In late August, a full month before the official start of fall, Starbucks brought back its infamous Pumpkin Spice Latte. The news was received with delight by some and horror by many. After all, the trendy drink is objectively terrible for you, primarily because it contains more than a few cubes' worth of sugar (39 grams for a 12-ounce cup, 50 for 16 ounces, and 64 for 20; by contrast, a Snickers bar contains 20 grams).
The thing is, PSLs and all the other gimmicky orange treats that show up in grocery store aisles this time of year give pumpkin spice a bad rap. There's nothing wrong with a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; it's festive and delicious. There are good actors out there, too, doing the thankless work of restoring pumpkin spice's reputation with products that not only taste good but also fit squarely into an active, healthy lifestyle. Here are five of our faves.