This morning at FitBloggin’, Canadian Maple Syrup sponsored a talk titled Nutrition for Maximum Performance. I thought it was interesting the talk was being sponsored by maple syrup but it turned out to be quite informative – other than their hydration recommendations but that’s for a different day (see pic below).
I alway associate maple syrup with pancakes and waffles instead of sports nutrition. However, it seems that one of nature’s natural sweeteners might be good for more than just breakfast. First of all, maple syrup is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which can be great for post workout. Second, it can help with digestion issues. And as many athletes can tell you, anything to help the tummy is a plus. Because maple syrup has a high amount of manganese, it can help aid muscle recovery. Other nutrients in maple syrup include zinc, calcium, potassium, and iron. You can read more about the benefits of maple syrup here and here.
I just learned about this today so I haven’t tried any maple syrup pre or post workout. Canadian Maple Syrup did share a recipe for a post workout smoothie. It looks pretty yummy so hopefully I will get to try it this week. Here is the recipe. If you try it, let me know what you think!
Have a great evening and happy running tomorrow!
And on a side note, if you are going to try maple syrup, make sure you use the pure maple syrup and not some processed version of it 🙂