To be a champion, you have to eat like one. And to get maximum results, proper nutrition for exercise is imperative. Whether you are a frequent walker, weekend warrior or preparing for your next marathon training hard can get you far, but nutrition can take you the rest of the way. Pure Canadian maple syrup is an all-natural energy booster and sugar alternative that can help provide nutrition before, during and after exercise.
For several recipes and more tips on exercise nutrition, view this brochure (PDF).
Why Maple Syrup?
Pure Canadian maple syrup is a 100% natural energy source, providing you with simple carbohydrates that are easily broken down by the body into glucose and used for fuel during exercise. Because maple syrup is unprocessed, it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including manganese, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. These vitamins and minerals combined with simple carbohydrates of pure maple syrup will help provide added nutrition to an exercise program.
Maple syrup gives the energy burst needed to power through your exercise regimen. Maple syrup contains 65 different antioxidant compounds, which protect our cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals from intense physical exercise.
|Maple and Date Muffins|
|Maple Rice Pudding|
Nutrition for Exercise
Maple syrup can be a natural endurance booster. Use in homemade sports drinks and energy snacks for a readily available supply of energy that helps maintain your stamina. Energy beverages and bars made with maple syrup are healthier choices compared to the commercial alternatives, because maple syrup is an authentic, natural product, unprocessed and free of any coloring or additives.
Maple syrup also contains potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid balance and assists with normal muscle function. The more intense your workout, the more you need to replace the electrolytes your body loses through perspiration.
|Maple Cranberry Sports Drink|
|Maple and Apricot Energy Gel|
|All-Natural Maple Sports Drink|
Maple syrup helps your body’s ability to recover by replenishing used glycogen stores. Maple syrup is an excellent source of manganese and zinc, two minerals that provide vital nutrients for muscle recovery. Maple contains more manganese and zinc than other sweeteners.
|Maple Chicken Salad Pita|
|Fruity Maple Refueler Shake|
Anytime Energy Nutrition
When you are not working out, it’s still important to eat whole, natural ingredients for on-the-go energy to help keep you fueled throughout the day. Our Maple Energy Squares snack recipe contains a mix of simple carbohydrates from the maple syrup to give you a quick energy boost, with complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, plus vitamins and minerals to keep you going for the long haul.
|Chewy Maple Energy Bites|
|Maple Energy Squares|