I am not a breakfast eater.
I’ve never been able to, even if I prepare it the night before.
I know, I know. I’ve heard it all: “it’s the most important meal of the day”, “breakfast keeps you going all day”, yadda yadda yadda. I just can’t do it.
I’m not trying to brush off the fact that breakfast is important, and I wanted to somehow incorporate its benefits into my morning routine, so I figured out a compromise.
I put coconut oil in my morning coffee.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the bulletproof coffee in one way or another. By adding butter to your coffee and blending it up, giving you a fat/energy + caffeine boost.
Basically, coffee + fat/energy (butter) = bulletproof coffee.
I just can’t stomach the idea of putting butter in coffee; it sounds kind of gross to me. I can’t knock it til I try it, I’m sure, but I just can’t bring myself to try it.
I’d forgotten about the trend for a little while, and then one day, an article popped up on my Facebook feed about bulletproof coffee, and it got me thinking – if people put butter in their coffee to reap the benefits of good fat, why not coconut oil?
It’s got TONS of health benefits (and it’s so versatile)!
So, I asked my friend Alyth – a licenced nutritionist – if this would be a good idea, and here’s what she said:
Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are a type of saturated fat with several health benefits. The body utilizes them differently than other fats – within moments of being consumed, MCTs are converted by the liver to energy. Therefore, the combination of caffeine and MCTs give you a quick surge of energy that lasts, without the crash. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antiviral, which means it boosts your immune system. It will also increase metabolism, improve blood sugar regulation and protects against heart disease. Bonus: Blending your morning cuppa with coconut oil will give your coffee a creamy texture, so you can skip the dairy!
I would believe anything this girl tells me. You can check out her website by clicking here. She posts fabulous recipes and nutrition tips that are definitely eye-opening, and offers her knowledge and health services for those in the Toronto area!
Anyway, back to coffee. Like I said, I compromised my morning routine.
By putting coconut oil in my coffee, I’m allowing myself to kick start my day with some healthy fats and helping my liver turn these fats into energy to keep me going (just like breakfast does). I’ve also realized that I don’t feel that caffeine crash as early as I normally would.
I love coffee (and drink copious amounts of it every day). I feel like I’ve cut back on my daily intake because of this small change without feeling like a caffeine-deprived zombie. It’s kind of amazing.
Plus, I personally think it tastes better than butter would, but that’s just my opinion.
Maybe I’ll try butter one day.