So this week has been mostly spent feeling sorry for myself for still being sick (I'd gone nearly all autumn/winter without getting ill until now so thanks January, nice one). I always feel like I need to give my body a bit of a boost when I'm feeling sick and usually turn to smoothies as a quick way to sneak in some extra fruits and veg.
I've been straying a little from my usual smoothie recipes this week and trying out mixing them with Maple Water*. I was unconvinced by this when the package arrived at my door. I never really got on the coconut water bandwagon (or any other health food trends for that matter) and sort of expected this to be much the same.
What it claims to do
Maple water is the newest kid on the block at the health drink party. It has loads of minerals and nutrients, claims to have half the sugar of coconut water and more manganese than a cup of kale. It's also dairy free, gluten free, vegan, etc.
I'm not really in a position to evaluate how good for you any of these things actually are since I'm not a nutritionist, and I don't really get excited by health food trends, so that's all I'm going to say about it. I was a lot more interested in...
What it tasted like
Actually really nice. Unlike coconut water (the only thing I can think of to compare to), the maple water tasted quite a lot like, well, water. It was a little sweet, but not overly so. It didn't really have a strong flavour at all, so I found it a bit too boring to drink on its own, but it works great as a sort of mixer for other things.
I tried this out in a few different fruit smoothies and they were all really nice. I normally use milk in my blender and I could definitely tell a difference between the dairy based smoothies and the maple water one, but I wouldn't say either was nicer. It didn't add too much extra sweetness to the fruit and if anything it probably brought out the flavours a bit better than milk did.
You can also use it in all kinds of food and cocktail recipes, I haven't tried these yet myself but I'm definitely going to be looking into it. If you want to some inspiration yourself, check out DRINKmaple's website for ideas.
**I was sent DRINKmaple to try and review. All opinions are my own.