Isn’t it funny that health is connected to the color green? Think about it! When I tell you to, “Think of a healthy food..” what pops into your mind? For me it was kale, salad, and spirulina. Not to say everyone thinks of leafy green, For my brother it was, “banana, apple, and pear”. Mostly because he is the pickiest eater this side of the equator. But if you are truly looking to get your greens and micro nutrients packed for the day, this is the right recipe for you.
When I first started eating a more plant based diet, my knowledge on micro nutrients was slim to none. I maybe could rattle off some fun fact about kale, but I didn’t have a clue that spirulina or pitaya powder even existed! But as I got more curious about what made these foods so special, I began to truly dig into the chemical build ups of these nature produced foods. I was amazed at how truly complex each and every food I looked into lead me to another component I did not understand (FYI don’t leave to many windows open on your browser, it slows down your internet. 😉 ). Even after all this time, I still feel so un-knowledgeable, but this is a marathon not a sprint.. so I’m doing ok.
Growing up I always associated amino acids with meat protein. After all, I was taught that amino acids combine to produce protein, and you get your protein from eating your hamburger. It was often thought that a person could only get the amino acids he/she needed by eating animal protein. Now, on the other hand, it is discovered that plants offer a world of amino acids we need to survive. One does not need to get all 9 essential proteins in one meal, or even one day to create that “complete protein” needed for digestion. So for all you meat eater concerned about our protein and amino acids, its ok, we have got it. 😉
What really makes this zoatmeal that much more special is from those little designs on top. They may look insignificant, but they provide your body with a world of protein, amino acids, greens, and other micro nutrients as well. Ergogenics is a company that I originally I saw while scrolling Instagram. They create plant based products that are derived from organic, nutrient dense foods, that are also freeze-dried raw. What a statement, right? Obviously it peaked my interest. In this particular recipe, I used their Plant-Based Protein and Greens (Organic Vanilla Bean), and was blown away when I read the label. Per scoop, it contains 6 servings of fruit and vegetables, 20gs. of protein, and 23 amino acids including Tryptophan (Which converts to serotonin in the brain causing a sense of relaxation.), and Lysine (Which is known as the “limiting amino acid” not only due to its important in creating complete protein but it goes above and beyond just that function.).
Crazy! I still don’t understand why so many carnivores complain that vegans are “lacking” in so many things. And thanks to companies like Ergogenics, we can go far beyond “lacking”
The designs are made out of a mixture of Ergogenics Plant-Based Protein and Greens, Spirulina, and Almond Milk. Here is where I give a bit of a disclaimer. I love the taste of spirulina! It has a smokey and sea-weed type taste that makes my taste buds dance. On the other hand, I have heard that people think it has a faint “fishy” quality (It is in fact an algae.) So if you know ahead of time that you are not a spirulina fan, I would add a vegan sweetener (I suggest maple syrup), or substitute the spirulina for matcha powder.
If you wanted to add a bit of the protein powder to the actual zoatmeal as well, that would be a splendid idea! And I’m sure your body will thank you. 🙂 I topped my bowl with some chopped dried mango and cranberries for an added sweetness.
If you also noticed, I finally got my Coconut Bowl!!! I was so excited! But why a coconut bowl? By using a coconut bowl, its an eco-friendly alternative, it promotes sustainability and fair trade, and why not take advantage of natures products right at our finger tips?… Its also pretty cool. 😉 I personally got mine from Coconarts, and they did an excellent job with presenting the facts, and providing a good variety of products. I just thought I would let you know. 😉
- ¼-1/2c. gluten free rolled oats
- 1t. steel cut oats (optional)
- 1 zucchini (grated)
- 1c. water or almond milk
- 1t. tapioca starch
- 1t. vanilla extract
- ½ scoop Ergogenics Protein + Greens Powder (optional)
- Green Monster Drizzle:
- 2T. Ergogenics Protein + Greens Powder
- ¼t. spirulina (see post for substitution)
- almond milk (to thin)
- Dried Mango
- Dried Cranberries
- In a medium saucepan, bring to a bubble over medium/low heat the oats, zucchini, and liquid.
- Cook until desired thickness, and tenderness. About 8-15 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Whisk in remaining ingredients, and transfer to a bowl.
- In a small cup mix the Green Monster Drizzle (adding enough almond milk to get a creamy constancy), and top or mix into your zoatmeal.
- Top with dried fruit.
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