I’ve got a special treat for you all.
It’s oatmeal, yes. But it involves adding something ‘unique’ this time: zucchini.
Or as I’d like to call it, zoats (zoatmeal).
It’s the perfect way to sneak in a serving of vegetables into your breakfast.
Zucchini is low in calorie (1 medium zucchini = 33 calories), and also serves as a good source of protein and dietary fiber which will help satisfy you longer. Zucchini is also a great source of Vitamin A (essential for growth and development), and Vitamin C, which functions as an antioxidant. In addition, zucchini is high in potassium which is important for the function of all organs, tissues and cells in your body.
With all those health benefits, why wouldn’t you want to incorporate zucchini into your diet?
Adding it to your oatmeal in the morning is not only delicious, but it adds great texture and volume.
Here is a basic overnight oatmeal recipe that I created. It incorporates the perfect balance of nutrition to help start your morning off to the right start. No more skipping breakfast when you can make this easy recipe ahead of time, and take it to-go!
Overnight Chocolate Protein Zoats
- 1/2 cup instant rolled oats
- 2 packets of 0-cal sweetener
- 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder (i.e. EAS Lean 15)
- 1/2 medium zucchini, peeled and shredded
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- In a bowl, mix together all your dry ingredients. Then mix in your shredded zucchini, water and yogurt,
- Mix everything together well. Add more liquid if your oatmeal is too thick.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next day, top your oatmeal with any additional ingredients as desired (peanut butter, fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.).
Macros (without toppings):
- Calories: 248 kcal
- Carbs: 38 g
- Protein: 20 g
- Fiber: 7.5 g
- Fat: 4 g