Oatmeal: The Perfect Breakfast
There is nothing better than a lovely warm bowl of oats, especially when the mornings are getting a bit chillier. Oats are such a versatile food. As a slow-releasing form of carbohydrate, they can help you stay fuller for longer. They are also great for digestive health, a good source of fibre and are high in protein. Add a few toppings and you will have a breakfast that is the perfect start to the day, with a good balance of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates.
Super Charge Your Oats with Zucchini/Courgette
If you already love oatmeal, why not supercharge your porridge by adding some zucchini/courgette?
Sounds odd? Give it a go before you dismiss it.
The reason for adding the courgette is to add more soluble fibre which will help you stay fuller for even longer. Plus you will benefit from a morning portion of vegetables.
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* For the oatmeal:
40 g or 1/2 cup oats, quinoa flakes or buckwheat flakes
1/2 a zucchini/courgette, finely grated
200 ml or 1 cup of water or almond milk (or any other type of milk)
Pinch of sea salt to taste
1 large handful of frozen/fresh berries, 1 chopped apple/pear/peach/nectarine, 2 chopped plums/apricots
2 tsp. sugar-free nut butter, pumpkin/sunflower seeds, tahini
2 tsp. Xylitol, coconut sugar or agave syrup (optional)
1 tbls. of unsweetened protein powder (optional)
Bring the water or milk to a boil over a medium heat, add the pinch of salt, the grated zucchini/courgette and the oats or flakes. Lower the heat and allow to cook for a few minutes until thickened. Stir in the protein powder, sweetener and nut butter/seeds/tahini and top with the fruit.
For extra protein, serve with 100 g (1/2 cup) plain Greek yoghurt or an egg.
You will find more great recipes like this in our NEW and upcoming Nutrition Programme designed by Sarah Grant of gutreaction.co.uk