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Dos And Don’ts Of Bulletproof Coffee

Dos And Don’ts Of Bulletproof Coffee

I am a big fan of bulletproof coffee. I drink it almost every day and I’ve written about it here and done an entire podcast episode on it here. With those posts have come a bazillion questions and hopefully I’ll address them all today including a bunch of “dos and don’ts” to make sure that you reap the full benefits of a fat loss friendly breakfast option. As I’ve said a million times before but can’t resist saying again for clarity: there is nothing magical about bulletproof coffee Yes, it works for me and it works for other people. But, if you don’t like it, if you don’t like coffee, if you prefer whole foods in the morning – great! Don’t drink it. Do what works for YOU. I personally enjoy bulletproof coffee for several reasons: I love coffee in general (if you don’t like coffee or tea, don’t try to force yourself to like it. Eat foods you love) It’s quick and easy. Morning is my most productive work time so I don’t want to give up an ounce of that time cooking and cleaning up. It gives me what my body responds best to – high quality fats early in the morning It keeps me full It sets me up to reach my fat burning potential (assuming I make quality food choices for the rest of the day) With that said, I’ll acknowledge that it is getting a ton of media attention and that leads many people to look to it as the holy grail. It is not. I did an entire podcast episode on fantastic fat loss breakfast options and the majority of them are not bulletproof coffee. Avocado, bacon, eggs, frittatas, omelets, chia pudding, smoked salmon and so many other whole food options are perfectly fantastic fat loss friendly breakfast options. (Don’t miss out on my fave recipes, fat loss tips and more – are you on the free VIP email list yet? Do: Try it. Pe Continue reading >>

Complete Guide To Bulletproof Coffee

Complete Guide To Bulletproof Coffee

Disclaimer: Bulletproof products have been provided to me for the purpose of this review by Bulletproof as free samples. This has not influenced my review and the opinions expressed in this post are my own. Bulletproof is one of the sponsors in our KetoDiet Challenges contributing a package of Ground Coffee, Brain Octane Oil, protein powder, mug and t-shirt to all 5 winners. Most of you are familiar with Bulletproof coffee aka BPC - Instagram and other social media are flooded with pictures of mugs filled with frothy coffee. For those who are new to it, it's a blend of coffee and healthy fats, including grass-fed butter (more omega 3s than grain-fed) and MCTs. Adding fat to coffee may sound odd but it's surprisingly delicious. Contrary to common belief, it won't make your coffee oily and if you blend it well, you'll get amazingly creamy coffee. Although BPC is not for everyone, it can be used as a supplement as part of a healthy ketogenic diet. What is Bulletproof Coffee? Although for most people, bulletproof coffee (BPC) refers to a cup of any "butter coffee", the original BPC was created by Dave Asprey of Bulletproof. It's made with high-quality coffee beans and is known for having the lowest mold toxin levels. As I found out myself, it tastes amazing even without sweeteners or cream. In fact, I can drink it black without anything added to it. If you are interested in the science behind Bulletproof Coffee and how it's produced, have a look at this post on Dave Asprey's blog. Is BPC Suitable for Everyone? BPC may be a great addition to your diet, but it's not for everyone. If you are sensitive to caffeine and/ or MCTs, avoid drinking BPC or try alternatives. Use green tea, matcha or herbal tea instead of coffee - and virgin coconut oil instead of MCT supplements. If yo Continue reading >>

