| by Drew Middleton
A day without a good breakfast in your belly is exhausting. Why not wake up to a colourful bowl of nutritious zoats? The trendiest morning meal around.
For starters: it's not a herd of goats who only run in zig-zags. Sorry to disappoint. We've been introduced to the on-trend breakfast that fitness fanatics and nutrition-conscious foodies alike are sharing on social media. It's called Zoats (cue the hashtag).
Told you #zoats would follow 😉 who else wakes up EXTRA hungry after very little sleep!! 😣😣 this my friends is a protein powerhouse 🏰🏰......egg white #proats made with @mornflake oats, @musclefooduk liquid egg whites, courgette and a scoop of @reflexnutrition vanilla ice cream Whey (absolutely loving the @reflexnutrition brand right now!!) Such great quality whey 👌👌 topped with fig, berries, the scraped remnants of my @meridianfoods almond butter and @fage_uk non fat Greek yoghurt 👅👅💋 tastes like a big bowl of dessert. Perfect #fuel #nutrition
It's becoming institutionalised with the healthy hipster community, and the influx of Instagram users showcasing their #zoats has dramatically rose to the levels of other fashionable foods such as avocado toast, craft baking and buddha bowls. So what are they? Here's our Box Appetit-ified dictionary definition:
[zəʊts] | Noun
Simple definition: a bowl of porridge oats which includes shreds of zucchini, commonly known as courgette or marrow.
At first thought, it's weird. Beyond strange. Adding grated zucchini - a vegetable associated with savoury dishes - to your first meal of the day sits funny with the stomach. But then almost 40,000 foodgrammers have shared their breakfast oat upgrades to date.
Ever try shredded zuchinni in your cooked oats? Don't knock it till you try it! 😋 Great way to sneak in extra fiber & nutrients into oats while making them extra fluffy + voluminous 🙌🏼 You can't detect their taste AT ALL I promise 😉 Simple grate 1/2 a medium zuchinni and stir in with your raw oats & milk mixture before cooking! ••• Mixed a scoop of vanilla @nuzest_usa plant protein, cinnamon, sea salt, and stevia into mine. Then topped it with 🍌 + @woodstockfoods PB
Take them a few gourmet steps further than a courgette twist. Add a flavoured protein powder for pre-workout fuel. Drizzle on honey with a sprinkling of nuts and seeds. Load freshly picked berries and fruit atop your porridge mountain.
Need zoatspiration? The most eye-catching bowls are simply a hashtag away...
I am such a creature of habit so starting Friday with zoats, frozen berries and @rollagranola zesty caveman granola 😊vice finished up my packet now so need to buy more or make my own!! I'm off to whole foods market today so I may break my bank account buying lots of tasty granola ingredients and whip up my own recipe 😊 have a great day!
The best combination that was ever invented: Zoats inspired by all of @goodnessguru ones this morning I had mine with @greennutritionals greens and @kikihealth hemp powder, @meridianfoods Tahini and @rudehealth almond milk. Topped with caramelised zucchini & pecans, mulberries, raisins and edible flowers.
Just had a bowl of absolute heaven for breakfast 😍👌🏻 Sticky toffee pudding #zoats topped with: 🔺frozen raspberries 🔺@crumpetscoffee raspberry dark chocolate 🔺chocshot 🔺WF caramel syrup 🔺@pipandnut coconut almond butter 🔺@jimjams_spreads chocolate hazelnut spread 🔺@belovedates date heart accompanied by a @crumpetscoffee toffee deluxe coffee ☕️ use my code 'LOUISE10' for a discount! So glad I finally found these little date hearts in Asda: they are so cute & delicious 😋 also; WARNING - that Jim Jams spread is highly addictive 🙄 Chocolate, coffee & oats will always be my favourite fuel for #legday followed by another evening at Llandaff Rowing Club to do some more S&C work experience 💪🏻☺️ #iifym #macros #flexibledieting #balance #eatclean #eatforhealth #eattoperform #cleaneating #foodie #foodporn #foodisfuel #health #nutrition #nutritionstudent #healthy #girlgains #girlswholift #ukfitfam #fit #fitfam #fitfood #fitness #fitnesslifestyle #rowing #performancenutrition #jimjamsspreads
6am Zoat Game. STRONG. 👌🏻👊🏽🍲 . @planetorganic sprouted rolled oats & half a grated courgette cooked in @twochicksproducts egg whites🐣, with a tsp of @creativenaturesuperfoods cacao powder & a scoop of my DELICH @vivolifeuk Perform cacao protein mixed in 🍫🙅🏼😋 . Topped with the usual suspects: bluebs, banana, raspberries, @hollandandbarrett pumpkin seeds & @rawhealthorganic white chia seeds 🍌🍇✨ . Three days until my holidayyy 😬☀️☀️☀️ Becoming beyond excited! I live for that Sunshine 🙌🏻👙😎✈️ . ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #wednesday #humpday #healthy #breakfast #oats #zoats #cacao #superfood #porridge #berries #seeds #health #nutrition #preworkout #protein #fitfood #lifestyle #fitness #food #bbg #hblogger #london
With people surfing on the crest of healthy eating crazes, this should be your next nutritious experiment in the kitchen. It's lunch pot worthy. We'll leave you with an expert walkthrough recipe from The Diet Kitchen... Enjoy!