The summer months are some of the most anticipated months of the year. It generally means time to relax, barbeque and spend some much needed time outside. With that being said, summer is short and come August, we tend to trade out summer attire for layers and comfort. Along with fashion, our taste buds change too, queue pumpkin spice season. After all, some would argue this highly debated flavor deserves its own season. Whether you like it or not Starbucks returned the popular pumpkin spice latte late August and since then everyone has been going crazy for it. The drink might taste like a perfect sip of Fall but there are a few things to consider when drinking it.

We’re not going to tell you to quit the beloved PSL cold turkey there are just a few things you may want to know. It’s important to fully understand what we put into our bodies, after all, we only get one! Firstly, the drink contains condensed milk in the syrup making it entirely not suitable for vegans or those who are lactose intolerant no matter how you order it. Furthermore, the drink is deliciously sweet but that comes at a high cost. In just one Grande sized PSL you can find anywhere from 38-50 grams of processed sugar. Last but not least, a Grande size contains 40% of our daily recommended saturated fats. All in all, it is important to indulge in things we love every once in a while, especially since pumpkin spice lattes aren’t here all year round but it is also important to stay informed.

In the event that you want to indulge in your favorite PSL more frequently, we’re including a wonderful healthier alternative. This recipe is not only free of processed sugars but it is also dairy-free, vegans and lactose-intolerants rejoice! It’s so easy you’ll only need 15 minutes to throw together and 6 ingredients. Some of these include brewed espresso, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and soy milk. Try this recipe and you can enjoy your favorite frothy drink guilt-free! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEGAN HUGGS

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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