Mexican Coffee – Low Carb And Sugar Free

Mexican Coffee – Low Carb And Sugar Free

As many of you know, I attended the first ever Food Blog University in Cancun last week. It was pretty fantastic and suffice it to say that I took away a long list of things I need to start working on. But the real takeaway from my trip? MEXICAN COFFEE IS MY NEW FAVORITE EVERYTHING. We worked hard and played hard (ok mostly relaxed by the pool, but there WAS some volleyball and ping pong – which still counts, right?) during and after the conference, and every morning my new bff Mexican coffee was there for me to help start the day. Before I get into why the coffee is so amazing (and why you should start making it STAT) I’ll just say a few things about the conference for those of you (mostly my fellow bloggers) who might be interested in going next year… TOP TEN REASONS YOU SHOULD GO TO FOOD BLOG UNIVERSITY IN 2016 1. FBU is by design a more intimate conference with fewer bloggers invited – meaning that you get some serious quality time with not only your fellow attendees, but especially with the major talent that you are there to learn from. It’s a big deal. 2. I’ll be there. Let’s hang out by the pool and stuff. 3. It’s in Cancun – need I say more? 4. Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum are just as amazing in person (funny, nice, smart, and the most adorable couple EVAH) as they are on the blog and Food Blogger Pro videos. Not only did a learn a TON from both of them, we had a great time with them during the progressive dinner and throughout the conference. Also the hand’s on photography workshop with Lindsay alone made this trip worth it – if you’re looking to up your photography game, this girl can make it happen and she’s an open book when it comes to sharing her tips and tricks. She also has some really great video tutorials out on Food Bl Continue reading >>

Ultimate Keto Coffee

Ultimate Keto Coffee

I decided to give you all a quick peak into the upcoming update of KetoDiet and KetoDiet Basic! This recipe is one of many more you will see. It's is inspired by the famous Bulletproof coffee and Egg coffee. I'm going to show you how you can easily add healthy fats in your diet, boost ketone bodies and lose more body fat! Blending coconut oil or butter with coffee may sound odd to many of you. In fact, you will be surprised how creamy and delicious it is! If you blend it well, there will be no oil floating on top. Once you try it, you will never go back to your regular coffee! :-) 3 free diet plans to help you kickstart your diet, lose weight and get healthy Recipes, giveaways and exclusive deals delivered directly to your inbox A chance to win the KetoDiet app every week Nutritional values per serving Total Carbs 4.3 grams Fiber 1.3 grams Net Carbs 3.1 grams Protein 15.2 grams Fat 45.6 grams of which Saturated 29.7 grams Energy 474 kcal Magnesium 26 mg (7% RDA) Potassium 249 mg (13% EMR) Net carbs of ingredients: coffee (0 g), egg yolks (1.8 g), cream or coconut milk (0.8 g), coconut oil (0 g), butter or ghee (0 g), gelatin (0 g), cinnamon (0.4 g), stevia (0 g) // Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (2%), protein (13%), fat (85%) Ingredients (makes 1 serving) 1 cup brewed coffee (or black tea - check out this recipe for Tibetan Butter Tea) 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter or ghee 3 egg yolks (don't worry, they won't cook) ¼ - ½ tsp cinnamon 3-5 drops of stevia or a teaspoon of Erythritol or Swerve or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list (I personally don't use any) 2 tbsp coconut milk or heavy whipping cream Tips: If you want to try this recipe for intermittent fasting or fat fasting, you may need to avoid some of the ingredients to fit your needs. If Continue reading >>

Perfect Cup Of Ketoproof Coffee

Perfect Cup Of Ketoproof Coffee

Ketoproof coffee is quite a bit healthier than your average breakfast, and it has the calories to match. Commonly used in intermittent fasting, ketoproof coffee gives plenty of energy and a great satiated feeling throughout the morning fasting hours. Now, I want to explain this further. Drinking this coffee will break your fast from the night time, but it will ramp up your metabolism with caffeine and fats. This is to help you get through the fasting process in the 10+ hours ahead. Personally, I drink 2 cups of this in the morning – fast all day – and eat at 9pm. If you’re only using this for breakfast, and still eating a lunch, then it’s not really intermittent fasting. Our favorite brew is made with a pour over and goose-neck kettle. I chose the Bonavita Variable Temp Kettle because it’s on the cheaper side for the quality that you can get. If you’re a coffee lover, it’s definitely worth the splurge! For the pour over, we have an Osaka “Lake Masu” Pour over. It’s really just for the design – I think it looks fantastic. You can easily get a cheap one here that’ll do the same exact thing though. Don’t forget that you’ll most likely need some coffee filters, too. If you’re not a morning person and just want a quick and easy cup of coffee, you can always consider a Keurig Coffee Maker. I’ve owned numerous in the past and they’re great machines if you want convenience. It doesn’t take up much more room than a regular coffee maker and you can usually get small drawers or stands that will hold the k-cups for you. Plus, you can switch up the flavors with just about any type you want! Even though k-cups have come a long way on consumer safety and ecological factors, you still might want to grind your own fresh coffee. Luckily, you can grab a Continue reading >>

