You may be asking yourself why in the world am I drinking 1500 calories of fat for breakfast. Well, there are several reasons:
Drinking Ketogenic Hot Chocolate puts me into Ketosis, which is a state in which my body is burning Ketones instead of Glucose for energy. Ketones come from fat, while Glucose comes from carbohydrates and sugars.
There are many benefits to Ketosis, which you can learn about here, but its primary importance to me is that it provides a huge amount of stable energy that lasts for hours. It’s also a very clean feeling energy which leaves my body relaxed and my mind able to focus with ease.
Supports Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting is a type of fasting in which you only eat food within an 8-hour window and fast the rest of the day. There are numerous benefits to and variants of Intermittent Fasting which you can learn about here.
Technically I am “eating” outside of the 8-hour window, but fat does not trigger the energetically taxing processes of digestion that proteins, carbohydrates and fibers do, allowing me to mimic the effects of Intermittent Fasting without feeling hungry. By drinking Ketogenic Hot Chocolate for breakfast I get to intake a ton of calories from fat without losing energy digesting it. As a result, mornings are the most productive part of my day by far!
Space Efficient Calories
While living in my truck I have to constantly be thinking about how to minimize the amount of space I’m using. Food tends to be fairly bulky, especially if I’m trying to stay out in the wilderness for as long as possible before requiring a trip to town.
A tablespoon of fat contain around 125 calories, which is extremely space efficient.
Food tends to go bad fairly quickly without refrigeration, especially out in the deserts I’ve been enjoying recently. It’s possible to get refrigerators that run on a 12-Volt system, but that’s spending energy I can use for other things, and the fridge itself would take up a ton of space! They’re also noisy…
I’m using Ghee and Caprylic Acid as my fats. Both are extremely stable with shelf lives lasting into the years when properly stored.
Let’s Make Ketogenic Hot Chocolate!
Now that we’ve covered the ‘Why’ of making Ketogenic Hot Chocolate, let’s talk about the ‘How’!
Before we start, I want to state that the products I’m using are the brands I prefer, but you can get all of this stuff from lots of different places. Also, most of the links in this section are Affiliate, meaning if you decide to purchase something for yourself you’ll be helping to fund my wizardly lifestyle. Nice!
Okay, first things first…
Step 1 – Boil Some Water
Before I do anything else, I always start boiling some water since it can take awhile.
I have the option of using my propane camp stove, but if it’s sunny and I’ve stored enough energy using my Solar Panel I prefer to use a little 12-Volt Water Boiler. It can plug into the cigarette lighter of any car, but I’ve adapted my battery to have a plug of its own.
Step 2 – Add the Chocolate Powder
I use 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened Chocolate Powder, and it seems to be all I need. Besides being delicious, I like using chocolate because it has a ton of health benefits. You can learn about those here.
Step 3 – Pour in the Caprylic Acid
Caprylic Acid is one of the many fats found in Coconut Oil, and is the key ingredient in this mixture when it comes to triggering Ketosis. Normally it can take days or weeks of careful diet planning to get into a Ketogenic state, but this stuff activates it almost instantly. It’s like cheating!
I’ve worked myself up to being able to handle 6 Tablespoons at a time, but I’ve been doing this for almost 2 years and had to start closer to 1 Tablespoon. Here’s the brand I prefer to use.
If you’d like to learn more about the magical substance we call Caprylic Acid, this is a good place to start.
Step 4 – Scoop Out Some Ghee
Next I scoop 6 Tablespoons of Ghee into the thermos, which is essentially purified butter fat. It is made by boiling butter and skimming off everything that floats to the top until there’s nothing left but glistening golden goodness.
It’s extremely important that the cows who produced the milk were fed 100% grass. Grains drastically change the nutritional makeup of the milk for the worse, and the fat soluble mold toxins and pesticides the grains carry is concentrated into it. Gross!
Click here to learn more about the advantages of using grass-fed butter.
I like to use the Ancient Organics® brand because they make their ghee using the traditional Ayurverdic method… I’ve heard they even still chant at a certain point in the process. In other words, these people really care about their product.
Step 5 – Add the Hot Water
Almost time for some Hot Chocolaty goodness!
As soon as the water is almost boiling, I add it to the thermos and let it sit with the lid on for a couple minutes to melt the ghee in preparation for the final step…
Step 6 – Mix It All Up!
In order to make this drink easy for the body to digest, it’s critically important to break the fat molecules into tiny little droplets. At home I’d use a high-powered blender, but I’ve found a little USB Charged Milk Frother that works nearly as well!
I mix it up for about a minute, and then my breakfast is ready for me to enjoy! I tend to drink it slowly over many hours until I eat lunch around 2pm.
If you’re thinking about trying Ketogenic Hot Chocolate, don’t start at 1500 calories worth of fat because your body takes awhile to get used to digesting that. I started around 250 calories, or one Tablespoon each of Ghee and Caprylic Acid.