Maple Kisses

Visualize this…pretend that someone you love has just eaten a stack of buckwheat pancakes drenched in maple syrup. Or maybe you both enjoyed a special room service breakfast in bed.

Now close your eyes and picture your two slightly sticky sweet lips tenderly kissing; softly, with just the hint of a maple-y flavor perfuming the kiss.

Romance. Maple syrup.

Maple Water With LemonNow THAT is exactly is the defining essence of maple water — just the slightest hint of maple flavor and lots of health benefits.

Kissed by maple. Ahhh.

My family and I sampled the product that was sent by for me to try and review. (Product only, no monetary compensation; my opinions are my own)

Actually, it was my DIL who came up with the initial description and I embellished a tiny  bit.

MaplewaterI use a lot of maple syrup in baking and not just for pancakes.

My Quinoa Lentil Energy Bars recipe uses maple syrup as the primary sweetener. So does my Best Homemade Granola, so easy. mix 1/4 cup maple syrup and 1/4 cup veg oil, mix well with two cups of rolled oats. Sprinkle with cinnamon. YUM!

What is maple water?

Maple water is another term for maple sap, the clear liquid that flows naturally through sugar maple trees. Maple water is a healthy choice for hydration because it contains all of the same unique benefits of a natural product that directly comes from a maple tree. These include 46 unique bioactive compounds, some of which have antioxidant properties, as well as beneficial minerals including potassium, manganese and zinc. Maple water is naturally low in sugar and has only 20 calories per serving size (8.45 oz. or 250ml), compared to an average of 50 calories for the same serving size of coconut water.

Maple syrup, on the other hand, is a concentrated form of maple sap, and the result of evaporating water from the sap until it reaches the consistency of syrup. Forty gallons of maple sap make one gallon of maple syrup. Maple water is a healthy choice for hydration because it contains all of the same unique benefits of a natural product that directly comes from a maple tree. These include 46 unique bioactive compounds, some of which have antioxidant properties, as well as beneficial minerals including potassium, manganese and zinc. Maple water is naturally low in sugar and has only 20 calories per serving size (8.45 oz. or 250ml), compared to an average of 50 calories for the same serving size of coconut water.

Much More Than a Refreshing Beverage

NAPSI-certified maple water is a refreshing drink on its own, but also adds a subtle hint of sweetness and maple flavor when used in cooking and baking (for recipes, click here). Mixologists use pure maple water in ice cubes or as an ingredient for cocktails, and chefs choose it as an ingredient for marinades, soups, ice creams and sorbets. The bioactive compounds and trace amounts of minerals in maple water make it an excellent thirst quencher for athletes looking for a beverage to help fuel their bodies.

Try this other tasty recipes and you’ll learn, like I did, that maple syrup is perfect for more than Sunday breakfast!

Bookmark them for holiday entertaining.

Maple Walnut Bread (gluten-free and vegetarian, but not vegan)

Maple Quinoa Salad (vegan)

Maple Roasted Asparagus (vegan)

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers #ilovemaple

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