Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Chia Cookies

Adapted from Super Immunity – we found that the recipe was a little dry so we made a few small changes:

Makes about 22 cookies

  • 2 cups finely ground rolled oats – we used our Blendtec to process regular rolled oats – not the quick cook kind
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut – we like the fine as opposed to the shreds
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips – shoot for 73% if you can otherwise get the highest number you can get
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp raw almond butter – we like the Trader Joe’s brand
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked in 1/2 cup water for one hour or more
  • 1/8 cup Goji berries, soaked with the raisins above
  • 1 medium apple, cored
  • 1 tsp vanilla – make sure that you use the good stuff

Soak the 1/2 cup raisins and the 1/8 cup Goji berries in a 1/2 cup of water for an hour or more.

Preheat over to 200 degrees. Put the apple in the blender and puree until chopped, then add all of the rest of the wet ingredients (soaked raisins and Goji berries, almond butter & vanilla) and process until smooth.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir. Using two spoons, form into cookie size patties and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake at 200 degrees for 1 1/2 to 2 hours – you are basically dehydrating them – they will not change in size or shape so however you place them is how they will turn out.

Enjoy with coffee or tea

How To Save Money From Junk Mail

Junk mail comes through our mailbox almost everyday.  URGH!!!  but wait…how do you know if you are shopping at the right store if you never look at what they have to offer.  To save money you need to invest some time and effort to know that you are getting the best deals.  All deals are NOT found at Costco

Saving money on your groceries and household items is easier than you think.  Key to saving money on groceries is sales.  Sign up for online flyers for your local grocery stores.  Buy the Sunday paper for all the local store flyers. Check your mailbox mid week for grocery flyers.

Open safe junk in your inbox.  Maybe you signed up or this at the store and forgot.  I have coupons from DSW and Barnes and Noble on a weekly basis.  When you are at the store, search your phone email with keyword search to get the coupon.  Just knowing you saved the tax is enough to give you satisfaction and more $ in your pocket.

How To Banish Those Telemarketers

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Banish Those Telemarketers

Working from home has its pluses and minuses – one of the big minuses is all of the telemarketing calls we still get on our home phone – yes we still have one of those because a) my wife Kitty insists that we have a backup – it’s part of the mini-survivalist within her and b) it was free with the high speed internet – I mean its $40 with our without a phone line and since I can’t pass up free stuff, we got it.

One good thing about automation in the telemarketing industry is that most telemarketers have moved to an automated system which simply calls one number after another and only when the phone is picked up, does the call get passed to a human.

Use this “pause” to your advantage: the phone rings, I say “hello” – if there is no immediate hello back – and you know what I mean by immediate – if you hear any kind of pause or hesitation, just hang up. Their system will then mark that call as completed and either take you off the list or move you to the end of the queue. Computers are stupid – they think that the call was completed so they mark you off and move on.

How To Use Bean Coffee On The Cheap : A Sub $50 Burr Grinder

$25 Burr Grinder

As a coffee fan, you need a burr grinder – those cheapo blade grinders that you see simply chop and heat the beans, thus changing/ruining the taste. Why buy really good coffee beans and then subject them to a crappy grinder? I mean that’s like washing your new car with a dirty old washcloth.

But you say – burr grinders, while better, are a lot more expensive! Not so, i say – we saw this little guy at Target about 2 years ago and its still around the same price.

Don’t listen to the negative reviews: this is a pretty nice grinder for the price, the grind comes out perfect for cone drip coffee. We use is daily on the Blue Bottle and it turns out great.

Dial adjusts so you can set the texture exactly how you want – from very fine Turkish blend to coarse percolator grind. Dual safety mechanism ensures that unit will not operate unless top cover is closed and ground coffee receptacle is in place.

via Amazon.com: Black & Decker CBM210 Stainless Steel Burr Coffee Mill/Grinder: Kitchen & Dining.

You Need A New Laptop: Acer Aspire TimelineX

You Need A New Laptop

Yes, you do.

If your laptop is more than, say, 2 years old, you need a new laptop. Forget the Chromebooks, since you won’t have internet wherever you are. You’re best value and technology can now be found in a netbook. Like this one.

