Pumpkin Spice: Splurge, Then Substitute

Ahhh, how I love Pumpkin Spice Latte! Although it came out extra early this year – August 14 to be exact – it signals the start of Autumn for me. I treat myself to one Pumpkin Spice Latte during the season, and I’m waiting until it’s cool this year, maybe early October. Why just one, you ask? Because that yummy Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t just packed with flavor, it also has:

  • 380 calories, as many as seven Chips Ahoy! cookies
  • Eight grams of saturated fat, 40% of your dietary reference intake
  • 49 grams of sugar, nearly double the amount found in 16 ounces of cola
  • 51 grams of carbohydrate, almost as much as four slices of white bread

No one buys one thinking it’s a healthy drink, but YIKES! More than one of those could derail even the healthiest eater! This year, I’m getting my favorite seasonal spice via a couple healthier, but equally delicious treats:

Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites

Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites

Pumpkin No-Bake Energy Bites: I first tried these over Labor Day weekend, and they’re wonderful! They’re a great on-the-run snack and/or pre/post-workout treat.

Pumpkin Spice Smoothies:Compared to the same size Pumpkin Spice Latte, it has half the calories and sugar, a third less carbohydrate and even a nice amount of fiber! And it’s cold, extra refreshing during those still warm September days.

What’s your favorite fall food? Do you have a healthier version or do you just splurge during the season?

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