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Aligned Health Practice is to impart nutrition knowledge and skills to individuals, apply evidence-based research during the healthcare process, take part on the inter-professional healthcare team, and guide many in creating individualized and sustainable practices that align one’s physical, mental, and social well-being.


Pumpkin Spice Latte

You’ve seen it. The coffee shops and grocery stores are overflowing with pumpkin spiced everything! Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pastries, pumpkin everything. Now remember, just because it has pumpkin in the title doesn’t mean it counts as a serving of vegetables. Many of these items are filled with sugary fillers. However, some do offer real pumpkin and wholesome nutrients. Fun fact: pumpkin is in the squash family, making it a carbohydrate. If you are monitoring your blood sugar, be sure to enjoy it in moderation.

Beware of the “PSL” (pumpkin spiced latte). A 16 oz serving has almost 400 calories and 50 grams of sugar! That’s 12.5 teaspoons of sugar per cup. Excess added sugar can lead to inflammation, weight gain (when in a caloric surplus), and chronic disease.



1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk

¼ cup canned pumpkin

½ tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 packet stevia

½ cup espresso or strong coffee


  1. In a saucepan, combine milk and pumpkin.

  2. Heat and stir until steamy and the pumpkin is combined into the milk. Then, remove from heat.

  3. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, stevia, and coffee.

  4. Blend in blender to add froth. Serve in mug.

  5. Top with 1 tbsp whip cream and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy!


Serving Size: 1 cup

Servings: 1


Image by Ella Olsson


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