I love maple syrup…pure organic Canadian maple syrup. Canada produces 80% of the maple syrup. It’s delicious and good for you.
Studies are now showing that pure organic maple syrup could be called a superfood as nutritious as broccoli, and blueberries. Isn’t that good news? I think it is. I use maple syrup in salad dressings, on my gluten free whole grain pancakes, and in several recipes. It’s a great substitute for sugar or artificial sweeteners in many recipes.
Maple syrup is full of antioxidants which help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. I’m so happy to learn it is good for us because I always felt it was a guilty pleasure to enjoy a serving of sweet sticky maple syrup. Now I’m comforted to know that it is considered a superfood and eating it is beneficial to my health.
Maple syrup, the product of boiling down the sap from maple trees, has gone through intense studies in Rhode Island. They discovered that the syrup contains many compounds which help to fight cancer, diabetes and are anti-inflammatory.
Your nutritionist and doctor most likely suggest you skip sugary foods to keep you healthy. It turns out that maple syrup is a healthy sweetener better for you then honey. It is not refined like white sugar is so maple syrup is “natural”.
Full of many minerals like zinc, riboflavin, manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium…easy to digest and lower in calories, maple syrup is a good choice over other sweeteners by far. Now don’t take this as permission to smother everything you eat with syrup, but think about adding it to your diet a little more often instead of other sweet treats. Everything in moderation.
You can use maple syrup for dessert type recipes but it is also good in main course and side dish recipes too.
This is a delicious comfort food recipe great for a fall or winter night with a side salad and some crusty bread or use it as a side dish or a pot luck dish to take to friends.
MAPLE BAKED BEANS: (a Swank Diet for MS friendly low fat, high protein recipe)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and diced fine
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 28 oz. can crushed tomato
1 cup pure maple syrup
4 tbsp. blackstrap molasses
2 tbsp. soy sauce or Tamari sauce
1 tbsp. dried mustard
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne (or more to taste)
Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
4 15 oz. cans of Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed OR 6 cups of beans soaked and boiled from scratch
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a casserole dish large enough to hold the contents. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until softened about 5 minutes. Add tomato, maple syrup, molasses, soy sauce, mustard and cayenne. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced. Season with salt and pepper.
Place the drained and rinsed beans in the prepared casserole dish. Pour the sauce over the beans and stir to combine. Cover and bake until bubbly approximately 30 minutes.
The maple syrup is the magic ingredient in this delicious and nutritious bean dish.