A primal girl abroad - eating, playing, and living... currently in Brazil!

Bulletproof Coffee

So I’ve been hearing a lot about this stuff, both over at MDA and other primal/paleo reference sites, and I figured I ought to give it a try now that I have a blender.  I’ve heard all the reports on how it’s improved focus and fullness throughout the morning, and after trying it a few times now I can happily confirm.  It’s just really good energy for when you’ve got a lot of stuff to do. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 mugs of hot, strong, organic coffee
  • 2 T. unsalted grassfed butter (unsalted, very important!)
  • 2 T. e.v. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • dash of cream top milk

Chuck everything in a blender, hold the top down and pulse.  A real blender is actually the only way to do this, I honestly don’t think a hand whisk would do the job.  The idea is to emulse the fats of the oil and butter into the liquid coffee, which is why this only really works if the coffee’s hot.  You could theoretically do this by hand if you melted the butter and oil together first and then dripped it in REALLY slowly as you whisked like crazy, in a way similar to mayonnaise making. But really, if you have access to a blender, choose that. 

Blend until thoroughly emulsified, and pour into a LARGE glass, travel mug or jar.  

I love how frothy it gets.  

CAUTION: it will be VERY rich.  Remember how much fat you’re putting into this thing, so if you’re not used to it it can make you feel VERY, VERY full, very quickly.  Start with less butter if you need to and work your way up.   

Back in the US for the next six months, and does this wildgirl buy a car?  Hell no!  Smalltown USA deserves better.  Meet Rex, my new wheels - he’s a brand new Schwinn Sidewinder mountain bike with new 26” road tires, a comfy gel seat, a cable lock and matching red/white/black helmet.  All he needs now is a cargo rack and he’ll be 110% commute ready. 

Back in the US for the next six months, and does this wildgirl buy a car?  Hell no!  Smalltown USA deserves better.  Meet Rex, my new wheels - he’s a brand new Schwinn Sidewinder mountain bike with new 26” road tires, a comfy gel seat, a cable lock and matching red/white/black helmet.  All he needs now is a cargo rack and he’ll be 110% commute ready. 

Mmm guacamole.  Who needs potato, corn, or flour chips when you could have bacon?  A question we should all be asking ourselves.  

Mmm guacamole.  Who needs potato, corn, or flour chips when you could have bacon?  A question we should all be asking ourselves.  

Magical paleo pancakes!  Apple cinnamon deliciousness to celebrate NOT having to be awake at stupid-o’clock for morning class.  Yes, I’m sad the semester’s finishing - no, I’m not sad that I can sleep until a reasonable hour and STILL have time to make fantastic breakfasts like there.  
…. there was bacon.  I ate it before I remembered to take the picture. 

Magical paleo pancakes!  Apple cinnamon deliciousness to celebrate NOT having to be awake at stupid-o’clock for morning class.  Yes, I’m sad the semester’s finishing - no, I’m not sad that I can sleep until a reasonable hour and STILL have time to make fantastic breakfasts like there.  

…. there was bacon.  I ate it before I remembered to take the picture. 

11 month gains, from when I first picked up a barbell to now.  Check out the deadlift plates!  That was this morning - 100kg bar, and yet again the only girl on the weight floor. 

11 month gains, from when I first picked up a barbell to now.  Check out the deadlift plates!  That was this morning - 100kg bar, and yet again the only girl on the weight floor. 

Primal rainy day soup.  Onion broth reduced over a period of 4-5 hours with whole chicken quarters (bone-in), and thick carrot and onion slices.  I can’t find celery to save my life here in Brasil, but this still turned out buttery and flavorful thanks to all the fat and flavor packed into the chicken thighs and drumsticks. 

Primal rainy day soup.  Onion broth reduced over a period of 4-5 hours with whole chicken quarters (bone-in), and thick carrot and onion slices.  I can’t find celery to save my life here in Brasil, but this still turned out buttery and flavorful thanks to all the fat and flavor packed into the chicken thighs and drumsticks. 

Primal baked brie - stunningly tasty, easy to make, damn near addictive, and heavy on the good fats.  I baked a brie wheel with a diced apple and walnut covering (on the top and sides) for about 35 minutes at 350F.  When you first pull it out of the oven it’s super-melty and brilliant with bacon or avocados or just a spoon, but when it cools - as above - it slices really nicely. 

Primal breakfast feast! 
Thick sliced bacon with avocado and cream cheese
strawberries and fresh, raw dairy cream
greek yogurt with walnuts, cinnamon, shredded coconut and honey
coconut egg cakes
asparagus with cheddar sauce
2 poached eggs
2 egg omlet with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions and more cheddar sauce
a glass of raw milk
a glass of peach green tea
a cup of fresh dark-roast coffee with honey
a fresh tangerine from the yard
All my calories for the day in one meal, and it’s bloody fantastic. 

Primal breakfast feast! 

  • Thick sliced bacon with avocado and cream cheese
  • strawberries and fresh, raw dairy cream
  • greek yogurt with walnuts, cinnamon, shredded coconut and honey
  • coconut egg cakes
  • asparagus with cheddar sauce
  • 2 poached eggs
  • 2 egg omlet with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, onions and more cheddar sauce
  • a glass of raw milk
  • a glass of peach green tea
  • a cup of fresh dark-roast coffee with honey
  • a fresh tangerine from the yard

All my calories for the day in one meal, and it’s bloody fantastic. 

Let’s play a game.  Look at the picture: is it primal?
You bet your grass-fed butter it is!  These are three-ingredient “Magical” pancakes (as my boyfriend refers to them), composed of 1 egg, 1 banana and about 1/3c. almond butter.  I have added cocoa and chopped walnuts to the mix, and topped them off with a heavy serving of raw dairy whipped cream… and more cocoa.  Primal dessert for breakfast is quite possibly one of the best things ever. 

Let’s play a game.  Look at the picture: is it primal?

You bet your grass-fed butter it is!  These are three-ingredient “Magical” pancakes (as my boyfriend refers to them), composed of 1 egg, 1 banana and about 1/3c. almond butter.  I have added cocoa and chopped walnuts to the mix, and topped them off with a heavy serving of raw dairy whipped cream… and more cocoa.  Primal dessert for breakfast is quite possibly one of the best things ever. 

Since changing my form to a back squat instead of a more olympic-style squat, I am OWNING leg day.  Better than body weight for reps!

Since changing my form to a back squat instead of a more olympic-style squat, I am OWNING leg day.  Better than body weight for reps!