Ever have those days when you wake up starving and feel like you want to eat the whole kitchen?
When that happens I use one of these two tricks to double the volume of my oats without adding loads of extra calories. I don’t believe in calorie counting but I try to keep to sensible portions of complex carbs and these tricks help me to do that.
Trick No.1: Mashed banana
Add a mashed up banana while cooking your oats. The banana gives the oats a fluffier, creamier texture and adds a nice sweetness. This trick only works if you cook your oats. And if you microwave them be sure to watch that they don’t boil over!!
Trick No.2: Grated veggies.
Grated veggies such as courgette (zucchini), carrot or beetroot bulk out the volume of your oats. You’ll be happy to have a seemingly never-ending bowl of oats; it’s psychologically satisfying and fills you up. This works when cooking (for example matcha zoats, chocolate zoats) or when having them cold (carrot cake overnight oats).
For a bonus make this super gooey chocolate porridge, which has banana AND beetroot.
I love both of these tricks because they help you get to a portion of fruit or vegetables and it’s nice to have a change from your usual routine.
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (not instant)
- 1 cup of milk (e.g. almond milk, rice milk)
- 1 tbsp flax seeds or chia seeds
- 1 mashed banana
1/2-1 grated vegetable*
- Add all the ingredients to a pan and heat until it reaches your desired consistency.
*use a whole one if it’s quite small or you just love veggies!