Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oatmeal: Super Easy Superfood

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Ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school, and for me, that means finding some good ideas for quick and easy lunch box fillers. It also means looking for ways to get the morning started right for my girls with breakfasts that pack a nutritional punch without causing me to spend all morning in the kitchen. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I might be able to do with Lifeway Kefir, especially since my girls LOVE it and drink it several times a week, already.

Well friends, I’m pleased to tell you that I came up with an idea that has just 4 ingredients, and only requires a bit of mixing and some hang out time in the fridge. Best of all, every single ingredient is not just good, but AWESOME for you.

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What is Kefir?

Have you seen this product in the stores, yet? It’s fairly new to mainstream American grocery stores, but its hardly new at all, having origins that date back 2,000 years!

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It’s called kefir and it’s a cultured milk drink loaded with 12 live and active probiotic cultures, which your tummy will thank you for because they help balance digestive health, as well as support your immune system. Lifeway Kefir is 99% lactose free and comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones. This is also a GMO-free product!

While it isn’t the same as yogurt, some people find it to taste similar to yogurt, though it is much runnier in its consistency, and therefore, drinkable. We use it all the time in our smoothies, and we also drink it by the glass. But this is our first time trying it as a component in oatmeal, and it worked out beautifully!

Here’s the recipe so you can try Blueberry Kefir Overnight Oatmeal yourself! And don’t forget to snag a coupon before heading out to the store!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Lifeway Blueberry Kefir
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries

Start by pouring your oats into a mixing bowl.

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Now add your Lifeway Kefir.

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Time to add the chia seeds! I know chia seeds aren’t readily available at every grocery store, but it’s worth taking that little bit of extra time to find them. Why? Because they are pretty much one of the most nutritionally awesome foods on the entire planet. The amount of chia seeds in this recipe provides 12 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and 5.8 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids. BOOM!

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Ok, now it’s time to add those beautiful blueberries. The antioxidants found in blueberries are huge, friends. Just one more reason to love this recipe! Gently fold them in so that they don’t get squished.

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All you need to do now is transfer them to a container with a lid (I chose a mason jar to save space, but do whatever works for you) and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight, or for a minimum of 6 hours. That’s it!

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I personally prefer this version of oatmeal cold, but my daughter likes it warmed up, more like a traditional hot breakfast. Try it for yourself to see which way you like it, best! My husband thinks it tastes better with a swirl of honey on top, and I think it is perfect just the way it is, as the kefir adds that yummy tart flavor. It pretty much couldn’t be easier (as long as you remember to put it together the night before) and it leaves you feeling full and happy!

I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke: Sharing Coca-Cola Just Got Personal

This post brought to you by Dollar General and Coca-Cola®. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of my favorite things to do with my friends is to sit down together and talk while having drinks. Some occassions call for coffee, and others call for wine. But I can’t think of a single instance where it doesn’t make sense to share a Coke®. Just one visit to the Coca-Cola®museum shows you that Coca-Cola® is an international language!

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Dollar General and Coca-Cola® have teamed up together to make it easy to do just that, even if you don’t live near the folks you want to get to hang out with over a nice, cold glass of Coke®. Simply log on to the special website set up for sharing, and select if you want to share a coke with a family member, a friend or a co-worker. Then you get to post a special message on their Facebook wall letting them know that you are thinking of them and are sharing a Coke® with them, if only in spirit!

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I sent this message to my sister via Facebook, along with a more personalized note about how proud I am to call her my little sister! I would sit down and share a Coke® with her more often if I could, but we live 5 hours apart by car.

I also headed over to Dollar General to check out their Coca-Cola® bottles, as I heard that they have some special bottles that actually have proper names on them. I thought I’d go see if I could find a bottle for a friend, and I did!

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What I really enjoyed about shopping for these bottles is that I went in with one particular name in mind, and while I couldn’t find that name, I saw a few others that reminded me of people I know with those names, and that made me want to share a Coke® with them, too!

Definitely make a stop at Dollar General in the near future to see if you can find a name of someone you care about, and then blow their minds when you share a personalized Coca-Cola® with them!

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Starbucks Giveaway: That’s the Way to Start the Day! :-)

Thanks to Starbucks for sending goodies along for review and for sponsoring a sweet Starbucks giveaway! All thoughts and opinions are my own, as always. 

In the recent podcast I took part in with Sarah, (go check it out! It’s a fun one!), one of the things we touched on was finding time in the day, every day, to do at least one thing for yourself. Parents tend to put themselves last because, understandably, our needs seem less urgent, and we have enough discipline and maturity to wait a bit longer than our kids do. But friends, the danger in this logic is that we always put our needs and wants in the spot on the to-do list that never gets crossed off. And if we don’t give ourselves a little bit of TLC, we will start to wither, and we’ll eventually break. For me that looks like a crying meltdown in front of my husband followed by two hours locked in my room by myself with the entire carton of ice cream and whatever I can find on Netflix to help me totally zone out.

Been there? Or some version of there? Yeah…we all have.

I think having a good cry every so often is totally healthy, but what’s even healthier is keeping yourself from getting to that breaking point in the first place. And I think what it means to do that will look different for everyone. For me, it means finding realistic ways to treat myself. I’m not going to be able to afford a weekly pedicure (both in terms of costs and in terms of time), but I can afford to treat myself to premium coffee.

