You may not believe you are actually eating oatmeal with this new take on flavors! Try this zucchini oatmeal as a tasteful way to get your veggies into breakfast. Any healthy lifestyle plan will tell you that vegetables are very important on your journey. Breakfast can in particular be difficult to get your veggies in. No more! Add some zucchini to your oatmeal and wala! You've got yourself a veggie-infused and tasteful breakfast.
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Oatmeal and Purist Flavors
Trim Healthy Mama's listen up. I'm going to tell you right up front that this recipe has more purist flavors than some like. To someone like me that totters between Drive Through Sue tendencies and all-out Purist tendencies, this oatmeal hits the spot! It's easy, the flavors are deep and earthy, and I feel like a Drive Through Sue Purist!
If you struggle with earthy flavors, this might be a struggle for you to try. But before you click the back button let me give you a tip. Try this recipe without the ginger and increase the sweetness. You might discover you love the texture of the zucchini oatmeal. It's really unique and quite good. Give it a shot!
Is it OK to Eat Oatmeal Everyday?
You might find that eating oatmeal every day is super beneficial for you, and you might find that you need to switch it up every once in a while. Eating oatmeal every day may help with weight loss, fiber intake, and consistency in healthy eating. One article that I read claimed that a study has done concluded that eating oatmeal may help you from "overconsuming calories at later meals." A very interesting concept; especially for those trying to lose some weight.
However, some might find that eating oatmeal every day is a wee bit hard because of the increased amount of fiber. You will have to gauge for yourself in eating oatmeal every day helps or hinders your health journey.
What can you add to Oatmeal for Flavor?
This is where it gets fun! I'm going to list off some options for adding flavor to oatmeal, but keep in mind; since this is a Trim Healthy Mama friendly option, I will keep my ideas to those foods that would be in the Healthy Carb (E) setting.
- Ground Ginger or Fresh Ginger
- Freeze Dried Fruits
- Fresh Apple
- Fresh Banana (keep to ½ for Trim Healthy Mama's)
- Sprinkle Fresh granola on top (Trim Healthy Table has a great recipe)
- Add spices like cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, or turmeric.
- If you are really feeling daring, try some savory oatmeal like this recipe from Home Spun Eats.
- Small number of nuts like pumpkin seeds or pecans (small amounts to keep in E mode)
- Veggies like zucchini, carrots, or squash!
- Pumpkin Puree
How do you Make a Zucchini Oatmeal?
Making zucchini oatmeal is as simple as grabbing a cheese grater. Grading up the zucchini and putting everything into a saucepan and heating up! That is all there is to it.
Don't be afraid to try new flavor combinations to include more veggies in your diet. My kids love my cauliflower macaroni and cheese recipe and they hardly notice that they are getting veggies in their diet by consuming this yummy meal. If you are really feeling daring, you can try the Delectable Daring Radishes, which we gobble up like candy!
You can also find more delightful recipes in my Free Healing Harvest Cookbook with 15 low carb and sugar-free recipes for the entire family.
Let me know what you think of the earthy flavors of this recipe over on the gram! I'd love to connect with you.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 small zucchini
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 2 cinnamon sticks or 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tbsp stevia blend (optional)
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger
- Optional Fresh Pecans for garnish
- Using a cheese grader, dice up the zucchini into small pieces. The cheese grader seems to best accomplish this, but you can also use a blender. Just be sure not to liquify it!
- Add all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks (if using).
- Enjoy a veggie-infused breakfast! You won't believe how much the flavors integrate into the zucchini!