Cure for the Afternoon Slump

You know that feeling between 2:00 and 3:00pm when you wonder how you will last the rest of the day? I hate it (or hated it…keep reading). It can’t be normal, right? Are our bodies pre-programmed to shut down at one point in the afternoon? No. Like most body/health related issues, I had a suspicion nutrition had to be the source of it. But what was I doing wrong?

I used to drink a cup of coffee in the morning, and a cup in the afternoon when the afternoon slump hit me. One day I just decided that needed to end. As an experiment, I cut out the afternoon coffee. It seemed counterintuitive to take away my one source of (fake) energy during the most tired part of my day, but it helped. It was hard at first, but once I cut it out, I didn’t miss it. Although it helped with the feeling of exhaustion, it did not solve the problem.

Enteeeeeeer bullet proof coffee. I should probably call it “inspired by bullet proof coffee”. Why is it called bullet proof? Probably because you can call it names and treat it badly and it won’t be affected. But more likely because a guy made up this drink and has his own line of coffee with that name. I have never tried his coffee, though.

What it is: it’s coffee (his coffee, or a good quality of coffee) with 2 tablespoons of unsalted, grass-fed butter, and as much coconut oil as you can handle (for me, about 4 tablespoons, but that is too much if you aren’t used to taking coconut oil).

I keep my butter in the fridge, so I melt it a little bit on the stove (please keep your microwave out of this) with the coconut oil first, but this step is not necessary. Then, I pour it into my magic bullet (any blender will work!) and give it a spin for just a few seconds.

After the blending action the top will be foamy, like a latte. Pour it into your U.S. Senate, 112th Congress commemorative mug (If you don’t have a U.S. Senate, 112th Congress commemorative mug, any mug will work!). It will be the tastiest way you have ever had your coffee. And the healthiest, probably.

This stuff is awesome. Not only does it taste rich and creamy and wonderful, starting your day with a bunch of healthy fat gives your digestive system a break without starving your body, not to mention, a great boost of energy and a very satisfied feeling. You won’t want breakfast with this drink. And the best part? It keeps you full all morning long. That’s actually a good part, but not the best part…the best part is: it cured my afternoon slump. No more longing to crawl under my desk and take a power nap. I actually have energy all day long, and I had forgotten what that was like.

That’s kind of huge. I am so in love with my new coffee ritual. Some might go so far as to call it a life-changer. But that would sound crazy.

So, are you going to give it a try? Or are you already hooked?

If you are afraid of fat, do a little internet reading on healthy fats (and how they don’t make you fat), and the benefits of grass-fed butter. You can also google “bullet-proof coffee”.

About grass-fed butter: if you can buy it locally, that’s great. If you cannot, you can usually find Kerrygold butter (which is grass-fed) at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. You can use non-grass-fed butter, but you just won’t be recieving all of the wonderful benefits of the real deal!

Need more convincing? Read this.
More on coconut oil here.

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