Stranded on a deserted island. Forced to choose between a lifetime supply of kale or coffee. I choose COFFEE. I’d spend my life carving a French press out of a coconut. You just can’t give up on important things in life.
Coffee: Like everything else out there, it comes with conflicting reports. Some say it’s the healthiest drink for you (God bless you Dave Asprey) and some say it’s the worst. With the bulk of my nutrition education being in detoxification, I understand that there’s a time and a place to caffeinate. In a health crisis, suffering from adrenal exhaustion or addicted to the stuff — step away from the Keurig. If you’re healthy, have a surplus of natural energy and limit your intake — go for it.
I’m not one to stand between a woman and her coffee, but I definitely coach my clients on making the healthiest choices possible. When it comes to coffee, quality is everything. It’s tempting to save a buck, but the inexpensive + non-organic coffee is loaded with mycotoxins. Unless you think the best part of waking up is fungus in your cup — you need to upgrade ASAP. (More details on mycotoxins + selecting coffee here.)
In addition to choosing the best bean possible, it’s also important to healthify what you add to your coffee. I’m talking to you PSL lovers. Once in awhile — fine. But on the daily? You can do better. Those sugary beverages keep us in a revolving door of sugar + carb cravings. If daydreaming about donuts and canoodling with the candy machine is your idea of a good time, by all means…bottoms up on the PSL. But if you want to cut the cravings + experience a clean/steady stream of energy all day…time to switch your PSL to a LYB.
LYB // Love Your Body Latte
The LYB Latte is inspired by Bulletproof Coffee. It’s a bit lighter + the ingredients can be (and should be) tailored towards your goal. The best part? I’m going to show you how to take the LYB on the road, making it easy to enjoy your new favorite coffee drink…everywhere!
The original Bulletproof Coffee recipe calls for:
8 ounces coffee
1-2 TBS grass-fed butter
Up to 2 TBS MCT Oil
That’s a lot of fat for your body to handle if you’re not used to it. + while the ratios may seem small and insignificant, the difference between a tsp and a tbs is pretty major when you’re dealing with such powerful, saturated fats.
Coffee. Organic + single-estate if possible.
The LYB Latte calls for organic, grass-fed ghee instead of grass-fed butter. Ghee is casein + lactose free and has an alkalizing effect on the body. Butter is acidic. I’ll take all the pH balancing power I can get when drinking coffee. Adding a healthy dose of ghee to your LYB will also help lubricate your joints, boost memory + mental clarity and improve digestion.
Organic, extra-virgin coconut oil. If you’re not already on the coconut oil wagon — hop on it! Coconut oil is a powerful superfood that I recommend clients take + cook with on the daily. Coconut oil is nourishing to the thyroid + metabolism, and due to lauric acid boasts anti-fungal/anti-viral properties. Bonus perk: It will seriously neutralize your sugar cravings.
To help you love your LYB, I’ve created three recipes to tempt your taste buds. All of these must be processed in a blender. Whip it up for 30-60 seconds and you’ll have a lovely froth on top.
LYB Vanilla Latte // 8 ounces coffee, 1T ghee, 1T coconut oil, 2T full-fat coconut milk, 1 tsp lucuma, pure vanilla extract, dash of cinnamon. Blend + enjoy.
LYB Mocha // 8 ounces coffee, 1T ghee, 1Tcoconut oil, 2T full-fat coconut milk, 1T Philosophie Superfoods Cacao Magic (or any organic raw cacao powder), dash of cinnamon, dash of cayenne. Blend + enjoy.
LYB Pumpkin Spice // 8 ounces coffee, 1T ghee, 1T coconut oil, 1T coconut cream (skim cream off full fat coconut milk), 1 tsp organic pumpkin puree, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. You’re sweet enough already, but a bit of pure maple syrup would make this amaaaaaazing.
Take your LYB on the go
If you want to enjoy your LYB later in the day, as you can imagine — it’d be pretty tough to tote all the ingredients into Starbucks. The Brightside of this healthy fat-filled latte: Saturated fats solidify, making it easy to tote a cube of LYB ingredients. In my personal practice, I use large BPA-free ice cube trays to store my LYB essentials. Each cube holds: 1T ghee, 1T coconut oil, 2T coconut milk + my superfoods/spices. Keep it fresh though! Make enough for the week + store covered in the fridge or freezer. Keep a tray at the office or in your purse.
As I said in this blog, I suggest limiting your LYB Lattes to one cup per day. If you want another cup of black coffee after that — go for it. If you need more than 2 cups, might be time to ponder scaling back on coffee and strengthening your natural energy.