It seems like Maple Flavored Coffee might be better for you, especially if you're trying to control your daily calorie intake.
Usually, when we want to sweeten the coffee, we take a package of sugar, or if we feel a little natural, we take a little brown sugar or raw sugar.
However, sugar is made from a molecule called sucrose, which is known as a disaccharide. The "di" in disaccharide represents two, making it a simple sugar plus another simple sugar. What does this mean?
It means that the body has to work a little harder to break the sugar down into simpler, more usable molecules, and therefore stays in your body a little longer than you really want.
Also, sugar (sucrose) has a very high glycemic index, or GI, which is a measure of how high blood sugar rises in a particular food.
High GI foods cause your insulin levels to rise, then lock up once the sugar has broken down, resulting in a "low level" that makes you feel hungry again very soon.
Sugar also has around 16 calories per teaspoon, which isn't much when you think about it, but they are empty calories; There is nothing else of nutritional value in sugar other than sucrose.
A teaspoon of pure maple syrup contains 17 calories, about the same as sugar. Maple syrup, on the other hand, is far from empty calories. It is full of goodness!
Maple syrup contains:
- Phenolic, a form of antioxidants found in berries.
It also contains many other antioxidants, 8 types found only in maple syrup.
Realistically, a teaspoon of things won't give you enough vitamins and minerals to change your life and heal you of everything.
We really like the idea of maple syrup because if you're going to have a sweetener, you might as well have a sweetener that has nutritional value rather than just empty calories and really bad for you!
Homemade Iced Maple Flavored Coffee
The homemade frozen maple latte is so good! They have legitimately replaced my morning Starbucks coffee and that says A LOT! When you read on to learn how easy it is to do this, you won't believe it!
1 cup milk
1 - 2 cups ice
1 1/2 cups of coffee (or espresso), at room temperature (if you want a hot latte, you can leave your coffee hot and skip the ice)
2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
Instructions to make Maple Flavored Coffee
- In a jar with a lid, pour the milk (2% or whole milk) and shake vigorously from side to side for one minute, until foamy. Remove the lid and microwave for 15 seconds.
- Fill two large glasses (or glass jars) with ice. Pour the coffee evenly between the glasses.
- Sprinkle maple syrup between two cups. If you like your lattes a little better, use a little more maple syrup per cup.
- With a spoon, retain the foam and pour a little milk into each glass. Then, take scoops of foam to add on top of the latte.
- Stir to combine and then enjoy it!