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4 Hormone-Healthy Alternatives to the Pumpkin Spice Latte

How to Get Your Fall Fix Without the Sugar Crash 

Hands Holding Latte on Wooden Table Surrounded By Pumpkins

The arrival of autumn signals the return of one of our favorite seasonal treats: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. While the coffee shop versions of this delightful drink may be a delicious indulgence, they often come loaded with sugar, processed ingredients, and hidden calories that can leave you feeling less than your best.

The good news is that you can still enjoy this seasonal classic without sabotaging your health. Read on to learn why traditional PSLs aren’t the best choice (especially if you struggle with hormone imbalances) and get recipes for a few wholesome alternatives.

The Dark Side of Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Coffee shop Pumpkin Spice Lattes have become synonymous with fall. But beneath their enticing aroma lie ingredients that might make you think twice before ordering your next grande PSL:

  • Sugar Overload
    Perhaps the most glaring issue with coffee shop PSLs is their sky-high sugar content. A typical grande PSL can contain up to 50 grams of sugar, which is more than twice the daily recommended limit by the American Heart Association. Consuming excessive sugar can lead to energy crashes, weight gain, and even hormonal imbalances.
  • Processed Ingredients
    Commercial PSLs often contain syrups and artificial flavorings that are far from natural. These processed ingredients can wreak havoc on your body’s hormonal balance and leave you feeling less than your best.
  • Calorie Bombs
    In addition to the sugar, coffee shop PSLs are often loaded with calories, primarily from added sugars and high-fat dairy. These excess calories can lead to weight gain and negatively impact your hormone levels.
  • Lack of Nutritional Value
    Coffee shop PSLs lack essential nutrients and are devoid of any real health benefits. They offer little more than a sugar rush followed by an energy crash.


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Hormone Balance and Coffee Shop PSLs

When you’re trying to restore your hormonal balance, these sugary PSLs wreak even more havoc. Here’s how:

  • Increased Insulin Resistance
    High sugar consumption can lead to insulin resistance, a condition where your cells no longer respond effectively to insulin. This can result in elevated insulin levels, which, in turn, can affect other hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
  • More Cortisol Spikes
    The caffeine in coffee can cause cortisol, the stress hormone, to spike. When combined with the sugar rush from a PSL, this can lead to chronic stress and hormonal imbalances.
  • Added Inflammation
    Processed ingredients and excess sugar can promote inflammation in the body, which is linked to hormonal imbalances and conditions like PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome).

At Moringa Natural Health, we have treatment plans for menopause and hormone imbalance. We personalize each plan according to each person’s unique biological makeup. Want to learn more about our treatment plans? Schedule your free appointment with Dr. Fernandez today!


 

4 Hormone-Healthy Fall Drinks that Taste Like a Treat 

If you’re a die-hard PSL lover, don’t fret. You can still satisfy your pumpkin spice cravings without compromising your health or hormone balance. Here are 4 delicious autumn-inspired drinks that actually do the body good (including a PSL copycat!).Mug of Cafe Latte

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin spice lattes don’t have to be high in calories and processed syrups. A homemade version of the popular PSL is just as delicious and creamy and good for you – thanks to pureed pumpkin and naturally antioxidant spices.

Get unsweetened canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) or make your own by roasting a pumpkin. Pumpkin is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Vitamin A is crucial for healthy skin and vision. It’s also low in calories and high in fiber – two great benefits for digestion and gut health.

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Cold Brew Pumpkin SpiceAn Iced Coffee on a Clear Drinking Glass

Cold brew coffee mixed with pumpkin spice and a splash of almond milk is a refreshing, lower-calorie alternative to the traditional PSL. Or, if you want to make it a little more of a treat, top with a simple, creamy, healthy pumpkin foam.

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Golden Turmeric Latte

A Golden Turmeric Latte, often referred to as Golden Milk, is rich with potential health benefits. The focus of this warm and comforting beverage is turmeric, which contains curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound.

Switching to Golden Turmeric Latte may help reduce chronic inflammation, support immune function, aid digestion, and even provide mild pain relief. The addition of black pepper, although it may sound strange in a latte, is essential for proper curcumin absorption (and tastes surprisingly good!).

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Cinnamon Maca LatteCoffee in white cup placed on cutting board

Maybe you’re more of a Cinnamon Dolce Latte kind of person? If that’s the case, this Cinnamon Maca Latte is a nourishing swap with health and hormone-related benefits.

Maca, known for its hormone-balancing properties, may help alleviate irregular menstrual cycles and mood swings, promoting overall hormonal health. Additionally, it can enhance energy levels, making it a great way to sip away stress-related hormone imbalances. Maca’s potential mood-enhancing effects and nutrient density further contribute to its hormone-regulating capabilities.

Cinnamon’s ability to improve insulin sensitivity supports blood sugar control, which is vital for hormonal equilibrium. Both ingredients possess anti-inflammatory properties, supporting hormonal balance by reducing chronic inflammation.

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How to Order a Healthier PSL at a Coffee Shop 

Sometimes the craving for a Pumpkin Spice Latte hits when you’re out and about. The good news is you can still enjoy a coffee shop PSL with a few adjustments:


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  • Order a small.
    You can still hit the spot with less. By switching from a venti to a tall, you’ll save 170 calories and 27 grams of sugar.
  • Cut back on syrup.
    The magic ingredient that makes Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte a sweet delight is the syrup, and it’s no secret that they’re quite generous with it. Ask your barista to use just one pump of syrup (instead of the traditional 3-5). You’ll still get plenty of sweet pumpkin spice flavor, but far less sugar.
  • Go for plant-based milk.
    Milk alternatives like soy, coconut, or almond milk offer creaminess without piling on the calories.
  • Skip the whipped cream.
    Adding whipped cream to your lattes can pack on an additional 80 calories per serving. Politely request your barista to omit both the whipped cream and the pumpkin spice topping, or if you must, ask for a lighter dollop.Hands holding Orange Pumpkin

At Moringa Natural Health, we have treatment plans for menopause and hormone imbalance. We personalize each plan according to each person’s unique biological makeup. Want to learn more about our treatment plans? Schedule your free appointment with Dr. Fernandez today!


 

The secret to lasting health is balance. Make these healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte swaps this fall to enjoy a seasonal treat without suffering the consequences of the sugary original.

 

Need more hormone-balancing support this fall? Moringa Natural Health Center is here for you!
Request an appointment or call our office at 623-266-0059 to learn more about our natural approach to healthy hormone balance and whole-body health.

Much love,

Dr. Lena Fernandez

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