After reading the book, The Bulletproof Diet, I have adopted the practice of blending my morning tea with pasture butter which creates a creamy, satisfying latte-like cup of tea which I absolutely love. In his book he explains that by blending the tea (or coffee which is what he recommends) you break up the butter into particles that your body can better use for energy. While I don't follow his diet - I have incorporated some of his principles into my Today is Still the Day plan.
Here's how I make my morning tea or coffee:
(By the way he learned of this on a visit to Tibet and it originally was made using Yak butter and tea!)
1 bag of either black, Tulsi or green chai tea*
1 bag of oolong or white tea
1 bag or heaping teaspoon (if loose) of yerba mate tea and/or rooibos
12-15 grinds of black pepper (I put these directly in my mug and add the tea to it - Dr. Christopher recommended not "cooking" black pepper as it changes it from an organic to inorganic substance.)
1/4-1/2 tsp. Matcha Green Tea powder
1/4 tsp. of Organic Powdered Rooibos (optional)
I steep these covered for about 10 minutes in about a cup of piping hot boiled water in a 2 cup measuring cup. When I am ready to pour into the blender, I add another cup so the tea is piping hot.
I have an Oster blender - not a super high speed and it works beautifully. It has a glass canister - be careful if your blender has a plastic one as the hot liquid will crack it. Ask me how I know this!
In the blender I put 1 generous tablespoon of pasture butter, 1 scoop of collagen powder and 1 tablespoon of medium chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil). **It's very important to just begin with 1 teaspoon and very gradually work up to 1 or 2 tablespoons as too much too soon will cause diarrhea.
*I found you need a stronger blend of tea like green or black. Fruity teas just don't seem to taste right to me. Also I choose Chai tea because I love the flavors - but I add more spices to mine - I add in about 1/4 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon, some ground ginger, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom and cloves - to taste while the tea is steeping. Those all have incredible health benefits and they make a fragrant and delicious cup of tea! In a pinch - I have also used Pumpkin Pie spice or Apple Pie Spice which you can find easily as well and they have all the spices already blended.
When the tea has steeped and is strong, I add the additional cup of piping hot water and add the whole thing to the blender. I blend on low speed until it looks creamy, I don't see particles of butter floating by and there's a beautiful froth on top when you stop the blender. A slow count of 5 usually does it.
It makes 2 cups and is absolutely delicious! It's my preferred way to begin my day! In fact it is one of my daily "rituals of pleasure"!
Here's a new twist on this delicious way to start my day: My Favorite Feel Good Tea Recipe
I have rekindled my love of coffee - here's a way to boost your coffee if that is your morning beverage of choice! It is delicious and nutritious and this is how I have my coffee!
One or two packets of Four Sigmatic Coffee (Favorites are Adaptogen and Mocha)
One scoop of collagen powder
One tablespoon each pasture butter and MCT oil
A few drops of stevia to taste
Combine with 2 cups of hot water and blend in a blender for a count of 5. Frothy and delicious!
Alternatively, if you brew organic coffee, you can combine it with
Slender FX Chocolate Fudge Meal Replacement Shake (1 heaping scoop) or
Slender FX Keto Caramel Weight Management Shake (1 heaping scoop) if you prefer caramel flavor!
Stir one heaping scoop of either into a large mug of coffee. Mix well and enjoy!
A mug of coffee becomes a whole meal! Great when you're in a hurry.
I love hot chocolate on a cold day - or any day actually! So I use a mug that holds 2 cups of water and heat the water almost to boiling. I put one packet of hot chocolate in the mug, 1 heaping tablespoon of organic, unsweetened cacao powder (I find it at Walmart), 1/4 tsp. powdered rooibos tea, 1/4 tsp. ceylon cinnamon (I buy it from Swanson) and a scoop of collagen powder. Talk about delicious, satisfying and nourishing!