4 Fall Starbucks Drinks You Can Make Skinny at Home
Fall is the time of year when festive Starbucks drinks make an appearance - from pumpkin spice lattes to peppermint hot chocolate, we all crave something cozy to sip on.
The problem with many of these drinks, however, is their sugar and caloric content, which makes them virtually off limits for diabetics.
The good news is you can make low-carb, diabetic-friendly versions of these same drinks at home. Try one of the following recipes that will be a win for both your blood sugar and your waistline.
Pumpkin Spice Latte
A staple of fall, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of Starbucks' most popular drinks - but it comes at a cost: about 37 grams of sugar and 270 calories. A better alternative is this low-carb version that uses stevia for sweetening and real pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree for that nutty, warm flavor.
Starbucks' Hazelnut Machiatto clocks in about 200 calories and 23 grams of sugar. Yet this skinny version uses fat-free milk and sugar-free syrup. Leave off the whipped cream for an even healthier treat.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
Adding cinnamon to your coffee drinks can bring a boost of flavor and even better blood sugar control, but not when it packs over 20 grams of sugar - like the Starbucks version of this beverage. This recipe allows you to make a healthier version using real cinnamon, vanilla extract and strong brewed coffee.
Peppermint Hot Chocolate
Peppermint hot chocolate is another flavor combination of the season, but both Starbucks' version and packaged hot chocolate tend to be full of preservatives and artificial flavors. This recipe makes skinny and "clean" hot chocolate with real peppermint extract and agave nectar. If you want to make a lower-carb version, swap the agave nectar for stevia and you'll still have a tasty treat.