Make A Keto-friendly, Amazing-tasting, Butter Coffee In Less Than A Minute

Make A Keto-friendly, Amazing-tasting, Butter Coffee In Less Than A Minute

When I first started drinking butter coffee, despite some initial hesitation at the idea of plopping a slab of butter into my coffee, I loved the taste. And the sustained energy it gave me was incredible - no coffee buzz, just clean, steady energy all morning long. Butter coffee is a great, keto-friendly way to start off your day - with less than 1g of carbs, it will energize and sustain you throughout the morning. You can have it with breakfast, or use it occasionally to support intermittent fasting. Still, there's one potential drawback: making it can be a pain. I mean, brewing your coffee is probably not that much of a chore, but measuring out all the ingredients, putting it in a blender, mixing it up - I don't know about you, but I'm always left with a sink full of dishes to clean up. For just a cup of coffee! I started looking for a better way. You could mix up your ingredients ahead of time and store them in a jar, so you can just take a spoonful of your "magic fats" and mix up a butter coffee in a few minutes. But there's still the cleaning up to do - the blender again, which isn't exactly a fun way to start the day. And the results can be inconsistent: sometimes you get a cup of butter coffee with a little more coffee, sometimes a little more butter... why waste the time. And what if you want to travel, and make butter coffee on the road? I had no reasonable way to take the Jar of Magic Fats with me - have you ever tried to get onto an airplane with an unlabeled mason jar full of a yellow, oily, fluid? And a blender? TSA don't play that. So I tinkered, and played with the recipe, and fiddled around a bit. And then, boom! fatCoffee was born: • Individually-wrapped servings, pre-portioned so that the butter coffee comes out exactly the same way, every time. • Continue reading >>

A Never-ending List Of Keto Tips + Tricks (add Yours!)

A Never-ending List Of Keto Tips + Tricks (add Yours!)

I’m going to start this list of keto tips I’ve discovered from my own keto diet adventures, but I’d love for you to jump in and add your tips and tricks! I’ll also keep adding to the list as I discover new things. Ghee is the shit. I mean, butter is awesome, but ghee is amazing, especially if you throw it on steak. Take Omega-3! Seriously! You need to have more Omega 3 in your system than Omega-6 (all those fats you are consuming) otherwise all that oil and stuff will do you harm. Don’t drink alcohol unless you’re having a cheat day, because it literally stops your weight loss. Cream cheese is not your friend, to make anything half decent you need a ton of it and it usually has a decent amount of carbs. If you whisk up heavy cream and peanut butter (I like Teddie Flax PB) you can use less peanut butter to make more and create a creamy delicious mousse we like to call “Peanut Butter delight” around here – add a little stevia if you want! Lemon water is awesome (helps your ph which gets screwy on keto and makes you want to drink more). I LOVE True Lemon packets. There are naturally low-carb dark chocolate chips out there that’ll solve any sweet craving. Cast iron pans will make all of your meat taste better. Toast coconut flakes to make keto cereal! Land O’ Lakes makes a whipped cream that’s sugar-free because it’s made with heavy cream. It has zero carbs and it’s amazing. Cool Whip also makes a heavy cream version that’s super low carb too, even lower than their sugar-free tub. Anything that’s “light” or “sugar free” is usually still full of carbs, sometimes more than the original one. Don’t waste your time with low-fat anything, you need to have the highest percentage of fat in your diet, versus protein and carbohydrates otherwi Continue reading >>

