‘Pump’ Up Your Coffee: Light Pumpkin Spice Latte

09/30/2013 at 11:55 AM ET

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Coffee Latte
Bill Bettencourt

Starbucks’s Pumpkin Spice Latte will cost you about five bucks—and, with 300 calories in a tall cup, you’re also buying yourself some extra time on the on the treadmill.

Why not take a healthy detour with a latte you can make yourself that cuts the calories in half?

Nutrition expert Tina Ruggiero’s recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Coffee is just one of the treats found in her new book The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook, which offers 120 delicious recipes that use good-for-you ingredients.

Not only does the “skinny” drink have just 120 calories per serving but it tastes divine—warms the cockles! —and supplies 90 percent of your daily vitamin A needs and 25 percent of your daily calcium requirements. Unlike the Starbucks version, you can get into the spirit of the season and freeze any leftover pumpkin for smoothies, pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins. (Warning: eating all these things at once will require more time on the treadmill!)

Creamy Pumpkin Coffee
Makes 1
¾ cup low-fat milk
2 tsp. brown or white granulated sugar
2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
¼ tsp. vanilla extract
2 dashes of nutmeg
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of ground ginger
½ cup hot coffee

1. Combine the milk, sugar, pumpkin purée, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger in a blender on high speed, creating a frothy consistency. Pour into a saucepan and heat until just-hot but not boiling.

2. Pour hot coffee into mug and top with hot spiced milk.

Per serving: Calories 120, protein 7 g, total fat 2 g, carbs 20 g, sodium 85 mg, fiber 1 g

—Amy Jamieson

FILED UNDER: Coffee , Food , Recipes

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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