Cystic Fibrosis advocate Janeil's bulletproof coffee

CF-Friendly Bulletproof Coffee

Last updated: June 2021

If you are a coffee fanatic, raise your hand!

Personally, my love for coffee knows no limits. However, with all my CF-related issues--malabsorption, funky CFRD blood sugars, calorie, and CFTR modulator fat requirements--coffee can cause some issues. Don’t get me wrong. I NEED it to survive and boost my energy, but I have to be strategic when drinking it.

Tasty, energizing, and a good fat source

Even though I love coffee, if I don’t eat a substantial meal, my blood sugar tanks and I am left shaky and sweaty. Missing out on calories, sweet coffee drinks also tend to fill me up and suppress my appetite if I drink them alone. Caffeine and sugar will do that to you--they are sneaky. Also, there’s not a ton of nutritional value in a steaming mug of coffee even though it’s an enjoyable experience.

Obviously, with CF, calories and extra nutrition are key to maintaining health.1 Years ago, another person living with CF introduced me to "bulletproof coffee" as a more CF-friendly option that kinder on my blood sugar.

What is bulletproof coffee?

Bulletproof coffee is a unique way of preparing coffee with a couple of additional ingredients so that there’s a substantial fat source included--butter, coconut oil, or MCT oil.

Adding butter to coffee? What?

I know it sounds bizarre, but it turns out to be a delicious and frothy latte-type drink.

How is bulletproof coffee different?

The science behind bulletproof coffee is all about the fat. Coconut oil or medium-chain tyriglyceride (MCT) oil are both easily digestible sources of fat within the body2. In fact, MCT oil can be found in most health food stores or online. The claim is fat helps provide quick, yet longer lasting energy in comparison to your typical caffeine buzz which is short-lived and can make you feel jittery. Typically, followers of the ketogenic diet use bulletproof coffee as a meal replacement to improve metabolism and weight loss with a high-fat, low carb diet as well.

It's good for my CF

However, with CF, I drink bulletproof coffee as a means of adding extra calories to my breakfast meal. In addition, because I take Trikafta, I need to eat fat-containing foods to help the absorption of the medication. Drinking a source of fat is a no-brainer and gives me the freedom to prepare what I want for breakfast without worrying about the fat content. Pro tip: don’t forget your pancreatic enzymes with this high-fat drink--you’ll need them to absorb its gloriousness.

Lastly, like I said, I am a coffee fanatic and always looking for a new coffee to indulge in! Give this CF-friendly coconut bulletproof coffee recipe a try!

Makes 1 serving (8 oz)
Prep & cook time: 3 minutes

Bulletproof coffee ingredients

  • 8 oz freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or MCT oil)
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Bulletproof coffee directions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 20 seconds until well combined and frothy. Alternatively, blend together all the ingredients using a handheld milk frother until frothy.
  2. Drink immediately and enjoy!

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 221
  • carbohydrate: 0.5g
  • cholesterol: 30mg
  • fat: 24.7g (Saturated Fat 18.8g)
  • fiber: 0.3g
  • sodium: 15mg
  • sugar: 0g

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