How badly are you guys craving something with LEGIT pumpkin?! Tis the season! Oh and I’m not talking about PSLs here, people.
Can we talk about those little devils for a hot minute? The sad truth is that pumpkin spice lattes are rather tough on the waistline and the wallet. A grande PSL from Starbucks packs a whopping twelve teaspoons of sugar (fifty grams), equivalent to two Snickers bars. Or more than three cups of Frosted Flakes. Or eleven Oreos. Ya know, all my fave foods.
It’s not just the tablespoons upon tablespoons of added sugar that make me cringe. Did you know that this infamous drink has no actual pumpkin? Rather, it’s bursting at the seams with artificially flavored pumpkin syrup. How’s that for starting your morning off wrong? No thank yewww.
I get it. They taste good. I mean is there anything with fifty grams of sugar that doesn’t taste good? Just promise me sure not to make this seasonal sensation a daily habit!
Instead, try this smoothie on for size. It’s no pumpkin spice latte, but it legit tastes like pumpkin pie. It’s naturally sweetened with bananas and dates and gives that PSL a serious run for its money on the fiber front. A half cup of pumpkin rings it at four grams of filling fiber for a healthy digestive tract, not to mention a boatload of vitamin A (280% of your daily needs) for healthy eyes, skin, and tissue.
Tis the season for pumpkin flavored errthang. I’ve seen it all, from pumpkin flavored English muffins and pumpkin coffee creamer (ahem, trans fat) to pumpkin pop tarts and pumpkin marshmallows. I can assure you that those foods contain little to no pumpkin. There are, however, some fabulous ways to incorporate this bonafide superfood into your daily routine! Because let’s be real, it’s always SO annoying to not use the whole can.
—Mix a couple tablespoons into a cup of hot almond milk along with a big splash of coffee, pumpkin pie spice, and pure maple syrup to sweeten.
—Yogurt fan? Stir in a heaping spoonful along with chopped pecans, lots of cinnamon (which lowers your blood sugar!), and a drizzle of pure maple syrup.
—Make a batch of pumpkin quinoa muffins. They’re the shiz.
—For an easy pumpkin chia pudding, mix together 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp vanilla extract, and 1 tbsp pure maple syrup. Let it all sit overnight and nosh away in the morning!
Or just make this smoothie like three days in a row and say goodbye to that annoying leftover pumpkin.
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 large over-ripe frozen banana, pre-sliced
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 2-3 Medjool dates, pitted (or pure maple syrup or stevia to taste)
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.