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Immune-Boosting Overnight Oats

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With cold and flu season upon us, we all need to do what we can to boost our immunity and (hopefully) stay healthy.  Obviously, I’m a big believer in good old-fashioned hand-washing and hygiene, but I also think it’s important to get proper sleep, reduce stress, exercise (and rest!) regularly, and nourish our bodies right! Thats why I made this big bowl of Immune-Boosting Overnight Oats!

Not only does this brekkie bowl look pretty, but it tastes great and is packed with antioxidants, fibre, healthy fats, protein, and immune-boosting probiotics and elderberries, too! Elderberries have been used for centuries as a natural immunity enhancer.

For this recipe, I used elderberry crystals.  The crystals are extremely versatile and easy to use.  I love adding them to yogurt bowls, smoothies, chia pudding, popsicles, and oat bowls like this one.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Elderberry has been used in traditional medicine for millennia for a variety of ailments, from burns to infections.  Elderberries are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants including flavonols, anthocyanin, and phenolic acid. While more research is needed, studies suggest that elderberry extract may help support the immune system and reduce the length and severity of cold and flu symptoms.

By Anna Lee

Immune-Boosting Overnight Oats

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 Hours
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

2/3 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats

2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder OR Further Food Vanilla Collagen Peptides

2 tablespoons unsweetened desiccated coconut

2 scoops elderberry crystals or 2 teaspoons elderberry syrup

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup kefir (coconut or other milk-based kefir)

Sugar-free monk fruit sweetener or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste

Instructions

  1. Put oats, chia seeds, protein and/or collagen powder, coconut, and elderberry crystals into a bowl or single serving mason jars and mix together.
  2. Add almond milk and kefir and stir well to combine.  Sweeten to taste.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours.
  4. In the morning, stir and add additional sweetener and/or non-dairy milk for desired taste and consistency. Serve chilled with your choice of toppings.
Put oats, chia seeds, protein and/or collagen powder, coconut, and elderberry crystals into a bowl or single serving mason jars and mix together. Add almond milk and kefir and stir well to combine.  Sweeten to taste. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 6 hours. In the morning, stir and add additional sweetener and/or non-dairy milk for desired taste and consistency. Serve chilled with your choice of toppings.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving: Calories: 365; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 5 g; Cholesterol: 3 mg; Sodium: 229 mg; Potassium: 203 mg; Carbohydrate: 41 g; Fiber: 12 g; Sugar: 7 g; Protein: 20 g

Nutrition Bonus:

Vitamin C: 1%; Vitamin A: 3%; Iron: 15%; Calcium: 98%

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