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This latest health trend kinda reminds me of when I was a kid and my mother had to hide the vegetables in my meals so I'd eat them.

And it seems this trend is here to stay. So far, veg like black beans have made their sly way into brownies and even sweet potato has been made into some sort of toast.

But now, it's the zucchini's turn to weasel its way into something.

Say hello to #Zoats, zucchini and oats all mixed together to make a delightful porridge. Sounds odd, yes, but it looks unreal.

Instagram's fittest stars have been all over the trend lately as you're not only getting a good dose of Vitamin C in this morning meal, but you're also making it double the size without adding many calories at all. Win, win.

Just look at these IGs for some inspo:

Berry Zoats


A photo posted by Lucy Baker (@fitlifelucy) on


Chocolate Zoats


Snicker Zoats


A photo posted by ELF  (@emlouisefitness) on


Banana and Strawberry Zoats


A photo posted by Becky B (@food.flowers.flowyoga) on


Caramelised Zoats


A photo posted by Clean Plate (@clean_plate_claire) on


If you want loads of strangers to see your food, clothes, hairstyle or your #gymbod – well then, Instagram is pretty much your perfect platform.

But while the average user might throw up the odd snap of their Sunday brunch or the family pet, certain dedicated IG users have lately been showing off a lot more: namely their glorious 'breakfast and smoothie bowls'.

And these creations are most definitely NOT your average Weetabix-type affairs. 

Instead, they are totally OTT, entirely delicious feasts and treats – and ones that you'll crave no matter what time of day it is. 

Welcome to the online world's latest health phenomenon – and if  you fancy getting in on the action, then take a look at these Instagram accounts: 


Anni Kravi is the woman behind the most glorious foodie-feed in the world. Go on to her page now, your jaw will drop.



Sarah B from My New Roots blog, shares every meal she makes and eats. Expect to see vibrant fruit and veg and loads of hearty meals.



Along with taking pictures of her cats, Danielle Jacobs documents all her super-healthy food and smoothies; including the new and now-famous smoothie bowl.




This German food blogger fills her page FULL of smoothie bowls. Just let the inspiration for this breakfast snack begin!



This girl has a super cute Instagram account which follows her travels and her food! If you need some healthy food inspo asap, this is the place to go. 



If you’ve been scoffing at the popularity of quinoa since its appearance as a superfood in recent years, you may be forced to eat your words…

A study by Harvard Public School of Health has found that just one bowl of the grain a day could decrease the risk of early death by 17%.

The author of the research, Dr Lu Qi praised whole grains such as quinoa for better health: “Our study indicates that intake of whole grains and cereal fibre may reduce the risk of all-cause mortality and death from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease.”

Oats were also found to be incredibly beneficial to health due to a fibre called beta-glucan which helps protect against heart disease as well as containing a compound that helps to prevent heart attacks by cutting down on the fat forming in arteries.

It looks like it’s time to stock up on these incredible grains! As if we needed another reason to eat porridge for breakfast.


Here are some great ways to swap your favourite sugary treats for some snacks, that are not only tasty but low in calories too! Yay!

Ice Cream – Frozen Yoghurt
Hard to resist, especially during the summer months, but we all know that those sweet ice-cream treats can really build up over time. So why not swap your favourite ice cream for a frozen yoghurt alternative. Most fro-yos are 0% fat, a third of the calories but still as refreshingly sweet as your favourite ice-cream treat.

Sugar – Fructose
No it’s not a chemical component, but actually a more natural and healthier alternative to sugar. Fructose is the natural sugar found in fruit (hence the name), it’s cheap, twice as sweet as sugar (so you only need half the amount), and is now available in most grocery stores! So what’s not to love?

Vanilla Latte – Cappuccino
You don’t have to stay away from coffee to cut sugar from your diet, but just swap your favourite drinks for healthier ones instead. Cappuccinos are surprisingly lower in calories especially if you opt for the sugar-free options. If you want to go all out, swap the dairy for some soya milk instead.

Digestive Biscuits – Hobnobs
You don’t have to stay away from your biscuit treats, but just swap it for something else instead. Oats are usually the best when it comes to biscuit treats, and hobnobs are no exception. Just make sure not to do overdo it on the packet at the same time.


This recipe is not only easy to make but doesn’t even require you to preheat the oven.

What you’ll need:

  • 440g brown sugar
  • 120ml evaporated milk
  • 113g butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 255g peanut butter
  • 255g rolled oats

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Add the brown sugar, evaporated milk, and butter to a heavy saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continually, until the mixture comes to boil. Cook for one minute longer.
  3. Remove from heat, stir in peanut butter, quick oats and vanilla. Stir until the mixture begins to cool.
  4. Drop the cookies by the spoonful onto a non-stick baking sheet or waxed paper. Cool completely in the refrigerator.

This granola recipe is so simple and perfect for those of us who shudder at the thought of porridge. A tastier alternative for getting healthy oats into your diet!

What you’ll need:

  • 150g rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 80g mixed nuts
  • 50g pumpkin seeds
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

 What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, seeds, cinnamon, and coconut.
  3. Pour in the honey and using your hands (to get the granola cluster effect) mix the honey with the oats mixture.
  4. If the mixture seems dry add a little more honey.
  5. Transfer the granola mixture to the lined baking tray and spread out as sparsely as possible to ensure even cooking.
  6. Cook for about 20mins, regularly shaking up the oats with a spoon to make sure it all gets cooked.
  7. Remove and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  8. Serve for easy, healthy and fast breakfasts with greek yoghurt, strawberries and banana.