Weight Watchers Friday: The Pumpkin Spice Latte

by Chase on September 16, 2011

 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.

(Nutritional facts sources: Panera, Starbucks)

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas September 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm

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

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2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun September 16, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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!

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3 Q. September 17, 2011 at 10:55 am

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!

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4 Sara September 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

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!)

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5 Kristina October 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

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.

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6 Rhonda November 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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!

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