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The Sweetest Thing: Pure Maple Syrup from Canada at FHBC

June 18th, 2012 · 3 Comments · From the Organizers

Join us in welcoming our “sweetest” sponsor, Pure Maple Syrup from Canada!  More than just a sweet addition to your diet, pure maple syrup can be a great benefit to any athlete and fitness enthusiast.

Whether enjoyed before your workout for a burst of energy, during your workout to keep going strong, or after for recovery, power bars, sports drinks or other snacks sweetened with pure maple syrup bring you a number of excellent nutritional benefits:  It contains 54 different antioxidant compounds that protect your cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals caused by intense physical activity.  It is also an excellent source of manganese and zinc, two minerals vital for muscle recovery, and contains potassium, an electrolyte that helps regulate fluid balance and assists with normal muscle function.  You can download more information on how pure maple syrup can benefit your workout here.

FHBC attendees will have an opportunity to sample some delicious Anytime Maple Energy Squares during the fitness break on Saturday morning.  Because you’re sure to love them, here is the recipe to try for yourself!

ANYTIME MAPLE ENERGY SQUARES

Ingredients

2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk
1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 large eggs
1/2 cup dried blueberries or cranberries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Combine maple syrup, oats, milk powder, sunflower seeds, flour, and eggs in a food processor. Puree until almost smooth, about 10 seconds. Stir in blueberries, apricots and almonds. Turn into prepared pan.  Sprinkle with coconut.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown and bars are set.

Yield: 16 squares

What’s the difference between pure maple syrup and pancake syrups?  Leading pancake syrup brands in the U.S. do not contain any pure maple syrup and rely on high fructose corn syrup as the primary source of sweetener. When you are looking to buy real maple syrup, check the back label in the grocery store to make sure you get 100% pure maple syrup from Canada and nothing less!

Be sure to stop by and meet Pure Maple Syrup from Canada during registration on Friday to sample different grades of maple syrup and learn more about the power of maple.  For more fitness tips, visit www.purecanadamaple.com or follow them @PureCanadaMaple.

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