Saturday, February 19, 2011

kefir is a keeper.

reading break = break to read
reading break =/= break from reading

the good news?  the reading I've done has been about probiotics!

despite it being a homework-filled holiday, the break from classes has meant:
#1.) more time to make breakfast in the morning
#2.) more time to blog about it during study breaks

fluffy banana oats
the goodies:
* 1 person portion size. multiply per person!
- 1/4 c. old fashioned oats
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 banana, chopped in small pieces
- 1/4 c. milk
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla

- 1-2 tbsp. kefir
- your favorite berries (mine were blue!)

the fun part:
#1.) put your oats, chia seeds, banana, milk and water into a small sauce pan and heat on medium.
#2.) when the oats begin to bubble, start whisking your mixture by hand for about 5 minutes.  add the vanilla and continue to cook until all the liquid is absorbed.
#3.) transfer your oats to a bowl and garnish with your kefir and berries.

recipe adapted from: KathEats

what your body will like:
there are lots of goodies that your body will like in this recipe, but today we're going to talk specifically about how much your body likes kefir.  [we'll talk more about chia seeds later, I promise!]

what is kefir? kefir is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but contains beneficial yeast as well as friendly probiotic bacteria.

{fyi: you can find ready-to-eat kefir in the dairy aisle of most supermarkets.}

#1.) probiotics: the primary health benefit of probiotics is improved gut health.  probiotics are non-pathogenic [good] bacteria which fight of pathogenic [bad] bacteria.
#2.) digestion: attention all lactose intolerant friends! digestion of the proteins present in this dairy product is enhanced due to the presence of bacteria.  this stuff will have you running to the fridge for more, not running to the... never mind.
#3.) bone health: kefir is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus which all help to fortify your bones and teeth.  stay away osteoporosis!


  1. mMMmmMMmm i may need to add a few more blueberries....and raisins ;)

  2. Can I come over for breakfast?

  3. Blueberry thoughts:
    -Vitamin C
    -antioxidant properties
    -B vitamins
    -vitamin E
    -phytochemicals: phenolic acid, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, alpha-carontene, beta-carotene, caryophyllene, chlorogenic acid, eugenol, limonene, thymol, catechins, tocopherols and tocotrienol

  4. yes carllee! in the particular case of blueberries, the antioxidant properties are due to the anthocyanine phytochemical! kevin, you have yet to contribute. thoughts?

    (and ariana: you + me + bowl-o-oats = date!)