Skip the PSL and Try These 9 Better-For-You Fall Beverages

It’s time for us to move on from the pumpkin-spice craze
Slow-Cooker Apple Cranberry Cider


The low and slow cooking coaxes the flavor out of cinnamon sticks and whole cloves, making this the perfect beverage for crisp October nights. 

Pumpkin spice lattes are sweet, warm, and delicious — but as a society, we have reached the point of PSL saturation. Starbucks may have invented the drink, more than a decade ago, but today almost every major fast-food chain and coffee shop offers its own version of PSL. All these drinks have one thing in common: They’re terribly unhealthy.  

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Many of these lattes have more than 50 grams of sugar per serving and offer very little nutritional benefit. For example, a 16-ounce pumpkin spice latte with whipped cream and reduced-fat milk from Panera Bread contains 450 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 51 grams of sugar. Even a 16-ounce stripped-down version of the Starbucks original, with nonfat milk and no whipped cream, comes in at 260 calories and 49 grams of sugar (though no fat).,

An occasional pumpkin spice latte is fine, of course, but it’s important to remember that there are other drinks that can satisfy your fall flavor cravings. In-season ingredients like apples, pears, cranberries, and pomegranates can easily be incorporated into a number of delicious beverages — hot or cold. Throw these ingredients into smoothies or mull them with spices over low heat, and you’ll forget all about the PSL. These recipes let you experience the versatility of some of fall’s healthiest foods without the addition of tons of sugar and calories.


Skip the PSL and try these nine better-for-you fall beverages.