April 9, 2020
  • 3:53 pm Fun Meal Prep Idea: Yellow-Colored Lunch Box
  • 3:53 pm Gilbert’s on Main serves New York Style Deli in Bellevue – KING 5 Evening
  • 3:53 pm Keto diet Meatballs with tomato sauce ASMR cooking No talking
  • 3:53 pm John’s Texas Tenderloin Roulade
  • 2:53 pm Why You Should Try “Cook Once Eat Twice” Meal Prep | What We Ate Over a Weekend (Healthy Recipes)
Triathlon Taren’s Fat Burning Keto Morning Drinks

– [Instructor] What’s up trainiacs?
Today we’re going to
head into the kitchen,
and I’m going to give you
the run down of the three
morning drinks that I
use updated for late 2018
that help me burn fat, but
still have really good workouts.
How I make them and when I use them.
Let’s do it.
(techno music)
(kitchen dishes clanging)
So when we wake up in the morning,
I’ve talked about this many times before,
we are in a fat burning state,
and we ideally wanna stay
in that fat burning state
because the ability to
fat-oxidize, use fat as fuel,
is a really big determinant
of how well we’ll do
in the ultra distance events,
and I’m going to classify
a half iron man or longer
as an ultra distance event,
and if you are only relying
on taking in nutrition,
you are going to potentially bonk,
you are going to
potentially have to take on
too much nutrition that
because there’s so much blood
in our arms and our legs,
running, swimming, cycling,
we are going to have not a
lot of blood in our stomach,
and it’s going to make
it difficult for our body
to process the fuel that
we’re putting in here.
However, we have more than enough fuel,
even the thinnest
athletes in our fat store,
so if we can access that easily,
we are going to do better in races,
we’re going to be thinner,
we’re going to be lighter,
we’re gonna look better in a speedo,
and that’s what we’re looking for.
So! There are three morning
drinks that I will use,
and these are the drinks that I will have
before just about any workout.
Now depending on what I’m doing,
it’s going to be one of these three drinks
and I’ll explain that to you.
Number one is just my plain old coffee.
Four sigmatic, mushroom type coffee,
and if you want to get 15% off,
just go to
Use the coupon code triathlontaren,
but I won’t just have that regular coffee.
I will mix that coffee with MCT oil.
This is coconut oil basically,
and these medium chain triglycerides
are really really good
for brain functioning,
it’s also basically pure fat.
Somewhere around 100-150
calories in one tablespoon
is what I’ll put into this coffee
and there’s a couple reasons for that.
Number one, that is going to give me
just a little bit of fuel.
It’s also going to allow me to
process the caffeine in this
smoother instead of getting a
really quick hit of caffeine
on an empty stomach, getting
a spike and then crashing
whenever I might do the workout,
that marriage between
coffee and the MCT oil
forces my body to process
the caffeine a lot slower.
So it’s a smoother burn.
In addition to that, MCT oil is clear,
and what I like to do is
fast for at least about
12 hours a day.
Typically it’s from supper
until the next meal of the day
being the shake that we
are going to discuss,
and why I want to do that is
to really give my gut a break.
We take all that blood out
of our gut into our muscles,
and at the same time ingest electrolytes
and ingest gels and chews and bars,
so we place a lot of
stress on the gut as it is,
and if we’re constantly putting
fuel and food into our gut
for hours and hours every single day,
and we never really give it a big break
besides when we’re sleeping,
we might overtax it.
So just having 12 hours
off allows your gut
to have a little bit of a break.
Coffee with MCT oil does not break a fast.
But what if I am going to
do say a series of workouts?
Depending on the workout, I
will then start adding calories.
In two cases I will have coffee, MCT oil,
and a little bit of no sugar coconut milk.
This is basically going
to function like creamer.
Why I might use this
is let’s say I wanna do
a really light recovery ride.
Well, with the heart rate being so low,
this is a perfect time to teach our body
to start burning fat.
We can just continue in
that fat burning mode
and having about 40-50
calories of this coconut cream
is going to end up being
somewhere around one gram of carbs
and six grams of fat.
Add in about 100-120 calories from this,
and you’ve got yourself just
a really nice slow-burning
energy from that coffee that you can use
just to kinda fill your
stomach for those recovery
kind of workouts, and
that’s more than enough
because again, we got lots
of calories in our body.
I might also use that in the other case,
in something like today, where
I had two workouts in a row.
I had a 55 minute run,
but it was gonna be very low intensity,
and then I was going to have
about an hour and a half break
and then go for a swim.
Now I didn’t want to have the
feeling of being really heavy
on that run.
Sometimes, I just kinda
like having the feeling
of less in my stomach
to just have the feeling
of a flat stomach, not
have a lot sloshing around
for all the workouts.
Just kinda taking the
taxation off of the gut.
So those two instances, I will
have just that light coffee
with a little bit of coconut
oil when I’m doing a really
really light workout, or if
I’m doing a series of workouts
and the first one is a lighter workout,
and then in between the
first and the second workout,
I’m going to have a more major
meal that’s going to function
as a recovery from the first workout
and fuel for the second workout.
