For years I have heard the term GORP and associated it with trail mix but never really knew where the name came from. Well, thanks to Google, I have recently found out that GORP may be an acronym for “good old raisins and peanuts” or alternately, “granola, oats, raisins, peanuts.” But whatever the acronym, GORP is trail mix and can be a nutritionally dense and tasty treat that can provide long-lasting energy, making it perfect for summer outdoor activities like hiking.
It is maple syrup season and really it is our first spring crop. I am lucky to be surrounded by sugar maple bushes and and maple syrup festivals are kicking into high gear. If you ever have the opportunity to check out a maple syrup farm, you will not regret it. The amount of work and love that goes into producing maple syrup is truly something.
The time period for sugar water collection is short, usually occurring during two to three weeks in March and April. It is when people who tap wait patiently for the ideal time, when temperatures drop below freezing at night and rise above freezing during the day. Continue reading “Snack Today: Maple Nut Granola”
It is maple syrup-making time around these parts. We are lucky enough to live in an area where maple syrup is in abundance and seeing the process from tapping to pouring it over waffles and pancakes has become a tradition for our family.
Maple syrup is the result of boiling down the sap collected from maples, over hours and hours. The result is liquid gold that is at least 66% sugar. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup and this is one reason for its hefty price tag.
Maple syrup also has phenolic compounds, the same antioxidants found in berries, tomatoes, tea, red wine and flax seeds. But because it is a high-calorie, high-sugar food, it should be consumed in moderation. That being said, maple syrup is our main sweetener. We love the taste, the versatility and pureness of it.
Here is an easy granola recipe using maple syrup as the sweetener. I use this as a topping for Greek yogurt. It provides a satisfying crunch and sweetness, yet still manages to be healthy! Continue reading “Snack Today: Maple Granola”