If you've been following either of my Instagram feeds (@cmallday or @ingredientsfordinner) you've probably seen my Twisted Coffee (or tea) pop up from time to time. But I thought it was about time I gave it a proper introduction.
You might have heard of Bulletproof Coffee or maybe the generic "butter coffee" and did you ever know someone who swallowed raw eggs whole? Well Twisted Coffee is what would happen if butter coffee and raw eggs had a baby..... hum, that doesn't really work, but you get the idea.
Basically I call it Twisted if I've blended an egg into it, but I usually add some butter or other fat too. Before I go any farther, I want to touch on why I do this and why I'm not worried about getting sick.
Let's tackle the "getting sick" issue first. I'm not worried about getting sick for two reasons: first, I am not immuno-compromised, meaning I am healthy, my gut lining is healthy, my stomach is healthy, my immune system is healthy. I am not a doctor so if you have any concerns about how healthy you are, then this might not be a good idea. Second, I know that the coffee I use is at least 200 degrees F and a whole egg cooks at between 144 and 158 degrees F. What this means is that my coffee is actually hot enough to gently "cook" the egg and this process is helped by the fact that I blend everything together, which breaks up the egg. Smaller bits of egg = more surface area = more exposure to the heat. So even though it seems like I'd be drinking a raw egg in my coffee, it is in fact an egg, gently cooked by my coffee. (If I use tea, I use black tea which is properly steeped at between 208 and 212 degrees F, so even hotter than the coffee.)
Then there is the question of Why? To begin with, have you checked out the nutritional profile of whole eggs? OMG are they packed with nutrition! (Do not under any circumstance just use the white or just use the yolk, use the whole freaking egg - nutrition is a synergistic thing. Eat the whole food!) Out of the 28 macro and micro nutrients that are typically looked at, eggs have some amount of 26 of them. That is seriously nutrient dense (if not the best sentence.)
So why else do I blend an egg into my coffee (as if I needed another reason)? It creates the creamiest, most frothy coffee EVER! If you are missing your morning latte or cappuccino, give this a try and you will be a very happy camper!
Of course blending an egg into my coffee also makes it a great way to add some more fat and protein to my diet, which might be something you are looking to do but just cannot stomach food first thing in the morning or don't have time to really "cook" anything.
Ok, now that we've covered the basics of what a Twisted Coffee or Tea is, here are some other things to know:
1) Don't wait too long after the coffee is brewed or the tea is steeped to blend your egg into it - remember it's the high temperature of the coffee/tea that helps it to gently cook the egg and waiting too long after it's brewed or steeped could mean that the coffee or tea has cooled off too much.
2) This is where you get to play around: feel free to add any number of other yummy things to your Twisted Coffee - grass-fed butter, coconut oil, real almond milk, coconut milk, turmeric, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. (I know MCT oil is standard in Bulletproof Coffee but I'm not a fan; please check out my article before you add it.) I usually add grass-fed butter and a splash of real almond milk - Malk is my favorite and the only brand I buy.
3) Do not, I repeat do NOT add any sweetener of any kind. This of course means no sugar, splenda, equal, etc., but it also means no honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar or stevia. Also be wary of cow's milk which has more innate sugar (lactose) than almond or coconut milks (there are other reasons to be cautious of cow's milk but in this case the higher sugar content is an additional issue.) This drink is high in fat, which we want, but once you add sugar to it you run the risk of your body utilizing the sugar for fuel and storing the fat, which is not what we want.
4) A continuation from #3 - do not have this drink in conjunction with a meal high in carbohydrates, especially fast carbs (I just realized that I need to do a post defining fast carbs, I'll try to get to that this week.) Just as I said above, since this drink is high in fat, if you consume too many carbohydrates (especially fast carbs) at the same time as the Twisted Coffee you run the risk of your body utilizing the carbohydrates for fuel and storing the fat, which again, is not what we want. There is no problem eating something with your Twisted Coffee, just make sure it's also high in fat and protein - like eggs and bacon (as if you need another reason to eat eggs and bacon!)
Give my Twisted Coffee a try and let me know what you think!