I did some experimenting in the Kenko Tea lab today and decided to make Bulletproof green tea with matcha powder, grassfed ghee and Bullet Proof MCT Oil.
What is bulletproof green tea you ask? Good question. A bit of background:
The idea is taken from Dave Asprey, who in the last few years has popularized his invention of 'Bulletproof Coffee'.
Bullet proof coffee is brewed black coffee (Dave recommends his own mold free beans), with large amounts of healthy fats from the addition of MCT-Oil (or coconut oil) and lashings of grassfed butter (unsalted of course), or high quality grassfed Ghee. Yes that's right, butter and ghee in coffee. But it has to be grassfed. The reasons for this are plenty..
PS. I used and recommend Primal Collective's Ghee, which you can purchase along with all the other great Bulletproof products from the guys at Optimoz.
The idea is that most of our diets are so lacking in healthy fats, that adding them to your morning coffee lets you feel energized, satiated, without the caffeine crash from regular coffee (much like matcha) and no blood sugar highs and lows from the usual sugar filled breakfast foods. I suggest you read Dave's own words for the whole story. I figured why not try it out with some matcha powder instead.
Anyway to the recipe
2g of Premium Matcha (You can buy Premium Matcha on Amazon.com)
1 Tbs Grassfed Ghee or Grassfed Butter (I recommend Primal Collective Ghee, or Westgold butter from Woolworths)
1 Tbs of Bullet Proof MCT oil (can be substituted for coconut oil if needed)
70 mls of hot water at 80c
1 Sift the matcha powder into a glass (this ensures no lumps of matcha powder)
2 Pour in the hot water, then add your ghee or butter
3 Add the Bulletproof MCT Oil or coconut oil
4 I used an Aerolatte electric milk frother to mix this concoction.
It actually tasted delicious, and was the creamiest glass of matcha I've ever tried. The ghee or butter blends into the tea perfectly, producing a lovely, slightly thicker texture than just a regular cup of matcha. The flavour of the ghee also removes any hint of astringency from the matcha, making it surprisingly sweet, much like a matcha latte, but without the addition of any sugars. There wasn't as much crema or froth that you get with just a regular matcha, but that didn't matter, as the overall creaminess of the whole drink made up for that.
How did I feel?
Does the addition of healthy fats to matcha increase my energy levels, alertness etc?
Absolutely.. While matcha green tea on it's own makes me feel energised for 5-6 hours anyway. The addition of healthy fats did leave me feeling full and satisfied all morning.
The main benefit was the ability to stay focused for a whole mornings work without needing to eat. So if you need a drink to stay focused and productive then try a Bullet Proof Tea!
I would definitely try it again, if only for the taste itself. That creamy matcha latte taste without any sugar or milk needed is a huge win for me!
See you next time from the Kenko Tea Lab!
Ps that butter Infographic in this post is from www.bulletproofexec.com/butter-infographic/ I didn't create it, Dave Asprey did. But I couldn't figure out how to embed it properly. Please don't sue me Dave.