A Healthier Pumpkin Spice Latte

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It’s understandable why the pumpkin spice trend is so phenomenally huge – that stuff is downright tasty and seems to completely embody all aspects of Autumn. It’s a hot drink, full of pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and cloves, it’s covered in whipped cream, and it has the obligatory shot of espresso to keep all of humanity chugging along. What isn’t to love? I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but unfortunately the beloved Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte should not be indulged in as regularly as most people like. Here’s why:

A standard (whole milk, whipped cream, the works) Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks contains 420 calories. It’s not simply the calories that make this drink something that should be consumed more in moderation, though. A Grande PSL also contains 50 grams of sugar, which is quite the dose for anyone.

Thankfully as of this year, Starbucks has re-released the Pumpkin Spice Latte. According to abcnews.com it is now made without its former artificial coloring and Starbucks has also added real pumpkin puree to the mix. This is a great improvement, however if you still want to make a healthier version and save yourself a lot of money at the same time, try one of these recipes:

The Kitchn’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

Unwritten’s Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Alternatives


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