New week, new breakfast. Take a jar of this season’s flavors to-go with a chai overnight quinoa parfait, a higher protein choice than your usual overnight oats. Both quinoa and kefir are perfect proteins: essential to building, repairing, and maintaining muscle. Layer on the autumn spices and finish with pecans, toasted coconut flakes, and a drizzle of maple syrup for the ultimate cozy fall parfait.
With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.
Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunity, improve allergies, and improve digestion. Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with an increase in food allergies during school age years. In addition, kefir made from whole fat milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.
A healthy diet is one that is sustainable and full of real ingredients you can pronounce. As always, it’s important to be mindful of how foods react with your individual body but when it comes to selecting which dairy products to consume, going the fermented route is one of the best choices for your health. Kefir can be a beneficial way to incorporate more probiotics into your microbiota. Lifeway Kefir, in particular, may be an appropriate option for those who are lactose-intolerant – it’s up to 99% lactose (a naturally occurring milk sugar) free.
- In a pan, add quinoa and water. Boil for 15 minutes until the water is absorbed.
- In a mason jar, add quinoa, kefir, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Mix together.
- Add in spices and combine well.
- Store mason jar in the fridge overnight.
- In the morning, add a layer of plain kefir cup to an empty jar and then follow with a layer of overnight quinoa. Repeat until you reach desired layers.