I’m assuming if you’re reading my blog you’ve heard of Bulletproof Coffee before but just in case you haven’t lets back up for a sec to explain what this drink is all about.
Creator of the Bulletproof brand, Dave Asprey, says Bulletproof Coffee should be made up of low-mold coffee beans; at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter (grass-fed, which is higher in Omega 3s and vitamins); and one to two tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, a type of easily digestible fat.
Apparently having this high fat, 450+ calorie cup of coffee instead of breakfast can lead to weight loss, suppress hunger, increased energy throughout the day and helps with mental clarity and focus.
Naturally, I was very intrigued.
I love coffee and I love butter so I figured I’d probably REALLY LOVE this whole Bulletproof Coffee thing. Well, I drank a cup of it every single day for 1 week and did a mini journal entry each day so I could share my experience with you all.
Oh, and for the record for my Bulletproof Coffee I used regular Trader Joe’s coffee, coconut oil instead of MCT oil and Kerrygold grass-fed butter.
1 Week Drinking Bulletproof Coffee:
Day 1: I woke up so excited to try this magical buttery elixer. I immediately poured about 1.5 cups of fresh brewed coffee into my blender with 1 tbsp Kerrygold unsalted butter, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon and blended. The result looked great- a light frothy buttery coffee…but the taste and texture EW! Maybe I just couldn’t get past the idea of 1 tbsp of butter in my coffee but I found the texture and mouth feel to be very oily and the flavor was just something I had never had. I will say I stayed full for 3 hours after consuming this and even took a yoga class running only on bulletproof coffee.
Day 2: I was hopeful that day 2 I’d be a little more use to the taste of bulletproof coffee. I was also feeling experimental so I tossed half a scoop of Vital Proteins Vanilla Collagen into the blender for a little flavor boost and it was awful. I choked down my coffee and forced myself to have a bite or two of an Rx Bar bar before heading on my 10 mile training run. I will say all day even after that run I was never starving or craving junk so that was good and maybe a total placebo effect.
Day 3: I was on a mission to figure out the perfect recipe for my DIY Bulletproof Coffee. To decrease the oily taste/mouthfeel I decreased the coconut oil down to 1 tsp which helped A LOT. I also added a couple drops of pure vanilla extract for flavor instead of the collagen and kind of liked the flavor. I stayed full for 2.5 hours then had a Perfect Bar and didn’t need anything else until a late lunch at 1:00 pm.
Day 4: I tried my same recipe as the day before and thought to myself…maybe I could actually get on board with this whole Bulletproof Coffee thing. I stayed full for almost 3 hours again and felt great!
Day 5: I woke up today dare I say it… excited to drink my Bulletproof Coffee… but as I measured out the ingredients I kept thinking how much easier it would be to just throw a splash of half & half into my coffee. Since I committed to myself to try butter coffee for a week I took the extra time to make my Bulletproof Coffee. But today I hated it. I really missed my whole ritual of walking like a zombie into my kitchen, throwing some cream into my coffee and snuggling back in bed. Also, the oily/greasy texture of Bullerproof Coffee was really starting to make me cringe.
Day 6: I don’t have anything new to say here other than the fact that the concept of not eating food and drinking coffee, butter and coconut oil for breakfast just started to seem very wrong. I was craving an actual breakfast and had a piece of toast with my Bulletproof Coffee #sorrynotsorry.
Day 7: You guys, I failed. I woke up today and just couldn’t do it. I put half & half into my coffee and made an egg, toast and some sautéed kale for breakfast. I felt so much better about what I was eating and for the first time in a week truly enjoyed sipping on my coffee.
Why I decided bulletproof coffee wasn’t for me?
Let’s get this straight I am by no means hating on Bulletproof Coffee I simply decided it wasn’t for me.
I narrowed down my reasoning for disliking Bulletproof Coffee to the following: I think it tastes terrible and I simply disagree with the idea of replacing your breakfast with coffee and butter (for myself).
Let me explain further,
- Taste- I love coffee, coconut oil and I love butter…separately… BUT together they created a drink that was just nasty and left this greasy/slimy feeling in my mouth. I don’t know if I just couldn’t get over the idea of consuming that much fat in one “meal” or genuinely disliked the taste.
- Concept- I completely understand the idea of consuming Bullerproof Coffee for those on low carb diets, however for those of us eating a normal diet I hate the idea of switching your normal breakfast for a big cup of butter coffee. I found myself being hungry a couple hours later and consuming WAY more fat than any human should. Speaking of fat, I know some saturated fat in your diet is great for your health BUT consuming very large doses of anything may make it harmful. I think I’ll stick with whole grain toast, an egg and some veggies for breakfast thank you very much.
Have you ever tried Bulletproof Coffee?
Do you love or hate Bulletproof Coffee?
What are your thoughts about the whole Bulletproof Coffee trend?