I’ve always thought of kefir as a weird European thing that makes my tummy gurgley. I think it’s finally found its place in my diet, however, when used in overnight oats. Kefir’s consistency is between yogurt and milk, so you can add it directly to the oats without worrying about proportions.

Side story: I’ve heard a lot of mom say really dumb stuff to their kids in grocery stores lately. “Honey, Mexican isn’t a language. Hispanic is a language.” And then there was the one who pronounced kefir (KAY-fur). You know those things that rankle your nerves more than they should? Mispronunciation of foreign words is one of them, for me. It’s keh-FEAR. Kefir. Rolled r is optional.

Anyway, however you want to say it, kefir is really good for your digestive system. Cooking Light claims that 80% of your immune system is located in your guts. So when your guts are in balance, your body is healthier. I’m not sure how accurate they are, but I do know I typically feel better when I eat better. Part of eating better is eating these fermented foods that contribute to the organisms that break down the other food. As much as I would like to think yogurt has those, they don’t have nearly the number that kefir does.

I ate about half of the bowl in the pictures on Sunday morning around 10am. I then went to a killer 1.5 hour ballet class that I’m still sore from, mowed the entire lawn about 3 times to knock down all the clumps, got on the roof and cleaned out all the gutters, and I didn’t get hungry once! That’s like 6 hours of hard physical labor. What other food gives you that much energy?

Next time you’re in the mood for overnight oats, try this recipe and see the difference.

Kefir Overnight Oats with Grapefruit

Kefir Overnight Oats with Honey and Grapefruit

Kefir Overnight Oats with Grapefruit and Honey
makes 2 servings

– 1 1/3 c low fat kefir
– 2/3 c old-fashioned rolled oats
– 2 tsp honey
– 1 tsp chia seeds
– 1/4 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 grapefruit
– 1/4 c blueberries
– 1 white peach

Combine kefir, rolled oats, honey, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Allow to sit in the refrigerator overnight.

Top with grapefruit sections, blueberries, and peach, or feel free to use your favorite toppings!