As a child, my mother would find means and ways for us to ingest our daily vegetables. One of the ways that left a lasting impression on me was the healthy snack, named ‘ants on a log’.
No Ants Were Harmed In The Making of This Healthy Snack for Kids
Rest assured, this snack for kids does not call for either real ants nor a real log. However, the visual combination of raisins gleefully sitting on a peanut butter-coated raw celery stick has stuck in my mind ever since childhood – much like super-sticky peanut butter.
Essentially, to make this visually arresting snack, raisins are used as ‘ants’ and a peanut butter coated celery stick represents the log.
Substitute As You See Fit
However, as my children are not big (nor small) fans of raw celery sticks, I chose to substitute the celery with raw cucumber. And, they absolutely loved it.
You can save your preparation time and turn this into a fun food activity by making your kids do up the snack on their own. A win-win solution, hey!
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Here’s how you make this tantalising snack.
Ants on a Log
Raw celery or cucumber sticks
Peanut butter (you can opt for the sugarless version for a healthy choice)
A butter knife or plastic knife (whichever is age appropriate to your child)
- Cut up the raw celery or cucumber in thick sticks, resembling logs. Put them in one compartment or one side of the plate.
- Dish out some peanut butter and portion out some raisins, to be placed on the same plate.
- Hand the plate to your child and watch as they wow you as they construction their ‘ants on a log’ masterpiece. Join in the fun and make your very own too!
This super easy and healthy snack-activity will definitely win over small tummies and big hearts. Enjoy!