Okay you guys, why oh why is everyone so obsessed with pumpkin spice… everything? Probably because it often makes whatever it is added to taste oh-so-delicious. I personally love to make my own mix of pumpkin pie spice (PPS) and add it to things like applesauce or into (gasp) pumpkin pie.
It might surprise you how very wonderful the spices involved in PPS are. Spices included in PPS may vary, but often include: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.
If you are interested in making your own blend they are usually added together in the following amounts:
Cinnamon: 3 parts (a part is whatever you like, be it a ‘pinch’ or 100 pounds)
So what about those pumpkin spice lattes? How healthy are they? You know the answer, I bet. Most pumpkin spice lattes (PSL) are very high in sugar and additives. You can read more about commercially available pumpkin spice latte ingredients by clicking this link here.
Does that mean you can never have that favorite drink again? Absolutely not! If you get a PSL every once in a while (as in less than once a week) and make healthy food choices most of the time it is generally not a problem.
I find that 80% healthy/whole foods, 20% not-so healthy works well for most of my patients: moderation in everything my friends!
You can also make your own PSL type drink at home following this recipe, which includes actual pumpkin unlike most commercial PSL drinks.
If you are out at a coffee shop and want to add a some of these medicinally beneficial and delicious herbs to your coffee drink you could do the following: go over to the coffee prep bar and add 3 shakes cinnamon powder to your drink and 2 shakes of ginger or nutmeg, and 1 shake of cloves or allspice (depending on what is available at the coffee shop!)