October is for long leafy walks on crisp breezy fall days, pumpkins, oversized chunky knit sweaters, and soothing out dried weathered skin with a savory organic coffee scrub to get ready for winter (cozying up to the fire with soft skin never felt so good).
Many coffee lovers get especially excited about the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks around this time of year. However, as is the case with many delicious fast food chain items, the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte doesn't line up with a healthy lifestyle.
Food and Lifestyle Blogger, Food Babe, created this info-graphic to display the problems beneath the pumpkiny foam:
Granted, since Food Babe's article was written, Starbucks has started to remove Caramel Color Level IV from it's beverages, and has even started to add real pumpkin to their glorious fall treat.
Either way, we're less interested in buying expensive, sugary, calorie packed lattes, and more interested in filling our favorite mug with homemade Costa Rican coffee treats. Turns out, it's pretty easy to be your own barista, and the results are delicious!
DIY Ways To Spice Up Your Coffee:
No need to grab a spoon to stir your favorite beverage - use a cinnamon stick to add a subtle hint of spicy sweetness to your everyday brew. Leave the stick in, and let the flavor fill your cup.
When using Pura Vida Body's organic coffee scrub, it's best to let the mixture sit on your skin for 5 to 10 minutes after you buff. This allows the skin to be fully stimulated, as the caffeine from the coffee brings blood to the skin's surface (reducing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and acne scarring). While waiting, sip on a fresh brewed cup of coffee to completely unwind and relax.
Grind up a small amount of Cardamom and add it to ground coffee before brewing. Adding the spice to the coffee infuses a spicy herbal flavor into your coffee cup. You wont even need to add sugar!
photo via: http://www.popsugar.co.uk/fitness/Cut-Calories-Sugar-Starbucks-Pumpkin-Spice-Latte-Hack-38394595
Hone your inner barista skills with a fancy latte recipe. Make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte, and enjoy a sweet fall treat without the guilt of high fructose corn syrup or whipped cream. We love PopSugar's recipe shared from Eating Bird Food:
Turn the coffee maker on, grab your organic coffee scrub, and start sippin! Happy Fall!