Introducing Silverback Tea aka Bulletproof Tea

Introducing Silverback Tea aka Bulletproof Tea

June 29, 2017

What is bulletproof tea?

Although the term ‘bulletproof’ was originally quoined by Dave Asprey in reference to his lifestyle and, more popularly, his coffee, it’s also a concept that can be applied to make a delicious bulletproof tea.


The Original Bulletproof

Bulletproof coffee is a method that you’ve probably heard mentioned once or twice before. All those weirdos putting butter in their coffee? That’s bulletproof! Bulletproof is a technique of blending coffee with healthy fats: grass-fed butter and MCT oil, and drinking it throughout the morning, either alone as part of an intermittent fast, or along with breakfast. A standard recipe includes:

  • 2 cups of coffee/tea
  • 1-2 TBSP grass-fed butter
  • 1 TBSP MCT oil (or coconut oil)
  • Other optional additions: vanilla, liquid stevia, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric…the list goes on

If you’re allergic to dairy, feel free to use ghee (clarified butter, which is free of casein and whey), coconut oil, or a high omega-3 unsalted vegan butter instead (most people find that salt doesn’t go with coffee very well). If you do use butter, though, it’s important to use grass-fed because it has a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids than grain-fed butters. Most diets today have a 15:1 ratio of omega-6:omega-3 fatty acids, when the ideal ratio is really more like 1:1, so it’s important to pick up as many extra omega-3 fatty acids as possible! That’s also a big reason why products heavy in omega-3s are all the rage today.


Silverback Tea (aka Bulletproof Tea)

While traditionally made with coffee, the bulletproof formula works just as well with some teas! With our Wise Ape teas, we like to call this Silverback style tea, and it’s perfect for those that aren’t coffee drinkers or anyone who's looking for a little variation. To make your tea Silverback style, just use the recipe above, but replace the 2 cups of coffee with your favorite tea. We've found the fruit forward teas don't always work best, try using something a bit dark and earthy.

One of the key reasons that people drink their morning brew this way is because it keeps the body in ketosis, a state in which your body uses fat as its primary fuel and produces ketones, which power the brain. It’s widely used for weight loss, but is also reported to boost cognition and reduce brain fog.

Silverback Tea aka Bulletproof Tea

For a maximum punch, we recommend making your Silverback style brew with an adaptogenic tea like Chocolate Hustle, which is upgraded with herbal brain-boosters and will compliment the cognitive effects of the smooth and tasty goodness of your Silverback style tea. Chocolate Hustle is a particularly good match because several of its compounds, like Bacopa and Ashwagandha, are fat soluble, and become even more bioavailable when consumed with fat. Drinking your Chocolate Hustle with fat (all that grass fed butter and MCT oil) really helps you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to cognition and performance.

Since the Chocolate Hustle tea blend contains Yerba Mate, there’s a touch of caffeine in the mix. Drinking caffeine with fat, like in Silverback tea, helps your body absorb it slow and evenly, which means that instead of suddenly being jolted awake by your morning caffeine, you’ll get a more gentle wake-up call.

 

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