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Holy Pumpkin Spice! Are Pumpkin Spice Lattes Really bad For You?

It’s that time of the year again. Starbucks just released (Aug 25th) their pumpkin spice lattes for the fall season. I’m all for most things pumpkin but when it’s 100 degrees out it’s hard for me to drink liquid pumpkin crack. Today I am going to be talking about as you guess from the title I will be talking about Pumpkin Spice Lattes or PSL to some.

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Seasonal drinks can contain a lot of calories and sugar, but some tricks can help you enjoy the same flavors in a healthier way. Coffee drinkers who want to avoid gaining weight this fall would be wise to avoid pumpkin spice lattes, or at least to indulge only on occasion or modify the concoctions, according to dietitians.

Now that it’s almost September, the seasonal dessertlike drink has already returned to Starbucks as well as Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, and independent coffee shops. Of course, pumpkin by itself is VERY HEALTHY and serves a lot of nutrition health benefits and with cinnamon, you are good to go nutmeg is fine. But when you are taking something that is healthy and turn it into a PSL you are asking for bloating, constipation, and all the sugar you are supposed to consume in a week you’re drinking in one PSL. Just because the PSL is made with now with real pumpkin doesn’t mean it’s healthy. And let us think about this. ” If the PSL’s are now made with real pumpkin what was it made with before?”

Fact: A Grande (16 oz) PSL that is made with 2% milk and whipped cream already has 380 calories and it contains 50 grams of sugar! Like I said earlier you are drinking a week’s worth of sugar in one grande PSL. Women should consume no more than 25 grams or (100 calories) of sugar per day and men should consume no more than 37 grams or (150 calories) per day. 

Empty Calories

A drink filled with sugar isn’t going to fill you up as long or if at all like eating a healthy breakfast that is full of good for you nutrients. I understand that some people don’t register the calories that you may be drinking. There is no benefit you can get out of sugar in your diet. If you feel good, it’s only temporary. Once it goes away, you’re kind of looking for more. It’s a vicious cycle.” 

That said, there are ways to enjoy pumpkin spice lattes. If you have ONE every season, it’s not going to kill you. It starts to become problematic when you have one every morning on your way to work. That goes for everyone. If they have diabetes and they’re dying to drink it, one Is fine for the week maybe two. There is no food you can’t have with diabetes unless you eat or drink junk!

Cut Out The Sugar But Keep The Flavor

You can have your PSL’s just cut out the sugar and keep the pumpkin flavoring. If you want to save money or you want to learn how to make your own healthier PSL you can Click Here And if you want some extra pumpkin flavor try making this homemade pumpkin creamer It’s Paleo, Gluten Free, and Vegan Click Here

Instead of consuming the sugary flavorings in the typical pumpkin spice latte, you can top coffee with pure whipped cream and spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice. Using almond milk or cashew milk is a good option that isn’t necessarily healthier but can bring down the calories, as can skim or nonfat milk and you could trade the calories for the whipped cream.

Another option is frothing milk and topping your coffee with it along with spices.I’ve made whipped cream with a little bit of canned pumpkin in it as well. If you want to try your hand at making your own homemade vegan whipped cream you can Click Here And if you are the kinda person that thinks bigger is better you can always get the smaller size and that will save you calories and some sugar.

Final Thoughts

With anything that is sweet and not healthy for you just remember moderation is key. Like always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.


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