If you’re watching what you eat, like maybe reducing carbs, then that means you’re also watching your sugar intake (since sugar is a carb). And if you’re like me, you avoid cane sugar because of its highly addictive nature. Over the years I’ve tried all of my favorite foods using healthy sugar substitutes like honey, maple syrup and dates, and now prefer these natural, nutrient-dense option.
Fall is underway, and many of us are diving in to all things PUMPKIN SPICE.
One thing I love doing is trying to create my faves using healthier options.
Take for example, the infamous PSL. Rather than use this as your “cheat,” and perhaps suffer the consequences (bloating, blood sugar spike/crash, cravings) make it at home, and give your body (and wallet) a boost instead of a hit.
For the record, sugar is not only an addictive carbohydrate (that makes us crave more and more), it also has been shown to impact everything from blood sugar, digestion and complexion to bone density and even how prone we are to disease.
Choose natural sugar options such as those listed above, and instead give your body key vitamins and minerals, along with that delightful sweet taste.
For a low-carb option that’s keto (counting your macro’s?) or vegan friendly (hello oat milk, i love you), see below (I PROMISE taste is not sacrificed!)
Pumpkin Spice Latte (Keto/Vegan)
This is the healthy and delicious option for anyone avoiding excess carbs/sugar and/or wanting options for subbing out cow's milk.Ingredients:° 2 TBS pumpkin puree°Milk of choice (almond or coconut unsweetened- macro's are similar) ; oatmilk (my fave)°Dash of pumpkin spice blend or cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, allspice°1 cup coffee or 2 shots espresso°1 tsp honey, maple syrup or agave, or dash of stevia °Ice (if desired)Directions:1. Put sweetener of choice in bottle of cup2. Add coffee/ espresso ; stir3. Add spices4. Add milk5. Add ice if desired