It’s that time of year again… the time when everything yummy is in season and thanks to the cooler temps, we have baggy sweaters to hide the effects to our waistline. Like many of you, I am pretty focused on eating as naturally as possible, but, unfortunately, I also love things that aren’t so “natural”…
insert Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte –stage left
…so, in an attempt to slow the growth of my waistline, avoid the clogging of my arteries, and maintain my overall health and well being, I have begun to get creative by recreating some of my favorite treats in a manner than is more health-concious (not just calorie friendly). This first experiment began when I decided to research the nutritional value of a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL)
A Grande PSL weighs in at 380 CALORIES, 13g FAT, 51g CARBS and a whoppin’ 49g SUGAR!
That was enough to make me have a non-literal heart attack and so I did a little research, mixed a few recipes, and substituted a few things of my own until I came up with… wait for it… the SHYbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte (clever, I know.)
So, if you are like me and *NEED* this fall treat as apart of your seasonal fare and are health conscious or trying to fit in that wedding dress, here is a trimmed up but – I think – equally as yummy recipe.
What you’ll need:
- 2 cups Almond Milk (you can use Vanilla Almond Milk if you like it a bit sweeter like I do! just note its like 40 more calories per serving)
- 2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1-2 shots of Espresso ( I do not own a coffee machine so I walked to the coffee shop next door and ordered 2 shots in a cup)
Combine milk, pumpkin, sugar in saucepan and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming
Remove from heat and add pumpkin pie spice & vanilla… whisk together and pour into cup(s). Add espresso on top and enjoy!
The nutritional info for this altered yummy-ness is as follows:
112 CALORIES, 3g FAT, 15g CARBS, 17g SUGAR
Cheers to treating your body (and your tastebuds) well… xo!