This Breakfast Trend Has A Bizarre Name, But It Will Keep You Full For Hours
Zoats! It sounds like an endearing alternative to the expletive you normally use when you stub your toe. Or maybe the kind of lunch snack you begged your mom to buy when you were a kid, because they were so much cooler than that dumb box of raisins. (Of course, she always said no.)
In fact, it's better than either of these things. Zoats is a short, catchy name for zucchini oatmeal, or oatmeal made with the addition of shredded zucchini.
Why is that great? Aside from giving your morning porridge a virtuous green color, zucchini has a lot of volume to make you feel extra full. At the same time, it's low in calories and practically tasteless. Which makes it a genius way to add bulk to your breakfast without piling on extra calories or adding any weird flavors that would clash with whatever you already have going on, explains registered dietician Sarah Pflugradt. (Lose up to 15 pounds in just 30 days with this revolutionary superfood plan from the publisher ofPrevention!)
Of course, feeling satisfied until your next meal isn't the only benefit. "For many people, fitting in 5 to 6 cups of fruit and vegetables in a day can seem pretty challenging," Pflugradt says. Adding zucchini, which delivers both fiber and vitamin C, to your oatmeal makes it that much easier to reach your daily produce goal.
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And considering how easy they are to make, you can ride the zoats train pretty much any morning you want. If you've got 5 minutes to make oatmeal, you've got 6 minutes to make zoats. Here's how:
Step 1:Grate your zucchini with a box grater. (This takes less than a minute, so don't do it the night before. If you do, your zucchini will be watery and gross when you take it out of the fridge in the morning.)
Step 2:Add the grated zucchini to your uncooked oats. Half a cup should do the trick, though if you want to add more, no one's stopping you.
Step 3:Cook your oats as usual, add your favorite toppings, and eat.
Just like regular oatmeal, it's a good idea to keep the sugary add-ins like honey, maple syrup, or chocolate chips to a minimum, Pflugradt says. (Remember, this is breakfast, not dessert.) Let these 9 mouthwatering zoat bowls serve as inspiration.
Skip the usual strawberry or grape jelly in favor of blackberry compote. Add a drizzle of peanut butter and a sprinkle of pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and you're set.
Pumpkin spice zoats with spirulina
Looks green, but the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice make these zoats taste like your favorite fall latte. Add a spoonful of almond butter for extra protein and creaminess.
Zoats with fresh figs
Fresh figs won't be around for long, so take advantage by having them with your zoats.
Savory zoats with egg white, feta, tomato, and avocado
Cook zoats with beaten egg whites for a protein punch, add a smattering of feta, and go crazy with the veggies.
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Banana zucchini bread zoats
Cook your zoats with mashed banana, vanilla protein powder, and chia seeds, and top them with sliced banana, sliced almonds, and fresh blueberries.
Can't resist the siren call of chocolate first thing in the morning? Just use super dark chocolate to keep the sugar in check. Seventy percent is good—85% is even better.
Carrot cake zoats
Oatmeal will never taste exactly like carrot cake. But zoats made with vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, shredded carrots, raisins, and chopped nuts comes pretty darn close.
Zoats made with fresh blackberries, strawberries, figs, and pomegranate seeds? Yup, let's do it.
These zoats literally have all the things: Sliced fresh fruit, high-protein egg whites, loads of nuts and seeds, and a nutty chocolate topping made with peanut butter, coconut oil, and cocoa powder.
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