Crunchy leaves, costume shopping and apple picking. Who doesn’t love fall and all the festivities that accompany it? One trend seems to have grown more popular year after year: the pumpkin spice latte (PSL for all you trendy readers). We’ve already warned you about the pumpkin problem here.
Let’s put it in perspective: a pumpkin spice latte contains more sugar than one can of Mountain Dew. But don’t fear, my PSL lovers — there is still a way to enjoy all the pleasures of this coveted seasonal beverage without the added sugar. However, before we jump into the healthy PSL, I wanted to share some secrets I learned about the health benefits of pumpkin. This seasonal beauty packs a healthy punch.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
Catching zzs — Pumpkin seeds contain an essential amino acid — tryptophan — which the body converts into melatonin. Pumpkin seed powder has been called the new glass of warm milk.
Helps maintain healthy weight — One cup of cooked pumpkin is only 49 calories. Add pumpkin to your diet to help with cravings. Pumpkin contains fiber, which also helps you feel more full.
Forget carrots — Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, substances that support eye health.
The list of health benefits from pumpkins goes on and on. Learn more about this fall super food here.
Now that we know pumpkin without the spiced latte is a vitamin-rich power punch, let’s delve into a recipe that will curb your craving and also provide a healthy breakfast option to change up your morning routine.
Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Latte Smoothie
½ c. fresh pumpkin puree
1/4 c. unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ Nutrimeal Free + 1 ½ French Vanilla Nutrimeal scoop
4 ice cubes
½ tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp. instant coffee
- Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into your favorite smoothie mason jar and ENJOY.
Try the Healthy Pumpkin Spiced Latte