Healthy Pumpkin… Latte vs. Spicy Smoothie

Well, it’s the season of all things pumpkin!  I love pumpkin and can’t wait for the weather to cool off because for me cool weather equals pumpkin.  In recent years it seems lots of food companies, and I use the term “food” loosely here, have realized how much we all love pumpkin and have begun to offer everything pumpkin.  BUT, don’t be blinded by the word pumpkin. In fact many of these “pumpkin” treats don’t even have any pumpkin in them at all.  Shocking, right?!

In fact the online newspaper Civil Eats, recently ran a story on the McDonald’s Pumpkin Spiced Latte. First off, before we even get to the pumpkin, let me tell you there are 12 teaspoons of sugar in each drink. Yes 12.

Let me actually break it down for you.  It does contain coffee and milk, that’s hormone & antibiotic laced all be it, but milk. The “flavor” comes from the pumpkin spiced syrup.  Remember this is what McDonald’s thinks we crave this time of year.  It contains fructose, you know the sugar that is processed in the liver that contributes to fatty liver disease, high triglycerides and metabolic syndrome.  Then you add artificial flavors and artificial colors, including caramel color, which is shown to be a carcinogen.  Then they add some chemical preservatives, cheap thickeners so you get that amazing creamy texture, and to top all the sugar off, they seal the deal with artificial sweetener.  If you have 12 teaspoons of sugar, why is it that you need to add more artificial sweeteners? I’m just a little confused.  What’s worse is there is no pumpkin puree or cinnamon or nutmeg or any of the other warm holiday pumpkin spices. Click here to read the details…

To be clear, most chain stores that offer similar drinks contain similar ingredients.  I checked the Starbucks website & looked at the ingredients in the pumpkin syrup and it is very similar, and no, there was no pumpkin or spices listed on the ingredients.

If you want to make yourself a healthy pumpkin drink, I have a recipe for you.  I usually come up with a nice pumpkin smoothie recipe every year.  This year I have one I think you’ll like.  I think it’s perfect for a breakfast smoothie and yes, it has the warming spices that we crave this time of year. It also makes a great dessert to share with the family.

Pumpkin Spiced Smoothie

1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree ( I used Famer’s Market Organic Pumpkin)

1 cup Milk (raw, almond, or coconut)

1 Banana, frozen

2 Tbls Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1 scoop Vital Whey Vanilla

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Pinch of Pink Salt

Blend together until smooth. Pour into your favorite holiday glass, insert straw, and enjoy! Yum-a-lish!

Let me know how you like it in the comments.

And just a couple of comments here.  I always have bananas sliced up and frozen.  You see if you add the banana frozen instead of fresh you can bypass adding ice cubes which in my opinion just dilute the flavors. Also, I add a couple of tablespoons of gluten free rolled oats, by Bob’s Red Mill, to a smoothie.  Instead of adding cheap fillers like the chain stores to get a nice texture, I add the oats.  They add a nice texture plus nutrients and fiber. Much better than fillers. And lastly, in regards to the protein, I only recommend Vital Whey because it has been minimally processed.  Most whey on the market has been so highly processed that the proteins are denatured and cause more harm than good.  If you need whey, just ask.

Now enjoy, and again, let me know what you think!



This entry was written by Dr. Shelly Masters , posted on Tuesday November 12 2013at 02:11 pm , filed under Health News, Recipes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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