Have you heard the word zoats tossed around? It sounds like a made-up word your child might say, but in fact, it’s a catchy name for zucchini oatmeal.
Not only does it give your morning bowl of oatmeal a nice green glow, but zucchini is known to have lots of volume to keep you feeling full for longer. As a healthy vegetable, it’s also low in calories and is almost tasteless, so it makes your morning oatmeal more substantial, keeping the hunger pangs away for longer without adding unnecessary extra calories.
Madhu Jain, a dietitian at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., adds that many Americans are struggling to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.
“Fruits and vegetables are rich in much-needed nutrients in addition to fiber, which is one important nutrient for boosting your metabolism,” she says. “While most people are able to eat some fiber at lunch or dinner, they often lag behind at breakfast. One of the biggest hurdles at breakfast is incorporating any veggies in there. And that’s where zoats come in.”
When you add zucchini to the oats, Jain says, you are adding one serving of the much-needed green veggie right into your bowl. The zucchini in the oatmeal will also boost the fiber in the oats and help accelerate your metabolism while keeping you feeling full. Check out two delicious zoats recipes here.
Looking for some other breakfast ideas that can help you incorporate veggies? Jain’s suggestions include:
- Veggie omelet (add mushrooms, spinach, green onions and peppers to your regular omelet)
- Veggie sandwich (add veggies of your choice to your favorite sandwich; it adds great flavor and crunch)
- Veggie wrap
- Quinoa salad (with beans, corn, celery, and peppers)
- Veggie stir-fry (toss in frozen veggies of your choice in a saucepan while you prepare your favorite breakfast; takes about 5-10 minutes)