If you’re a fan of pumpkin spice, you’ve probably been curious about all the pumpkin spice products popping up in the grocery store. However, as we’ve learned from the Pumpkin Spice Latte, not all pumpkin spice products are good for us. To help you out, Registered Dietitican and Nutritionist Danielle Omar shares her thoughts on some popular pumpkin spice products and suggests healthier alternatives.
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Danielle says that the bad press the Starbucks PSL is getting lately is mainly because the drink doesn’t contain any real pumpkin and is loaded with sugar – a grande PSL contains about 12 spoonfuls of sugar! Danielle suggests making your own at home using real pumpkin, or making a latte using pumpkin spiced teabags or pumpkin spice flavored coffee beans with unsweetened almond or coconut milk.
Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt
With Greek yogurt being a healthy go-to, it seems like Chobani Pumpkin Spice Greek Yogurt would be a great way to get a healthy fix of your favorite fall flavor. Danielle says this yogurt is higher in sugar, but it does contain real pumpkin puree which she likes.
Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Danielle loves that most of the ingredients in the Clif Bar Spiced Pumpkin Pie are organic and that they use real fruit to sweeten in addition to rice and cane syrup. However, Danielle points out that 55% of the carbs in this bar are sugar. She says this would make a great pre or post workout snack, but she wouldn’t consider it a good anytime snack.
Planter’s Pumpkin Spice Almonds
Planter’s Pumpkin Spice Almonds are a no-go for Danielle. She says these contain 4 different types of sugar, which is unnecessary and doesn’t have anything to do with the pumpkin spice flavor.
479 Degrees Pumpkin Pecan Praline Popcorn
Danielle says 479 Degrees Pumpkin Pecan Praline Popcorn is super indulgent – 60% of the carbs are coming from sugar! Instead, she suggests popping your own popcorn and sprinkling pumpkin spice on top.
Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Waffles
While Danielle would like to see a bit more fiber and protein, she says Nature’s Path Pumpkin Spice Waffles are a pretty good option. Most of the ingredients are organic, pumpkin is the second ingredient listed and less than 20% of the carbohydrates come from sugar.
Kashi Crunchy Granola Bars Pumpkin Spice Flax
Danielle says Kashi Crunch Granola Bars Pumpkin Spice Flax are decent and have pretty good fiber and protein content for a granola bar. She also likes that a lot of natural spices and flavorings are used.