The Kyoord PSL: Polyphenol Spiced Latte

Cooler temps, fewer daylight hours, and less time spent outdoors naturally makes us want to crawl back into bed the moment our alarm goes off in the morning.  We resort to our seasonal vices, aka the artificially flavored, sugar-highs in a cup to incentivize getting a move on once we reach our maximum allotment of alarm snoozing sessions. There’s nothing wrong with looking forward to a morning ritual of enjoying your favorite seasonal drink on the way to work, but often these “treats to ourselves” work against us, setting us up for a midday slump. There’s a way to avoid the energy spiral and caffeine crash that begins the moment we take the last sip of a coffee shop special. 

Why add High-phenolic Olive Oil to your coffee?

You may be familiar with the popular ketogenic cult beverage of choice, bulletproof coffee. This famous recipe combines coffee, grass-fed butter, and laboratory-manufactured MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides). While there isn’t anything inherently wrong with consuming MCT oils which are produced by concentrating the particular medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) within coconut oil, we think the benefits of expedited absorption and metabolism (which is said to provide faster access to energy) of MCFAs don’t hold up to the benefits of slower, more consistent energy absorption and metabolism of the long chain, oleic fatty acids in EVOO. What’s more, you miss out on the abundance of nutrients that come from the natural antioxidant content packed into the long chain fatty acids of olive oil by choosing MCTs instead.

Our version of this popular coffee recipe takes the best of what comes from drinking bulletproof recipes (powerful fats that increase your focus, banish hunger and cravings, and spur weight loss), and adds in the micro-nutrients, vitamins, and polyphenols of EVOO. The Kyoord PSL makes for a satisfying, energizing coffee full of the antioxidants you miss out on in bulletproof coffee recipes that use MCT oils as their fat source.

Here are just a handful of ways we benefit from the delicious ingredients included in our new favorite latte recipe:

Cinnamon: beyond its antioxidant prowess, cinnamon is often cited as a supportive supplement for those with diabetes or considered pre-diabetic, as it’s been shown to suppress the activity of several digestive enzymes. The polyphenolic compounds packed within this healing spice work to slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream, protecting us from spikes in blood sugar after eating a carbohydrate-heavy meal.

Ginger: This deliciously spicy ancient root vegetable has been reported to possess anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antitumor, antioxidant, and antiemetic effects, all thanks to Gingerol, one of the major bioactive constituents of the spice. Gingerol is a potent plant compound responsible for activating the spice receptors on our tongues, and a compound that has been shown to stop the transformation of normal cells into cancer cells by inhibiting the carcinogenic cellular reproduction cycle caused by harmful proteins. 

Cloves: We typically associate these tiny flower buds grown on the evergreen tree with the holiday season thanks to their warm, sweet scent. However, they pack an abundance of antioxidants such as eugenol, which is a phenolic compound that can reduce oxidative stress. Additionally, eugenol also has powerful antimicrobial properties, and works like a natural germicide, helping to fight bacterial growth.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg soothes not only through it’s warming, nutty aroma but by working within the body to reduce inflammation. Nutmeg is rich in monoterpenes, fragrant, anti-inflammatory compounds which help reduce inflammation by inhibiting enzymes that promote it within cells.

100% pure maple syrup: Thanks to a low glycemic index score (aka won’ spike your blood sugar like refined sweeteners), maple syrup is one of our favorite fall flavors. Naturally sourced from trees, it’s minimally processed and packed with manganese, riboflavin, zinc, and magnesium, beating honey when it comes to minerals and antioxidant levels.

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