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Green Goes Simple: Eco-eating: Homemade Granola

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Eco-eating: Homemade Granola
By Sara Kramer for Green Goes Simple

What could be greener than granola? Whip up your own batch: It’s planet-friendlier than the store-bought stuff -- and just as tasty! Fortunately, making homemade granola couldn’t be easier. Scrap the packaging, save some dollars and go green-ola with our recipe.

Maple-pecan and coconut-cashew are classic combinations, but don’t hesitate to get fancy with sesame seeds or a pinch of cayenne. This is your homemade granola -- customize as you see fit!

Homemade Granola

Preheat oven to 275 F.In a bowl, combine rolled oats (barley and quinoa flakes are a nice variety) with nuts and seeds of your choosing.In another bowl, combine oil or butter with a sweetener. (Think brown sugar, honey or maple syrup.)Warm the bowl to melt butter and dissolve sugar. (Note: An oil-and-maple syrup combination won’t require heat.)Pour the sweetener over oats and mix well, adding salt and/or spices to taste. Pour e…

Green Goes Simple: The Green Scoop

Green Lessons From Kids
By Andrea Kasprzak for Green Goes Simple

Planet-friendly parenting has never been easier: You can shop for sustainable baby clothes online, scour blogs for healthy recipes and chat with other green-minded moms on discussion boards. But don’t forget about the tiny resource residing right under your roof!

As conservation becomes a regular part of the school day, kids are taking the knowledge home with them and becoming eco-advocates and educators in the household. Just in time for Mother’s Day, three moms share their favorite nuggets of eco-wisdom from the youngest members of their families.

As the CEO of a site that sells organic green cosmetics and body care products, Tara Verkuil epitomizes the eco-chic lifestyle. Still, she finds herself amazed at the wealth of knowledge she gains from her daughter, Lucy. “Lucy came home and informed me that, although she should eat all of her dinner, it didn’t matter because it all turned to dirt anyway. It took me a few mom…