Does Bulletproof Coffee Work? This Mama Puts it to the Test!

Bulletproof Coffee - does it really work? How would it affect my mind and body?

There’s no question that I love my coffee! I’m meticulous about the coffee brewing process and the type of beans I use. I’ve special ordered a limited edition coffee bean from a craft coffee house in Portland. I watch coffee review videos on youtube. I think I’m on my way to becoming a coffee snob…

I was very excited to be test driving Bulletproof Coffee for a week, which is a cup of freshly brewed Upgraded Coffee blended with a grass-fed butter and Brain Octane oil. Adding healthy fats to your morning coffee is supposed to make you feel satiated until lunch, and help with focus, performance, and energy!

Delicious bulletproof coffee made with grass-fed ghee and brain octane oil

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

  • Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz) of coffee with 2.5 heaping teaspoons of Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Beans
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of Braind Octane Oil to the hot coffee
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee
  • Mix it in a blender for 20-30 seconds until frothy

Bulletproof Coffee claims to improve cognitive performance, help you burn fat, and provide you with energy… this sounds AMAZING and something I could REALLY use! I put a Bulletproof Coffee Starter Kit to the test for five days to see how it affects me and my day! (Get your own starter kit here!)

The Instamix from Bulletproof Coffee is an easy on the go mix to add to your coffee - get the full effects of grass-fed ghee or butter and brain octane to your coffee

Day One

I opened my Starter Kit to find a bag of ground Upgraded Coffee, Brain Octane Oil, and InstaMix, a powdered source of grass-fed ghee and brain octane. I opened the bag of Upgraded Coffee and was pleasantly surprised by the enticing aroma of the coffee. Hints of berry and an underlying nuttiness mixed with the delicious smell of coffee was a nice way of waking up in the morning, I must say!

I brewed my coffee using a pour-over method this morning and added a single-use packet of the InstaMix, blending it together for a frothy-ish beverage. The coffee had a good, strong taste and the InstaMix provided an interesting mouth feel, not unpleasant, just different.

That morning, I definitely felt a good amount of energy straight through until lunchtime. Not having a second cup of coffee in the morning was definitely a weird feeling – I love my coffee, but I truly didn’t feel the need for another one that day!

Day Two

I used my French Press this morning to brew the Upgraded Coffee, and opted for the traditional method of Bulletproof Coffee by using grass-fed ghee and Brain Octane Oil in my coffee. In my starter kit, I received ground coffee, although whole bean coffee is available and what I usually prefer. With the ground coffee, I definitely preferred using the French Press method of brewing.

The coffee was delicious, although I was still getting used to the mouth feel from the ghee and brain octane oil. The Brain Octane Oil is a key component of Bulletproof Coffee, and it helps you burn fat, and provides fast energy with no crash. Again, I felt energy right through lunch and didn’t need a second cup of coffee – but was I more focused? Was I burning fat? Only time could tell…

Bulletproof Coffee is delicious - but does it actually work?

Day Three

I was getting the hang of making Bulletproof Coffee, although my daughter gave me a weird look when she spotted me adding ghee to my cup! I stirred my coffee today instead of blending it, and it tasted just as good. I could definitely feel my energy better each morning, and this morning I definitely felt more focussed.

With more energy and focus each day, I could definitely see adding in more walking or a yoga class in my day… and then I wondered if that’s what Bulletproof Coffee meant when they said it could help you burn fat!

Day Four

Running late today. Did not make coffee in the morning. FML.

I grabbed a packet of the InstaMix and brought it to work with me, and I added it to my Americano that day. I drank my coffee two hours later than usual, so I had to wait for my energy to kick in, but I definitely noticed my mental focus was off this morning – as if I was missing something.

I felt full and energetic until approximately 2 pm, but something felt off today… I did some research and was surprised to learn that some coffee contains mold toxins that contribute to coffee not doing its’ job properly. The Bulletproof Coffee is meticulously grown in Guatemala, hand-harvested, carefuly processed, handled and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavor. It then undergoes FURTHER quality and purity testing.

So there’s good coffee and bad coffee, and Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee is the good kind!

