It’s Pumpkin Spice Season!

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!

1 thought on “It’s Pumpkin Spice Season!

  1. Yes the Starbucks version is sinfully good!! Thanks for sharing the healthy version, will have to try!
    I’ve just stumbled across Lipton’s Citrus Diet Green Tea – so good! I’ve never liked green tea, but this stuff I like! I’m hoping it truly is good for me!

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