Bored with your breakfast? Need something quick, delicious and easy to transport? Skipping breakfast is not recommended – how often have you heard that it is the most important meal of the day? My favorite go-to is a smoothie, sweetened with natural maple syrup (or maple sap, during maple syrup season). If you happen to have maple sap, go ahead and add ¼ – ½ of a cup to your favorite smoothie recipe for a very subtle maple kick. Adding 1-2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup to a smoothie gives it a sweet boost that isn’t overwhelming like other sweeteners. Start your day right–on a sweet note!
I’ve just had a “big birthday” and I’ve decided to make some healthier choices when it comes to my diet. My goal this year is to reduce consuming food and beverages that don’t offer me any health benefits. It’s a no brainer for me to start using more maple sap in my daily fluid intake, and also in my daily cooking. Yes, I will also continue to substitute maple syrup for sugar in my recipes, but incorporating sap just makes so much sense too.
Maple Sap: Fewer Calories and Less Sugar
First of all, it has fewer calories and less sugar than some other healthy beverages (for example, coconut water). Second, maple sap contains calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium and electrolytes. Maple sap can be used instead of water to make soups, stews, smoothies, teas and coffee, although I would use a French press instead of a coffee machine. It’s also locavore friendly, totally unprocessed, and contains no additives whatsoever.
The Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Annual Maple Weekend – First weekend in April
Come visit us on the Maple Weekend during the first weekend of April and sample a beverage made with pure maple sap! We’re all looking forward to the first sap run – we’ll keep you posted!
You may already have enjoyed our delicious French toast cups (get the recipe here). We’ve been experimenting with some variations, which take a little less time and don’t require ramekins or the oven. Start with the base recipe, and then try this:
Instead of using bread, you can toast some frozen waffles, then coat a frying pan (at medium heat) with butter. Cut the waffles into bite-sized pieces and arrange them in the bottom of the pan, pour the egg mixture over the waffles, and cook at medium heat until the eggs are done. Flip once. For more protein, use one egg for every waffle.
You can substitute almond milk for cow’s milk in the recipe.
For an extra nutritional boost, add some walnuts to the finished dish. You can also either add some fresh fruit, or thaw frozen fruit in the microwave and use it as a hot, healthy fruit sauce.
My brother and his wife will be making the trip from Singapore for a Christmas visit this year. I have promised a traditional holiday for them – I apologize in advance to some of you, but I will be hoping for snow! His lovely wife hasn’t experienced the wonderful white stuff before and I’m really hoping we get some while they are here – since it will be December, the odds are good.
And, of course, what is more traditional or Canadian than pure delicious maple syrup! I plan on incorporating this healthy, sweet ingredient into as many Christmas delicacies as I can. Add in snowshoeing and hot chocolate in the sugar bush, a few snow angels, a good snowball fight, and quality time with family and I think my Christmas menu will be complete!
Here are three recipes I plan to serve my guests this Christmas:
Lisa recently discovered that beekeeping gives her a buzz! After enjoying a workshop, and doing lots of research, she decided to bring some hives to the Golden Treasure Maple Syrup property and try her hand at running an apiary.
The “nucs” (nucleus colonies) are on their way in the spring. They’re basically a beekeeping starter kit; Lisa’s hoping the bees will like their new digs, and will stick around to start providing us with some honey during the coming years.
This project will take a while to find its feet (wings?); eventually we’re hoping to be able to bring tour groups through, and show them our maple syrup process–as well as our happy bee colony. Lisa is busy planning her bee paradise; the biggest challenge is probably keeping the bears away, since they already like to pop by to sample the flowing tree sap in the spring.
Wish us luck; we’re really looking forward to this new experiment!