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Healthy Snacks with Snack Girl

 
by Lisa Cain, Snack Girl

 
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Do you have any buddies who anxiously await the arrival of the Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte? People love it.

A Venti (20 ounces) will set you back 510 Calories! (whole milk and whipped cream included)

Ummm, ouch. There is 60% of your daily value of saturated fat in this single drink.

But, I am sure Snack Girl readers and Diet.com members aren't ordering the whipped cream and the whole milk. And you guys are probably going with the TALL size (still 200 calories).

Frankly, I don't like the Pumpkin Spice Latte because I find it too sweet. I do adore pumpkin spice so I thought I would attempt my own version. It turns out that ANYONE can make their own pumpkin spice latte.

Why would you want to make your own? You will save:

Calories - mine is 130 calories less than Starbucks' lite version
Money - saved about $2.50
The Environment - no paper cup and lid to toss away

You don't need an espresso maker with a milk frother to make this drink. You can buy a milk frother that runs on batteries called an Aerolatte (see below). I have one (first saw it in Europe) and it works great!

Buy some pumpkin spice from the baking section of your supermarket, skim milk, sugar, and you are ready to go. Try adding just one teaspoon of sugar and see if you like it. You don't need a lot of sugar to make this taste delicious.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
4 ounces coffee or espresso
1/2 cup skim or nonfat milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (plus extra to dust on top)

Brew coffee and heat milk until hot in microwave. Foam milk with Aerolatte or other milk frother. Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice in coffee and pour milk on top. Enjoy!

77 calories, 0.2g fat, 14.8 g carbohydrates, 4.3 g protein

Read about more about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com.





@ 10:05pm ET on November 29, 2010
I love Pumpkin Lattes and I have been sad all season because I have not indulged myself. Well, guess what I am doing tomorrow morning!

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