It has been another simple week for me with a little bit more activity added in. A new schedule, a few more miles run, and busy workdays usually means I’m exhausted when I get home and not interested in salad. On nights like this–when I work from 9 a.m. to almost 9 p.m.–I usually eat a bowl of cooked oatmeal. For whatever reason this just works for my body in unprecedented ways.
I buy the whole oats in the bulk section at Whole Foods because it’s only a few dollars for enough oats to last the two of us for awhile. I put it in a pot with a 2:1 ratio of water:oats, set it to med-high, then walk away to shower and wind down from my day. I periodically walk back, adding a few tablespoons of water here and there, letting it cook slowly and get soupy. Finally, when I can’t take it anymore I put LOTS of cinnamon, about a teaspoon of maple syrup, almost a cup of blueberries, and about a tablespoon of nut butter. It provides a small amount of fat and is an incredible powerhouse that can even support weight loss (if that’s what you’re interested in). It is high in fiber, low in calories, and contains calcium and iron, which makes it an excellent food for women.
Anyway … so this past week I’ve eaten several bowls of slowly cooked oatmeal. YUM. And then this:
Cherries. It is finally cherry season and the California cherries have finally made it to Miami. I know I know. “Eat local”. Well, I’m a California girl and I miss–badly–all of my drier climate fruits. And coming from the Central Valley means that cherry season is a big. deal. And it’s cherry season. And it’s a big deal.