The 2022 Commonwealth Games: maple as a natural source of energy

The 2022 Commonwealth Games kick off this week in Birmingham, where over 5,000 athletes from 72 participating nations will be competing for glory. Each athlete will be closely monitoring their food intake as they look to gain a competitive edge over their counterparts. 

To get into the spirit of the Games, we decided to revisit some of our favourite sports recipes. But before that, here’s some context on why maple syrup is favoured by fitness enthusiasts and professional athletes around the world!

The health benefits of maple

Free from artificial colours and preservatives, maple syrup is an unprocessed product that serves as a natural source of energy. It contains carbohydrates that metabolise into glucose and act as a fuel before, during and after exercise. 

Maple’s simple sugars digest quickly, providing a fast-release form of energy that satisfies hunger and boosts energy levels prior to exercise. Rich in riboflavin, maple syrup has also been found to reduce tiredness and fatigue, making it an excellent option for recovery. 

Maple-infused recipes fit for athletes 

Not only is maple a reliable source of energy, but it’s also delicious and works with a wide range of dishes and drinks. We’ve gathered five of our favourite sports recipes, enhanced by the natural sweetness of maple syrup, for you to sample during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Spinach pancakes with maple and eggs 

If you want to start the day in the best way possible, look no further than our spinach pancakes and egg recipe. Rich in protein, vitamins and iron, this nutritional breakfast is easy to prepare and serves as the perfect pre-workout meal for your mornings. 

Mediterranean seared seabass with maple dressing 

The combination of lemon and seabass is already a favourite among fish enthusiasts – but the addition of maple pure maple syrup truly takes this dish to the next level. Spinach, shallots and peppers provide additional health benefits, making this seabass recipe the ideal athlete’s meal. 

Maple cauliflower buffalo wings 

Cauliflower acts as the perfect chicken substitute in our delicious vegetarian wings recipe. Boasting the same spiciness and fullness of flavour as their classic buffalo counterparts, these healthy wings are a true treat and excellent source of energy. 

Natural energy drink 

In need of a natural energy drink to see you through your workout? This simple recipe can be made in minutes and provides a big boost of energy for exercise. Maple syrup, star anise and fruit juice come together to form a flavour profile that’s healthy and delicious. 

Spinach, kale and maple green smoothie 

 Packed with protein and other essential nutrients, this spinach and kale smoothie makes for the perfect post-workout drink. Maple syrup adds a touch of natural sweetness to balance the sour apples and form a super smoothie that truly tastes amazing. 

Energising the 2022 Commonwealth Games

While we’ll be cheering for Team Canada through the 2022 Commonwealth Games, any athlete that chooses to use maple syrup as a source of energy has our support! We hope you’ll also give these recipes a try and use them as fuel for a healthier lifestyle. 

Did you know ?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries.

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits.

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes.

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

A natural source of energy

Maple syrup is a natural source of energy. Check out our recipes for food and drinks before, during, and after exercise.