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