You should know I have always been a morning person. I was the kid up at 5:30 a.m. on the weekends in middle school because I was excited to get back to work on the project I’d started the night before. The “project” could’ve been an school assignment (I know, homework on the weekends, I was an animal) or it could’ve been the new house I was building for my family on The Sims. Either way, I’ve never had an issue launching out of bed.
When I hosted The Q Morning Show in Portland, Maine, I was up in the 4 a.m. hour every weekday to get to work by the 5:30 show start time. I’ll admit, I lost a little love for the waking up process when it was that early, but once I was up and sitting at my mic in the studio, I came to life. Plus, it was so great to know how much I could accomplish before 10 a.m. everyday.
Now working from home on The Goal Digger Podcast, my alarm doesn’t go off quite as early, but I’ve got a new morning routine that make hopping out of bed easy. I’m all about coconut oil coffee these days.
My best flow state hours are in the morning, sometimes as soon as I wake up. That’s when I make my to do list for the day, identify my big three tasks I need to complete before the day is over, and squeeze in a work out at Orangetheory Fitness. I used to have a big appetite in the morning but now I prefer not to eat first thing. Still, jumpstarting my metabolism and having something in my stomach before a workout is so important, and that’s why I love coconut oil coffee.
I’m not a food scientist and my only education in the magic of coconut oil is based on my own internet investigation, but after researching the benefits I learned that virgin coconut oil is the best source of MCTs, or medium-chain triglycerides. MCTs give your body and brain quick energy so they’re never stored as fat. Coconut oil may be high in calories but because of the way it’s metabolized, it reduces appetite and increases fat burn. I should note that coconut oil does have some downsides, and is still being studied for how it affects cholesterol levels, so if you’re concerned about your heart health or have existing issues, talk to a doctor and not a blogger.
A cup of coconut oil coffee gives me energy for a morning workout, powers me through my first few hours or work, and it just tastes good. Here’s how I make it.
How to Make Coconut Oil Coffee
Brew 10 oz of coffee and pour into a shaker bottle.
Stir in 1-2 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil.
Shake and blend oil and coffee for 15-20 seconds until frothy layer forms.
Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
You may want to keep a spoon close buy if you don’t drink your coffee quickly. The oil separates after a while but stirring it up works just fine.
What does your morning ritual look like? Share in the comments below!