5 Keto Tips For Coffee Shop Mastery

5 Keto Tips For Coffee Shop Mastery

Specialty coffee is A Thing now. Macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, and frappes are all the rage. And, of course, no list of specialty coffee would be complete without mentioning the notorious pumpkin spice flavoring that goes into everything imaginable come autumn. As I’m sure most ketonians have figured out, the coffee shop is largely not your friend. All those fancy pants beverages are loaded with sugar and other ingredients that are decidedly not on the keto approved list. At the same time, as I have said before we don’t expect people to be hermits and only ever eat or drink stuff they’ve made themselves from absolute scratch. So what’s a ketonian to do at the coffee shop? The easiest and BEST answer is to order a plain coffee with a little bit of cream (preferably heavy whipping cream if the shop in question has it). But I realize that for a lot of folks that answer is not satisfactory. I can’t tell you what to order but I can give you some tips on how to navigate the tricky waters of the coffee shop. Go in Prepared Check out ingredients online, if available, and know what goes into your drink before you walk up to the counter. Most specialty drinks are made with copious amounts of milk, sugar-laden syrups, and a sugary base of some kind. And that’s before they ever bother to put in the coffee. If you know ahead of time what’s in your favorite blend, you can ask the barista to substitute or leave out unfriendly ingredients. Sugar Free Shots Are Questionable When looking at the nutrition information for the sugar free flavorings at the two most prominent coffee chains, I found that the average sugar free flavor shot is not only a minimum of 1 carb per shot (and most range in the 2-4 carb per shot range), they also contain a whole pile of questionable ing Continue reading >>

Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee

Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee

Ketoers are very aware of alcoholic drinks being loaded with carbs. But fear not, my friends. I have created a super-duper, taste-a-like, look-a-like, yummy drink for you to enjoy just in time for the Christmas festivities. My Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee is an Irish Whiskey take with a Baileys flavour to die for. I know what you’re all thinking…Baileys? No-can-do ma’am! Well you’d be absolutely right. A standard 50ml measure contains no less than 12.5g carbs!!!! As delicious as it is, if you want to stay in ketosis, you must keep away from Baileys! But this is a KETO recipe, so the original Baileys Irish Cream is nowhere in sight. It WILL, however, taste like it. And that’s the crucial thing, right? How to drink alcohol the keto sensible way. Alcohol is toxic for the liver. And that’s a fact. However, it appears (by association, I may add, not by causation) that moderate wine consumption (no more than 1-2 glasses a day) could actually be beneficial, thanks to the polyphenols it contains. Furthermore, it may be a myth that only red wine has cardiovascular protective qualities, as some studies have highlighted the same benefits in white wine. Finally, with regards to carbs, there is further good news: as long as you choose a glass of dry red or white, the CARBS WILL BE MINIMAL. Sweeter wines, like rosés and dessert wines contain more residual sugars, hence they are higher in carbs – best avoided. Distilled Spirits (liquor) have been fermented enough for the sugars to have vanished. So they have ZERO CARBS. None the less, it isn’t a green light for you to go and get plastered. I only drink on special occasions, so I’m certainly no expert, but I hear that it isn’t a good idea to drink on keto. Apparently, ketosis and weight loss tend t Continue reading >>

How To Make Your Morning Coffee Low Carb & Keto Friendly

How To Make Your Morning Coffee Low Carb & Keto Friendly

You must agree with us that drinking coffee in the morning has been an important part of almost everyone’s breakfast. It presents many benefits for you. Coffee is a great source of antioxidants which help combat cardiovascular disease-causing inflammations in the body. Furthermore, it neutralizes free radicals which can aid in metabolism. Caffeine found in coffee boosts your memory and helps protect you against decline in cognitive functions. However, there are studies showing negative effects of coffee when taken while undergoing a diet plan. For people undergoing a low-carb diet, drinking coffee may compromise your carbohydrates intake. If you like your coffee with a sweet taste, adding sugar can amp up the amount of carbohydrates in your meal. If you’re on an extremely low-carb diet, your morning coffee will consume most of your restricted daily carb intake. This is highly unpreferable as it can obscure the attainment of your goal. Nonetheless, there is a low carb coffee alternative in the market which can address this concern. We recommend you try out keto coffee. It has the same flavor but with low carb content compared with your regular coffee blends. Low Carb & Keto Friendly Coffee 1. How many carbs in coffee? This question may have been popping out in your mind. Technically speaking, there is no carb in coffee. The additions such as cream and sugar are the ones which increase its carb content. Regular coffee creamers found in grocery shelves contain two to five grams of carbs per one tablespoon serving. On the other hand, one teaspoon of sugar contains grams of carbohydrates. Adding these two can easily amp up your carb intake. How about the carb amount of coffee shop staples? Here is a compilation of carb content of popular drinks in Starbucks. Drink Varian Continue reading >>

