Lately I have been researching ways to incorporate more natural, healthful supplements into my daily life. Having trouble with dry skin, cuticles, fighting off colds, and all kinds of winter-caused maladies, I have been looking for natural ways to improve my health internally and externally without adding harmful chemicals to my body. I began to notice a trend as I did my research: no matter what health issue I was reading about, I kept coming across coconut oil in just about every article I read.
I won’t list all the benefits here. More qualified people have done so elsewhere and I gladly refer you on to them if you’d like to know more (scroll to bottom of this post for links).
However, after reading all the ways in which coconut oil can improve my life, I had to face a problem I have: I hate coconut. I don’t like coconut anything. I have tried and tried to develop a taste for it but my tastebuds have rebelled every step of the way. I just can’t like it.
But when I heard about bulletproof coffee, I knew that I had to try it. If you follow me on Instagram then you may remember this photo (below) from a couple of months ago, when My mom and I had been on a search for some bulletproof coffee to try and we finally found a place in Dallas that makes it.
After tasting the fresh, frothy drink blended by an awesome barista, I decided that this was probably the only way I would ever be able to ingest coconut oil and almost like it. However, as much as I would love to support a store that makes this wonderfully healthy stuff, I a) don’t live close enough to one, and b) simply couldn’t justify the expense when I can so easily make it at home.
I decided to try Wellness Mama’s recipe and it was a success! I am sharing it below with a minor improvement (in my opinion): the increase of vanilla used and the elimination of stevia. Of course you may not be a vanilla person like me, in which case you will probably prefer the original version. Either way, if you’re ingesting coconut oil, you simply can’t go wrong.
I need to quickly add that I’ve noticed a lot of people are ranting right now over the popularity of this oil because of its high fat content. I was also skeptical at first, until I read that the fat in coconut oil is easily digested and not stored in the human body because of its ability to readily cross cell membranes and be immediately converted into energy in your liver. So please don’t let the naysayers turn you off from trying this amazing oil! (If you really can’t get over the calories/fat, then please use it anyway and try to reduce your caloric and fat intake elsewhere during the day.)
Articles on Coconut Oil:
Livestrong’s Benefit of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
Wellness Mama’s 101 Uses For Coconut Oil
original recipe here
1 cup of organic coffee *
1 tablespoon coconut oil**
1 teaspoon organic butter, unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Put all ingredients into blender or food processor.*** Mix on high speed for 20 seconds or until mixture is completely emulsified and frothy. Drink immediately.
*I confess to having cheated with K-cup coffee. It isn’t preferable, but it’s better than not getting in the coconut oil
**I use organic, unrefined coconut oil
***I like to have everything ready in the blender and add the coffee last, right after brewing, so that it remains hot enough to drink when I’m done.