It’s Weight Watchers Friday again! Hope you had a great week. I went to my weigh-in today and was down 1.6, which I attribute to eating more protein like I talked about last week. Huzzah!

Anyway, I got to work this morning and had a couple minutes to spare, so I figured I would walk downstairs to the Starbucks in my building and get one of these pumpkin spice latte thingies that I keep hearing so much about. The air had a definite crispness to it this morning (in the 40′s!) and thus all things FALL are allowed to begin.

*{Note: I have had approximately 342,984,340,293,234 PSLs in my short life}*

But, the line at Starbucks was about a MILLION people long. Which was a dealbreaker because I had a couple minutes but not 15 minutes to spare. It also makes me wonder if the barista (baristo?) was new or everybody else had the same idea that I had this morning. So, instead I walked the 50 paces to Panera and got a pumpkin spice latte from there. I had a discount on my Panera card ($1 off a beverage) and I was back to my office in no time.

When I got back to my desk, I looked up the info on PaneraNutrition.com to crunch the points.

For a 10 oz portion (skim milk, no whipped cream), it was 7 points. **Seven points**.

But let’s consider this: Starbucks’ smallest size is a Tall, which is 12 oz. Panera served me a 16 oz beverage. (Yes techinically I know Starbucks has a Short but it’s not on their normal menu.)

So, a 16 oz Pumpkin Spice Latte from Panera calculates to be 10 points. **TEN**.

FOR A COFFEE DRINK.

THAT COSTS $4.

That’s the activity points equivalent of running for **an hour.**

FOR A COFFEE DRINK.

** Yikes.**

Out of curiosity, I crunched Starbucks’ nutrition facts. For a Grande (16 oz), it was 7 points. So same points, larger size than Panera. Better, but still not worth the points. Again, this is subbing skim milk and no whipped cream.

So I drank a third of my discounted drink.

I dumped the rest in the sink and went on my merry way. I’ll find other ways to enjoy pumpkin, thank you very much.

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This post makes me really grateful about the fact that I don’t really like lattes. Give me regular coffee any day.

I enjoy a PSL 1-2 times a season because it is a special treat. Otherwise, I dump pumpkin pie spice in my coffee grounds (like I recently posted) and when it brews up it has that pumpkin taste. Add a little vanilla almond milk and good to go!

Most of the calories are in the syrup, so just ask them for 1/2 the syrup (or less). A Tall PSL has 3 pumps of syrup. I find 1 pump of syrup to be quite enough on those mornings when I crave a PSL instead of black coffee (like yesterday:)! Been doing that for a few years now and I would probably GAG on a real PSL w/ all the syrup in it!

i was craving a psl so badly yesterday, but then i happened to see this post, so i tried a regular nonfat latte with just one pump of pumpkin syrup. (in fact, your post actually inspired my more recent blog post!)

Thanks for posting this! I was just trying to figure out the points. Reg coffee for me today! Though I have put cinnamon in the grounds before and it came out really good. Maybe I’ll try the pumpkin spice in the grounds.

Found this posting looking to find out how bad my decision was to have a PSL… skim milk no whipped at Panera’s a few hours ago. Don’t like their regular coffee and was at a meeting. Wish I had looked before I went . I had been doing so well too!