Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte turned 20 last month.
It has survived ferocious political environments, painful global recessions, and countless diet trends. The P.S.L. still stands strong as a staple of the American diet, autumn after autumn, year after year.
Denying yourself the instant nostalgia of this sweet cinnamony treat for the sake of weight loss would be un-instinctual, even anti-cultural. Our brains and bodies are hard-wired at this point to see the first leaf fall and detour directly to Starbucks.
Thankfully, I’ve hacked the Starbucks system and found 4 macro-friendly fall drinks you can indulge in without losing progress on your weight loss journey. Here’s how to embrace your inner Fall girl, the healthy way.
Starbucks pioneered pumpkin. Before they unveiled their now-classic fall latte, pumpkin wasn’t part of America’s fall society. Today, grocery stores can barely keep up with the demand for more pumpkin.
Shelves are stacked with pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice hummus, and pumpkin spice deodorant. Last year, pumpkin products accounted for $787 million in national sales.
Unfortunately, with 50 grams of sugar in a Grande, the P.S.L. original recipe isn’t a friend cheering you forward on your health journey. Here’s your slimmer solution.
There’s something sumptuous about cold foam. Fluffy yet pourable, it seeps gradually and gloriously down through an iced coffee. Besides making your cup of joe look like a Van Gogh painting, cold foam brings the smooth and creamy texture of steamed milk to iced drinks.
This secret recipe is one of my favorites, especially in the first few weeks of fall. While we’re drumming our burgundy nails, waiting for the weather to wane, cold foam fall drinks stretch our patience.
It’s the perfect transition between seasons. Light pumpkin notes tell you that Halloween is just around the corner. But, in this recipe, cold brew takes center stage.
With two pumps of sugar-free vanilla, this drink certainly tastes like a treat. The role of vanilla in sweet drinks is like the role of salt in savory snacks: it enhances all the other flavors. Before your first sip, take a slow sniff. The aromas alone will give you that cozy fall feeling you’ve been craving.
Here’s how to order the fitter pumpkin cold foam.
The “chai” you order from your local cafe has a history that dates back thousands of years. Ancient masala chai is steeped in tales of royalty and herbal medicine. Folklore tells a story of a king who created the first chai drink 5,000 years ago to cleanse his body. What started as ayurvedic ambrosia is now an Americanized coffeehouse treat.
It’s the blend of rich spices—the cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves—that makes chai tea so appealing each fall. As the weather cools, this warming drink soothes and comforts.
Sadly, Starbucks’ recipe is slammed with sweeteners. 240 calories and 42 grams of sugar squeeze into one Grande Chai Latte. Don’t skip lunch to fit in your fall treat. Cheat the Starbucks system, and try this macro-friendly pumpkin chai drink instead.
While the warming spice blend called “masala chai” originated long ago in India, it wasn’t until the early 1900s when caffeine became a customary add-in.
During Britain’s colonization in India, the British East India Company was thriving, with tea from Assam, India being one of its biggest commodities. Tea consumption in India grew. Eventually, Indians adopted the British preparation of tea (black with milk and sugar) and added their warming blend of spices. Chai tea was born. What once brought cleansing health can now boost energy too.
Here in America, we see tea as coffee’s weaker little brother. The more milligrams of caffeine in our morning routine, the easier we can tick off our to-do lists.
Our devotion to coffee drove us to invent a new version of India’s daily staple. With 100 additional milligrams of caffeine, the Dirty Chai Tea Latte (made with 2 shots of espresso) can warm the heart and kick the body in gear simultaneously.
Here’s how to order it at Starbucks without slipping up on your health goals.
Did you know that most American adults feel happiest in the fall? Pumpkins and hot cider are apparently the tickets to joy. Don’t skip the sweet joys of fall. Weight loss is a goal to help you live more, not a cage that keeps you from living fully.
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