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Ditch the Pancake Syrup and Grab Maple Syrup

My family has been making different food choices for a few years now, in hopes of living a longer/healthier life.  We’ve adopted a few “real food rules.” We’ve been making  swaps slowly and surely to eat cleaner, healthier, and incorporate more whole foods. “Cause that’s the only way to do it…slowly and surely – because it can become quite overwhelming.  Today, I’ll will share a rule that we have adopted. You can adopt this rule too, or not. Either way, it will be okay with me. :)

Switching to Maple Syrup

Trade Pancake Syrup for Maple Syrup

I’ve been talking a lot about sweeteners: artificial ones, natural ones, and even high fructose corn syrup.  I’m trying to eliminate as much high fructose corn syrup from our diets as I can so I made the switch from pancake syrup to maple syrup several months ago.  But, I’ve learned there are many other benefits to switching to Maple syrup!

Unlike pancake syrup, which is just a man made sugary thick liquid (high fructose corn syrup), maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese and a good source of zinc which is good for your health!   Zinc and manganese are important allies to your immune system, and zinc is important for heart health and acts as an antioxidant.

Maybe you haven’t made the switch because you think maple syrup is too expensive.   Well, it is true that maple syrup is a lot more expensive than pancake syrup BUT, what I have found is a little goes a long way with maple syrup.  It has such a deep, rich flavor you actually need a lot less of it than you would pancake syrup.  We treat this stuff like gold in our household (and rightly so – it IS expensive) and are very aware at how much we use.  You can always add more, but you can’t take it back!  We are always surprised at how little it takes in comparison to the way we used to slather our pancakes, waffles, and french toast in pancake syrup!

Here’s another trick: Grade B actually has more maple flavor than Grade A syrup and it is much less expensive too!  So, save some of that cold cash and go for Grade B.

I am not disillusioned though, many people after eating pancake syrup for years, do not really care for the flavor of real maple syrup.  You can either try to acquire a taste for it, which many people do – OR look for other ways to slather your waffles and pancakes.  I actually enjoy mine with a little peanut butter or honey.  Another option is homemade fruit syrups – and I have a couple of recipe to get you started.  These are simple enough – and quick enough – that you can make these WHILE your pancakes or waffles are cooking up.

Strawberry Syrup
Blueberry Syrup

If you are a new reader you might want to read some of my older “My Whole Food Journey” posts HERE.

Have you got questions? Are you on your own quest to eat wholesome and/or organic? If you’ve been shopping a little differently as well and the labels have got your brain in a fog… email me or drop me a comment here and I’ll be happy to help you find the answers your looking for! Sometimes shopping in a whole foods store can be overwhelming and leave you with more questions than when you came in!
*Thanks to Michael Pollan and Sustainable Echo for some of the research here.

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Comments

  1. We also love maple syrup, especially my son. The price isn’t quite as painful if you can find it at Sam’s or Costco. It is around $10 for a large jug.

  2. I tried to make the switch a few months ago when Amazon had a great sale on pure maple syrup, but I have to say, my hubby and 5 kids do not like the taste of maple syrup. They still prefer the cheap sugary “regular” syrup. I bought 2 30+ oz. jugs of maple syrup and they push it out of the way and fight over what’s left of the other stuff. Did your family object to the taste at all? I’m still trying to convince them that it’s better but they’re not buying it! :)

    • i converted my 4 kids by mixing in the maple syrup into the other type. I did 1/2 and 1/2 at first and then slowly added move over time. at 3/4 they noticed a different taste but were OK with it. It too a month and then they were totally switched. It is expensive, but we do use less then the other stuff and it is so much healthier for them. They say it takes 21 days to get used to something.

  3. Rose,
    Don’t feel bad. My picky husband revolted against the taste of maple syrup as well. That is what years of pancake syrup will do to you! LOL. I just didn’t have any other options (no pancake syrup in the house) so he was forced to continue to use the maple syrup. After using it several time he converted. So, you are not alone. But now we are a maple syrup eating household. =)
    Denise

  4. I too am a big fan of maple syrup. At our house we use small food prep bowls (about 1/4 cup or less each) and pour a small amount in and dip our pancakes, waffles, or french toast in. The flavor is so amazing you do not need very much. It also eliminates the “What happened to my maple syrup?” complaints that occur when it soaks into the pancake.

  5. Hello,
    Do you have any name brand examples of grade A maple syrup or grade B? How do you know which is which if you can’t compare the prices?

    Thanks,
    Sue T

    • Denisesawyer says:

      I don’t use a particular brand necessarily. I just look for REAL maple syrup. And Grade A or B is fine. B is actually from the later season and is from weaker sap but they boil it down and concentrate it so it is VERY mapley and higher in mineral content. It is really a matter of taste though.
      I prefer the taste of Grade A
      Denise

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