Happy National Maple Syrup Day! Maple syrup may be relegated to a topping for our favorite indulgent breakfasts, but this sweet stuff packs more than just flavor.
Real maple syrup--the kind that lists pure maple syrup as the only ingredient as opposed to corn syrup and other ingredients--contains antioxidants and tummy-soothing compounds.
So we think maple syrup is definitely something to celebrate!
Here are some great healthy recipes that feature maple syrup as one of the star players:
Blueberry Oat Pancakes With Maple Yogurt:
Ingredients: Old-fashioned rolled oats, low-fat cottage cheese, eggs, vanilla extract, blueberries, cooking spray, Greek-style low-fat yogurt, maple syrup
Try this recipe: Blueberry Oat Pancakes With Maple Yogurt
Ingredients: quinoa, low-fat milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, chopped pecans, fresh or frozen and thawed cherries
Try this recipe: Maple-Pecan Quinoa
Maple-Glazed Salmon With Pickled Cucumber:
Ingredients: Rice vinegar, sugar, English cucumber, red onion, fennel bulb, olive oil, salt, black pepper, olive oil cooking spray, salmon fillet, maple syrup, grainy mustard, garlic, cumin
Try this recipe: Maple-Glazed Salmon With Pickled Cucumber