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Sticking to a low-carb nutrition plan, like the keto diet, can be especially tough during. Even if you skip all the toast (yes, even the kind topped with avocado smash), bagels, pancakes, and pastries and opt for a healthy choice, like oatmeal, you’re still looking at a hearty heaping of carbs per serving. There is a tasty way to get your warm and cozy fix while sticking to your meal plan, though: Subbing in some cauliflower. Yes, you read that right.

In a recent Instagram post, Lauren Sambataro, trainer director at AKT in Motion, where A-listers like Kelly Ripa sweat it out, recently shared her latest breakfast obsession: oats-free cauliflower oatmeal. It might sound like a weird choice for your morning meal, but the cruciferious veggie that magically turns into to-die-for pizza crust and fluffy rice is also a pretty great sub in your a.m. bowls. “I promise you it’s delicious—and so easy,” she writes in the caption.

To create your own low-carb oatmeal, lightly steam some frozen cauliflower, chop it up, and put it in your bowl. For a creamier consistency, personal trainer Emily Schromm—Sambataro’s inspiration behind the meal—recommends blending it or putting it in a food processor, then popping it in the microwave for a few minutes. Then comes the fun part: the toppings. “Add almond butter, coconut flakes, sea salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract,” she says.

Aside from this revamped oatmeal being a great option for anyone on a low-carb diet, it’s also a stellar way to add more veggies into your day—which is always a good thing. And since cauliflower has now edged its way into each meal of your day, perhaps its next frontier is dessert. Keep an eye out, healthy eaters!

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