Ethan Explains America Invades Cuba

Ethan Explains America Invades Cuba

President Obama ended the embargo of Cuba and now JetBlue has started regularly scheduled flights. I remember seeing glamorous pictures of Havana from the 1950s and always wanted to go, but couldn’t because of the nearly world-ending, Cold War Era Cuban Missile Crisis.

Whether you agreed with the ending of the embargo, now we can go, Still no freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, or releasing political prisoners. You know, basic platforms of United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Since the President didn’t directly negotiate for change in Cuba will a flood of American tourists create the change that so many seek?

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Better Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten-Free

Better Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten-Free

I am always working to make better tasting and healthier cookies for my family. Who doesn’t want a delicious snack that satisfies a sweet tooth while being packed with nutrition?

These peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies are my best ones yet. New to these from my earlier recipes is the substitution of Ghee for butter and the addition of powerful medium chain triglycerides from coconut oil, plus delicious peanut butter.

New Ingredients

Ghee

Ghee has been used in Indian cuisine for ages. It has a much higher smoke point than butter (485°F for ghee versus 302°F for butter) and has a long list of healthier attributes. According to The Times of India, “Lab studies have shown ghee to reduce cholesterol both in the serum and intestine. It does it by triggering an increased secretion of biliary lipids. Ghee is also good for nerves and brain. It helps control eye pressure and is beneficial to glaucoma patients. Ghee is most notably said to stimulate the secretion of stomach acids to help with digestion, while other fats, such as butter and oils, slow down the digestive process and can sit heavy in the stomach. Ghee is rich with antioxidants and acts as an aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, serving to strengthen the immune system. A high concentration of butyric acid, a fatty acid that contains anti-viral properties, is believed to inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors.”

Medium Chain Triglycerides

Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are something new to my cooking repertoire. My wife and I have used coconut oil before but not filtered MCT. According to the Cleveland Clinic Wellness, “They have been shown to lower weight, and to decrease metabolic syndrome, abdominal obesity, and inflammatory markers. They decrease appetite when taken with or before a meal and are quite palatable. MCTs, when taken during pregnancy, prevented obesity for children later in life. MCTs decrease triglyceride cholesterol levels and raise HDL (healthy) cholesterol, which causes the total cholesterol value to rise as well, but for a good reason. MCTs have an unusual chemical structure that allows the body to digest them easily. Absorbed intact, they are taken straight to the liver and used directly for energy. In this way, they are processed more like carbohydrates than like other fats.”

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has been a favorite of mine since a childhood involving piles of PB&J sandwiches. Peanut butter is filling, relatively high fiber and protein, delicious, but has other beneficial attributes with which you might not be familiar. According to Prevention, “A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1 ounce of nuts or peanut butter (about 2 tablespoons) at least 5 days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%.”

Now back to the peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies.

Ingredients:

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put everything in the mixing bowl except the butter. Then warm the ghee until liquid (I do it in a microwave safe ceramic dish) and pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Run the mixer blending thoroughly until it starts forming a nice dough ball. Put in refrigerator for a few minutes if you find the mixture too sticky to work with. Line a cookie sheet (or two) with parchment paper or butter the cookie sheet. I use a tablespoon and a half per cookie from a melon baller style cookie scoop. Bake for 13 minutes or brown to your liking. Move the cookies to a cooling rack for a couple of minutes and enjoy!

This recipe takes me about 15  minutes to prep and about 10 minutes for clean up in the kitchen. Makes 40-45 cookies, depending on size.

These are sweet and delicious and my family wipes them out quickly without feeling heavy or gross and they have minimal effect on blood sugars as all of the ingredients are no or low glycemic.

Nutrition Data

Calories Fat (g) Tot Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Whey 500 8 6 0 6 100
Almond 320 28 12 6 2 12
Peanut Butter 752 64 24 8 12 32
Sweetener 0 0 64 0 0 0
MCT Oil 126 14 0 0 0 0
Ghee 784 91 0 0 0 0
Baking Soda 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vanilla 19 0 1 0 1 0
Pecans 290 30 6 5 2 5
Walnuts 392 39 8 4 2 9
Choc. chips 140 10 16 4 12 2
Egg 72 5 0 0 0 6
TOTAL 3395 289 137 27 37 166
Per cookie 77 7 3 1 1 4

Assume 44 cookies per batch, data from labels and websites

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookie
Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ethan Explains Curated News Problems

Ethan Explains Curated News Problems

The Internet was supposed to let information be free for everyone to access and review. That has turned out not to necessarily be the case since we want others to do the work for us: curated news.

So now we have human bias entering in new ways where we thought we were getting news. See the Facebook trending scandal, the Twitter censorship issues, and my story in the video about Apple News.

Many supposed news sites I see people link to on social media are not news sites, but biased blogs to get you to think or see things a very specific way. As a liberal do you link to Think Progress, Raw Story, or Occupy Democrats. If you are conservative are you always linking to World News Daily, Young Conservatives, or Breitbart? Try reading other points of view and occasionally go to actual news sources for news, not just places with an axe to grind for political points.

Where do you turn for news and why are you limiting yourself to sites that confirm your bias? All news is curated news in some form, but too many today have a purpose in their bias.

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Ethan Explains Robotic Drone Delivery

Ethan Explains Robotic Drone Delivery

Are you ready to have robotic drones flying and buzzing overhead, freeing up our streets, so we can have rapid and efficient delivery? We know Amazon and Google have been working on this for awhile now.

