By Carmen Staicer for DietsInReview.com
From kids going back to school to football season kicking off, fall is a wonderful time of year. One thing that may be most anticipated is the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. Some people wait all year to order this hot, seasonal beverage. It’s immensely popular and stores have a tough time keeping the syrup on the shelves. If you’re watching your weight, or just trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, it might seem like a splurge not worth taking.
The 16-ounce Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, made with 2 percent milk, contains 380 calories, 13 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbohydrates and 49 grams of sugar (via Starbucks.com). That’s a hefty dose of empty calories and sugar, not to mention fat, for a beverage.
However, there is a way to indulge without over doing it.
Order a Tall Pumpkin Spice Latte with our changes and now you have a 170-calorie treat that isn’t as bad for you. Order the Short with our changes, a manageable 100 calories. If you count calories, you can easily work this in to your budget once a week, especially if you have a dedicated workout regimen.
If you really must have the original drink in all its caloric goodness, you can always burn it off. But where’s the joy in that? Those 380 calories translate to:
Is is worth it to you? Only you can decide – but know how you will order before stepping up to the counter.
Another alternative – you can always go the homemade route. This saves calories and money!
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