Now what if I’ve got more of a typical day
where I have let’s say
a workout in the morning
and a then workout in the evening?
A lot of time between.
Or maybe it’s just a workout
that is more intense,
more of a key purposeful
workout in the morning.
For that, I want to be a
little bit better fueled
because I am going to have to burn through
quite a few calories, and for that,
I have talked about my
morning bulletproof shake
that I’ve used to help give my
body little bit of calories,
little bit of energy while still keeping
it in that fat burning mode.
We have just a small magic
bullet sized little shake
that I will top up with
water, coconut milk,
almond milk, cashew milk.
I tend to stay away from dairy,
just because I don’t process it well.
A lot of people don’t process it well,
and this has morphed a little
bit over the last few months,
but here is the late 2018
version of this shake.
Just like before I have some collagens,
this is really really good for the joints,
it also gives a little bit of protein
so that my hunger gets satiated.
So I’ll put in just one
heaping tablespoon of collagen.
I’ll also put in somewhere around 50-60
calories of protein powder.
I tend to go with rice and pea proteins.
They are basically just as
bio-available as chicken or eggs,
but they also don’t have
the allergen properties
that chicken and eggs often have,
and again, gives me a little
bit of protein in the morning
to curb my hunger and
maintain muscle density.
I will put in about a half a
tablespoon of beet root powder.
There are about about
40% of the population
that beet root powder ends up
acting as a batsel dilator.
Your blood vessels really expand
so it’s like nitric oxide.
You get a lot more oxygen,
and if you are one of those lucky,
I think it’s 35-45%, hey,
take some beet root powder.
I don’t know if I’m in
that, but we try, right?
Then I get into the coffees
and the four sigmatic products.
I will put in just a little sprinkling
of the four sigmatic adaptogen blend,
and this has a whole bunch
of mushrooms in it that help
support immune function, so I’ll use this.
I put in a little bit of
matcha, just a tiny little bit,
just add some flavor and
still give a little bit
of an energy boost.
Then I will have four
sigmatic mushroom coffee.
This is their gold standard,
this is their first product,
and again, if you wanna get 15% off,
go to foursygmatic.com/triathlontaren
and use the coupon code triathlontaren
at checkout, get yourself 15% off.
Then the two last things
that I include are
cashew butter, and almond
butter, a sunflower seed butter,
and I will do a heaping tablespoon of that
which will get me somewhere
around 110 calories,
lots of fat, and this is going to
on top of the coffee that
I had earlier in the day,
once I break the fast, I’m
going to have about 100 calories
of fat from that, a little
over 100 calories from that
so I’m staying in that fat burning zone
but giving myself enough
calories combined with all the
coffee, the caffeine,
and I’m going to continue
to burn fat and teach
my body to fat oxidize.
Last thing, I put in two SP2
life frozen spirulina pods.
Why these? Because this
is really the only way
you want to get spirulina.
It’s the easiest way to access iron.
B12, ferritin, increase
your hemoglobin levels
in your blood, access
more blood oxygen levels,
feel great, I did a whole video on that
that I will link to at the end.
Now I’ll have that shake
before, like I say,
a key workout or before
a series of workouts
where I can’t have a main meal in between.
So if I’m going to do a
one to two hour workout
and then have a big gap in my day,
and then do my second
workout later in the day,
it’ll be that shake in the morning.
If I’m going to do a main
workout in the morning,
and then even if I don’t have
anything later in the day,
it’ll be that shake in the morning.
If I do a big two, three,
four, five hour brick session,
it’ll still be that shake in the morning.
I always want to start off with that shake
because it keeps my body
in that fat burning zone,
and if I ate nothing else healthy
throughout the rest of the day,
no salads, no good
soups, nothing like that,
I would have still given
my body some good protein,
good joint support, good healthy fats
that is allowing my body to get satiated,
feel full, combined with that protein,
burn the caffeine very slowly.
It would have given my body
a little bit of a boost
if I can process beet powder well.
I would have given my
body a fair bed of support
on the immune boosting side of things,
a fair bed of greens and
all kinds of nutrients
with that spirulina.
It’s covering all my
bases so that basically,
by the time that I get
to the first workout,
I’ve got energy, I’m still burning fat,
I have given myself a ton of nutrients,
and it’s setting myself up to
perform well in that workout
and for the rest of the day.
So there you go.
That is the 2018 December version
of what I drink the morning.
Those three drinks will get you through
a lot of triathlon training,
and I’ll get you prepared
for those ultra long
events and feel dang good.
Have a very healthy stomach,
have a very health immune system,
lose a little bit of fat,
look good in a speedo.
That’s what we want, right?
Alright trainiacs, if you
aren’t already subscribed,
hit the subscribe button below,
and if you are subscribed,
go to foursygmatic.com/triathlon
or use the coupon code triathlon
at the four sigmatic checkout
to get yourself 15% off.
They help us. Help us help you.
Alright, later trainiacs.