I am typing this blog post right now on the model below – highly recommended super fight and light and even has insane battery life – I’ve been able to get 6-8 hours in regular use – imagine how often you have to plug in your current laptop? This guy is fast and lean, and you can get it in 3 different screen sizes – personally as a road warrior I prefer the smallest, lightest screen, but with a dual core i7 its powerful enough to edit video and audio. If I have any complaint its that my own eyesight sometimes fails me – but you know, that’s what the zoom button in Chrome is for..

The next-generation of Acers popular “all day computing” lineup, the 11.6-inch Aspire TimelineX 1830 model AS1830T-68U118 is an ultra-portable powerhouse that weighs just over 3 pounds yet packs in a full-size keyboard and ultra-low voltage Intel Core 17 dual-core processing–with 4-way multitasking processor power to work on four tasks simultaneously.

via Amazon.com: Acer Aspire TimelineX AS1830T-68U118 11.6-Inch Laptop Black: Electronics.

Cafeteria Food…If You Want To Call it Food

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Cafeteria Food, If You Want To Call It Food

People are sending their children with “prepaid” cards for snacks and lunches to nourish their brains throughout the day.  For $2.75 a meal you get a “meal” that could be balanced if you REALLY try.

What’s on the menu?  Deep fried this or that with dip and sugar laced drink.  What the hell is “breakfast on a stick”?  YICK!

Gone are the days that children sat at the breakfast table and made their breakfast without the aid of a microwave or thaw button.  MMM…

Is there any fruit to go with the salty sugar charged carborific meal that one is to ingest?  No, because joe public does not know the first thing about balance meals.  The government pyramid was doing the public a disservice.  People even that the lettuce and tomato in their burger are actual vegetable servings!!!

Enter the “plate”  proportionate eating compared to other items on plate.  Makes sense but no mention of exercise and if you are a big eater kinda defeats the purpose.

Try to encourage your kids to eat the right foods.  You are only trying to teach them good eating habits.  You are the adult … act accordingly.

Self Medication ‘R Us

I tell you, if I has a nickel every time I went to the doctor and he prescribed antibiotics, I’d have, well, a whole lot of nickels.

It seems to me that it’s a no brainer to start to move some of these treatments out from under the “prescription” category, give adults a little bit of credit that they would be able to self medicate when it comes to antibiotics.

But no, we can’t have these over the counter now can we? Seems to me that this is more of a job creation and maintenance strategy than a healthcare strategy. Is there any real reason why we couldn’t take some of the older antibiotics which require a daily dose for 10 days and let people just take them on their own when they sense that they may have some kind of infection?

Just saying that its far past time that we took control of our health, including self medication on this front – it’s a bit sad that instead of moving towards more medical freedom, we are moving towards less medical freedom.

I have friends in the quantified self movement who self medicate all the time – if anything we should be moving towards more self control in medication as opposed to less. The only thing that is holding us back is the current political landscape – do we truly prefer to give us control of our bodies to some nameless bureaucrat?

What about doctors, you say? Sure, very important to be able to consult with a physician if you wish to – but having them as the arbiters of whether or not you can get medication or not, I feel that is simply wrong.

Simply put: we should have ultimate control over our own health – including medicine. Therefore we should be able to legally self medicate ourselves with whatever drug we see fit to.

If you think about it, we are better informed now than ever before – and due to the explosion of information and the ability to sort the best information – and come up with the optimum solution, there really is nothing but regulation holding us back from from optimum health.

The Best Offline Email Client & Calendar Solution

eM Client

Here is the situation – you use Gmail and are on a plane and would love to have the Outlook style offline experience. You’ve tried pretty much all of the offline email clients but everthing is either too slow, old or kludgey.

I too suffered in silence, looking high and low for a solution. Probably about once every 6 months I’d try again, only to find that really even after all of this time, there really was nothing decent out there.

Finally, after my last brush with losing my draft halfway through writing it due to a crappy internet connection, I came across eM Client. eMClient is the best offline mail and calendar solution I have found, bar none.