Bulletproof Coffee - adding butter to coffee never tasted so good!

Day Five

I made Bulletproof Coffee this morning, phew! Yesterday I really didn’t feel as energetic and focused as I had been feeling the rest of this week, and it was definitely off-putting. Today’s coffee was made with the brain octane oil and grass-fed ghee, and it was absolutely wonderful!

Today I felt energized and very mentally-focused. With Bulletproof Coffee I feel like I could take over the world – my to do list isn’t as daunting as it seems, I feel like I’m accomplishing things, and I don’t feel tired or exhausted in the middle of the day anymore. One cup of coffee each day is enough to make me feel invincible – it’s like my super power!

Day Six

I did Bulletproof Coffee for five days in a row, and wanted to take a day off from it to see what would happen. I made a regular coffee that morning and it was my ‘Ah!’ moment. Or more as in, ‘Ahhh!! I should’ve had some bulletproof coffee’.

I couldn’t believe that I felt hungry before lunch! You best believe that I NEEDED a second cup of coffee by 2pm, or I don’t think I would’ve made it through the day…

I definitely recommend trying Bulletproof Coffee if you’re looking for something to help provide energy and maintain focus! Learn more about Bulletproof Coffee on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and check out their official Bulletproof Coffee website.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product for review, however everything in this post is truthful and my own opinion. I am a huge fan of Bulletproof Coffee, and I love sharing this amazing company with you!

 

 

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Irish Coffee Recipe & a Starbucks Giveaway

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I have always loved a cup of Irish Coffee after a delicious and indulgent dinner at a nice restaurant. An Irish Coffee is the perfect little pick me up after a big meal, but it’s also sweet and is a dessert unto itself.

With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to share with you my favourite and authentic Irish Coffee recipe, as I have got from the Irish mom of one of my closest friends!

4.7 from 44 reviews
Irish Coffee
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Serves: 4
 
A delicious and authentic Irish Coffee recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 tbsps Bailey's Irish Creme
  • ½ cup Irish Whiskey
  • 4 tbsps Brown Sugar
  • 4 cups Strong Hot Coffee
Instructions
  1. Make the Bailey's whipped cream by adding the heavy cream and Bailey's Irish Cream together. Using an electric mixer, beat until stiff.
  2. In a medium pot on the stove, add the remaining ingredients and heat on medium until warm, but do not boil.
  3. Divide between 4 cups, and top with a layer of Bailey's whipped cream.
 

 

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Paleo Meyer Lemon Pudding #CoolerWithAlmondBreeze

Paleo Friendly Meyer Lemon Pudding Dessert

As one of our New Year’s resolutions, our household has been focused on healthy living since the beginning of the year (read more about our health journey here). I’ve lost quite a bit of weight on the HCG diet, my husband has lost weight along with me, and we’ve started changing our kids’ diets to be more focused on whole foods, getting rid of all the processed junk.

I’m very excited to share this recipe with you today – I discovered it through a friend on Facebook (isn’t that how we find anything nowadays?), and relished in the fact that it was Paleo-friendly, egg-free, dairy-free, and made of delicious Meyer lemons.

I’ve adapted the recipe from Healing Family Eats (which is a very lovely blog featuring autoimmune Paleo recipes), and I added Almond Breeze in the recipe. My daughter is allergic to the cow milk protein, and the rest of our family have slight lactose intolerances, that make eating heavy sauces and desserts no fun! (Think cheesecakes and alfredo sauces – those are a huge no go in our house!)

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Almond Breeze is helping us maintain our 2015 health resolutions by providing our family with a beverage that is lactose-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free, but still a source of calcium.

After using Almond Breeze in our Island Breeze Smoothie, I knew I wanted to try almond milk in a dessert. My daughter was very excited to come home to this little treat! Not only is it Paleo, but it’s dairy-free and egg-free, and is a perfect lemon dessert. It’s light and fluffy, but with a pudding consistency.

In the original recipe, the blogger said it was very fluffy, whereas mine turned out more like a pudding, perhaps because I added a bit more gelatin? Either way, the whole family adored this dessert and asked for seconds! If you try it, let me know!

