Monday, September 1, 2014

Think Before You Drink ... PSL = F A T

Hey Fit Fam ...

It is September 1st .. Labor Day .. the unofficial end of summer and the time when everyone thinks they have to put away their white, lol :) 

Where does the time go? While I never want to wish time away .. Fall is my favorite time of year!!! But when it gets chilly the urge to eat comfort foods REALLY increases! My favorite fall indulgences are the pretty typical ones ... chili (our award winning homemade one) and spiced (and spiked) ciders!! For many Fall is FULL of really bad choices and for many the season is official when Starbucks brings out their beloved PSL's. Of course I mean a Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

The date was announced via twitter from the OFFICIAL PSL Twitter page (Yes, the drink has it's very own page).

Many of you will switch from your normal Starbucks beverage of choice now that they have arrived. If you usually get a sugary drink (shame, shame, shame) then this won't apply to you since you are already taking unnecessary carbs/sugar/cals. BUT if you normally order sugar free or skinny and you switch to this....get ready to have to unbutton those pants!!!


Yup are reading that correctly.... and this is with NON Fat milk and NO whipped cream!!! I have discussed before and SO many people fail to realize (partially because of tricky marketing) that Non-Fat and Skinny often means NOTHING!!! Even the Skinny Lattes have tons of carbs/cals/suger. BUT ... a Grande PSL uses a specific syrup and so skinny isn't even an option .. only non fat ... which as you see is NOT a good choice!! It has 260 calories ... 50 carbs ... 48 sugars!! One perk .. it does have 14 grams of protein, lol!!! Now this is assuming that the nutrition facts are even right. As I found out recently ... Starbucks doesn't seem to be fully on top of their Nutrition Fact game!

While it may seem like I'm Starbucks bashing .. considering I just recently called them out for having incorrect nutrition facts AND I did a similar Starbucks Drink Post earlier this summer warning you to "Beware of the Frappachino".... really I'm not. If you know me or follow me on socials then you know I spend more money at Starbucks than I do ANYWHERE. My husband and I get one or two a day. Meaning we spend $8 to $16 a day .. minimum .. on coffee.  Don't lecture me .. it's our one "splurge". Plus this doesn't only apply to Starbucks .. it's any coffee drinks advertised as "fat free" or low calorie. Remember .. macros are hidden everywhere and carbs and sugar should NOT be ignored! They are HUGE factor in weight gain, etc. THINK BEFORE YOU DRINK!!

I've joked before they should have "Starbucks Sponsored Athletes" (I volunteer, lol)...but it's true!!! I don't know many competitors or clean eaters that aren't fueled by Starbucks and have to go through trial and error to come up with their own competition friendly creations! They really do need a side menu just for this!! Check out my blog with a few of my favorite competition friendly creations! There are SO many more!! These are just my faves!

If you are still set on a  PSL .. my suggestion would be limiting it to be part of your weekly cheat meal. Or even better ... there are ways to make them at home!!!  Here are a few suggestions :)

Skinny At Home PSL

½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (if you don't care about the macros use FF milk)
½ tablespoon canned pumpkin, see storage tip
1 package Stevia
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more to garnish
½ cup of strong brewed hot coffee or a couple shots of espresso

1. In a saucepan, whisk together milk, pumpkin, sugar substitute and cook on medium heat, stirring until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. Or just whisk till foamy.
2. Pour into a big coffee mug and add the hot coffee! Sprinkle with a little pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon!
3. Enjoy!!!

Makes 1 serving

Another warning ... Don't go buy those PSL pre made packets thinking you can add unsweetened almond milk or FF milk at home and be okay. Those little packets still have lots of sugar/carbs, etc! The ingredients ... coffee and cane sugar, haha!

Eat Clean. Train Dirty.

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