Love It, Like It, Hate It: Pumpkin Lattes

Pumpkin spice lattes are so popular, Starbucks has even abbreviated them to just “PSL.” Sadly, though, some of the most popular varieties have a day and a half worth of added sugar, not to mention more calories than a cheeseburger!  In today’s Get the Skinny, we’ve got top picks for pumpkin-flavored lattes, and which ones to steer clear of – or at least keep these seasonal indulgences to a minimum!

 

 

LOVE IT!

 

Low Carb Pumpkin Latte (courtesy of Almond Breeze)

1 cup strong coffee
1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
4 tablespoon pureed pumpkin
1 packet Swerve Sweetener

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

 

Mix first three ingredients together and heat until hot (stove top or microwave). Add Swerve and pumpkin spice.

Per serving: 50 calories, 0 saturated fat, 6 grams carbs, 1.75 grams fiber, 3 grams sugar, 3 grams protein

 

 

Fresh-Brewed Homemade Pumpkin Caramel Latte

Pumpkin-infused coffee (e.g. World Market’s Pumpkin Caramel Coffee) + lowfat milk/milk alternative.

 

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

Starbucks VIA Pumpkin Spice Instant Coffee

Ingredients:  Sugar, instant coffee, microground coffee

Per packet: 60 calories, 16 grams carbs, 13 grams sugar, 1 gram protein

 

 

 

 

HATE IT!

 

Each of the following 3 coffee drinks has at least 35 grams (9 spoonfuls!) of added sugar

 

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, with 2% milk and whipped cream (16 oz)

380 calories, 8 grams saturated fat, 51 grams carbs, 49 grams sugar, 14 grams protein

 

McDonald’s McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte (16 oz)

340 calories, 6 grams saturated fat, 51 grams carbs, 48 grams sugar, 12 grams protein

 

Dunkin’ Donuts Pumpkin White Chocolate (16 oz)

350 calories, 5 grams saturated fat, 55 grams carbs, 54 grams sugar, 12 grams protein

 

 

A large Dunkin’ Donuts Frozen Pumpkin Coolatte, by the way, has a whopping 1040 cals, 33 grams saturated fat, and 127 grams of sugar!