Pumpkin Spice fever is crazy!
Pumpkin Spice is everywhere these days. They have pumpkin spice candles, toothpaste, vodka, and I even saw pumpkin spice deodorant the other day. While I don’t think my sweat needs to smell seasonal (maybe my gym friends would disagree), I do love the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. I read that this crazy obsession has to do with the feelings of nostalgia that the lovely spice smell and flavor invoke. It supposedly transports us back to our childhood, and the smell of homemade pumpkin pie (in my house growing up, that smell would have been pecan pie… maybe I should start a new seasonal trend! Pecan everything!) The drink that started this seasonal obsession would have to be the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. Ever wonder what’s really in those latte’s? A conventional PSL (aka Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts) is not only empty calories that won’t fill you up, but they can be detrimental to your health as well. The problem with this addicting drink is that it is filled with an insane amount of sugar, fat, calories, and chemicals. I hope you like pilates as much as your Starbucks PS Lattes!
A grande Starbucks PSL has 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, and 50 grams of sugar. This is twice the amount of sugar than an adult should consume in an entire day. There is no actual pumpkin and the “spice” is a flavored syrup that is just fake
news flavors and preservatives. If you have a sweet addiction to this fall drink, I have good news! Here is a better version that is delicious, energizing and even healthy! This latte has healthy fats, pumpkin (whhaat??), and free radical -fighting spices!
Pumpkin is chocked full of healthy fiber (that will keep you full longer) and it has antioxidants (beta carotene) that play a role in cancer prevention and helps keep your skin wrinkle-free. Cinnamon is also great at lowering your blood sugar and is anti-inflammatory as well. Count me in! I would also suggest doubling the recipe for the pumpkin/coconut milk portion of this recipe, and saving it in the refrigerator for future lattes. It is so delicious, you might want to just drink it straight up, add it to your morning smoothie, or even better… add some of that pumpkin spice vodka (sorry mom).
For the left-over pumpkin you are going to have, my dog Daisy (who is really getting into the spirit of things) suggest you make these No-Bake Pumpkin Oat Dog Treats. Pumpkin is great for dogs because of all the fiber and nutrients, and they love the taste. It is also recommended if they ever have an upset stomach. I add about a tablespoon to their dinner.
No Bake Pumpkin-Oat Dog Treats
3/4 cup pumpkin
2 1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup water
Combine pumpkin and water; add oats and roll into balls. Spread out additional oats and roll balls in them to coat . Refrigerate 24 hours or so till firm. Daisy and Elvis could not wait that long to enjoy them (they get pushy).
I hope everyone enjoys the warm, cozy fall and some healthy pumpkin spice lattes!
Let me know what you think of the “healthy” latte!
Brook, Daisy, and Elvis ( he was too busy eating treats to get his picture taken this time)