a try.

Cheers!

Cheers!

Okay, on to the benefits of coconut oil and butter from grass fed cows.  Be sure to note that I am NOT an expert of any sort on nutrition, diet, or food in general.  This info is just what I’ve found online.  Click on any of the links or sources below to find out more information for yourself.  With that ‘disclaimer’, on with it…

Coconut Oil:

Consuming coconut oil and butter from grass fed cows is a great way to increase the healthy fats in your diet.  Coconut oil also has antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal properties and helps with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins and minerals.

Coconut oil happens to be high in Medium Chain Fatty Acids which are easily broken down by the body and converted to energy (hooray!  we could all use more energy)!  Because they’re so easily broken down, they also help increase metabolism (also, hooray!).

Most of the fatty acids in Coconut Oil are Lauric Acid.  Lauric Acid has been shown effective in increasing immunity and fighting disease.  It has even been shown to be preventative against some types of cancer.  Coconut oil is over 40% lauric acid … the richest natural source available.

{Source of above info here}

Why do we need healthy fats in our diet?  According the the Mayo Clinic, fat is essential to your health because it supports a lot of your body’s functions.  Some vitamins, for instance, must have fat to dissolve and nourish your body.  Mark Sisson explains here why eating fat doesn’t make you fat.  He believes it actually does the opposite when combined with other low-carb foods.

More reading about coconut oil, fats, and ‘bulletproof coffee here, here, and here.

Okay, here’s how it’s made.  Note:  Matt got this recipe from Wellness Mama here.

First the ingredients:

Salted Caramel Latte Ingredients

Salted Caramel Latte Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coffee
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 1 tsp butter from grass fed cows
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • optional:  1/2 tsp of vanilla

How to make:

1.  Brew coffee (we like to use a french press, but use whatever you prefer!)

2.  Throw all ingredients into a blender and ‘blend’ for 15-20 seconds.

3.  Pour in a mug, enjoy!!!

Charlie 'helping'

Charlie ‘helping’

Owen Blendng

Owen Blending

All done!  And it tastes fantastic!!!

All done! And it tastes fantastic!!!

That’s it!  It really is simple and tastes like you paid $5 for it!  Even better?  It’s healthy!  I may never drink my coffee any other way.

Hope you’re having a great week!  Thanks for stopping by!

***UPDATE***

A friend of mine introduced me to another version of this.  Well … it’s actually just another ingredient, but it adds some fun spicy flavor (awesome for Fall), and amps up the health factor even more:

Thieves Essential Oil:

A salted latte ... with Thieves Essential Oil!  Delicious and oh so healthy!!  Amp up your 'Bulletproof Coffee' even further!  Via View From The Fridge

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Raquel December 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    OMGOSH! I had my husband start doing this also a few months ago-b/c I had read about the health benefits of it and you know what …it works… it gives him amazing energy! I thought it was weird too so I haven’t tried it! LOL! But now that you posted that recipe I think I’m going to give it a try…those are my favorite…salted caramel lattes!! YUM!
    Raquel

    • Reply Katie December 10, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Raquel,
      Too funny!! The past three days, I feel like I’ve had TONS of energy. Might just be in my head, but I really do think it works. You should totally try it, and let me know if it works for you. This recipe really is good!!
      Thanks for leaving a note! Hope you’re having a good week!
      ~Katie

  • Reply Angela @ Life in Velvet December 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Yum!! This would sure get me more excited to get up early on cold mornings! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Raquel December 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Ok made it yesterday and LOVED it! love the salt…adds a yummy flavor to it;) I’m about to make myself one right now:)

    • Reply Katie December 13, 2013 at 2:15 am

      Awesome!!! Aren’t they addicting? I wish I Gould drink like three every morning. I get really sad when my one cup is empty ;). Glad you liked it! Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Kristine December 22, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Oh my goodness. I was craving one of these lattes for some reason & found this recipe. It was DELICIOUS!!!! Do you have any other recipes like this for coffees? Love it! If I could hug you through the internet I would! LOL

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