Natural Source of Energy

Maple: Energy to Go

Maple and Sports Nutrition: Teaming Up, Naturally

Its natural sugars and healthy supply of vitamins and nutritious minerals aren’t the only reasons why Maple Syrup from Québec is a great choice for athletes. It’s an ideal source of energy because it provides simple carbohydrates that easily convert to glucose and act as fuel during exercise. One 60 ml serving of Maple Syrup contains 72% of your daily nutritional requirements of manganese, 27% of riboflavin, 17% of copper, and 6% of calcium.

Athletes of all kinds are using Maple Syrup from Québec in many ways before, during, and after training sessions. A pending research study will soon reveal why they’re right to count on this natural source of energy. Follow us to learn the results of this investigation!

Maple Powers Cyclists

Maple from Québec has been the official energy source for Québec’s competitive cycling association, the Fédération québécoise des sports cyclistes (FQSC) for the past three years. 100% pure Maple Syrup, with no colourings or preservatives, is a fantastic training partner! Sports drinks and snacks made right at home are great, healthy choices. Let our recipes inspire you to your personal best!


Sports Nutrition

Before Training

Whatever you eat before your workout, it has to digest quickly, give you carbohydrate energy, and satisfy your hunger. Your meal or snack choice should depend on how much time you have before you start exercising. Proteins, fats and fibres are slow to digest, so we want to limit their consumption before physical activity. Still, they’re essential, so they must be part of your diet.

These maple-based recipes are ideal for eating 45 – 60 minutes before training. Their advantages include a mix of complex and simple carbohydrates, a little protein, a little fibre, and no fat.

Recipes for Powering Up

During training

If you’re going to be exerting yourself for more than 60 minutes, it’s important to feed your muscles with carbohydrates so you can maintain a good energy level and avoid dehydration. This is especially true if your last meal is more than two hours prior to the physical activity or if the session is going to be quite intense.

These Maple Syrup energy drinks provide sugars that will be easily used by your muscles, and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) to replace what you lose through perspiration. And hey, they’re home-made, with no artificial colouring or flavours, no additives or preservatives. Just natural energy from one of our very own natural resources!

Recipes for Going the Distance

After Training

Done your workout? Time to recover. The ideal way to do this is with food that provides at least 30 – 60 g of carbohydrates and 10 – 20 g of protein.
These recovery drink recipes use simple, natural ingredients. Drink them down within 30 minutes of the end of your session.

Recipes for Good Recovery

Snacks

Will you be going at it for more than 90 minutes? You’re going to need 30 – 60 g of carbohydrates for each hour of exercise, so pair your energy drink with a snack. Try those yummy energy squares. They’re packed with the carbos and nutrients you need, as well as being easy to carry.
There are recipes for excellent snacks that you can use to fuel a late afternoon workout, to munch on after a training session, or grab while on a long bike ride or hike. You get complex carbohydrates, protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals … all important to your active lifestyle!

Recipes for Training Endurance

Our Ambassador’s Recipes

Mélanie Olivier

Tips and Recipes from Maple-Lovers

Mélanie Olivier, Sports Nutritionist

Mélanie shares her best nutritional advice to help you perform and recover the way the pros do. Watch and learn with her videos.

Hugo Houle, Professional Cyclist

Maple is one of Hugo Houle’s secret high-performance ingredients. Check out his favourite recipes.

Antoine Duchesne, Professional Cyclist

Antoine Duchesne fuels with maple before, during, and after training. Cook up his scrumptious maple frittata.

Athletes


Québec’s elite athletes claim maple as one of their secret weapons that help them perform better, wherever they go in the world. Maple from Québec is proud to support two professional cyclists who are bringing international acclaim home to Québec. These athletes fuel up with this natural energy source before, during, and after training sessions. Find out all about them!

More about Maple

Maple syrup comes in four classifications, according to colour and taste.

At the start of sugaring season, syrup is generally clear, with a lightly sweet taste. It becomes darker and caramelized as the season goes on.

An unopened can of maple syrup keeps for many years.

Once the can is opened, syrup should be kept in an airtight container in a cool place.

100% pure maple butter contains no butter or dairy.

Like all 100% pure maple products, maple butter comes from the sap of the maple tree… and that’s all.

Hundreds of Delicious Recipes

Maple is a special addition to any recipe, from appetizer to dessert. Find one that’s perfect for you or your occasion!