By: Mary Pat Baldauf
Ahhh, how I love Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte! Although it comes out in early September, when it’s still plenty warm – hot, even – its arrival 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 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
As Sister just so wisely said, “That’s why you can’t get them all year long.” Touche!
I recently 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!
Another treat I’ve tried and loved: Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. Hearty, easy and delicious!
What is YOUR favorite fall food? Have you found any healthy alternatives? Please share them!