Health and wellbeing / Recipes | 29.06.2017

2 healthy beverages to boost your energy this winter

Winter is here. 

Well, not in a Game of Thrones way (though the Season 7 premiere is only a couple of weeks away!), but the chill is in the air down south.

If you’re anything like me, you might tend to reach for warming caffeinated drinks to stay warm and toasty. My hands tend to get cold, so there’s nothing better than wrapping them around a mug, so I'm always on the lookout for healthy beverages.

Too much coffee and tea is very dehydrating and not great for the complexion, so I've narrowed my hot bevvy options down to two: bulletproof coffee and golden milk. Yum.

I usually wake up at 4.15 and meditate for half an hour. Come 5am I’m at my desk writing, so I like to start the day with a bulletproof coffee, aka brain octane hit. I give my digestive system a break and intermittently fast for at least 16 hours between meals 3-4 days a week and the bulletproof really helps keep me satiated until my first meal around mid-morning. This is really the mother of all hot, healthy beverages.

Some of the benefits of bulletproof coffee include:

The idea of bulletproof coffee isn't a new concept. It was brewed up by the entrepreneur Dave Asprey in 2004 after he was trekking through Tibet. He was suffering from altitude sickness and was handed a cup of yak butter tea. After drinking it he felt instantaneously rejuvenated and energise, as if a switch was flipped on in his brain and body.

The Tibetans who live in high altitude, cold and rugged terrain, worked this biohack out eons ago – minus the coffee, but still, they had the right idea when it comes to healthy beverages that keep you warm and give your body a boost.

There are three components required for the energy-igniting latte. But first you have to get over your fear of fats. Get your head around this once and for all... GOOD FATS DON'T MAKE YOU FAT. In fact, they’re super important, especially if you're hormonally imbalanced. Your body needs saturated fats.

Coffee. Butter. Oil*

*Note here that all ingredients are not created equal. You can purchase the coffee and the oil directly from the Bulletproof site.

1. The coffee should be organic and upgraded, which means you’re avoiding mycotoxins like fungus and mould. If it’s not the right sort of coffee you won’t get the same benefits, and it could give you the jitters.

2. The butter needs to be organic and from grass fed cows. It has a different fat composition and is higher in essential nutrients (not sure if there’s a vegan alternative… you could try a nut butter like macadamia but there isn’t any research on whether it will work in the same way).

3. The oil needs to be 'brain octane', a supercharged version of medium chain triglyceride oil (MCT) minus the lauric acid. It works directly with the cells by activating your mitochondria, which increases energy and brain function. It also helps your body create energy from fat instead of sugar, which turns you into a fat-burning machine.

How to make bulletproof coffee:

1 cup of freshly brewed coffee (I use a stovetop but you can use a French press or if you have a fancy machine, then a long black)
1–2 tsp of butter
1 tsp–1 tbls of brain octane oil

Put all ingredients in a blender and whizz for 30 seconds or so to make a creamy, frothy latte.

If you’ve been low fat or vegan, then increase your fat consumption slowly. You may also need digestive enzyme support to help your body transition. Another important point is NO sugar or sweeteners, regardless of the source. These will mess with your blood sugar. Besides, you’re sweet enough.

I’m a bit surprised bulletproof coffee hasn’t been popularised in Australia and embraced by baristas and lovers of healthy beverages across the land (although I did notice an older post by Sarah Wilson from I Quit Sugar and Rachael Finch recently and if you’re concerned about the increased fat in your diet, her post-baby bod is a testament to the benefits of this style of coffee).

Come the afternoon, you really need to be off the caffeine so switch it up to golden milk. This yummy turmeric latte is also vegan. So, if you’re not into coffee and animal fat, this may top your list of healthy beverages.

Turmeric has both soothing, healing and medicinal properties as outlined in this earlier post. You'd have also come across it in many Eastern dishes. It’s easily recognisable by its bright yellow-orange hue.

healthy beverages: Benefits of golden milk

The magic component of turmeric is curcumin. A compound that’s been well documented for its health benefits. It’s touted to prevent the enzyme that’s responsible for turning environmental toxins into carcinogens. It can also improve the digestion of sugars by regulating blood sugar and fats by alleviating inflammation in the gut.

how to make it:

2 cups of almond milk (any nut or dairy can be used)
1 tsp turmeric* ground or freshly grated (adjust to taste)
½ tsp cinnamon or cinnamon stick
Pinch black pepper (increases absorption)
Honey or maple syrup to sweeten (optional)

 Blend all ingredients then pour into a small saucepan over medium heat until hot. Don’t boil.

* Note – Turmeric may stain so be careful with handling it.  

Have you tried bulletproof coffee or golden milk? what's your favourite choice of healthy beverages to drink during winter?  Remember if you comment, you're in the running to win $150 worth of products of your choice.


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