The good news: It's pumpkin season!
The bad news: It's pumpkin season.
Pumpkin is an amazingly healthy fruit (yep!) that's chock full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as A, C, E, B vitamins, potassium, copper, manganese, iron and beta-carotene.
Unfortunately though, many companies use pumpkin season as an excuse to sell you dangerous sugar bombs.
For instance, Starbucks puts a whopping 37 grams of sugar in its tall Pumpkin Spice Latte. That's over 9 teaspoons of sugar. To put that in perspective, the American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women.
Want to treat yourself to a larger size? The Grande will set you back 12 teaspoons and a Venti - over 15 teaspoons.
Pour 15 teaspoons of sugar into a small dish and ask yourself, "Should I be eating this?"
I thought Starbucks was bad until I learned about Jamba Juice's, Pumpkin Smash. The small (BTW - when did 16 ounces become "small"?) has 69 grams of sugar. That's just over 17 teaspoons.
Think that's bad? The large Pumpkin Smash has an unbelievable 124 grams of sugar. That's 31 TEASPOON of sugar, or five times the amount a woman should eat in one day.
This isn't right. This isn't right. This isn't right.
The only way to stop this is to stop buying these products. As long as Americans keep buying them, they'll keep making them.
This amount of sugar is killing people. There is No.Doubt.About.That. It's leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more.
Skip the chemical-filled pumpkin lattes and enjoy this delicious and nutritious smoothie instead. For extra oomph, add a quarter cup of strongly brewed black coffee or a shot of espresso.
1/3 to 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree (I recommend Farmer's Market brand as it comes in a box or BPA - free can)
1 cup unsweetened and carrageenan-free almond milk
1 frozen banana, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp turmeric
2 tablespoons of your favorite seeds such as hemp, chia, or flax
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (I love Garden of Life RAW Organic Vanilla)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao nibs.
p.s. This is also delicious with a small scoop of unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder!
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