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pumpkin spice latte healthy recipes
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 10, 2019 by Brittany Raine

4 Easy Ways to Make Your PSL Healthier

Drink
Recipes

Fall is officially here, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s pumpkin-spice-everything season. From scented candles to cookies and the infamously delicious pumpkin spice latte, it can be hard to escape autumn's favorite flavor. Let’s face it: there’s something comforting about sipping a PSL on a crisp, cold October day. 

Pumpkin in its purest form has a bevy of health benefits, but when it’s in beverage form from your favorite coffee retailer, that can change. Did you know that a grande pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks has 50 grams of sugar? That’s more than a can of Coke! The next time you order that oh-so-seasonally satisfying drink, consider modifying it with these four easy tips. Don’t worry; you’ll still get all the pumpkin spice deliciousness!

Get nutty.
Opt for plant-based milk.

While we love all things dairy, swapping out cow’s milk for plant-based milk alternatives can help save fat and calories when it comes to your PSL. Our preference? Unsweetened almond milk. The almond flavor truly complements the savory tastes of cinnamon and pumpkin. But remember, whatever milk alternative you choose (almond, coconut, soy, rice, oat), make sure you ask for unsweetened.  

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Get nutty.
Opt for plant-based milk.

While we love all things dairy, swapping out cow’s milk for plant-based milk alternatives can help save fat and calories when it comes to your PSL. Our preference? Unsweetened almond milk. The almond flavor truly complements the savory tastes of cinnamon and pumpkin. But remember, whatever milk alternative you choose (almond, coconut, soy, rice, oat), make sure you ask for unsweetened.  

PSL 2.0
Order a hybrid version.

Caffeine and pumpkin? If you ask us, it’s the perfect combination—and it doesn’t always have to come in PSL form. If you’re looking to cut down on sugar but still embrace the taste of the season, order this “light” version: Black coffee with one pump (or dash) of pumpkin flavoring, plus ¼ steamed milk of your choice. Try a smooth, lighter roast and plant-based milk. Top with powdered cinnamon and voilà! 

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PSL 2.0
Order a hybrid version.

Caffeine and pumpkin? If you ask us, it’s the perfect combination—and it doesn’t always have to come in PSL form. If you’re looking to cut down on sugar but still embrace the taste of the season, order this “light” version: Black coffee with one pump (or dash) of pumpkin flavoring, plus ¼ steamed milk of your choice. Try a smooth, lighter roast and plant-based milk. Top with powdered cinnamon and voilà! 

Go halfsies.
Say no to syrup. 

Sipping on something sweet and savory is satisfying, but you might be shocked by how many pumps of sugary syrup can go into a flavored drink. Next time you order a PSL, ask for “less sweet”—at least half of the suggested amount. We are talking two pumps, MAX. If you want to naturally add more flavor minus the syrupy sweetness, stir in powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash (or two) of stevia into your latte. 

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Go halfsies.
Say no to syrup. 

Sipping on something sweet and savory is satisfying, but you might be shocked by how many pumps of sugary syrup can go into a flavored drink. Next time you order a PSL, ask for “less sweet”—at least half of the suggested amount. We are talking two pumps, MAX. If you want to naturally add more flavor minus the syrupy sweetness, stir in powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash (or two) of stevia into your latte. 

DIY deliciousness.
Make your PSL at home.

Running out the door and grabbing a latte on your way to work might be part of your routine, but finding time to make your next PSL is worth it—and your body will thank you, especially after that killer workout. This keto-friendly pumpkin spice latte is worth every step, especially on a chilly Sunday morning. And if you want to add a little *extra* protein with your pumpkin drink, mix up this Pumpkin Protein Shake from Love Grows Wild. Try eliminating the banana and adding coffee for an extra boost!

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DIY deliciousness.
Make your PSL at home.

Running out the door and grabbing a latte on your way to work might be part of your routine, but finding time to make your next PSL is worth it—and your body will thank you, especially after that killer workout. This keto-friendly pumpkin spice latte is worth every step, especially on a chilly Sunday morning. And if you want to add a little *extra* protein with your pumpkin drink, mix up this Pumpkin Protein Shake from Love Grows Wild. Try eliminating the banana and adding coffee for an extra boost!

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

Yoga
Fitness
Expert Advice

If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!