Randall Smitham



  1. David Penney Posted on December 3, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Hi Taren. What are your thoughts on taurine supplement? Just started using it and do feel a difference with regard balanced energy levels. Yet to see extra fat loss but early days.

  2. enduroFactory Posted on December 3, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    A lot of mixes to one shake, good info I’ll follow it up… coffee oats almond butter for myself

  3. Adriano França Posted on December 3, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    What about the taste?

  4. PlanesTrainsAutos Posted on December 4, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Know what’s ironic? As a YouTuber getting paid off ads, you don’t see who sponsors the video. Well, Four Sigmatic popped up, and I thought you just posted their commercial in your video. Then, I realized it was an ad. 😂 thaaat’s awesome.

  5. Eric Glenn Posted on December 4, 2018 at 12:52 am

    I agree on the fat burning by eating fat…The fasting concept i have been using since a child as a part of my religious experience so i know that it works on many levels. Thank you for sharing.

  6. cassar30 Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:02 am

    Does SP2 ship to Canada?

  7. BRENDAN CLEMMENS Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Great tips! I struggle with healthy but light breakfasts, especially with endurance sports on the docket.

    Two more things:
    1) cashew butter finger is a bitch
    2) love the dogs cameo – I think that’s Pete? “Dude, are you done with the camera yet? I’m really just trying to get to my water bowl”

  8. tnm140 Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:21 am

    Bro science alert!

  9. John Clark Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:27 am

    thanks for the info. Any thoughts on Intermittent fasting?

  10. Jared Bone Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Petey isn't interested in your green shake… thanks for sharing it with us humans tho!

  11. autokanada Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:50 am

    too complicated 🙁 , my version is banana milkshake )

  12. Jeff G Posted on December 4, 2018 at 3:02 am

    A Havard professor has stated coconut oil is fad and one of the worst things you can eat-your response please? https://www.zmescience.com/medicine/coconut-oil-poison-0423/

  13. Darren Elgar Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:23 am

    I'm burning fat just thinking about how much effort this all is 🙂 It is 6:22 am, I'm off for a run. Just had a coffee, some water and coconut water. Porridge, spirulina and chia seeds when I get back.

  14. Mark M Posted on December 4, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I’ll have to research how ingesting calories of any kind doesn’t break a fast. I do have a question, if we digest fats slowly, won’t that mean that our blood will be diverted to the gut longer, or will cause indigestion more frequently if we exercise with fat in our GI system?

  15. bedan71 Posted on December 4, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Jump on that keto bandwagon

  16. Nicolas Lepage Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    what if you train only at night?

  17. Brice van der Post Posted on December 4, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Dude that's like a $50 shake!

  18. Mark Reihl Posted on December 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Taren, What kind of blender are you using?

  19. Piotr Prokopowicz Posted on December 4, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Hi Taren! Which would you recommend before hi intensity morning sessions at a gym or rowing?

  20. Daniel Usenko Posted on December 4, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    MCT oil is great, but since it has calories, it breaks a fast.

  21. Iron Will Posted on December 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I'm on a bit more of an aggressive fast loss eating plan at the moment haha, but great tips! When I've reached My goal weight zone I'll consider the shake!

  22. Masterman5010 Posted on December 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Instructions not clear enough, my banana got stuck in the blender 🙁

  23. Christy Jones Posted on December 4, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Very interesting! Since I am sticking to the Maffetone Method for the next 10 months, the coffee with MCT and coconut oil sounds like a great way to start my day before a workout! I’ll give it a try:-)

  24. Matthew Smith Posted on December 5, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I love you Taren. But, for a second of real talk. You are not a keto athlete. You are not fat adapted. In your adult life, you have NEVER experienced ketosis. You think MCT Oil doesn't break a fast because it is "clear". Jesus man….any calories break a fast. You buy into the marketing tactics of the failing mushroom industry. Dude. "overtaxing the gut" dude…wtf? You're just listening to talking heads on the internet and spouting this shit out as if it was facts.

    The facts are: you are a decent age group 70.3 athlete. You are not exceptional. You train more than enough, but your diet shows your lack of commitment to your own performance. So please, STOP trying to get people to eat like you. You need to lose 6-8% body fat while maintaining your muscle mass if you ever want to break out. Otherwise, please, just focus on being a news reporter, because your health, diet, performance,and fitness is not helping your cause.

  25. Alex Cain Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:06 am

    You should do a video where you talk about the evolution of your shakes.

  26. stephanie ferguson ross Posted on December 27, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I work out early in the am. What’s the time frames between shake and workout?