Pumpkin spice latte, anyone? How to get your fix, without sabotaging your heath
Now that it is finally August, fall fanatics like myself can't stop thinking about any and all things "pumpkin spice". Sounds cliche, but there is just something special about the combination of the delicate flavor of pumpkin combined with some spicy cinnamon and earthy nutmeg. I don't know about you, but pumpkin spice lattes are just one of those things that I just can't seem to stop craving this time of year (and the months to follow, for that matter). Every year, pumpkin spice items flood the shelves at grocery stores, bakeries and at every single coffee shop in town. Although pumpkin spice is to die for, you don't have to sabotage your health to get your fix!
Know What you are Putting Into Your Body
Picture this: It's around 7 a.m. You are sitting in line at your local Starbucks about to order that Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte with extra whip and a shot of espresso. You feel so warm and tingly inside that you just can't stand it. You just know that this latte is going to be the answer to your prayers. But have you ever stopped to think about what exactly it is that you are consuming in that over-sized coffee cup? Surely they are using fresh pumpkin and spices in those soul quenching beverages, aren't they?! Think again.
Here are the ingredients in your pumpkin spice latte:
Milk, Pumpkin Spice Sauce [Sugar, Condensed Skim Milk, Pumpkin Puree, Contains 2% Or Less Of Fruit And Vegetable Juice For Color, Natural Flavors, Annatto, Salt, Potassium Sorbate], Brewed Espresso, Whipped Cream [Cream (Cream, Milk, Mono And Diglycerides, Carrageenan), Vanilla Syrup (Sugar, Water, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid)], Pumpkin Spice Topping [Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Sulfiting Agents].
So, there are a few things I would like to point out here. One, is that sugar appears in the ingredient list twice. That is two times the amount of sugar that your body needs, like ever (trust me, you're sweet enough already). I also want to point out the amount of artificial ingredients, thickeners and "natural flavors" in this list. Potassium sorbate, monoglycerides and diglycerides, and carrageenan have all been proven in multiple studies to harm our health pretty significantly. So, why are they still putting this stuff in our beverages? I'll leave you pondering on that one.
Ok, so now how do I get my fix?
Ah, good question indeed. Believe me when I say, that there is a much healthier way to make your beloved pumpkin spice latte without doing damage to your body. It is important to remember to choose healing ingredients for anything that you put into your body. The things that you consume daily should work for you, not against you. Not only is this recipe delicious, it is very simple to make and will cure your itch to hop on the bandwagon with the rest of us festive fall fanatics.
You Will Need
1/4 can of full fat, organic coconut milk
1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)
2 cups of fresh strongly brewed coffee
1 tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice
1 tbsp. of pure vanilla extract (do not use imitation)
4 tbsp. of monk fruit extract (erythritol)
2 tbsp. of pure organic pumpkin puree
1. Brew your coffee of choice, but make sure to brew it very strongly. If you have an espresso machine, that is even better. You can substitute the strong coffee for the espresso if desired
2. Grab two giant coffee cups from the cupboard (trust me, you're not gonna want the small one that you got for Christmas last year)
3. Heat the pumpkin puree, full-fat coconut milk and the milk from the carton over a medium heat setting on the stove. Slowly add in the vanilla, spices, and monk fruit extract while stirring frequently
4. Once the ingredients have begun to simmer ever-so-slightly, you are then able to pour the coffee into the cups, then slowly add the mix to each cup of coffee. Stir each cup generously to ensure that all ingredients are mixed together
5. If you are feeling frisky, there is a super simple way to make some nice whipped cream to add to your latte. If you have any type of blender, you can take 1 tbsp. of the coconut fat (you will find this at the very top of the can of full fat coconut if the can temperature is room temp or lower) and one tbsp. of the monk fruit extract and blend them together until a whipped substance is formed. Scrape out with a spoon and place on top of your beverage with a little dash of pumpkin pie spice, and voila!
Now that you have the recipe for your favorite fall fix, you can finally enjoy it without having to worry about the negative effects. All of the idngrientents in this list are healing in some way, shape or form; which is how it should be. Happy (not quite- but super close) fall, ya'll!