Power Brews



With the popularity of intermittent fasting, a nutritional tool that can help your body burn fat, that first cup of coffee is often the break-fast meal. For those who prefer training in the morning, while in a fasting state, fueling their workouts can be a challenge. Many athletes and fitness enthusiasts have conditioned their bodies to use fat for energy — as opposed to carbs which were once the norm — and have turned their morning brew into nutritional, fat-burning fuel.

Bulletproof coffee was one of the first fat-packed recipes to gain popularity: essentially black coffee with a scoop of grass-fed butter or ghee, and MCT or coconut oil. The added fat slows down caffeine absorption for more sustained energy. The theory is by adding fat to a cup of black coffee, you can transform it into an energy-boosting, brain-fueling, fat-burning meal. Grass-fed butter or ghee adds high-quality fats and essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids; fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K; and antioxidants. MCT Oil, which is derived from coconut oil, is said to help to increase energy levels, improve cognitive performance, regulate blood sugar, and boost fat burning. Bulletproof manufactures its own MCT oil called Brain Octane Fuel

Big wave surfer and legendary waterman, Laird Hamilton, has been one of the most influential innovators in this power brew trend with his line of plant-based creamers, Laird Superfood Creamer. Launched in 2015, he created these creamers after years of experimenting with adding power-boosting ingredients to his coffee, pre-surf, when maximum energy and focus is required. They are packed with nutritional superfoods like coconut oil, Aquamin (red sea algae), turmeric, cacao, and functional mushrooms — just to name a few.


4 shots of dark roast espresso
2 servings of Laird Superfood Creamer
1 serving of Laird Superfood Functional Mushroom Blend
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Additional lines of nutritional coffee creamers have launched recently as well. Super Coffee’s Super Creamers and bottled coffee drinks, are some of the most popular. Keto-certified, all contain MCT Oil, along with grass-fed and lactose-free whey protein. Super Coffee has also just introduced plant-based blends.


Another new coffee enhancer is Alkamind’s Acid Kicking Coffee Alkalizer, made popular by talk hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan. Created by celebrity nutritionist Dr. Daryl Gioffre, this coffee alkalizer contains minerals that help neutralize the levels of acidity in our bodies, which can manifest as bloating, weight gain, and fatigue. Acid Kicking Coffee Alkalizer also contains premium Keto fats like MCT and Coconut Oils to accelerate fat-burning and sustain mental focus.

After a couple of stress fractures over the last couple years, an additional ingredient I like to add to my morning brew is Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel. Made with creamy coconut milk powder and vanilla extract, Keto-Certified and Paleo-Friendly, it adds a tasty dose of calcium-rich, dairy-free collagen peptides, along with 10 grams of protein per serving.

Whether fueling a workout, enhancing your overall health, or adding nutritional support to your diet… your morning joe is the way to go!


From our contributing nutrition and wellness editor, Sarah Wragge:

8 ounces coffee
2 scoops of Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel
2 tablespoons of full fat coconut milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
optional: add cinnamon and vanilla extract for blood sugar balance.