If any of you guys follow me on social media, you’ve probably seen me plop tablespoons worth of butter and coconut oil into my morning cup of coffee. Many people have reacted with a solid, “What the hell are you doing?” or just straight up “Ew.” I literally love getting these reactions from people because it gives me a chance to explain what I consider to be my secret weapon – or what I like to call my “Every Morning Brew”. I started drinking high fat coffee when I converted over to a lowcarb lifestyle. At first it was a bit of an adjustment, but now I can barely drink coffee any other way.
So finally, I’ve decided to commit my rationale to paper (or cyberspace) – recipe and all! Here are the main reasons I add so much fat to my coffee, as well as why it may or may not be a good choice for you:
I follow a low-carb, high-fat/ketogenic diet.
- If this is your lifestyle/diet protocol (like it is mine), then give it a shot. The added fats to your coffee not only make it easier to keep your macronutrient ratios, but the extra calories and fat first thing in the morning will help keep you fuller longer. It’s also particularly helpful if you’re just starting out a low-carb-high-fat diet. Having the extra fat boost first thing in the morning will help regulate your energy levels and make your transition away from carbs a little easier.
I used to be a mid-morning snacker.
- Drinking a high fat coffee is a good way to help kick this habit. I used to be a die hard breakfast eater. I would wake up every day absolutely starving and couldn’t get myself going without eating first. The only problem was that I was religiously hungry two hours later – no matter how much I ate (note: I was still eating a high carb diet at that time). Adding the extra fat-calories to my first meal of the day helped keep me satiated significantly longer. Now I don’t even need to eat breakfast first thing in the morning. I just drink my coffee when I wake up, and usually go till about 12pm before I have my first meal of the day. This is in part due to better hormone regulation, but also because fats take longer for your body to break down as compared to carbs and protein. Pro advice: If you eat a breakfast that has you feeling hungry 2 hours later, you might want to look at changing up your breakfast routine too.
Following a very low-fat diet.
- This is probably the most shocking reason. But if you’re eating a low fat diet, it means your body could be lacking a lot of the essential fatty acids and omega-3’s it needs to take care of your skin, heart, and brain. Certain oils and butters contain these healthy fats and fat soluble-vitamins that help your body function and reduce inflammation. And to nip this argument in the bud – yes, you can also get many of these vitamins from different fruits. However, most fruit also comes a whole host of sugar which ultimately slows down your brain function and causes inflammation. I’d recommend swapping out your morning oatmeal, toast, or fruit parfait for my morning brew recipe (see below) and some eggs with spinach. See if you notice a difference in your mental clarity throughout the morning, particularly if you’re the type of person that crashes around lunchtime.
It tastes good
- Adding these high fat ingredients definitely changes the flavor profile from a regular cup of coffee. But even if you aren’t a traditional fan of fatty foods, almost everyone can appreciate flavor. If you really don’t know where to start, try out my Every Morning Brew recipe and let me know what you think. I’m not much into sweet coffee drinks, so add in some stevia if that’s you cup of tea (shamelessly inserted that pun). Play around with your concoction until you find a taste that works best for you!
So there you have it! My high-fat coffee addiction is explained. As always, if you have questions, never hesitate to check in with me. I’d love to hear what you guys think of my Every Morning Brew and how you make it your own.
Until next time… -Eva
My “Every Morning Brew”:
- Brew an 8 – 10oz cup of black coffee
- Add 3 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream or half and half
- Add 1 tablespoon of MCT oil
- Add ½ a tablespoon of salted butter
- Add a pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt
- Stir together until butter is completely melted, and enjoy!
- Don’t use milk! Compare how many added sugars are in your cup of skim to a cup of heavy cream next time you’re at the grocery store and you’ll see why.
- You can buy single packets of MCT oil at the Whole Foods if you’re not ready to invest in a $25 bottle of oil.
- Table salt works too, I’m just uppity about my salt sometimes.