Pimp Your Oats – ‘Zoats’ Style
“Being happy is productive”
What are Zoats?
Zoats include porridge oats/oatmeal, shredded zucchini/courgette and egg whites. However, I swap the egg whites for a mix of milk and water. It doesn’t sound pleasant but, believe me, it is a great way to add bulk to your breakfast as well as nutrients and fibre. Having a big bowl of zoats in the morning is the perfect way to keep you fuller for longer with all the additional benefits. Of course, this works for me and may not work for you. But trying out new things and experimenting with food is exciting and helps you get adventurous when it comes to cooking! The food you eat should not be boring, even when you’re making healthy choices.
Sometimes, people may think of Zoats as a savoury meal or a savoury way of eating oatmeal or porridge, however, with my easy porridge toppings, this breakfast is transformed into something sweet, which doesn’t have any lasting flavours from the zucchini/courgette. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- Contain very few calories, high in water content.
- Rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium which help normalise blood pressure.
- Contains immune system-boosting Vitamin C
- The courgette’s thin dark skin is high in soluble fibre, which slows digestion and stabilises blood sugar levels – potentially getting rid of those pesky mid-afternoon sweet cravings.
- &, of course, lots more! Courgette is a staple in my diet and is so versatile.
How to make Zoats – Method
- Shred ¼ or ½ a courgette – depending on how hungry you are!
- 1 cup of oats – previous blog post.
- ½ cup of water to milk ratio – or perhaps more depending on how you like the consistency of your porridge. I use the Quaker Oat sachets, these are easy to use and already have measurements on the packets! It is a super quick way of making porridge in portion sizes.
- Microwave for 2 minutes, stir every 30 seconds.
- Once the porridge is cooked I add a variety of toppings – I have previously made a blog post on this the link is here – however, in particular for zoats I like to add a generous scoop of peanut butter, nuts, seeds, frozen berries, breakfast seed topping, dark 85% chocolate, chocolate coated raisens, dried fruit and nuts. Experiment with your toppings and get creative, this is the best part.
- Protein powder can be stirred in at the end to add extra flavour and protein, however, with the toppings I have selected the Zoats are transformed!
Of course, this is not to everyone’s taste, but for me it works and it tastes delicious. It makes me feel fuller and lasts me throughout my work out. This could also be a post workout meal with the added scoop of protein, the perfect balance of yummy nutrients. I love it!
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