I always start my day with bulletproof coffee. A lot of keto folks are on the fence about BP coffee “It tastes gross””Limit fat if you are trying to lose fat” etc. For me however, having 2 BP coffees through the morning make it easier for me to make it to dinner and not go over my daily calories but still hit my healthy fats. (pssst…I reallllllly love my coffee). One of the main reasons I started drinking my coffee this way, however, was to get away from the use of sweeteners like stevia, monkfruit etc. These sweeteners do not raise your blood sugar levels but they can stall you out, as I found out in month 4, while trying to lose weight and make you keep your sweet tooth cravings. Don’t get me wrong they are good for folks just starting out trying to get away from real sugar and high carb foods, think of it like a transition food, nicotine gum for smokers if you will. Some people will not have any issues in this department but that is where experimenting comes in. Experimenting is a big part of keto, a lot of folks have food sensitivities that cause IBS, constipation, inflammation etc. and don’t even know it.
Anyway back to my coffee, I add 2 tbsp Kerrygold butter, 1 tbsp of MCT oil and coffee in a bullet blender and pulse for 5-10 seconds. It makes a creamy coffee with foam on top for you latte lovers. I have made it other ways, with sweeteners, cinnamon and with just blending with a milk frother (doesn’t work as good, I would have to add heavy cream to get the right consistency) but I always go back to old tried and true.
My other go-to drink besides water is my version of keto-aid. Because of the loss of water weight due to inflammation, your body loses electrolytes easily. To replenish these you can drink bone broth (homemade tastes best and is the most affordable) or make keto-aid. I take a 1lt mason jar (my cup of choice) and add 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tsp of Real Salt (salt is a vital mineral, the recommended daily amount is far less than the amount we should be consuming), 1/2 tsp No Salt (a salt substitute made from potassium) OR 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar (which is what I use), stevia drops to taste, water and ice. I have also used flavored and sweetened collagen powder (lemon and berry) but be sure to check your labels. Not all things labeled keto are keto.
So you may ask “Why should I drink apple cider vinegar?” I am not going to tote it as some miraculous and amazing thing like some do because I am not equipped to do so. But if you suffer from acid reflux/heartburn you will thank me later. Acid reflux is, at the root, caused by not eating enough fat in your diet, which helps your gall bladder make bile, which helps break down the food you eat. However, if you do not have enough bile/stomach acid in your stomach the valve at the base of your esophagus will remain open causing the bile to creep up and cause the discomfort. Most people will now take an antacid to relieve it but it is a temporary fix because it just essentially causes the discomfort in the first place by reducing the acid in your stomach even more. By adding the apple cider vinegar and upping the acid in your stomach you will digest your foods with less gas and indigestion and resolve your heartburn issue. I use to get heartburn every day all day pretty much, even drinking water would cause the burn but since starting keto 10 months ago and drinking this, I have only had it twice and both times were from just eating too large of a meal.