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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
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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.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.