Have you heard of butter coffee (or tea)? Over the past year this trend has been floating around the social networking sphere that I include myself in and it had piqued my interest. I like coffee and I like butter... but together? Not sure...
So after seeing a super fit co-worker enjoy a version of this concoction regularly I figured it was finally time to do some of my own research, ask a few questions and try it out myself.
It all started in Ethiopia over 600 years ago and a similar variation in Nepal with tea and yak butter. More recently, however, it has been picked up by us Westerners via travel, the internet and foodie trend followers. Needless to say there's been a lot of people fuelling themselves with any one of the many varieties of this drink and now there is even a lot of research backing up the effectiveness of this good-for-you-fat combination. I won't get in to the details but if you want to delve in to it check out the article here and the wiki page for all the goodness that coconut oil is here.
After doing a bunch of reading on the subject and asking a few more questions I settled on coconut oil for my fat of choice to be blended with my morning brew for two reasons. Firstly, because it's nearly impossible to get 100% grass-fed dairy butter in Canada (we have long winters here... so this is a fairly obvious obstacle) and secondly, the health benefits of coconut oil are seemingly endless and consuming two tablespoons a day in some other fashion would likely prove to be a challenge to be consistent with.
My morning routine has evolved a bit and so far it's been working really well. Soon after waking I have a tall glass of room temperature water with the freshly squeezed juice of a quarter of a lemon - this gives my body a good boost in the alkaline department before the coffee injection which is acidic. It's all about balance, right? I then make the coconut oil blended coffee before heading to work where by the time I've arrived at my desk the drinkable temperature is perfect in the travel mug. After finishing the coffee I've found that I'm no longer jonesing for something carb-based to feel like I have some energy (had been a cereal/granola/scone kind of breakfast person prior to this experiment) but also have not experienced the usual jitters from running on coffee alone. Also, I haven't been really hungry until nearly lunch time (which is around 11 am for me). However, if I have been particularly active with meeting set-ups or other running around tasks in the morning instead of just sitting at the desk I'll have some almonds or an apple to tide me over.
There are a lot of different claims from different websites of the positive effects of this drink. I've found that the best results so far have been knowing I'm giving my body and brain some great fats that are needed for muscle maintenance and metabolism boosting first thing in the morning. And I really like the way it tastes!
Give it a try and let me know what you think of it. Something to do on occasion for your morning routine? Or not your cup of tea (or coffee... as it were)?