Mocha Chile Coffee (aka Spiced Mexican Coffee) – Keto Friendly

Mocha Chile Coffee (aka Spiced Mexican Coffee) – Keto Friendly

Coffee drinks are my beverage of choice whether it be a classic Irish coffee at the restaurant, a fresh brewed medium roast coffee in the morning, or a Pumpkin Spice coffee during the fall. I love them all, and am something of a fanatic. So, as I was harvesting the chile peppers from our farm one cool morning, the wonderful combination of chocolate, coffee and spice in the form of a Mocha Chile Coffee (aka Spiced Mexican Coffee) became a sudden craving. I made it low carb of course by the type of sugar substitute I added, but the chile spice is the star ingredient to get right. The Spice Mix for the Mocha Chile Coffee (aka Spiced Mexican Coffee) We had a bumper crop of chile peppers this year and we spent all fall harvesting, drying and smoking them. The smoked peppers are the most intriguing to me and this year they included Chipotles (smoked Jalapenos), Anchos (smoked Poblanos) and Pasilla (smoked Pasilla). When I heard that Starbucks was offering a Chile Mocha Coffee, I rushed down to try one out, only to be sorely disappointed. No heat! I was anticipating a spicy, chocolaty rich coffee topped with a spicy whipped cream. I asked the barista what was going on and they said really there was just a little spice on the top, but mostly it was a coffee mocha. Harrumph! So, as I was putting together the spice mixes for the holiday boxes, I used the mocha coffee as a test for how hot and how smoky to make the “hot and smoky” spice mixes that we sell individually. I thought if the chile spice blends could stand up to the strong flavors of chocolate and coffee and still provide a smoky depth, it would work with just about anything that needed that kind of complexity. While the smoky spice mix was great in the Mocha Chile coffee, I personally needed more heat. Because the h Continue reading >>

Does Cheese, Nuts Or Coffee Impact A Ketogenic Diet?

Does Cheese, Nuts Or Coffee Impact A Ketogenic Diet?

There is a lot of conflicting data on whether cheese, nuts or coffee are ideal or acceptable for a ketogenic diet. So let me clear the air a little with some of my experiences and bring in a pinch of clarity and sanity to the issue. SO are cheese, nuts and/or coffee harmful when taken while on keto? What are the impacts? Are there any specifications as to the quantities, if it ideal to take them? Are they diet friendly? Let’s review. Cheese A lot of people will argue that eating cheese on a ketogenic diet is harmful. The assumption that by eating cheese you are prone to taking in additional carbs, which is not 100% true. Yes, cheese does contains carbs so as long as you don’t go over the carb limit, you’ll be good. The thing to be concerned about is most individuals have a sensitivity to dairy products (and don’t know it), due to the casein in them. So if you have dietary sensitivity to it, avoid it (many people who suffer from a keto diet stall should cut out cheese). Cheese can be a great source of fat soluble vitamins. Eaten in moderation therefore, cheese is ok. Nuts Nuts should not be one of your major sources of fat in the diet. This is because they contain carbohydrates as well as phytic acid (are a pretty high in calories). Phytic acid absorbs essential dietary minerals such as magnesium which is essential for the utilization of vitamin D among many others. In moderation however, similar to cheese nuts are acceptable as part of your keto diet plan, taken as a snack, for instance. To avoid the phytic acid, you could soak or sprout your nuts but for most people on a ketogenic diet it’s not worth the effort due to the fact it a very small part of their daily intake. Coffee & Caffeine Biggest grey area in the world of keto. Coffee is engraved in our cultur Continue reading >>

