A Healthier Alternative To Energy Drinks

Watch any pro E-Sports stream and you’ll likely see banners, patches, advertisements and out-right sponsorship by Red Bull and Monster. I have drank my fair share of energy drinks, and what nerd worth his dice didn’t spend weekends downing liters of Mountain Dew during all night Dungeons and Dragons sessions? Over the past year the works of people like Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body) and Dave Asprey (The Bulletproof Executive) came to my attention as I worked on shedding the extra weight that I had accumulated over a few years of intense stress and depression (combined with even more years of laziness). One thing both of these guys have advocated is carbohydrates as the smallest portion of your daily calories. With the emphasis on healthy saturated fats and protein making up the rest of your intake. Dave Asprey is the pioneer of what he calls Bulletproof Coffee, and it’s been my morning ritual since I read about it.  A simple mixture of coffee, grass-fed butter, a sweetener of your choice (I prefer stevia) and MCT oil, this stuff will give you all of the energy and focus you need to make the game winning plays or plan your next campaign!

The science behind this is based on the fact that your brain is composed of fat and water. Fat feeds your brain way better than carbohydrates will as well as keeping your body sated so you don’t get hungry. The MCT oil and fat create what are called liposomes around the caffeine molecules, making them easier for your body to digest and use, and slows the body’s intake so that you have a longer, sustained effect. No sugars means no sugar crash. I start every morning with a large mug of the stuff with the following recipe.


14 oz of fresh french pressed coffee. If I can afford the Upgraded Coffee from then that’s what I use. Otherwise I’ve found that Sprout’s limited edition coffees are very clean and have the same effect. You can use any old coffee but you won’t have the same clean, calm energy that washed beans will give you.

2-4 tbsp of grass-fed UNSALTED butter. This is the important part, you do not want to use conventional butter, and you most definitely do not want to use salted butter. That is disgusting, don’t do it. Kerrygold is the most easily found, and I suggest checking places like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Sprouts. The prices in regular stores can be near $5 for a half pound block, compared to the usual $3-$3.50 at those stores, it’s absurd.

1 tbsp of MCT Oil or or 1-2 tsp of Upgraded Brain Octane whichever you can get. Brain Octane is an even more condensed version of MCT Oil, meaning you get the same results with even less. Fair warning though, you need to slowly get your body adjusted to this stuff, or you will shit yourself. It can be really rough on a non fat-adapted stomach.

5 drops of liquid stevia extract. A zero calorie sweetener that is an extract from a plant. It’s super sweet and it only takes a few drops.

1/4 tsp of Royal Maca Powder.  Maca is known to help with hormonal balance and is used by indigenous cultures by hunters before going into the jungle.

Optional flavor additives:

Couple of dashes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg for a nice Autumn flavor

Raw cacao powder

Vanilla extract

Throw all of that into a blender and blend until it forms a rich creamy froth, pour into your favorite nerd mug (I have a 16 oz Batman one that my wife bought me) and enjoy!

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