P.C.C.O.

It is definitely starting to feel like fall around here. The days are still warm, but the mornings are a cold preview of what lies ahead for the next few months. Ugh. For the record, I am the biggest wimp you will ever meet when it comes to cold weather. And, by “cold weather”, I mean anything less than about 70 degrees. Yes, I have been spoiled my entire life living in a place that doesn’t really have seasons and that is the way I like it.

The upcoming months will not only be filled with cold weather, but with filling out applications to the Dietetic Internship programs that I will be applying to. Talk about stressful. Basically, to become a Registered Dietitian you have to do an internship (most average about a year long) with rotations at different locations that we will be exposed to in our careers. DIs are to future RDs what residency is to medical students. And, not to mention, its almost as competitive.

I have spent the past few day weeding through tons of internship program websites, trying to find the ones that stand out as possibilities. It is making my head hurt and has induced many mini panic attacks.

I needed comfort, and what says comfort more that a bowl of warm, carb-y goodness?
Pumpkin Cottage Cheese Oats
1/2 c. oats
1 c. water
1 very ripe banana
1/4 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 c. cottage cheese (stirred in at the end)
A boatload of cinnamon
Topped with:
Banana Peanut Butter
SF Maple Syrup (<-I’m out! Note to self: get more ASAP)

The addition of the cottage cheese was tasty, and added some extra protein
I’ve said it before, but oatmeal is just about the least photogenic thing you can make.

What if I added a little Peanut Butter?
No?

How about some Maple Syrup?No?

Well, I guess there is no hope for this one.

Pretty? No. Delicious? So.

Why Would Jessica Eat This: Oatmeal has been called a “super-food” in hundreds of articles and publishing. While the term “super-food” is really just a buzzword with no scientific definition, it definitely packs an awesome punch. It is a great “heart healthy” food that has been shown to help with high cholesterol and blood pressure, and the soluble fiber it contains promotes overall heart health. Oatmeal contains relatively little amounts of sugar (as long as you stay away from the flavored kinds!) and digest slowly, which keeps you feeling fuller longer.

It’s Halloween weekend! Have fun and stay safe!


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