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

Also known as ‘zoats’.

โ€˜TIS THE SEASON for eating porridge and keeping warm.

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

โ€œAdd spirulina! Scatter dessicated coconut on top! Top it with berries!โ€

But this new porridge trend is downright confusing

Introducing zoats.

Zoats โ€” short for โ€˜zucchini oatsโ€™ โ€” 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 haveโ€ฆ courgette porridge.

Some people also opt for the โ€˜overnight zoatsโ€™ 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, theyโ€™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 ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿพ . #zoats #breakfast #proats #bulking #offseason #gainz #oats #diet #iifym #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fitness #eattogrow #nutrition

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Itโ€™s officially been a thing since last summer after it gained popularity on, what else, Pinterest

zoas Source: Pinterest

Since then, itโ€™s exploded in popularity and become a firm favourite among the #cleaneats contingent

Itโ€™s apparently high in fibre, low in calories and very filling.


But what does it actually taste like?


Many are adamant that itโ€™s delicious.

But others? Not so much.

And non-zoats converts are just plain perplexed

Over on Instagram, meanwhile, itโ€™s just a neverending stream of #zoats

We might stick to our regular Flahavanโ€™s.


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