You have bumped into my blog today and you are very excited and full of hope... A blog written by a Michelin-star trained chef!
Also a registered Nutritional Therapist, and, suddenly you realise this blog looks like one of those healthy blogs full of Raw, Vegan, tree-huggers recipes.
I have to confess I am not a Yoga-addicted Vegan tree-hugger. Well, not every day that is... Plus, I am a man... And many of my readers are also males looking for articles and recipes dedicated to them, especially when it comes to Paleo recipes and Nutrition advice.
So this article is dedicated to all the men out there bumping into my blog; men looking to live a healthier lifestyle and change their diet, and food habits. But again, if you are a woman and not yet a Vegan tree-hugger, and looking for tips to may be get there, then this blog article may just be that:
... A step forward a healthier and happier life.
You may ask... and indeed this is a very pertinent question...
Many of you know me on a personal basis, and are aware of my chef schedule and my lifelong issues with sleep. The trouble with working long hours and the luxury of having a day off, which is usually spent studying and catching on homework...
Because I am also only human, on certain days, when sleep is disappearing and I am expected to provide excellent standard of food and immaculate presentation, all in a dish made with love and greater attention given to every details, to make it as perfect and memorable as possible, then something as to give.
When concentration and productivity goes hand-in-hand then I must rely on stimulants... To keep my energy levels high. Although, the need to focus on balancing my Blood sugar Levels, and keep them as stable as anyone can, and reduce the flow of Cortisol entering my bloodstream, is still very important...
A crazy affair you may say...
But, I am not the only one...!!!
How many of you drink coffee by the litre every single day just to keep afloat and moving in one direction; to beat deadlines; to get through the overwhelming pile of tasks to be done; to actually get from the kitchen counter to work...?
I have decided to cut down on coffee, but this has not worked... Camomile, as suggested by Nutritional Practitioners, is not what I need and does not fit in the holistic view of the body, my body, and my needs.
I need energy and I need it fast, and the energy levels need to stay stable, so that I can prevent any dips, and make my day a crazy rollercoaster of ups and lows.
Green Juices might work on the short run; however, on busy days, they do not provide me with the energy I need. If you are working at a desk and all you need is concentration, then this is for you. And I will always suggest for you to give it a try. But if you are working in intense labouring, it is simply not enough...
A Coffee without the head-rush and the inevitable crash later in the day, especially mid-morning, or if you have it sometimes after lunch, right in the middle of the afternoon, when all you are thinking about is a much-need nap.
This is no ordinary Coffee....
This is a Bulletproof Coffee with a soft punch and a warming hug.
Because it is made using ingredients known for their therapeutic properties, and because it is also rich in Protein, Fat and Carbohydrates, supplying the body with essential building blocks, brain-satisfying (fuller-for-longer), and mood-boosting nutrients, despite the caffeine content.
You can indeed use Organic Decaffeinated coffee if you really want to.
My best tip, though, is to enjoy this great beverage, hot or cold (that you can bring to work in a thermos), 1 hour away from food or supplements you may be taking, once a day. And it is not a substitution for a healthy breakfast option...
100 ml Coconut & Rice (or Almond) Milk
1–2 shot(s) of Organic Coffee
6 Macadamia Nuts
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 Tsp Xylitol (optional)
¼–½ Tsp Ground Cinnamon
Make your expresso as you normally would. Then Place it in your blender or NutriBullet (using the largest cup*) with all other ingredients and blend for 1 minute minimum.
* If you are placing warm/hot milk and using the smallest cup from your NutriBullet, once you are unscrewing the blades out, it may be extremely dangerous and 'explode' the hot content everywhere.
My best advice it too use cold milk and once blended, and poured into a mug, to use the milk frother on your machine to re-heat to the desired temperature. Alternatively, you can use one third of the milk and blend it, and once done adding the remaining content, especially if you do not have a coffee machine with a milk frother, or do not have a handheld electric type.
If you like your coffee with a kick (to boost your metabolism, or concentration, for example), then add a pinch of Chilli Powder.
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Olivier is a Michelin-Star trained chef, also a student in Nutrition and Naturopathy, embracing fully his passion for good food and healthy eating. He should graduate July 2016.