All Things Pure Maple and a New Healthy STUFT Cookie Dough Dip

 

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.

I was in bed at 8:30 pm last night. Oh heck yes. It took me awhile to fall asleep, as I’ve been having that issue a lot lately, but man was it nice.

My run this morning was ten miles (average pace 7:53/mile) at 1.5 incline. I thought about doing some hills in there and playing with the incline a bit, but didn’t want to have to think too much. 

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My main motivation to get up and get my run done is always these guys. I want to be ready and ON once the day starts.

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Actually, it’s not like I have a choice, I NEED to be on and ready at all times.

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Yes, we decorated our new lunch bags. I drew the awesome bear face. Yes, it’s supposed to be a bear. He wanted a T-rex, but I really would’ve messed that one up. Ha. It was nice having a little extra time this morning since I didn’t have to make lunches.

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So, let’s talk about one of my favorite natural sweeteners. It’s been over a year and a half since I did the whole STUFT Detox thing and got away from artificial sweeteners. These days I like to use pure, natural sweeteners instead. One of my favorites is pure maple syrup. I’ve been using it frequently in a lot of different ways and love that it is so versatile. Oh man, I cringe when I think of the days I would pour sugar free syrup on everything. What the heck was I thinking? These days I always pay the extra money for 100% pure maple syrup.

I was sent a bottle of Pure Canadian Maple syrup along with a carton of maple water through this campaign with FitFluential LLC.

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I had no idea that maple water was even a thing. Did you?

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I’ve been drinking the maple water just by itself over ice for the electrolytes, minerals and antioxidants and love that it is also naturally low in sugar. It’s perfect for hydration and is just a little sweet.

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This morning I added a splash of apple cider vinegar because I add that to pretty much all my drink. It gave it a little kick.

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Here are some FIT MAPLE facts to pass along and just a few of the reasons why I love using it as a sweetener in so many ways these day.

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- Canada produces 80 percent of the maple syrup sold in the world, the majority of which is produced in Quebec.
 – Maple syrup is 100 percent natural, and made directly from the sap of the sugar maple tree.

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I knew maple syrup was a good source of natural sweetener and figured it was always better to buy the better grade of maple syrup, but now I’m sure to double check that the label says 100% pure maple syrup.

As an athlete who needs energy pretty much on a consistent basis, using Canadian maple syrup is key.

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I received a really great FIT MAPLE brochure (you can see the digital version here) with some fun recipes to try. I haven’t made any yet, but these two in particular on on my list.

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So yes, even though I haven’t tried the above recipes just yet, I’ve been getting my daily dose of Canadian pure maple syrup.

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It’s really not hard to do. What is hard is not going over board with this stuff. Dang it’s delicious and I kind of feel like Elf because I want to add it to pretty much everything. Oh, which reminds me, I’m going to try it on sweet spaghetti squash next. Can’t wait.

The other day it went on sweetener free roasted kabocha (pumpkin pie spiced) along with some NuttZo and SunButter.

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Then it was time to bring back an oldie, but a goodie recipe and do it the right way with natural sweetener instead of the artificial stuff.

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If you’ve never made this before, you really need to. I like to make it for the boys and I. Sometimes it’s the regular version which I’m going to give you here and sometimes we make it green.

 

Here you go.

 

The other day I had it with the hugest Honeycrisp apple ever and some homemade cinnamon crisps.

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Oh, and I always top it with an extra spoonful (or two) of nut butter.

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It’s not necessary, but it makes it that much better. So does adding some chocolate chips or coconut flakes though too.

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I’ve already had my Canadian maple syrup fix today along with my maple water so I’m good to go tackle the rest of the day. I may or may not have also used it to sweeten my mocha I just sipped down.

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It’s a fabulous sweetener for coffee and mochas.

 

Do you use 100% pure maple syrup?

If so, where do you buy it and how do you use it?

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Comments

  1. 1
    elizabeth says:

    I buy it at Costco, we go through a lot since my husband eats pancakes often. Lately I’ve been using it in salad dressing, a paleo banana bread recipe I like and pancakes. I don’t understand people who will only eat the fake maple syrup.

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    Lindsay says:

    been dying to try that water!! so yum!

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    Kaitlin says:

    Real maple syrup is the only way!! Growing up in VT, my family and I make it right from the trees in our backyard, and then some! It’s so wonderful! Spring time in VT is all about mud and sugaring!

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    Kim says:

    We have friends that live here but are from Vermont – they usually bring us 100% maple syrup when they come back from a visit. The rest of the time we just use regular grocery store syrup.
    I’m living my running through your shares right now since I’m sort of off running (hopefully not much longer).

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    I love TJ organic syrup. I need to try that natural recipe!

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    My boyfriend’s family has a lake house in Canada, so they stock up on Maple syrup (the GOOD stuff) every time they’re up there. We pretty much have an endless supply. It’s awesome.

    I want to try Maple Water! I’ve never heard of it before!

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    elizabeth says:

    Just had to tell you, I finally got my produce manager at albertsons to order me a box of purple sweets through Frieda’s in CA. I’ll get them next week! Right now I’m eating regular orange organic sweet potatoes from Costco, but the purple are so delicious.

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    I have seen those HUGE honeycrisp apples at Sprouts every time I demo – amazing!! OMG, love that flavor apple!!!!!!

    I buy the 100% organic maple syrup from TJs.. use it in my oatmeal & other things plus on my protein waffles! :)

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    Kristen says:

    When I was a kid we would tap trees and make our own maple syrup. Now my Dad buys it in bulk every year or so from someone local and gives us each a big jug. It’s the best! I used to love drinking the sap (maple water) as a kid but it was discouraged since it takes so much sap to make syrup. I’m definitely going to look for that maple water.
    Fun fact: the grades that sound lower quality( A- or B if you can find it) are darker and have more antioxidants. They also taste more like what we made ourselves back in the day.

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