My guilty pleasure is Starbucks. My drink of choice is their unsweetened green tea with a splash of organic soymilk. You are probably thinking, what’s there to be guilty about? While I love my local shop and all the baristas within, I am a bit unnerved about two things when it comes to this international sensation:
- They do not use organic milk
- They deliver dollars to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) who dumps millions of dollars into anti-GMO labeling campaigns
(You can actually click on links above to sign petitions to get Starbucks to do the right thing)
Yikes! Despite this, I still go to Bucks almost daily for my tea (or two) and enjoy every minute of it. So, that is where the guilt comes in. I support a company that is not 100% righteous. But hey, I take part and know it. I am human and not perfect.
So while in Starbucks a week or so ago my sweet husband ordered a pumpkin spice latte. ‘Tis the season! And I just couldn’t stop myself from looking up the ingredients and nutrition facts of the 12-ounce bevy that my man loves.
During my search, I came across this great information on FoodBabe that literally deconstructs the drink. In a nutshell its ingredients are espresso, pumpkin spice flavored sauce (basically corn syrup mixed with “natural” and artificial flavors), non-organic milk and whipped cream (non-organic milk, sugar, flavors and preservatives). Its calories (in the 12-ounce) are 330 with 130 coming from fat. And it boasts 38 grams of sugar.
So is everything nice in this pumpkin spice? Hell no! But if you need this latte once in a while, be my guest. Just know what you’re getting yourself into.
Instead of bashing, I will turn to boasting about some purist pumpkin recipes that are better alternatives to the famed latte (and will hopefully still satisfy the seasonal itch you may be having). Rather than create my own, I have called on several that piqued my interest...
- Pumpkin Spice Smoothie from Skinnyms.
- Savory Pumpkin Hummus from All Recipes
- Pumpkin Chili from The Kitchn
- Pumpkin Bread from Simply Recipes
We all have guilty pleasures. What is yours? And when you make the choice to indulge, do you do so with knowledge? I prefer not to judge, just inspire people to make informed choices.