It’s fall!! And that means, literally EVERYTHING is coming up Pumpkin Spice flavored. Most popular, however, is the Pumpkin Spiced Latte. It’s a comfort drink, especially when the weather gets cooler, but too many of these beverages can help you pack on the pounds. Pumpkin is naturally a really healthy food for you, but needless to say, an actual pumpkin spice latte doesn’t have very much actual pumpkin in it. If PSL’s are your go-to drink in the fall, be careful about ordering too many because they can mess up your blood sugar and play with your digestive system.
Here are some small things you can do to help make your next PSL a little more healthy!
Watch The Size
If you’re ordering at Starbucks, getting a Tall over a Grande can save you almost 100 calories! Opting for the smallest size at your local coffee shop can ultimately end up saving you hundreds of calories, a simple way to really portion control yourself and watch your waistline.
Easy On The Syrup
To save yourself some calories, ask for 1 pump of syrup in your Tall PSL instead of 3 (Grande’s have 4 and Ventis have 5). The syrup is packed full of sugar and a whole ton of chemicals that aren’t healthy for us. For a more natural taste, use cinnamon and stir it into your latte before you drink it.
Use Different Milk
PSL’s can get very rich, especially if you’re using full-fat dairy in your latte. Check and see what type of milk your coffee shop uses as their “regular”. Try and use soy or almond milk if you’re cutting back calories (and fat). You can also find flavored soy or nut milk that help add to the flavor of the PSL!
If you’re really dying for a PSL but have weight loss goals in mind, consider putting a pump of the pumpkin spice syrup into your regular coffee and use milk and sugar as usual (or not, if you don’t). You still get the comforting flavor of the pumpkin with a fraction of the calories.