Have you ever sweetened your coffee with maple syrup? If not, you’re missing out and you’re about to get a little dose of knowledge dropped on you: Did you know that maple syrup (the 100% pure kind) is loaded with polyphenols, a plant-based anti-oxidant that can help fight diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s as well as the signs of aging? Well, it is! It’s also less likely to cause indigestion or bloating, the way most processed sugars do. 100% Pure Maple Syrup is also loaded with zinc, which helps support your white blood cell level and increases your resistance to illness. So, if you like sweetened coffee, make sure you reach for maple syrup, instead of sugars or artificial coffee flavorings. The trick here is to make sure you are purchasing a syrup that is made of 100% pure maple syrup, versus an artificial syrup that is loaded with processed sugar. Check the label, 100% Pure Maple Syrup should only have one ingredient listed: 100% Pure Maple Syrup. It’s the kind that is harvested straight out of a maple tree. Here’s my favorite way to make iced coffee:
12 ounces chilled coffee (I use a breakfast blend)
2 tablespoons chilled half & half
1-2 tablespoons 100% Pure Maple Syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
Dash of cinnamon
Ice sphere made of coffee
Start by pouring the maple syrup into the bottom of your glass. Top with a dash of cinnamon and one ounce of half and half. Use a frother to combine these 3 ingredients until well-mixed and foamy (you can also use a whisk or fork, but it might not get as frothy). Next, gently add the coffee sphere to the bottom of your glass, and slowly top with the chilled coffee. Top with whipped cream and an additional dash of cinnamon, if you feel festive. This concoction is just as good with warm coffee (just skip the ice sphere, obviously). It’s also great without the cream, if you like your coffee more black. It’s also great with a shot of espresso vodka.The best part is that you can relax and take your time drinking it—-because the coffee sphere won’t water it down as it melts! Enjoy!