Even better – it’s free for a single account – which is perfect for those of us who have all of our mail come in via Gmail – I have 6 email accounts all flowing into my Gmail for free, and now into eMClient.

Highly recommended…go get it now 😉

We Love Coffee

We Love Coffee

We love coffee. It’s not just for the pick me up that you feel after that first rush, we also love the smell and taste of it – everything from strong black to lattes and Caramel Macchiatos (My favorite drink prior to getting on the Eat To Live diet – a Quad Venti Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel, whip cream and extra caramel on top of that – so good, but so bad!) But I digress.

Up until a few years ago, everywhere we had coffee, from Starbucks to, Peets, to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, to Tullys around here, and even places like Cafe Greco and Cafe Treiste in San Francisco and were still not happy. The coffee always had a bitter undertone to it – it wasn’t smooth.

One day, a colleague of mine brought in a bag of Blue Bottle coffee, which he picked up from a hotel stay in New York. He brewed a pot at the office and it was amazing! Deep, rich flavor, no bitterness at all. This coffee was so good you didn’t need to add anything – you could drink it black and it was satisfying – even the caffeine level was so good that you didn’t have to drink multiple cups a day to stay alert – normally with Starbucks or some other blend, I needed at least 2-4 cups a day – with Blue Bottle, it was 1.

As it turns out, Blue Bottle is based right here in the SF Bay area, with a factory up in Oakland. We first visited a small operation here in San Jose called Broken Door coffee which is sadly now closed, then started making the trek up to Blue Bottle in Oakland, usually once every two weeks in order to stock up.

There, we were introduced to their single cup filter drip method, which in our opinion, produced the best single cup coffee. You may have seen this elsewhere now, but back then a few years ago, it was pretty revolutionary. We were able to reproduce this at home pretty easily – all you need is one of those Japanese hot water pots, a cone filter holder (ceramic is better but plastic is fine), cone filters, a burr grinder and coffee.

My personal favorite is the Three Africans blend from Blue Bottle. In future posts, we’ll go into detail on all of this, but if you’ve motivated to jump in now, there’s some great videos of how to do it here…

How To Eat Healthier : Black & Decker Steamer

This IS The Steamer You Are Looking For

If you follow the Eat To Live Diet, or other similar low fat, high nutrient diets, I’ll bet you’ve been told that you need to need a lot of steamed vegetables. And I mean a lot – cups and cups a day. It was a huge pain for us to get a pot going, boil water, put the steamer basket in, put in the vegetables, track the time, and take them out when done. Well, this puppy does all that and more much more easily. Basically you fill it with water, put on the baskets, put the vegetables in the basket, then turn the timer dial to the amount of time you want the vegetables to steam. There is a handy guide in the box which give you an idea of how long to steam stuff. For example, the other day we had a bunch of leftover Swiss Chard from our organic weekly veg delivery and didn’t know what to do with it – so we put it in the steamer and set it to spinach. Fifteen minutes later – retro DING! – and it was done. Toss it in a little olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and bam delicious and nutritious meal – or side dish. If you are looking for a steamer (it cooks rice and eggs too) this is the one you want!: Black & Decker HS1000 Handy Steamer with Flavor Scenter Screen

For healthy, delicious meals in minutes, this countertop appliance can cook rice while simultaneously steaming vegetables, meat, or seafood. It provides a large 4-quart steam basket and a 5-cup rice bowl, as well as a built-in egg holder for cooking eggs. Simply set the adjustable countdown timer by turning the knob to the right for up to 75 minutes of cooking time. It will automatically shut-off and signal when the cooking time has ended. The units water window makes it easy to check the water level at a glance, and an external water-fill inlet allows for conveniently adding water anytime during operation. Even more, a unique built-in flavor-scenter screen provides added versatility; add herbs and spices and their flavor will infuse into the food. Other highlights include durable construction, a drip tray, and an easy-to-clean design. The food steamer measures approximately 12-1/5 by 9-1/5 by 10-2/5 inches.

via Amazon.com: Black & Decker HS1000 Handy Steamer with Flavor Scenter Screen: Kitchen & Dining.