The first day of fall is just days away, which means it's finally acceptable to hang your autumn wreath, pull out the Halloween decorations, and order your first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Over the years, Starbucks' festively spicy beverage has become the unofficial hot drink of the season, with millions of Americans flocking to the coffee house to get their fix of the pumpkin pie-inspired beverage.
The only problem? The popular drink isn't exactly healthy. According to the Starbucks website, a grande size PSL made with two% milk and whipped cream contains a whopping 380 calories, 14 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat — 40% of the recommended daily value.
Sure, you can hold the whipped cream and switch to skim milk to make the beverage healthier, but there is another option to bring down the calorie count. According to Food & Wine, the Leaf Rakers Society, a Facebook group obsessed with celebrating all things fall all year round, has a tastier, alternative option.
A Starbucks company representative informed the group that a lower-calorie Pumpkin Spice Latte can be easily made, without compromising its yumminess. Here's what to do: ask for an Americano (espresso and water) with pumpkin spice sauce, whipped cream, and pumpkin topping. Basically, by ditching the milk you can cut calories and you still get a bit of creaminess from the whipped cream. Just note: even by cutting out the milk, you'd still be taking in a whopping 51 grams of sugar from the pumpkin spice sauce (almost 13 teaspoons!), so you should also ask for less of that sweet add-in as well. Life is full of compromises, right?
Of course, Pumpkin Spice Lattes aren't the only way to get your pumpkin spice fix. Here are 15 of the healthiest pumpkin spice products that will help you get in the mood. If you prefer your pumpkin spice in a cup, you can also try making this homemade PSL that is healthier, tastier, and even quicker than Starbucks.