Coffee Curdler Alert! (the following contains information that may compromise your pumpkin spice latte experience as you currently know it)
There may be a very good reason why your body fat percentage is falling slower than those gracefully floating autumn leaves. I am, and forever will be, that girl who waits with anticipation each fall for September 6th so that I can get in line with the rest of you to order that “tall” cup of heaven, otherwise known as a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Unfortunately, your PSL order and its frequency may be just one suspect in our holiday season weight gains. So I order my first and only PSL on opening day (with a big dollop of whip cream just like everyone else), but this will also be my last until the following year!
Awareness is good thing when trying to stay healthy and fit. Unfortunately, healthy and Starbucks do not always go together, especially when a grande Starbucks PSL contains 420 calories. Honestly, add 100 more calories and I would rather eat a Bobby Flay Crunch Burger with a tall glass of water than drink a cup of tricked-out coffee (sorry Starbucks). Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte is definitely a once-a-year cheat for this girl, but that doesn't mean I give up that pumpkin spice flavor completely. How is that? NJAPP orders (thanks Starbucks!) her own customized version (or makes her own right at home) as detailed below, which turns the milk ratio upside down and the calorie intake right-side up! Knowledge is key to staying healthy and fit. Remember you are #WORTHIT Just make smart choices for you and your waistline.
NJAPP Breakdown for a Grande PSL from Starbucks
PSL + Whole milk, with whip: 420 calories & 160 calories from fat
PSL + Soy milk, no whip: 310 calories & 45 calories from fat
PSL + Coconut milk, no whip: 260 calories & 70 calories from fat
PSL + Nonfat, no whip: 260 calories & 5 calories from fat
PSL + Almond milk, no whip: 230 calories & 50 calories from fat
NJAPP-PSM (Pumpkin Spice Misto)
PSM + Almond milk, No whip: 83 calories & 30 calories from fat.
This is how NJAPP places her order @ Starbucks:
Hello, I would like to order a Grande Pike roast, Misto style almond milk, 1 pump of pumpkin spice, NO whip, just a sprinkle of cinnamon.
NJAPP also makes her life even easier by making her own “Pumpkin Spice” at home. Recipe Courtesy of Kristin Marr. Head over to her blog and check out her PS recipe. I promise her blog will not disappoint nor will her PS.