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:
Avo-Mango Salad ... again... I wasn't kidding when I said I am beyond excited for mango season. Yes, this is a recycled picture but the ingredients are the same. And so is my enthusiasm.
Green Smoothies. I go through phases with green smoothies and they usually fall to the back burner when new fruits come into season. I'd rather eat a bowl of a fruit that has been MIA since last year than guzzle a green smoothie. But then I made nut mylk and immediately began craving this. Instead of hazelnut and kale I've used Brazil Nuts and Spinach.
Carrot-ginger Salad. This is so simple and is just a bowl of greens with some superfoods thrown into it. Then dressed with a dressing made from carrots, ginger, and water. So easy. So refreshing and delicious, as well.
Fruit. When do I not have a big bowl of fruit on here?
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.
Guac. I must be missing home because I've been craving stone fruits and guacamole like crazy. California has a big Mexican population and so Mexican food is abundant. This week I had guacamole almost every other day. What I like to do is mix is with a simple salad. If I make a big batch ahead of time it makes for a quick snack or meal for the next couple days.
As far as Miami is concerned, summer is here. We have had hot and humid days with rain and temperatures in the 90s. So for me, this means I'm eating refreshing summer foods. And I love it.