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Courgette porridge, also known as 'zoats', is the perplexing breakfast trend taking over Instagram

Also known as ‘zoats’.

‘TIS THE SEASON for eating porridge and keeping warm.

And if you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ll know that there are seemingly infinite ways to jazz up your porridge.

“Add spirulina! Scatter dessicated coconut on top! Top it with berries!”

But this new porridge trend is downright confusing

Introducing zoats.

Zoats — short for ‘zucchini oats’ — is essentially porridge made with courgettes.

According to this recipe, you put oats, grated courgette, water and salt in a saucepan and let it simmer for 10 minutes. (Some other recipes call for egg whites, too.) Afterwards you add your toppings and, hey presto, you have… courgette porridge.

Some people also opt for the ‘overnight zoats’ option which involves soaking courgette in oats overnight overnight and adding toppings the next morning. Er, yum.

Breakfast is pretty much one of two delicious things every day. Oats/zoats with berries or scrambled egg on dark rye. Why zoats? Well, they’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants and they keep you fuller for longer! Adding courgette/zucchini increases the volume and nutrient profile without changing the taste much. It also contains vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus . Courgette has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein. Moreover, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, and calcium (which is important if you're on a dairy free diet) And berries because they're low in sugar and calories, high in Vit C and taste really good 👌🏾 . #zoats #breakfast #proats #bulking #offseason #gainz #oats #diet #iifym #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fitness #eattogrow #nutrition

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It’s officially been a thing since last summer after it gained popularity on, what else, Pinterest

zoas Source: Pinterest

Since then, it’s exploded in popularity and become a firm favourite among the #cleaneats contingent

It’s apparently high in fibre, low in calories and very filling.

 

But what does it actually taste like?

 

Many are adamant that it’s delicious.

But others? Not so much.

And non-zoats converts are just plain perplexed

Over on Instagram, meanwhile, it’s just a neverending stream of #zoats

We might stick to our regular Flahavan’s.

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