Fall means a lot of things: football, sweaters, changing leaves and pumpkin. All things pumpkin. If you find yourself anxiously awaiting each fall-time, just to get your hands on all of the pumpkin goodies, you’re not alone! Pumpkin is a delicious and wonderful, nutrient-dense, low-calorie, loaded with vitamins food. But see, that’s the strange part. Pumpkin is so popular, this time of year, but how much ACTUAL PUMPKIN is in those “pumpkin” products you’re consuming?!
Starbucks’ PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) has been popular for years! It only comes out during the fall, and is a deliciously rich drink, that reminds us all of the cooler weather to come. While the PSL IS tasty, have you ever taken the time to check out the nutritional information for it?
*52g of carbs, 50g of sugars. The World Health Organization recommends a daily sugar limit of 25g for women, and and 38g for men. That’s a LOT of added sugar, in just one drink. Now, consider how much more sugar you might consume, in a day, aside from that delicious PSL.
Now, maybe you’re not a macronutrient person. Maybe you focus more so on ingredients. I’ve got that covered for you, too.
A LOT of added, confusing ingredients. A lot LESS pumpkin. Yes, you could ask for non-fat milk, no whip and sugar-free syrup to save on the numbers, but that’s still a lot of synthetic ingredients entering your body.
Maybe instead, you should save yourself the time, money and added BS and make your own, homemade PSL. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered here, too!
Homemade Pumpkin spice latte
1 heaping TBSP pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tsp cinnamon + any other spices
2/3 cup milk of choice (I’m digging Oatly, right now, for it’s major froth capabilities)
Any additional add-ons (I use 1 TBSP coconut oil, and 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen)
In a blender, add hot coffee, pumpkin puree, spices and sweetener of choice. *I also add my coconut oil and collagen here too, because it helps get some extra froth going.
Blend ingredients, on high, for 2-3 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat up your milk. Microwave, stove-top or (my favorite) frother!
Pour blended, pumpkin ingredients into mug, followed by your hot milk.
Top with some additional cinnamon and enjoy!