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Healthier Sugar Alternative: Maple Syrup

healthy sugar alternative maple syrupIn honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday coming up I wanted to highlight one of my favourite Canadian superfoods, maple syrup.  It’s a staple in everyone’s household; Sunday brunch just wouldn’t be the same without it!

Not Only is Maple Syrup Delicious, But It’s Packed with Nutrients

Maple syrup is high in antioxidants with a wide range of nutrients including: magnesium, zinc, riboflavin, calcium and potassium. You may have noticed that there are several different varieties available.  But as a rule of thumb the darker the syrup the more nutrient rich.

But There Are So Many Sweet Alternatives… How Do You Choose? 

There are plenty of options on the market today as people are seeking alternatives to white sugar. Off the top of my head there’s agave, brown rice syrup, coconut sugar, maple sugar, stevia, maple syrup, honey… the list goes on.

While I am a big fan of using alternative sweeteners I’m not sold on the sudden growth in “healthy” options. In some cases, the level of processing that must occur in order to extract a bottle of sweetness can make that product virtually nutrient void. As Canadians we are best to stick to sweeteners that have been around for generations and are native to us such as honey and maple syrup.

A Blood Sugar Friendly Recipe Using Maple Syrup

Maple syrup contains polyphenols that slow down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. While maple syrup is lower on the glycemic index when compared to other sweeteners, it is still a sugar and will elicit an insulin response if it is not paired with enough fat or protein to slow down its absorption. This recipe for chocolate avocado mousse is the perfect solution!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

What You’ll Need:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts, chopped

Makes 12 servings

What To Do:

  1. Place all ingredients (except walnuts) together in a blender of food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Place into serving bowls and top with chopped walnut or whipped cream

Our Power Up Mission is simply to educate our customers on the importance of using quality food as fuel. With all these options out there for sugar alternatives we aim to provide insight into each and help you make an educated decision. Because food is one of life’s greatest pleasures!

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To our health & wellbeing,

Danielle

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