What To Drink On A Keto Diet

What To Drink On A Keto Diet

We have gone through what you should eat when on a keto diet but you should not forget that many of the calories that you get into your body every day come from what you drink on a keto diet. It is sometimes easy to forget just how much carbohydrates there is in soda, milk and other things you drink. It can therefor sometimes to be hard to know what you can actually drunk on a keto diet or other low carb diets. As a simple rule that you could always start out with. Water should be your primary drink on a keto diet. Whenever you are thirsty, have a glas of water. If you need something together with your food, have a glas of water. Water is simply the base of what you should drink on a keto diet (or any other diet). If you would like some taste when drinking your water you can add a few drops of lemon, but try to avoid it if you can. One of the main advantages with water compared to drink full with carbohydrates is the health benefits. Carbonated water could also be good to drink when on a keto diet but be careful of the flavored varieties that have started to appear in recent years. Many of these contain different sweetener or fruit juice so be sure to read the ingredients before you drink it. If you previously was used to drinking different kinds of soda, it is best to quit instead of choosing light variations since they usually are sweetened with sweeteners. Sweeteners are not very beneficial for the body, and it can make it difficult to get rid of your need for other sweet things. It is better to just directly quit drinking soda instead of cutting down on it part by part. Milk contains a low amount of carbohydrates per 100g (around 5% for standard milk) so many people think it is okay to drink milk on a keto diet. however be aware that the total amount of carbohydrate Continue reading >>

Low Carb Milk Substitutes

Low Carb Milk Substitutes

Can you drink milk on a keto diet? Growing up, we were always told to drink lots of milk to grow big and strong. While milk does have its health benefits (one of the best sources of calcium), it also contains a fair amount of sugar and lactose. An average cup of milk (244 ml) has about 13g of sugar which can be difficult to fit into your carb limit for the day. If you’re the type of person who loves to chug a glass of milk in the morning, or doesn’t like adding cream to their coffee, there are low carb milk substitutes that you can use in place of regular whole milk! What are Low Carb Milk Alternatives? Nut Milks Sounds funny saying it doesn’t it!? They come in a variety of different flavors, but make sure that you’re using the unsweetened versions for a keto diet. There are a few popular types of nut milk that you can find in your local grocery stores including: Almond Milk Cashew Milk Hazelnut Milk You can also make your own easily by soaking your nuts of choice (peanuts, pecans, anything really!) in some water, blending them up and then squeezing it through a nut milk bag. Almond Milk Probably the most common type of nut milk you can find as it’s readily available in most stores. It does carry a slight almond taste to it, but I find that it’s the closest tasting to the real deal out of the three. Besides, if you’re not a fan of the taste, there are chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavors available! Almond milk contains a wealth of micro nutrients including calcium, potassium, zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E. It’s also relatively low in calories, as a single serving of a store bought brand tends to be 40 calories per cup and 1-2g of net carbs (depending on the brand). It’s also incredibly versatile and can be a great way to start your mornings. Whether Continue reading >>

How To Order Low Carb / Keto At Starbucks And 10 Low Carb Starbucks Copycat Recipes

How To Order Low Carb / Keto At Starbucks And 10 Low Carb Starbucks Copycat Recipes

Have you ever stood in line, gazing at their menu board and feeling a little lost as to how to order low carb / keto at Starbucks and still get something yummy? Well those days are over. This post will give you several options that will leave you feeling satisfied. Being born and raised in Washington State, just outside of Seattle, Starbucks is a staple. It is part of our landscape. It’s just something we do. I am surprised it is not used as a verb yet – like Facebooking, googling or tweeting. Friend -“Hey, what are you up to tomorrow?” Me – “Oh you know, just Starbucking” You could say that Seattle is the coffee capital of the U.S. The city of Seattle has the greatest concentration of coffee houses in the country. The original Starbucks opened in 1971 in the Pike Place Market and has been iconic to this area ever since. Have you ever tried to visit the original Starbucks during the summer? Due to Starbucks cult like following and the fact that it is at the market, there is a line through the entire store and down the side walk outside. It seems like almost everyone in the world is there at the same time. Now, it is rare to travel anywhere and not see a Starbucks. People will get up early to grab it before work. They will wait in long lines, pre-order through their app, and even fork over cash they really don’t have for a cup of that delicious bean juice. So the big question on every low carbers mind is “Do I have to give up my daily Starbucks to maintain my low carb, ketogenic lifestyle?” The answer is NO!! Well then how do you order low carb / keto at Starbucks? You just have to get creative with your ordering. Don’t be too shy to ask for exactly what you want. You are handing over your hard earned money and paying a premium to go to Starbucks, v Continue reading >>

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