Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Crazy

      Happy October! My month in the SICU is finally over (but I have one more rotation there in June because anesthesia interns are required to do not one, but TWO months in the ICU during their first year of residency), and I am starting nights for the general surgery service at my program's city hospital tonight. I should be sleeping right now, but it is REALLY hard to transition from working from days to working at night (I am always so tired after that first night because I never get enough sleep the day before). From what i've heard from the other interns, this is going to be another really tough month. BUT if I can make it through, my next few rotations are rumored to be more laid back than the ones I have been on so far. RUMOR being the key word. It was also strongly emphasized to me that "laid back," means more relaxed within the context of a surgery intern year. Very different than the real world's definition of relaxed. Maybe it means I will be able to make it home before 8pm one day. Let's hope I can make it.
      Anyway, because it is October, one of my favorite fall months, I thought I would share some of my new festive fall food finds! Trader Joe's (aka the best grocery store ever) has really gone pumpkin crazy, and I have bought practically every pumpkin item they sell. Pumpkin is not only festive and delicious, but it is also a "superfood," extremely low calorie, and packed with vitamin A, vitamin K, beta carotene, and fiber. One cup of pumpkin has only 80 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 7 grams of fiber!

Some healthy, delicious finds.........

1.) Canned Pumpkin: One of my favorite low calorie side dishes is: Half a cup of canned pumpkin warmed on the stove with cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup (only 60 calories and 3.5 grams of fiber).

2.) Pumpkin cereal and granola bars: The cereal bars have 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber, and the granola bars have 170 calories, 6 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and 4 grams of protein.

3.) Pumpkin Non-fat Greek Yogurt: 8 oz has 190 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 18 grams of protein to keep you full!

4.) Pumpkin Cream Cheese and Pumpkin Butter: The cream cheese has 70 calories and 5 grams of ft for 2 TBS, and the pumpkin butter has 40 calories and 0 grams of fat for one TBS.

5.) Not pumpkin but still FALL festive and delicious (so I had to share): Apple slices with low-fat caramel dip: The low-fat caramel dip has 120 calories for 2 TBS, and the apples have 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 2 grams of fiber for 1.5 cups.

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