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Saturday is my favorite day of the week. I suppose that’s not very original…who says Monday is their favorite day? Anyway…we are off to the 4th Street Farmer’s Market (buy local! buy fresh! buy organic!) downtown, followed by a visit to Town Lake (me run, Lucas walk), a hike in the Green Belt, and dinner tonight with family.

Happy it’s the weekend!

Mate cocido (similar to hot green tea) sweetened with agave nectar and a bowl of Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats with apple and blackberry jam
1) In a medium-size pot, add 1/3 cup of steal cut oats and 1 cup of water
2) Cover and heat over medium until oats begin to simmer.
3) Uncover, heat over low medium for about 15 minutes, more or less, depending on how you like the consistency of your oatmeal. Stir occasionally; be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl so the oatmeal doesn’t stick.
4) Add 1/2 chopped apple (I used an organic Gala)
5) Sweeten if desired. (I used about 2 TBS of a homemade blackberry jam. I sometimes use agave nectar in oatmeal, but at times it’s a bit sweet for my taste. The jam was just the perfect touch of sweetness).
6) Let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy!

After the blackberry jam was added                                 Time to go grocery shopping!

Steel cut oats are good source of protein (6 g per serving) and whole grains (nearly all of the 16 grams that the USDA recommends). I like them not only because they are healthy, but because you can add ANYTHING to them to make them even tastier: milk/cream/butter, brown sugar/honey/nectar/syrup, fresh or dried fruit/raisins/nuts/cinnamon. I prefer to dress it up with foods that are healthy and tasty, like sliced apples or bananas and agave nectar or cinnamon, or as you see today, jam!

What is agave nectar? It’s a natural sweetener that is derived from the agave plant. It’s sweeter than sugar, but it is a low glycemic index sweetener. I like that it’s all natural and has ONE ingredient! I used an organic raw blue agave nectar that I found at Whole Foods.

Ok, I’m off to the farmer’s market…..

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