Keto Maple Syrup
Many times I hear clients try to justify, is that if a food comes from nature, it is healthy.
Maple syrup comes from a tree. Seems harmless right? It is just sugar! Sugar also comes from a plant, it doesn’t mean that it is healthy.
Maple Syrup comes from the Maple tree. I worked at an environmental camp and we would teach the kids how to tap a Maple tree and extract the liquid (sap). The liquid then gets boiled down and the water is evaporated which leaves you with a sweet liquid. To get just one gallon of maple syrup, you need 40 gallons of sap! If you have ever watched sap drip out of a Maple Tree, it is slow! It’s no wonder maple syrup is so expensive!
People constantly justify maple syrup as the healthy sweetener. Sure, it has some nutrients, but let’s get real! Maple syrup is about 2/3 sucrose, or table sugar and 1/3 cup (80 ml) supplies 60 grams of sugar!
The fact that maple syrup contains a trace amount of minerals is a very poor reason to consume it! It is just going to cause more sugar cravings, leading to obesity, type 2 diabetes as well as many other diseases I see in clients every single day!
If you are looking for a tasty syrup to put on your “healthified” pancakes, use my recipe for keto maple syrup! The sweetener I use also comes from a plant but won’t effect your blood sugar and won’t cause metabolic issues!
To brown butter, check out this video:
- ½ cup unsalted butter
- ½ cup Swerve Confectioners
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon maple extract (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt, fine grain
- Place the butter in a saucepan over high heat. Using Swerve: Before you begin, make sure you have everything ready to go - the almond milk and the butter next to the pan, ready to put in. Work fast or the sweetener will burn. Heat butter on high heat in a heavy-bottomed 2-quart (2 L) or 3-quart (3 L) saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, watch for specks of brown (this is brown butter....so good on veggies!). Immediately add the Swerve and the almond milk to the pan. Whisk until sauce is smooth. Add the extract and salt. Let cool in the pan for a couple minutes, and then pour into a glass mason jar and let sit to cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.
Traditional Syrup = 120 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 39g carbs
"Healthified" Syrup = 70 calories, 7.8g fat, 0.1g protein, 0.1g carbs
(99% fat, 0.5% protein, 0.5% carbs)
TESTIMONY OF THE DAY
“Today is my and my husband’s one year anniversary. I’m trying to recall all the victories. He has dropped 60+ pounds, his eye prescription improved, off all meds except Armour thyroid, plays golf again, climbs the stairs without old man noises, walks the dogs and rides his bike again. He can wear his wedding ring for the first time in over a decade. Mentally he is sharper has taken charge in all areas of his life.
I started with him as an accountability partner, because I’m the one who cooks, and because my blood sugars were creeping up. I wasn’t overweight, just over-fatted and metabolically, my body did not like it. My A1c dropped to 5.1, my Armour thyroid was cut to 1/3 of my previous dose, I dropped 20 lbs, two shirt sizes and one pant size.
The absolute best thing is that I don’t feel like I have to have a nap after I eat. I did not realize the toll that was taking on me. My eyesight has improved to the point I can now where contacts (even if they are custom). Neither one of us has chosen to cheat one single time; we feel too good to ever do that. The changes we’ve made have inspired one of my kids to join us (hopefully the other one will soon) and two family members. I consider it a great blessing to have been lead to Craig and Maria Emmerich right out of the gate. We’ve been so blessed by their time, energies and efforts for this cause, we’ve never even looked elsewhere for guidance. I’ve listened to others, but consider the Emmerich’s my cornerstone. I’ve included a pic of the hubs, but I don’t have one of me since I’m always behind the camera.
Keto on friends! It is worth every single effort.
P.S. For our anniversary, we bought an ice cream maker. Rebel costs $6 per pint. I made a pint of Maria’s Strawberries and Cream for $1.19!” – Beth