Healthy Fall Starbucks Drinks

September 3, 2019

There's no bad time for coffee, but fall is an especially wonderful time for all the basics like me who would do some pretty questionable things for a PSL. Starbucks signature Pumpkin Spice Latte came back a few days ago, and as much as I love it, I do not love putting all that sugar and all those empty calories into my body. A grande PSL has a whopping 380 calories, 14g of fat, and 50g of sugar - yikes! Treating yourself once in awhile isn't going to wreck your healthy lifestyle, because we believe in hashtag #balance, but I'm here to offer you some alternatives to your daily PSL that will still get you your pumpkin fix, minus the extras.

 

1. Caffe Americano with 1 or 1/2 pump of pumpkin syrup and a splash of coconut milk

2. Black cold brew coffee with 1 or 1/2 pump pumpkin syrup

3. Pumpkin Spice Latte with almond milk, just 1 pump of pumpkin and no whip

4. Chai Latte with almond milk and 1 pump of pumpkin, no sweetener

 

Pumpkin-Free Healthy{ish} Fall Drink Ideas:

 

1. Medicine Ball Tea - this one is not on the menu, but it's dang delicious, especially if you're feeling under the weather. It's made with hot water, steamed lemonade, Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea, Peach Tranquility Herbal Tea, honey, and an optional pump of peppermint syrup. It has a good bit of sugar in it, so if you're feeling extra healthy ask for it without the lemonade and only one pump of peppermint syrup. 

 

Tips for making your favorite Starbucks drink healthier:

 

Swap your regular milk for almond milk or coconut milk

No whip

No sweetener (PSA: all Starbucks coffee has sweetener in it unless you ask for none)

 

Happy healthy fall, y'all, from one basic to another. 

 

xx, Ana

 

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