The Health Benefits of Stevia and Xylitol

Do you use stevia or xylitol?  I hope so because both of these sweeteners have some pretty neat health benefits.  Besides, they make life a little sweeter.


Stevia is all over the place these days, so you won’t have any trouble finding it.  It tastes great and even has some major health benefits.  Stevia can help control blood sugar AND insulin levels.  This is exciting news since both are closely connected to health and longevity.  In fact, controlling your blood sugar and insulin levels after meals is a powerful way to reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and a few other age related disease processes.  In a recent study on subjects diagnosed with diabetes Type II, stevioside reduced after-meal blood glucose levels by 18%.  That’s powerful stuff.  To think that you can decrease your chances for any of these disease processes while possibly improving your health and longevity by using stevia is pretty sweet.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins | Gluten Free, High Protein Treats

What do you eat in the morning before you work out/go to work/drop the kids off?  Anything besides coffee?  You’re in a hurry, I totally get it.  That’s why you need this recipe for these quick, easy, tasty, low carb morning treats.  Better yet, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart in the kitchen to make these.  Glutenfree

These muffins are also the perfect pre-workout snack.  I used to train in a fasted state, and that worked well for me at the time.  Nowadays, there is a longer time frame between when I wake up (around 6AM) and when I actually get to work out (usually at 8:30).  By the time 8AM rolls around, I’m ready to gnaw off my right arm.  I just can’t make it without eating something before I work out anymore.  These do the trick!

Caveat:  I don’t do carbs before I train.  Carbs do not make my workouts better or more energized, though I realize that may be the case for some people.  If you want carbs, add a banana and you’re golden. Continue reading “Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins | Gluten Free, High Protein Treats” »