Maple Syrup is Bursting with Antioxidants!
Vermonters have been sugaring for hundreds of years. It was originally a way for farmers to supplement their income during the slow months. Today, it’s a multi-million dollar industry and Vermont sugar makers are responsible for almost half of the nation’s total production.
Vermont actually is America’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing nearly 47 percent of the country’s maple syrup.
Toward the end of February / beginning of March, sugar makers in Vermont tap their trees. You will often see postcards of the quintessential Vermont landscape: metal buckets hanging from trees.
Even if you are counting calories, it may be worth pouring some maple syrup on your morning oatmeal ever now and then. Not only does it add flavor as a natural sweetener, but it also has a powerhouse of antioxidants! New findings have also documented maple syrup protecting your brain from Alzheimer’s disease.
The key elements in maple syrup that could be responsible for these health benefits are phenolic compounds, which have antioxidant properties. Those same compounds are found in grapes. That is why red wine is often celebrated for its antioxidant content.
It’s important to remember, we are talking about REAL maple syrup here (not “table syrup”).
It’s the only kind we use in Vermont!
New Life Hiking Spa’s Oatmeal Pancake Recipe
½ cup whole wheat flour or almond flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 ½ cups milk
2 tsp. molasses
3 tsp. baking powder
Mix flour, oats, baking powder in one bowl, and milk, egg whites, molasses in another. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry, stir until blended. Spray oil on a skillet or griddle, heat until quite hot. Ladle batter onto griddle, cook pancakes on both sides until done. Top with pure Vermont maple syrup.