It’s finally September, and September means Fall, and Fall means it’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte season at Starbucks. I like to treat myself to coffee once a week and this week it was a no-brainer what my choice would be. Even when you’re trying to eat clean there are a few things you can do to make your coffee-going experience a little healthier. As you probably know, coffee in moderation is actually good for you, but it’s all that added sugar, syrups, and creamer that can make it bad, so here are my tips:
Smaller is better
Go for the smallest size your café has to offer. I usually get a Tall at Starbucks
Take it down a notch
If you’re getting a specialty drink like I did, ask for half the pumps of flavored syrup. A Tall at Starbucks usually consists of 3 pumps of Pumpkin flavored syrup so I ask for 1.5
Swap it out
Instead of sugar ask if your barista can replace your sweetener with natural Stevia. If they don’t have Stevia, bring your own to add in
If you’re having an espresso or latte, ask for steamed 2% milk so it’s less calories, and if you’re just having regular coffee, I suggest a splash of half and half…none of that flavored creamer gunk that’s so heavily processed.