Yesterday my husband and I were wondering around in Fairway Market. As we walked aisle to aisle we stumbled upon a carton of maple water. I was intrigued because I hadn’t seen or heard about maple water since moving to the states from Canada. So I brought the carton. I thought it would be a great addition to an avocado base smoothie.
Maple water is 100% maple sap with no added sugar, water, heating, or preservatives. It’s what naturally flows out of the maple tree. It contains about 46 bioactive nutrients that are essential to our health. Some of these nutrients are minerals, phytonutrients, electrolytes, both amino and organic acids, and active antioxidants. It also aids the digestive system by acting as a proboitic. As well as helps boost the immune system and aid in the prevention of any degenerative diseases.
I first learned about maple water as a child when my family and I use to out to the yearly cabane a sucre (french for sugar shack) in the Montreal area. There they thought us the importance of what the water was and why it is good for us. Unlike many other tree waters, Maple water is a clear liquid that is light and refreshing. One of my most favorite things about it is that there’s hardly any flavor to it. Instead it finishes with a sweet hint of maple.
Here are some health benefits for
Loaded with monounsaturated fatty acids that are good for your heart.
Rich in Vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin E.
Contains small amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous,vitamin A, Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2) and Niacin (B3).
Has more potassium than bananas.
Has a lot of fiber
Lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Makes your hair, skin and nails healthier
The fat in avocado can help you absorb nutrients from plant base foods
Has a lot of antioxidants
Has Omega 3 fatty acids
Contains very high levels of vitamin B6
Protect from developing type 2 diabetes
Strengthen the nervous system
Helps with the production of white blood cells
High in fiber
Clears the skin, especially the pores
Alkalizes the entire body
Improves healthy eyes
Promotes a healthy and great sex life
Helps fight against heat stroke
Boosts the immune system
Rich in vitamin C,
25 percent vitamin A, vitamin B6, copper, potassium and magnesium
Has very high quality protein
High in fiber
Has both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
essential amino acids
Has less calories
Rich in fiber, fat, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, protein, zinc, niacin, vitamin B2 and vitamin B1
Almost all the carbs in them are fiber
Hunger suppressant which aids in weight lost
Has blood markers, which aids in lowering heart disease and type 2 diabetes
Helps with bone nutrients
This is how the water is extracted from the maple sap. I got this photo from “http://www.thereadystore.com/diy/9391/how-to-tap-maple-trees-and-make-syrup/”
AVOCADO MANGO BANANA SMOOTHIE w/MAPLE WATER
Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time:4 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 24 mins
1 Mango,peeled, cubed
1 Banana, sliced
2 tbsp Organic Hemp protein powder
1 tbsp Raw Chia seeds, optional
11 oz Maple water
1. Wash and cut the fruit in small pieces. This way the fruits are easily blended and the machine is not being overworked.
2. In batches add some of the fruits, maple water and hemp protein powder to a blender blend until smooth. Continue this process until you have nothing left to blend.
3. Pour the smoothie mixture into a bowl and mix in your chia seeds (if using any) with a spoon. Put in the refrigerator and let it chill for at least 15 minutes or until cold. Enjoy
**NOTE: This is always great as a post workout smoothie.