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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.
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!
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!
- 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.
Now add your Lifeway Kefir.
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 (hint…they are on Amazon!). 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!
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. If blueberries are out of season you can always go for frozen or dried blueberries.
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!
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!
Need more breakfast ideas? Here are some more of my favorites