Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Livin' Lean Topic Tuesday: Sweet Rewards

Having a sweet tooth can be considered a weakness by some when trying to maintain a healthy diet. It is easy to see why that may be the case. Sugar is the main source of sweetness for most "go-to" treats such as candies, cookies and cakes. We are always hearing about too much sugar being bad for us. It leads to weight gain and other problems. But what if there was a real sweetener that offered satisfaction for your sweet tooth AND health benefits?

Being that we are right in the middle of winter (or sick season), no time is better than now to introduce our bodies to immune-boosting maple syrup. Real maple syrup is high in manganese and zinc, which both protect our muscles and boost the immune system. How's that for a sweet deal?

Next time you are thinking about something sweet, try using maple syrup! A whole-grain waffle with a tablespoon of maple makes a great snack. Maple syrup is also a healthy sweetener for things such as Maple Green Beans or Pecan Pie. If you need something quick, try this quick sports drink found in Runner's World Magazine (January 2011):

Sweet Sports Drink: Mix 12 ounces of water with 3 tablespoons of real maple syrup.

A sweet tooth may be trying to tell us something. Perhaps your immune system needs a little boosting! Of course, it could be some dark chocolate that our bodies are looking for....but that is a topic for another Tuesday.

Have a great day!


  1. We love maple syrup around here. We buy the real stuff at Costco to keep the costs down. It is a tasty and healthy snack.

  2. I love, love, love real maple syrup!



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