Celery, peanut butter and raisins combined? It is one of the greatest snacks, especially when you’re aiming to get the little ones (or yourself) to eat healthier. Ants on a Log is a great way to make a child’s school lunch, brunch, or after school snack a little more fun.
The combination of textures and salty and sweet flavors have made this snack widely popular and hugely loved. You have the creamy butter meeting the crunchy celery and the sweetness of the raisin meeting the saltiness of the peanut butter in one bite.
Fantastic Everyday Snack!
What are Ants on a Log?
Ants on a log is a snack basically made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top. The snack and its name were first introduced in the 1950’s.
Also, the classic peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois. Moreover, children are always attracted to its fun name and simple flavors.
My mother is a teacher and I have always had a passion for creating fun meals and healthy snacks. This is a snack that always feels like a game when making it with your kids or students. Moreover, Ants on a log can be made in so many different ways.
Four Different Variations of Ants on a Log
The hilarious part is that there are other funny names for every other version of Ants on a Log.
Here are the Four Other Names and Their Meanings:
- Ants on vacation: without “ants” (raisins).
- On a Slip ‘n Slide Ants: add honey on top of the peanut butter before adding raisins.
- Ants in the Pants: without peanut butter spread (the brown “log”).
- Fire ants on a log: substitute dried cranberries for raisins.
Ants on a Log is the Winner Snack
With the various types of snacks you can find around the store, Ants on a Log is the winner snack, and here’s why:
It is Economical
To begin with, ants on a Log is made from pretty inexpensive ingredients. Of course, if you want to go all out and get all of the ingredients, you can find what you need in the closest and smallest store.
It is Healthy
Celery is full of fibers which help your digestion. Peanut butter is loaded with protein. Raisins are fruits that took a sun bath. What’s not healthy about it?
Anyone Can Make It (and at Any Time)
Adding to that, any kid at aged 3 or older can spread some peanut butter onto a celery stalk. It is even considered an educational and fun game for your children.
Moreover, they can, after spreading peanut butter on the celery, count the raisins they want to put as “Ants” on the “Log”(celery).
Four Healthy Benefits of Having Celery as a Daily Snack
- Celery is a great source of important antioxidants. In addition to having loads of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene, one stalk of celery has at least 12 additional kinds of antioxidants nutrients. Antioxidants protect cells, blood vessels, and organs from oxidative damage.
- It reduces inflammation. Celery and celery seeds have approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds that protect against inflammation in the body.
- Celery supports digestion. While it protects the entire digestive tract with its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, celery may benefit the stomach, too. The Apiuman compound found in celery has shown to decrease the instances of stomach ulcers and improve the lining of the stomach. Also, the high water content in celery –almost 95 percent- supports a healthy digestive tract and keep you regular.
- Celery is rich in vitamins and minerals. When eating celery, your body will enjoy vitamins A, K, and C, plus minerals like Potassium and Folate. It is also law in Sodium.
Isn’t This Fun!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Ants on a log is a quick, easy and simple snack. It has enough protein and fibers to boost your energy. It is very suitable for brunches or after-school snack for your hungry children.
The recipe appears in Girl Scout cookbooks dating to 1946. But, no one knows who exactly invented this snack.
Each serving has 190 calories, 14 g carbohydrate, 13 g fat, and 6 g protein.
Not only does it taste fantastic, but it is also a snack fueled with the right mix of good fat, protein, and fiber.
You can definitely choose to stick to these traditional ingredients. However, this snack is very flexible, and can be made with whatever you have available at home.
- Stalks of celery: if you don’t have celery, or your kids are not a huge fan of it, then you can use apples cut into wedges, pears, carrots, or even cucumbers. You will most definitely adjust the filling according to the “log” chosen.
- Peanut butter: some people can be allergic to peanut butter, so you can switch it with any filling you might consider fit. You can opt for cream cheese, yogurt, cream cheese frosting, or even hummus.
- Raisins: for the ants 🙂 you can get as creative as you like. You can add dried or fresh fruits, chocolate chips, seeds, sprinkles, shredded coconut, granola, or even olives (for savory ants on a log).
Simple Steps to Have Your Ants on a Log Snack
First, wash the celery very well. Next, cut off the top and end pieces. Then, make sure you dry celery well.
Then, spread peanut butter down the middle of the celery stalk.
Finally, put on top of the celery and peanut butter stalk as much raisins as you or your children desire or as advised in the recipe card.
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Ants on a Log: The Greatest Snack
- 3 stalks of celery
- ¼ peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons raisins about 4 raisins on each log
- Wash celery very well.
- Cut off the top and end pieces.
- Make sure you dry celery well.
- Spread peanut butter down the middle of the celery stalk.
- Top with raisins.