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Weird (but Genius) Things That Weight Lifters Really Eat

  • @be_x_fit Instagram

    "Zoats" (aka Zucchini Oatmeal)

    Having trouble hitting your veggie goal for the day? Hide some in your morning oatmeal—no, really. Zucchini oats (affectionately known as "zoats") are super simple and add some more bulk to your breakfast with minimal calories. Just shred zucchini, add to oats, and microwave as normal. We promise you won't be able to taste the green (though you might be able to see it). Do it yourself with this zucchini oatmeal how-to video. Try topping it with frozen berries and peanut butter, like in this Instagram from @be_x_fit.

  • @fuel_for_anna Instagram

    Protein Ice Cream and Proyo

    Think there's no place for ice cream in your diet? Think again. Try blending a batch of homemade protein ice cream using this Instagram user's recipe with protein powder, cottage cheese, xanthan gum, and a few other add-ins. Top with anything your heart desires (like peanut butter, cookie or brownie pieces, or fresh fruit and granola). Don't feel like making your own? Try these premade protein ice creams.

  • @soophisticated Instagram

    Cauliflower Rice

    Sneak more veggies into your day by ricing cauliflower—just throw it in a blender or food processor, and voilà! Swap in for rice in any of your regular recipes. (Check out our guide on how to make cauliflower rice and why you'll be hooked on it once you start.)

  • @macro_gal Instagram

    Protein Bread

    Whipping up this protein bread from scratch is easy with coconut flour, protein powder, Greek yogurt, eggs, and egg whites. It's super low in calories and high in protein—just 86 calories and 11 grams of protein per serving (1/8 of the loaf).

  • @eat.and.repeat

    Protein Pancakes

    Is it even possible not to drool over this epic pancake stack? There are a ton of ways to whip up your own batch, depending on which flavor and type of protein you have. But we have a hankering for this particular molten chocolate peanut butter stack. (More protein pancakes recipes, right this way.)

  • @lucyfitnessxo

    Beltsander Brownie

    What's become known as the Beltsander Brownie is the ultimate low-calorie, high-protein dessert that you can throw together in a mug and then microwave in minutes. Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a few bits of dark chocolate like in this Instagram, and your sweet tooth is set.

  • @mariewoldfitness

    1g-Carb Waffle

    This 1g-carbohydrate waffle is a magical recipe: Protein powder, an egg, and a dash of baking powder are all you need to get this crispy, fluffy waffle—it's perfect for breakfast or dessert. Top simply, like in this Instagram, or with ~fancier~ toppings of your choice.


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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