It’s Sunday morning. How many of us are waking up, to a freshly brewed cup of Joe? Millions. Let’s make it count.
Let’s discuss this beauty of a concoction that I like to whip up on non-workout mornings. But first, I’d like to explain why this is something I choose to start my day with on non-conditioning days. So, In the most non-sciencey way possible:
Your body gains it’s energy from the cell’s mitochondria. This mitochondria creates ATP (energy) with the help of either GLUCOSE or KETONE BODIES.
GLUCOSE is associated with CARB consumption.
KETONE BODIES are associated with PROTEIN + FAT Consumption.
Ketone bodies are said to create a more efficient energy supply, because it leaves less “garbage” behind in the form of free radicals. This allows the brain to return to it’s normal state between membrane potentials. This here, allows us more light-bulb moments! YES!
Naturally, when we wake up in the morning, we have no stored carbs to burn energy, so the body will burn off excess fat (YAY). In this ketotic state, the brain can switch protein intake into glucose in order to function. It’s important to note here, that I drink this coffee-concoction to add an influx of additional proteins and fats so that my body doesn’t try to “eat my muscles” for fuel. We’d like to keep these hard-earned babies around! Now suddenly you’ve provided the brain with some fuel, have a clear mind and are a fat burning machine! Psychologytoday.com puts it perfectly in their article, Your Brain on Ketones, that the brain is placed in a “better environment for neuronal recovery and repair.” –> without all those free radicals we talked about.
>>This means PUT DOWN THE BAGEL. Let your brain do some clear thinking and burn some fat! <<
Now, I stated that I drink this tasty morsel on non-conditioning days because post-workout is an opportunity to eat a HIGH carb-HIGH protein meal. This helps with fast muscular recovery. Recover faster – faster gains. I will touch on that in a different post.
NOTE: Ketones are the by-product of ketosis and over long periods of time can cause a buildup in the blood and cause ketoacidosis (acidic blood), being toxic. This is most dangerous for those with diabetes or who are pregnant.
Let’s get to this amazing concoction, shall we?!
Place freshly brewed coffee in blender.
Add a tablespoon of organic coconut oil. Fat Source.
Some people use unsalted grass-fed butter.
1 scoop of good quality whey protein. Protein source.
Cinnamon to taste. Add any spice you’d like.
This blend is still hot and trust me, it will try to explode out of the blender.
Hold tight and PLEASE use a paper towel to contain the explosion through the air hole!
Mmm, see how frothy that is?
Cheers – to Brains and Gains!