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Starbucks Pumpkin Spice - yay or nay?

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Created December 11, 2012 at 5:54 PM

I don't do the lattes, but an Americano and with "pumpkin spice."

How "bad" do you think this is? I'm eating 90% paleo and very active, but for fat loss, would this prove to be a bad idea?

Thanks!

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868 · December 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I tried the eggnog latte recently and had the same experience -- it tasted nothing like I remembered it tasting. In fact, it tasted downright awful.

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131 · December 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Don't forget to put some home made vanilla extract in too and coconut oil. I think I'm gonna go make a cup right now!

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4632 · December 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I've had this experience too, when I have abstained from an old SAD favorite, then I try it out again, and it is never what I remembered, I keep thinking that something must have changed, it looked and smelled the same, but tasted like crap suddenly. It almost makes me sad but then I am happy that I won't get sucked back into a bad habit.

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2302 · December 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Ha of course. Not to say you should never treat yourself...but for fat loss? Not so much

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789 · December 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I think I knew that all along, but was too afraid to confront it ): Thanks!

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785 · December 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I'm wondering if shaking a bit of pumpkin pie spice in a cup of coffee would do the trick. I might try that myself!

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131 · December 11, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Don't forget to put some home made vanilla extract in too and coconut oil. I think I'm gonna go make a cup right now!

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70 · December 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Stay away! I thought I would treat myself to one after being pretty strict for a few months and it tasted NOTHING like I remembered. I think I drank maybe a 1/4 of it and then threw the rest down the drain because it was way too sweet and not the version of "pumpkin" that I wanted!

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868 · December 12, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I tried the eggnog latte recently and had the same experience -- it tasted nothing like I remembered it tasting. In fact, it tasted downright awful.

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4632 · December 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I've had this experience too, when I have abstained from an old SAD favorite, then I try it out again, and it is never what I remembered, I keep thinking that something must have changed, it looked and smelled the same, but tasted like crap suddenly. It almost makes me sad but then I am happy that I won't get sucked back into a bad habit.

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689 · December 11, 2012 at 9:37 PM

I say nay.

There is nothing at Starbucks that you can't make at home for a fraction of the price and 100 times better.

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1974 · December 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I would say very bad... But does that stop me from getting a peppermint mocha a couple times a month? Nope :)

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628 · December 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

They are really high in sugar! This recipe may be a healthier option. I wouldn't say it's paleo but it's definitely a better way to splurge! Hope you enjoy!

http://dashingdish.com/recipe/skinny-pumpkin-spice-latte/

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2302 · December 11, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Nay...very bad idea for fat loss...pure sugar

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2302 · December 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Ha of course. Not to say you should never treat yourself...but for fat loss? Not so much

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789 · December 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I think I knew that all along, but was too afraid to confront it ): Thanks!

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3432 · December 12, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Healthy or not, don't you have any non-corporate coffee shops you could support? With today's legislation Starbuck's, just like any other national chain, is abusing tax privileges to literally steal from us working folks.

I swear our entire economic environment is one giant Stockholm Syndrome...

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120 · December 12, 2012 at 2:04 AM

You would be surprised how little of the pumpkin spice you'll need, having been paleo...try 1/2 pump of syrup in a tall and see if that does it for you. If so, I'd say no big deal at all (since three pumps would typically go into the tall latte version).

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1436 · December 12, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Up to you. A medium drink has 380 calories, which could put you in excess depending on your diet. http://www.starbucks.com/menu/drinks/espresso/pumpkin-spice-latte#size=183887&milk=63&whip=125

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