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There’s a Pumpkin Spice Latte-Flavored Monkey on My Back

Oh, Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’m gonna drink you so hard.

When I find something I like, I want it all the time. Tell me that it’s only available for a limited time? You can pretty much double that desire. Which might explain why I’m struggling with PSLA, also known as Pumpkin Spice Latte Addiction.

Here in Florida, the weather is juuuust beginning to cool down (meaning our highs only get into the mid 80s during the day, and it’s cool enough at night to wear jeans without sweating half to death), and, of course, that makes me start craving all the yummy fall treats like apple cider donuts (which I steadfastly avoid because one always leads to another) and butternut squash casseroles (which I haven’t bothered to make) and, obviously, that damn Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

The way I order it (grande, nonfat, no whip and half the pumps), it’s more than 200 calories. And while I’m not indulging in my pumpkin-y bliss every day, well, it’s not because I don’t want to.

So, how do I beat this? Cutting the number of pumps was my first step, and I think next, I need to downgrade to a tall. And perhaps I can start satisfying my pumpkin cravings with some healthier recipes at home. I did make some pumpkin enchiladas last year that were pretty killer …

Do you have a weakness for any seasonal treats? What do you do about it? Do you have any other suggestions for getting this PSL monkey off my back? —Kristen

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