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Quack Quack: Healthy snack alert!

photo credit Little Duck Organics

The packaging, the idea, the ingredients, the taste, everything from Little Duck Organics is just perfect.  I recently stumbled across these yummy and adorable toddler treats and immediately bought some for my niece and nephew.  Needless to say, they were a hit!  You can’t go wrong with these three delicious blends (Mango+Strawberry, Blueberry+Apple, Banana+Apple.)  Did I mention, snacks come from 100% real organic fruit? They sure do.  Not only does Little Duck promote healthy eating, they’re more than concerned with sustainability and the global community. Right on!  Check them out here: Little Duck Organics

The Edible Schoolyard

photo credit: the edible schoolyard

The other day I read an article about “The edible schoolyard.”  The name alone caught my attention and once I learned more about it, I was hooked.  Here’s the idea: The edible schoolyard (a program of the Chez Panisse Foundation) is a one-acre sized, organic garden and kitchen classroom for public school students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkley, CA.  While more and more edible schoolyards are popping up across the United States students and teachers from MLK JR. Middle School seem to have it down.  Students participate in all aspects of the garden including, growing,  harvesting, food prep, etc. What an amazing way to teach your kids about nutrition and natural, healthy eating! I love it! To learn more about The edible schoolyard click here. The website and idea in general are a great resource as well as inspiration for starting your own organic garden at home, in your classroom, or even at the workplace! Cheers to healthy, organic growing AND eating!

Going granola

photo credit taste of home

Literally.  Sure, we at B nature like to live a “granola” lifestyle (who wouldn’t?!) and now we want to share with you a delicious, organic way to start your morning- Homemade Granola!  Here’s what you need:

Standard Granola recipe

5 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic honey

1/3 cup organic canola oil

Crispy Granola recipe

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup organic sunflower seeds

1/4 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes

1/4 cup organic sesame seeds

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup organic flax seeds

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

1/4 cup organic brown sugar

2 tablespoons organic canola oil

1 tablespoon organic butter, melted

1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Let the yum process begin!

Standard:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine honey, oil and salt in saucepan. Heat until just warm. In a large bowl, add the warmed liquid ingredients to the oats and stir until well combined. Spread mixture evenly in a shallow roasting pan or cookie sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes, stirring and respreading every 5 minutes until light and golden brown, Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.  Then feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, fresh fruit, yogurt or served over milk. Enjoy!

Crispy:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F.  Stir together oats, nuts, seeds and flakes in large bowl.  Stir brown sugar, cinnamon, oil and vanilla into melted butter.  Pour butter-sugar-oil mixture slowly over dry ingredients while stirring it all together.  Small clumps are fine.  Pour the raw granola onto a cookie sheet or other flat pan and put in the oven for an hour or so.  Stir about every 15 minutes.  When its crispy to your liking, let it cool.  Keep in airtight container for maximum crispiness! Then feel free to add your favorite dried fruit, fresh fruit, yogurt or served over milk. Enjoy!