Healthy Snack Idea: Ants on a Log!

My husband and I don’t have kids yet, but if we did, we would definitely make them this snack!!  It is great for kids and adults alike – whether it be after school, after work, or even something to pack with you for a mid-day snack during the day!

My goal for the new year is to TRY to cut out cookies and to limit cheese (both of which are extremely hard for me because I love them both so much!)  So in an effort to eat a little more healthy, I have been trying to think of snacks that will not only satisfy my hunger, but also take care of that craving to munch on something!

So here’s what I came up with – Ants on a Log!  They are celery sticks filled with peanut butter, and then topped with raisins.

The celery is a great source of Vitamin C and Fiber as well as a good source of potassium and B Vitamins.  Peanut butter, not only an added source of B Vitamins, also packs in folate, fiber, and is a great source of protein.  Finally, raisins are great antioxidants and can help with bone health and eye health!

I actually read in the most recent January/February 2012 issue of Women’s Health Magazine, that raisins are “A cheaper, more nutritious option than sports gels and blocks.  Bikers pedaled just as hard when eating raisins as they did when popping sports jellybeans – and enjoyed the raisins more.  For long workouts, have a mini box every 20 minutes.”

So TAKE THAT cookies!  Unless you can prove to me what benefits you can give me besides tasting heavenly….you may need to sit on the shelf for a while, because I have a love affair with my new healthy snacks!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

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