I know what you’re all thinking. Two things – hasn’t she posted a Zoats recipe already? And why does it need to be even greener? Bear with me people!.So this week was a new start for me, for many reasons. I kicked off with a brand new rotation in a new hospital (one I’ve worked at before) as an S.H.O. (Senior House Officer) in the specialty of Emergency Medicine, which to be honest I was absolutely terrified for. Especially since I kicked off with a week of 4 night shifts. I finished my first week yesterday morning a little less terrified, with a body clock all over the place, and a lot of excitement for a couple of days of rest before I switch back to day shifts next week. I have a LOT to learn over the next 3 months in A&E and I’m excited, scared and motivated for that.
My second change this week was that as I changed hospitals, I changed gyms too. So now I’m back to a gym I’ve been a member of before, and leaving Ben Dunne Gym behind (though I’m sad to do so!). I LOVE the spin classes at this particular gym, so I can’t wait to get back into doing regular spinning and working on that cardio challenge this month.
SO. Rambling on as I always do…I’ll get to the point. This past week my eating was obviously totally erratic – dinner before work started at midnight, an 8 hour shift throughout the night without food, a gym session after work and a post-workout breakfast before a daytime sleep. And repeat. So I was basically a meal and probably snacks down this week most days. When I got home after my second night, I decided I wanted to make sure I was packing enough nutrients into my day. I was battling a little cold at the same time too and I always find my nutrition and sleep is KEY when I’m a bit under the weather.
I decided to add a little extra veg to my zoats to pack more greens in, and to do this I’ve created this recipe. Essentially it involves cooking your oats in a spinach type smoothie, and I love it! Call me weird if you want – but try it first!
Recipe – see notes below
- You don’t have to make this as a zoats bowl, you can just use it to make spinach oats if you want!
- For this recipe, follow the basic zoats recipe I’ve already posted, but see the instructions below first for how to change it up for a spinach twist!
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup of water/milk of choice
- 50g oats
- 1/3 courgette, grated
- Spices: Cacao, Cinnamon, Turmeric, Ginger (these are what I use but make it your own!)
- 1 scoop of protein powder of choice
- Toppings: Your choice! Nut butter, seeds, nuts, banana, berries, chocolate, take your pick!
(This one does look like the Incredible Hulk created it, I’ll agree – blame cacao!)
- The main difference with this recipe is that before you start cooking your zoats, you need to create your spinach smoothie! Grab your blender, the spinach, liquid and spices.
- Chuck those ingredients into your blender cup (I use a Nutribullet) and blend at high speed for 1 minute or until fully liquidized.
- Place your oats and grated courgettes into a bowl.
- Pour the spinach smoothie on top of the zoats mix, and using a spoon stir through well until fully soaked. Depending on the size of your blender cup you may have too much liquid – if so, use about a cup of that liquid to cook your zoats. You can sip on the rest!
- Using a microwave, cook the zoats for about 2 minutes, or until there is still about a quarter of the liquid left.
- Add this stage add your protein powder and mix well. If its dry, add a little more liquid.
- Microwave again for another 1 minute, or until it reaches your desired consistency!
- Toppings time – you guys know what to do! I love adding my toppings and then microwaving for another 30 seconds to 1 minute, so that the berries heat and burst, and the nut butter melts!
Enjoy guys! Let me know what you think of this recipe, I know its seeeriously green but hey, nothing wrong with that in my opinion!
Ciara 🙂 x