What’s in Your Pumpkin Spice Latte? (And a Healthy Alternative!)

Ahhh, how I love Pumpkin Spice Latte! Although it comes out in early September, when it’s still plenty warm – hot, even – it signals the start of Autumn for me. With my transition to healthier eating, I’ve mostly switched to Pumpkin Spice K-Cups, but every now and then, I still treat myself to a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

That being said, I was shocked to see in the October issue of Prevention that a 16 ounce serving of Pumpkin Spice Latte:

  • 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

As Sister just so wisely said, “That’s why you can’t get them all year long.” Touche!

I stumbled upon a fabulous Pumpkin Spice Smoothie recipe on an equally fabulous website, Healthful Pursuit. 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! Given that, I think you could add a little whip with no guilt!

Also on the site, something I must try: Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Quinoa Bake.



One Comment
  1. I am SO WITH YOU!!!!! MAN, I wish SBux would come up with a SUGAR FREE PS!!! I always get my “Skinny” (Skim Milk, no whip), but MAN, that PS syrup is NOT the best caloric / fat wise! GET WITH IT, SBux!

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