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And I’m not talking about heading out to Starbucks every day, either (once again, my wallet and my schedule are both not able to accommodate that!). Instead, Starbucks is right at home with me. Iced coffees are one of my favorite things EVER, and that means that I need to do them right and make them with truly delicious coffee. It doesn’t really get much better than Starbucks, and I can brew it at home and keep my costs reasonable. If you LOVE coffee like I do, treat yourself to a really beautiful tumbler and to quality coffee, like Starbucks, that you can brew from home. Your taste buds will be so grateful, and if you are anything like me, everyone in the house wins when mama gets her good coffee. :-)

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Lately I’ve been enjoying Pike Place Roast from Starbucks. It’s a medium roast and it has some subtle flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts. Basically, it’s terrific! I need a dark roast to get me going in the morning, but Pike Place is my second cup of coffee choice (which happens around 10am). I will brew it in the tumbler immediately after making my first cup, and that gives it time to cool down a bit before I’m ready to pour ice over it.

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So whether you prefer your coffee hot or iced, I bet you super duper love it when it’s free! Want to win some? Let’s do this!!

Win it!: One lucky Stuff Parents Need reader will win a lovely To-Go Tumbler just like the one pictured above, as well ask a K-Cup Pike Place pack. YUM!!!

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Chocolate Banana Pudding with TruMoo (and a Giveaway!!)

This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine.

Yesterday I made a special treat for you all! I decided to make a banana pudding, but I wanted to make it even better than a traditional banana pudding.

I know what you are thinking: “Banana pudding does not need any improvements, Tiffany!” I hear you. Banana pudding is totally amazing. But CHOCOLATE Banana pudding is even more amazing, promise. I made mine with TruMoo Chocolate Milk. Have you seen it in stores? I’m a big fan, especially since it’s got no artificial growth hormones. Check out TruMoo for more information

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And even though it doesn’t look super duper chocolately in its finished form, the color has been diluted with whipped topping and condensed milk. But there’s also chocolate pudding made with TruMoo chocolate milk, which basically makes it double chocolate pudding. So I’m thinking right about now you’d like to learn the recipe, yes? Ok, let’s do it!

Ingredients

for chocolate pudding

  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups TruMoo chocolate milk
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Other Ingredients:

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (12 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 package of vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 4 medium bananas, sliced to desired thinness

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To make the chocolate pudding:

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In a saucepan on medium heat, combine cocoa, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add TruMoo Chocolate milk, roughly 1/2 cup at a time and stir until well combined after each addition.

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Once all the milk is added, bring to a gentle boil (still over medium heat).

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Let the mixture boil gently while constantly stirring for about 2 minutes. Then add the butter and vanilla and remove from the heat. Allow to cool down to room temperature (this will take 20 minutes or so, and goes faster if you give it a stir every few minutes).

Next add the condensed milk to the chocolate pudding mixture. Stir it well until it is throughly combined.

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Now it’s time to fold in the whipped topping!

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The finished mixture should look something like this:

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The next part of the recipe was totally my favorite because it involves getting out your aggression. Poor vanilla wafers never saw it coming. Crush as many as you think reasonable at a time, but I can tell you that putting the entire bag of wafers in a quart bag at one time is over shooting. Just trust me on that one ;-) .

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I guess I should explain why the wafers are crushed instead of getting artfully arranged. Well, for starters, I don’t “artfully arrange” anything well as you’ll see in a second when you see the final product. But more importantly, I honestly think banana pudding is better this way because the crumbly goodness of the wafers is much more evenly distributed. Try it and let me know if you agree!

Ok, so back to the recipe. It’s time to get your layer on! Start with a layer of crushed wafers, followed by a layer of bananas.

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Now add a layer of that awesome pudding you just made! I got a total of 4 layers of wafers/bananas and 3 layers of pudding. This isn’t an exact science, so it’s ok if yours doesn’t turn out like mine. And most likely, yours will definitely turn out prettier than mine! Layers are just not my thing, y’all.

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So while it isn’t the most beautiful pudding in the world, it can hold its own in the taste department, and I think a lot of that has to do with the inclusion of TruMoo Chocolate Milk! I hope you will give the recipe a try; my crew has been thoroughly enjoying it as a special treat after dinner (and yeah, after lunch, too. Can you blame us?!).

Want more ideas for how to use TruMoo to make super yummy recipes like this one? Check out TruMoo on Facebook  and join the community there to get more ideas, and to even hear about great promotions.

Speaking of great promotions: one lucky Stuff Parents Need reader is going to win 4 vouchers for free TruMoo products! Woo hoo!

To enter: Simply leave a comment on this post with an idea for something you’d make using TruMoo chocolate milk! Please make sure you have left your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

Bonus entry: Follow Stuff Parents Need on Instagram and leave a comment stating that you did so, along with your Instagram username.

Rules: The contest will run until 12:01 am ET on July 31st when a winner will be selected from eligible entrants using Random.org. The winner will be contact via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Open to residents of the United. States, 18 and older. Limit one entrant per household. 

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A Simple Hack for Your Keys (and $60 in Free Nail Polish, Too!)

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