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Keeping Energy Level High
avoiding energy zappers

Each and every one of us could use a little more energy. Here are 4 valuable tips to keep your energy levels tip top.

Cut the Sugar:
Sugar has a tendency to be a craving and a curse all at once. It tastes good going down and keeps you from feeling ‘up’. When you crave something sweet, its important to have something else ready and available to eat instead. Try to choose snacks that have a small amount of carbohydrates to give you a measurable amount of energy for your day like whole grain crackers and low-fat cheese, fresh fruit or a small box of raisins and low-fat cheese or plain, nonfat yogurt blended with fruit.

Watch The Coffee:
Caffeine is another substance that will give us the wake up call that we need, but leave us hanging later on. Try to choose the decaffeinated version of your favorite beverage like coffee, tea or cola and avoid using caffeine to help you stay awake; this will only throw off your natural sleep cycle and promote your low energy levels.

Keep Hydrated:
With our busy lifestyles, it is easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. We need water to flush out toxins, keep our energy levels elevated and to keep our tissues hydrated. It contains no calories, so you can drink as much of it as you want to, and if you need some variety, add a lemon or lime slice to it. You can also make homemade lemonade with lemon, water and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or Steviva Brands Pure Stevia Powder.

Keep Moving:
Whether or not you exercise consistently, the amount of exercise that you get (or don’t get) could be contributing to your lack of energy. While exercise energizes us physically, mentally and emotionally, we feel more sluggish without it. On the other hand, when we do exercise, it enhances our mood by releasing endorphins, a ‘feel good’ chemical that increases energy levels. Hopefully it will encourage us to exercise more…. but not too much. Overtraining will deplete your energy reserves, break down muscle and make you feel weaker instead of stronger. Exercising too much could suppress your immune system, which could increase your chances of a bacterial or viral invasion, making you more vulnerable to illness. So make sure that you stay in control of your workout sessions and the frequency of them.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
[email protected]
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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Low Glycemic Carb No Added Sugar Poached Pear and Gorgonzola Salad
Serves: 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Carbs Per Serving: 11.5 g
Prep Time:<30 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

If you have ever been to a gourmet restaurant I am sure you have coveted their poached pear salad. The Gorgonzola adds an amazing dimension to this absolutely delicious recipe. We have kept all the amazing and complex flavors but, have cut out the added sugar making this low glycemic, safe for diabetics and perfect for those who are watching their carbs. Bon Appetit!

For the pears:
2 1/2 cups fruity red wine, such as a Merlot or Zinfandel
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or tiny dash
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 whole cloves
1 medium dried bay leaf
1 teaspoon or a 3-1/2-inch rosemary sprig
2 medium firm pears

For the dressing:
2 tablespoon poaching liquid (what remains of the above mixture after poaching the pears)
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or tiny dash
Steviva Brand Stevia Powder
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad:
5 cups mixed escarole and frisée or spring salad mix, torn into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled

For the pears:

Combine all ingredients except pears in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring until Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of stevia powder is completely dissolved, about 8 minutes. Meanwhile, peel pears, leaving stems intact.

When the poaching liquid boils, reduce heat to low and add pears, laying them on their sides so that they are almost completely submerged. Turn the pears occasionally so that they cook evenly. Poach until they just give way when pierced with a knife, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from heat.

Cool the pears in the poaching liquid for 20 minutes, rotate them, and leave for 20 minutes more.

Remove the pears from the liquid, cut them in half, core, and dice into large bite sized pieces; set aside.

For the dressing:

Whisk poaching liquid, vinegar, salt, pepper, and Fructevia, Steviva Blend or a tiny dash of stevia powder in a small mixing bowl. While constantly whisking, slowly drizzle in oil until completely incorporated.

Season with additional salt and pepper as desired.

Salad Preparation:

Place greens in a large mixing bowl, add dressing, and toss to coat.

Divide greens among serving plates. Top with pears, walnuts, and Gorgonzola, and serve.

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