4.9 from 8 reviews
Paleo Meyer Lemon Pudding
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
 
A light and fluffy pudding that's dairy-free.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 tsp gelatin
  • 2 tbsp zest of Meyer lemons
  • ½ cup juice of Meyer lemons
  • 2 cups (500ml) Almond Breeze milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. Put ½ a cup of water in a shallow pot, and sprinkle gelatine on top. Set aside for about 5 minutes until softened.
  2. In a large jug, mix lemon zest, lemon juice, almond milk, and salt.
  3. Heat the gelatine very gently, just until dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the honey.
  5. Whisk the gelatine-honey mixture into the lemon-almond milk.
  6. Divide into 4 bowls or small glasses, and chill about 2 hours, until set.
Notes
Recipe Adapted from <a href="http://healingfamilyeats.com/meyer-lemon-fluff-aip/" target="new" data-mce-href="http://healingfamilyeats.com/meyer-lemon-fluff-aip/">Lemon Fluff from Healing Family Eats</a>

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Island Breeze Smoothie #CoolerWithAlmondBreeze

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I’ve been on a massive lifestyle change this year and so far the results have been incredible! I’m happier than I have been in a very long time, I’m healthier and losing weight (thanks to the amazing diet I’m on!), and I’m starting to add my kids to this health kick.

My kids are resistant to change. And to vegetables. I have a toddler with bizarre eating habits, and a tween who is reverting to boring, processed foods on a regular basis. The one meal they can both agree on is pasta, which I make with homemade sauces and pack full of veggies, and I am starting to use zucchini noodles to mix it up – but come on! How much pasta can two kids eat? (Answer: A LOT.)

So each day I’ve been trying to add something new and healthy into their daily eating habits, and I’m using Almond Breeze almond milk to help reach our health goals! Almond Breeze is a great substitute for milk, especially as my daughter has an allergy to cow’s milk. It has no saturated fats, no cholesterol, no gluten or lactose, and it’s a great source of calcium.

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My kids love smoothies (especially when they’re not green!), and Almond Breeze gives smoothies a nice, creamy texture and flavour, without any overpowering taste. My favourite flavour is the Unsweetened Vanilla, but in this smoothie recipe I used the Original Unsweetened. I find adding the fruits in the smoothies makes it sweet enough!

This Island Breeze Smoothie reminds me of a tropical drink, it’s full of fibrous fruits, and is super easy to make. If you don’t have the exact fruits or liquids, simply substitute keeping the portions the same – 1.5 cups of liquid, 1 cup of frozen fruits, 1 medium banana! It’s healthy and nutritious, and makes a great breakfast substitute for busy kids on the go.

4.9 from 11 reviews
Island Breeze Smoothie #CoolerWithAlmondBreeze
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A delicious and easy to make tropical-inspired smoothie!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze beverage
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup frozen mango pieces
  • 1 medium banana, frozen or fresh
Instructions
  1. Place of all the ingredients in a blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend on high until combined and smooth.
You can find Almond Breeze beverages in both refrigerated and shelf stable sections at your local grocery store! This post was sponsored by Almond Breeze, but the recipe and opinions are all mine!

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2014 Craft Beer Advent Calendar

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A beer advent calendar. What a novel idea! Why should kids have all the fun? Remember advent calendars? Waking up each December morning to pop open that day’s surprise, usually chocolate or a little trinket? The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar does the same thing – but for adults, and with beer!

The Calgary-based Craft Beer Importers Canada have assembled the BeerAdvent Calendar for the past three years running, a large advent calendar that contains 24 different craft beers, from 17 different countries on six continents. Each day, I was pleasantly surprised with our beer findings – there were different varieties and styles of beers, from light lagers to black stouts, from places like Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, and Israel.

I posted each of our beer discoveries on Instagram, and I’ve brought together all 24 pictures of beer below:

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The BeerAdvent Calendar was an awesome Christmas present to ourselves! It because our evening ritual to pull a chilled bottle out of the fridge and split it between the two of us after dinner. I can’t wait until the 2015 calendar comes out next fall! Check out the BeerAdvent Calendar on Facebook & Twitter!

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