Gut Loving Coconut + Honey Overnight Oats // The Collective Kefir Review

Introducing The Collective

As a blogger, I have had my fair share of weird and wonderful emails from individuals and companies asking if I would like to try their products, however, up until recently most of them have been for things like meal replacement shakes and diet pills (something you will know that I could never advocate for). Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I received a message from the team at The Collective Dairy asking if I would like to try their new range of kefir products. I have been purchasing their yoghurt range since arriving in the UK just under a year ago, so my answer was a big, resounding 'yes please!'.

The Collective was originally founded in New Zealand by two chefs, Angus Allan and Ofer Shenhav, who wanted to create an amazing yoghurt with an unbeatable taste that would stand out from the crowd. According to their website, within 10 months of its conception, The Collective was the best selling gourmet yoghurt in New Zealand. Not long after that, they teamed up with Amelia, along with the late Mike Hodgson, to bring their delicious goodies to the UK. I'm pretty grateful that they did because their fermented dairy products are just so good. 

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Kefir Taken to Another Level

I frequently make kefir myself at home because, in all honesty, it's just so easy to do yourself and so affordable, but I was still really excited to try out the new kefir range from The Collective. "What is kefir?", you ask. Kefir is a cultured milk drink that is made by fermenting milk with a diversity of live cultures including bacteria and yeasts. It has a characteristic tang and fizz that is quite different from plain yoghurt and is commonly consumed as a drink due to the fact that it isn't quite as thick as yoghurt either. The new range has the most amazing creamy mouthfeel and includes not only regular old natural kefir, but also some amazing flavour combinations such as Berries 'n' Hibiscus, Coconut 'n' Honey, and Mango 'n' Turmeric. I love the fact that the characteristic kefir tang isn't drowned out by the sweetness of the added fruit, but rather that the flavour combinations complement what kefir naturally has to offer. If you're living in the UK or happen to visit soon, be sure to get your hands on this product. It really is delicious!

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Good For the Gut

It's no secret that gut health is interesting and is worth prioritising for overall health and wellbeing. From the day we are born our bodies are inoculated with different microorganisms that make their home in our gut, and over time the amounts and types of microbes that colonise our gut changes thanks to the food we eat, the environment in which we live, the products we use daily, and our use of prescription antibiotics. The gut microbiome has some interesting known functions within the human body that are important for promoting and maintaining the health of a number of different body systems including:

  • Digestion of food components, such as indigestible fibre

  • Synthesis of vitamins for our bodies to use

  • Synthesis of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), which influence human metabolism

  • Protection from pathogens through maintenance of the gut lining and helping to stimulate our immune system

  • Communication with our brain through the synthesis of neurotransmitters

Including fermented foods that contain beneficial probiotics (live, potentially beneficial microorganisms), such as kefir, in the diet is a really affordable and tasty way to support good gut health, and kefir is an amazing source of gut-friendly bacteria, protein, vitamin B12 and calcium to help keep your muscles and bones healthy and strong. Interestingly enough, some people find that Kefir is easier to digest compared to plain milk thanks to the good bacteria which help break down lactose (milk sugar) prior to it being consumed.

That being said there is limited scientific research investigating the benefit of fermented foods, so most of the benefits claimed are anecdotal/observational in nature and have been passed down for generations. It's also important to note that fermented foods may not be well tolerated by everyone, so it's important to test them out slowly and take note of how your body functions and reacts when you consume them. I have written about the topic of gut health many times before, so head over to the links below to check out some of my previous posts if you haven't seen them already:

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Recipe Time

Ok enough rambling, now it's time to share the best part of this post - a recipe for this delicious Gut Loving Coconut + Honey Overnight Oats, featuring The Collective's the Coconut 'n' Honey Kefir. My Basic Overnight Oat recipe was actually one of the first posts that I shared on Taste & See, and it's still a favourite today. For those living in the Northern Hemisphere, this makes for the perfect alternative to warm porridge now that the weather is warm and can be easily packed into a jar if you want to take it along to work or on a journey with you. You can also make it in bulk and eat during the week, as it keeps fairly well in the fridge for a few days. I have also included an alternative for anyone that isn't able to access the Coconut 'n' Honey Kefir (I know that many of you live in South Africa, the US, and pretty much all over the world). If you give it a try please let me know what you think!

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Coconut + Honey Overnight Oats

The most delicious, gut-loving breakfast recipe. The perfect alternative to hot porridge during the warmer months.

Serves: 2

Couscous salad

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 250 ml of The Collective's new Coconut 'n' Honey Kefir
  • (Alternatively, use 200 ml normal kefir + 50 ml coconut milk)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup dessicated coconut
  • 1 apple (I used Pink Lady)
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • Honey, to drizzle

Instructions:
  1. The night before it's time to eat breakfast, mix together the oats, kefir, water, chia seeds, and dessicated coconut in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, grate the apple and mix into the softened overnight oats. Mix everything together well.
  3. Divide the mixture between two bowls or jars and top with almonds, frozen blueberries, and a drizzle of honey.
  4. This can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days, so feel free to make a bigger batch to last the whole week!

Disclaimer: I received vouchers from The Collective that allowed me to try out these products for free, but I wouldn't have shared this post with all of you if I didn't love the products myself :)