Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pumpkin Fever! What's a Medifaster to Do?

Stop with all the pumpkins!
At Starbucks, the pumpkin spice lattes are kicking chai lattes to the curb. A colleague at work tells me she's going to stock up on pumpkin Pop Tarts. Who even knew there was such a thing? And when did October become Obsessed with Pumpkins Month?

From pumpkin flavored Pringles to Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka, we have suddenly fallen under the spell of pumpkin flavored food and drinks.

Well, most of us have. The only thing I like about pumpkins is their seeds, salted and roasted in a 350 degree oven until they're crisp and golden. I figure if pumpkins tasted so good, why do we eat pumpkin pie only on Thanksgiving?

But I digress since I am clearly in the minority here.

Pumpkin pie custard
Food manufacturers and restaurants have figured out they can cash in on the seasonal pumpkin mania and are adding the gourd's flavor and scent to virtually anything we can stick in our mouth (don't go there), including gum.

Since people on Medifast have a more limited range of food and drink options, I wondered how they could enjoy pumpkin season without turning into pumpkins themselves.

Here are a few ideas:

Pumpkin Pie Custard from Sandy's Kitchen
Leave it to our favorite Medifast food blogger Sandy Bass to incorporate pumpkin into one of her recipes. She combines pumpkin pie spice with MF vanilla pudding, egg white, vanilla, and water to satisfy the pumpkin craving.

Frozen Pumpkin Shake from Medifast

Though Medifast does not sell a pumpkin flavored shake (yet!), it has a recipe on its website that combines its French Vanilla shake with pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Oatmeal from Escape from Obesity

Lyn from Escape from Obesity added some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice to her Medifast oatmeal and raved, "It was so good and filling!"

So, in case you have not figured it out yet, just add canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice or Torani sugar free pumpkin syrup to anything you like to eat or drink and make it pumpkin flavored. You'll probably save a bunch of money, which you can set aside for all the new clothes you'll be needing as you shed your excess pounds.

You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for less cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.

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