Blended overnight oats are a good option if you’re looking for a fast, on-the-go breakfast. They’re easy, they’re filling, and they’re full of vitamins and nutrients. We’ve put together a recipe that’s made with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and maple syrup so you can enjoy it all fall long and throughout the holiday seasons. Our Pumpkin Blended Oats have an edge over other oat dishes because we use Lifeway Kefir as the base. Lifeway Kefir is a delicious way to add probiotics, protein, calcium, and vitamin D to your morning routine. We top our blended oats with blueberries and walnuts, but you could also use chocolate chips, pecans, bananas, or anything else that you feel would complement the pumpkin flavor. This dish is fully customizable.
Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Actually Need to Know
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. Lifeway Farmer Cheese is also a great source of all these nutrients, just in a different format for all the cheese lovers out there.
Prebiotics + Probiotics = A Healthier You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of fiber-rich plant foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotic fiber, but it’s what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.
- 2 cups Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
- 1 scoop collagen powder (or another protein powder)
- 1 tbsp. of a chia/flax/help seed blend
- 3 tbsp. pumpkin puree
- splash of maple syrup
- pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- Blend everything in a high speed blender until incorporated.
- Pour into three different containers and refrigerate overnight.
- When ready to eat, top with what you desire, we topped with walnuts, chocolate chips, sliced almonds, cinnamon, strawberries.