How do you take your coffee? Black? With Sugar? Half & Half? With butter?
The last option might sound the strangest to you, but adding a tablespoon of clarified butter (ghee) to your coffee might change your life – or at least add some serious mental clarity to your mornings.
Ghee, the Indian name for clarified butter, has been used in traditional Eastern cooking and Ayurveda for thousands of years. It has all sorts of health benefits, ranging from boosting energy levels, promoting heart health, increasing joint flexibility, and even reducing the risks of certain cancers thanks to its anti-oxidant properties. (Read more on the benefits of ghee here.)
So why add it to your morning coffee? Because not only does it taste good, but it gives you an added jolt of energy and clarity to start your day, transforming an average cup of coffee into an extra-ordinary one. Rather than adding a lump of sugar into your mug, simple stir in a tablespoon of ghee and drink. Within five minutes you’ll feel as if a switch on your brain has turned on and your mind is buzzing with light.
The taste is predictably creamy and, of course, buttery. You may also add milk (we recommend unsweetened almond milk) and coconut oil for an added boost of healthy fats.
Not a coffee drinker? You can also add ghee to your tea. In fact, this is the original method of consumption – Tibetans who live high on mountain planes traditionally mix yak butter into their tea, known as po cha. (Read NPR's story on Tibetan Tea here.)
Trader Joe’s sells Indian-style ghee for around $5 for a jar. There is also a California-based brand called Tava making Ghee from grass fed cows in flavors like vanilla bean, green chili and Himalayan sea salt.