And beating them to the punch is Domino’s Pizza in New Zealand who demonstrated a drone delivering pizza. They plan to begin service before the end of this year! How about that, hot and fresh pizza dropping down from the sky? Sounds like the weather forecast is cloudy with a chance of pizza.

Are you ready for our robotic overlords to descend from the skies while pushing out low-skill workers in the name of efficiency and cost-effectiveness?

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Ethan Explains EpiPen Hypocrisy

Ethan Explains EpiPen Hypocrisy

Mylan, the maker of the life saving EpiPen, has jacked the price from $100 per pair to over $500 per pair. Yes, the EpiPen that people with severe allergies must carry and change out once per year if not used.

The problem is the CEO, Heather Bresch, got a nice salary raise from just over $2 million per year to $18 million per year in that same time.

Further, she is the daughter of Democrat Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia.

Do as I say, not as I do. And now Mylan is backpedaling.

Our leaders are ripping us off and not leading by example. This is just the latest outrage.

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Ethan Explains Sick At Work

Ethan Explains Sick At Work

Why do you go to work sick (or send your kids to school sick)? We know that rest is important and not making everyone else sick is the thoughtful thing to do. New research shows that lab mice quarantine themselves (looking at you Kaci Hickox).

The question is whether your selfish motives are more important than all of the other people around you. Is that it, are you selfish or is your workplace so competitive that you can never take a day off?

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Ethan Explains Bernie Should Support Jill

Ethan Explains Bernie Should Support Jill

Dr. Jill Stein is running for President on the Green Party ticket. For the Senator Bernie Sanders supporters, she appears to be a natural fit for them. Why aren’t they or you supporting Jill?

Take a look at her platform positions like: A Green New Deal, Jobs as a Right, End Poverty, Health Care as a Right, Education as a Right, A Just Economy, Protect Mother Earth, and more. This fits with Bernie, right?

The polls show Dr. Stein from as low as 0% support in Mississippi to 7% in Colorado. So, your circular argument that she isn’t high enough in the polls is YOUR fault if you don’t support her.

Please comment below and tell me Bernie supporters, why don’t you support Dr. Jill Stein?

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Ethan on Fox News Election HQ Never Clinton

I had the pleasure of joining host Leland Vittert and fellow guest Karine Jean-Pierre on Fox News Channel Election HQ on August 21, 2016.

We discussed the Hillary Clinton campaign moving forward with plans as they expect to win. I share my take on that and then dive into the Clinton scandals while suggesting Donald Trump “stay in the shadows instead of spewing shadowy language.”

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Ethan Explains Smart Thermal Solar

Ethan Explains Smart Thermal Solar

With all of the talk about how climate change is dire and deadly while President Obama just declared it as, “one of the most urgent challenges of our time.” According to the president and others it is climate change and not terrorism, poisons killing us and bees, or other host of things actually killing us today. What intelligent and simple solutions are being pushed? None, of course.

The smartest and oldest of all is passive or active thermal solar. Did you know that almost anywhere in the United States (or world for that matter) you can install a simple rooftop system for generating most or all of your hot water from the sun, this includes heating your pool in addition to showering, dish washing, and laundry. Further, these systems can be inexpensive to install, like $300-$1000.

Politicians don’t like simple, economical energy efficient solutions because they can’t talk about all the jobs they created or get new billionaires to fund their campaigns through their crony capitalistic ways.

Take a look at some of the these simple Do It Yourself (DIY) solutions and learn more from the Department of Energy:

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Part Deux – Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Picture Copyright Ethan Bearman 2016Part Deux – Lower Carb, Lower Glycemic, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

You saw my previous recipe, right? I continue to work on the recipe and have a new and improved version!

This one is even more nutritious and delicious, all while reducing the blood glucose load on my child with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). And here is a short PSA from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation:

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

Now back to the cookies.

Ingredients:

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Put everything in the mixing bowl except the butter. Then melt the butter (I do it in a microwave safe ceramic dish) and pour over the ingredients in the bowl. Run the mixer blending thoroughly until it starts forming a nice dough ball. Put in refrigerator for a few minutes if you find the mixture too sticky to work with. Line a cookie sheet (or two) with parchment paper or butter the cookie sheet. I use a tablespoon or so per cookie from a melon baller style cookie scoop. Bake for 13 minutes or brown to your liking. Move the cookies to a cooling rack for a couple of minutes and enjoy!

This recipe takes me about 10-15 minutes to prep and about 10 minutes for clean up in the kitchen. Makes 25-35 cookies, depending on size

These are sweet and delicious and my family wipes them out quickly without feeling heavy or gross and they have minimal effect on blood sugars as all of the ingredients are no or low glycemic.

Nutrition Data

Calories Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Potassium (mg) Sodium (mg) Tot Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Whey 500 8 200 500 220 6 0 6 100
Almond 320 28 0 0 20 12 6 2 12
Sweetener 0 0 0 0 0 64 0 0 0
Dolcedi 84 0 0 0 0 20 0 20 0
Butter 813 92 244 27 653 0 0 0 1
Baking Soda 0 0 0 0 629 0 0 0 0
Vanilla 19 0 0 10 0 1 0 1 0
Pecans 290 30 0 173 0 6 5 2 5
Walnuts 392 39 0 265 1 8 4 2 9
Choc chips 140 10 0 170 4 16 4 12 2
Egg 72 5 186 67 70 0 0 0 6
TOTAL 2630 212 630 1212 1597 133 19 45 135
Per cookie 75 6 18 35 46 4 1 1 4

Assume 35 cookies per batch, data from labels and websites