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3 healthy pumpkin spice alternatives

 

It’s the most magical time of the year, no it’s not the holidays, it’s PUMPKIN SPICE season! Seriously, who doesn’t majorly look forward to fall and the array of delicious beverages it inspires each year? I know I do and so do a lot of my clients, which is why when the news came out last year about the not-so-fabulous ingredients used in the pump of pumpkin spice syrup that’s been going into lattes at some rather well known coffee house chains, I got flooded with inquiries about how to healthily get a pumpkin spice fix! Have no fear, you can whip up  a delicious, healthified version of that pumpkin spice. Your body and your wallet will thank you for getting your pumpkin spice fix right in the comfort of your own home.

Make your own latte at home..

Start with organic, gmo-free nut milk (or making your own nut milk!) and while you're steaming your milk add in 1/2 teaspoon to a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (you can buy pumpkin spice at trader joe's or most grocery stores by the spices). I love using cashew milk for an extra creamy treat but almond, coconut or soy work as well. For those of you who want a sweeter taste with a healthier option than sugar, try drizzling some grade B maple syrup for that rich fall flavor and lots of good for you minerals.

OR make your own pumpkin spice coffee..

This only works if you have an old school coffeemaker or french press and not so much with the keurigs unless you use the DIY cup where you add your own grounds. Simply add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice per cup of coffee in with grounds and brew per usual. You can experiment with vary amount of spices, as you might guess, I like mine pretty pumpkin spicey! The beautiful part of this is that you can get it just right, so you can, GASP, make your own pumpkin coffee then one of those big chains that have a standard formula for everyone.

Maybe you want to switch it up and try tea..

Yes, I know this is NOT coffee but it's my favorite option lately and you might find that when you're going on pumpkin beverage number three you may want to do yourself a little favor and give your body a break from all the caffeine. My favorite pumpkin spice teas are the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Roobios or the Harney + Sons Pumpkin Spice black tea but there are plenty of them out there so shop around and let me know if you find a favorite! I also add some almond or coconut milk to my tea in this case to make it feel a little more decadent.

 

Ready for something truly decadent? Go for a smoothie (or smoothie bowl).

I don’t mess around when it comes to my favorite fall flavor, so naturally, sometimes I want something a little more rich than a hot beverage. Enter my pumpkin spice smoothie bowl, breakfast, dinner, dessert, it’s a flexible, delicious treat anytime of the day and super simple to throw together all fall long.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Anita’s Coconut Yogurt
1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp maca powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon/cloves/nutmeg)

Mix all of the above ingredients together and top with toppings of your choice. My favorites are quinoa and chia seed granola, crushed cashews and almonds and hemp seeds.




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