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How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte


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How to Make  a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to Make a Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s officially Fall. But if you are a pumpkin spice latte fan, your Fall may have already started. This year Starbucks started offering their famous autumn drink on September 6th, the day after Labor Day.

 

I can never bring myself to drink one of these concoctions as the sugar content alone is sky high. 

 

A grande Starbucks pumpkin spice latte contains 49 grams of sugar.  That’s more than the American Heart Association’s DAILY recommended intake of sugar! In just one drink.

****for the AHA’s recommended stats click HERE

 

Besides the sugar content alone, these store-bought drinks are typically full of additives and GMOs that your body doesn’t need.

 

Instead, make yours at home. Not only will it be healthier, it will taste better too. If using dairy, be sure to choose an organic non-gmo brand. If using a non-dairy substitute (like me), choose one that is carageenan-free like this brand:

carageenanno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carageenan is a thickener that can cause intestinal dirsupt and may be a possible carcinogen. Better to be safe than sorry!

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 ounces organic dark roast coffee (if using espresso reduce to 2 ounches)
  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin puree (I like the brand I mention here in this blog post)
  • 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk alternative (carageenan-free! I like organic coconut milk for this recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon raw local honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

 

DIRECTIONS:

In a small sauce pan, heat the coconut milk (or your milk alternative) on low. Add the pumpkin puree, honey, pumpkin spice and vanilla extract. Mix well. As it heats whisk vigorously to keep light and foamy. When your coconut milk mixture is heated (not boiling, just warmed until you see steam emit from the pan) remove from stove. Pour your fresh brewed organic coffee into a mug and pour in mixture to your mug. This recipe yields one serving.

Top with cinnamon, nutmeg, or a little extra pumpkin spice mixture if desired.

 

Enjoy!

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Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.
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