Let’s talk about fat. We’ve moved on from the ‘low fat’ era, and I truly believe people are finally coming around to the fact that fat is our friend. Well, I hope so anyway.
Fat plays an extremely important role in our diets and leading a low fat lifestyle will almost certainly mean weight gain, nutrient deficiency and hunger, not to mention tasteless food. No one wants that!
Adding fat makes food and drinks more satisfying, keeping you fuller for longer, which in turn will stop you craving all those dangerous sweet treats or processed carbs, especially at 3pm.
So what does ‘bulletproof’ mean?
You’ve probably seen it used on social media and maybe it’s popped up on your local café menu. It began with the introduction of Bulletproof Coffee, which was started by a clever fellow called Dave Asprey. If you're like me and love a bit of food and nutrition science, check out his blog while you sip on the recipe below.
When you prepare a bulletproof drink, use the highest quality ingredients available. I totally understand you also have to work within your budget so, at a minimum, grass fed organic butter is a must. We have Kerrygold for our coffee and then cook with something a little cheaper.
Grass fed butter has higher levels of vitamin K2, which helps calcium distribution in the body. It also contains butyrate, a food source (prebiotic) for the good bacteria in our guts and happy guts are a legitimate life goal. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
MCT oil is different than regular coconut oil and if you're using it for the first time, please tread carefully starting with 1 tsp and gradually building to 1 tbsp. It is tasteless and odourless and broken down by the body really quickly, meaning it’s not stored as fat but converted to ketones for an immediate hit of energy.
Fear not, coconut oil will bring a beautiful texture to this recipe if you are like 99.9% of the population and don’t have a bottle of MCT oil lying around but when you’re ready to join us biohacking nerds, MCT is the way to go.
Supercharged Bulletproof Beetroot Hot Chocolate
Makes 1 serve
GF, DF option, high fat
Prep time + tidy up: 5mins
Cook time: 5mins
1 mug of coconut milk*
15g Grassfed butter or ghee for DF – I really like using salted butter but it’s up to you
1 tsp MCT or coconut oil
Maple syrup or honey to sweeten
Optional – 1 tsp beef gelatin powder
Heat milk in saucepan or microwave.
Add warm milk along with all other ingredients to blender or nutribullet.
Blend for a few seconds.
Pour into a mug. Sweeten if desired. Sit back, relax and sip away.
TIP: Be careful when blending hot liquids. I do use a Nutribullet but I know it is not advised. Place a tea towel over the top of your blender covering your hand just in case. Don’t put the lid on too early before you blend so steam doesn’t build up inside and if you can vary the speed of your blender, start at the slowest speed.
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