I have some shocking, and rather sad (albeit a temporary sadness) coffee-related news.
Here it is: I stopped drinking my morning bulletproof coffee a couple of months ago. In a rash moment and a terrible spate of longing to fit into my pre-winter jeans (they are a bit snug after a long winter of not enough daily walks and a bit too much heavy warm meals) I started watching how many calories I was consuming every day. I wrote down my daily calorie counts. I ate more salads, veggies and I wrote down every calorie, like they tell you to do. Most every calorie, that is. Nearly every calorie. Most days. Except, of course, on days when I was too busy. Or on days when I blew it by mid-morning, and decided that writing calories down at that point was a waste of time and just determined to Start Anew Tomorrow. In essence, for about two days I wrote down every calorie. Or so.
But that’s not all I did. I started wearing a pedometer to count my steps, until I lost it one day while hauling hay to the garden. Perhaps small farmers like me (not as small as I’d like to be, admittedly, or else I’d fit into those pre-winter jeans, alas) should learn their lessons and not attempt to wear pedometers? I don’t know.
On my to-do list: Buy a pedometer that doesn’t just slip onto (and off of!) the waistband, but somehow snaps on, so it cannot be lost, even if I’m carrying bags of chicken feed, or bending and twisting and moving hay bales, or whatnot. The sad thing is (another sad thing, unfortunately, though not coffee-related and regrettably not temporary, either) that I lost it on an amazingly high step day, when surely I would have been very proud indeed of myself, because of all my jeans-area-slimming movement. Maybe not 10,000 steps, but perhaps close to it. Oh well.
Anyway, does anybody have this type of pedometer? Gentle Readers? Talk to me!
Back to the coffee-related news.
I decided after a few weeks, that cutting out the morning Bulletproof coffee wasn’t helping me lose weight at all, and I was losing out on other things, instead. I missed my morning cup of bulletproof coffee, and the benefits it provided: a lot of energy. More mental sharpness. And honestly, I struggled with sugar cravings again, usually all day long. I realized that cutting out the Bulletproof coffee (with its beneficial fats) was probably working against my efforts to lose a few pounds. I lost not an ounce. I lost my pedometer, lots of energy, and a bit of mental clarity. But not a pound, nay, not even an ounce. (Moping about it still.)
And so, do you know what I did? You’re way ahead of me, aren’t you, Gentle Reader? Well, of course I started drinking it again. Ahhhh. I’m so happy about it, too. I wake up early, thanking God for a new day, praying for my family and friends, and looking forward to my morning cup of bulletproof coffee.
Here’s my original post about how to make my version of bulletproof coffee. I say “my version” because the original Bulletproof® coffee is the brainchild of Dave Asprey, who writes an amazing blog called “The Bulletproof Executive.” He’s the guy who coined the term “Bulletproof Coffee” and is a very active and wondrously productive guy who has developed his own brand of coffee beans which are supposed to be lower in toxins and thus much better for you. He’s a biohacker. Dave claims that his original Bulletproof coffee “has a massive impact on cognitive function.”
I completely believe him. I feel sharper and more energetic and smarter when I’m drinking a cup of bulletproof coffee every morning, even though it’s my version, not his.
Here’s how I refer to my version: “bulletproof coffee.” Here’s Dave’s version: “Bulletproof® coffee.” See the difference? In my original post, I called it “Joy in a Cup.” I stand by that claim.
Biohacker, by the way, is a term not made up by my generation, ya’all, but Dave’s. I think it’s pretty cool. (“Cool” is a my-generation term. Also “neat-o” but not–contrary to popular belief–”groovy.” “Groovy” predates even my generation, so there, kids.) “Biohacking” can refer to (I looked it up) managing one’s own biology using a combination of medical, nutritional and electronic techniques. It can go even deeper then this, and get into magnetic implants, and also do-it-yourself gene sequencing, but I doubt if even Dave Asprey takes it that far. Of course I haven’t poked around on his website that much. You can, if you want to.
A modern example of a biohacker, of course, is Ironman, who is cool by any generation’s reckoning. And, possibly, even groovy.
Dave Asprey makes his cup of coffee with lots of added butter from grass-fed cows, and a special oil that he has developed that is a mix of palm and coconut oils. He claims that his health and his life is enhanced by drinking this special brew every morning. I believe him. He also appears to make his living from selling these products on his website. I applaud him. He sounds like an amazing guy!
I usually just drink a cup of bulletproof coffee in the morning, when I get up early to do my writing, but sometimes I like a cup in the afternoons, too, especially if I’m having a really busy day when I have to get lots done.
But in the summertime, when it’s hot in the afternoon, I don’t want to drink something steaming hot, even if it does have a delicious foamy froth on the top and gives me lots of energy. But I discovered how to make iced bulletproof coffee, and that really tastes amazing on a hot day. It’s easy to make, but you really have to know a couple of tricks to do it right.
Aren’t you lucky, Gentle Reader, because I’m going to share them with you! I call my bulletproof coffee “Joy in a Cup,” and this iced bulletproof coffee I’ll call “Bliss in a Mason Jar.” Clever, eh?
Here’s what it looks like:
Here’s how I make it:
First, make a large mug of bulletproof coffee per my instructions in this post, including dumping it all into your blender and whipping it all up nicely, so it has that delicious froth on the top. That is the fats all emulsified with the coffee. Then, instead of slurping it all down (though you will be tempted!) put it into a mason jar with a lid and stick it into the freezer.
This is important! If you let it sit on the countertop, or stick it in the refrigerator, the fats will probably separate and you won’t have this beautiful iced beverage to look forward to.
Your iced coffee will stay nicely in the freezer for several hours, just getting icier and icier. Don’t leave it there overnight, or it may freeze solid and explode in your freezer, which wouldn’t be nice at all. But 3 or 4 hours is about perfect.
After the chilling, pour the iced coffee over a big glass of ice and enjoy! That’s it!
By the way . . .
have you discovered these handy plastic mason jar lids yet? I use a lot of mason jars in my kitchen–I store leftovers in them, I freeze stuff in them, I transport soup in them. These plastic lids are great! They are perfect for popping on the top of your iced bulletproof coffee, too, before you pop it into the freezer.
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I’ll be linking this post up with the nice folks over at The Prairie Homestead. Come on over, you’ll like it!