Fall has become synonymous with pumpkin spiced treats. At every turn we’re bombarded with tantalizing options, from lattes to muffins, and it can be hard to resist their sweet spicy call. Unfortunately, most of these seasonal treats are hidden sugar and calorie bombs. A grande pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks has 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar and their pumpkin scone has 500 calories and 46 grams of sugar. At Dunkin, a pumpkin donut seems downright reasonable at 340 calories and 19 grams of sugar, but a large pumpkin swirl frozen coffee will set you back 930 calories and 187 grams of sugar. A large Dunkin pumpkin swirl cappuccino with skim milk has 300 calories and 60 grams of sugar. To put this all in perspective, the American Heart Association recommends that women consume about 25 grams of added sugar per day, and men about 36 grams. Any one of these fall favorites would exceed that daily (or weekly!) budget, not to mention sending us on a wicked energy and mood roller coaster.
So how do we celebrate the season while being kind to our bodies? Try the ideas below to get all the flavor of fall with a fraction of the added sugar and a lot more nutrition.