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Ants on a Log Recipe
It can be a challenge to get kids to eat healthy treats. Ants on a Log, when made properly, can be delicious, nutritious, and nicely low carb.
You're not actually eating ants in this recipe! Instead, you're using celery, peanut butter, and raisins to give the impression of ants merrily walking along a log.
4 stalks celery
3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
1/8 cup raisins
Wash the celery and cut it into 3 inch lengths. Spoon some peanut butter down the center of each celery piece, making a bed. Then place the raisins along that length.
Celery is a fantastic food for all ages to learn to love. It is rich in fiber, filling, and has very few calories. There's only 0.6g of carbs for an entire stalk of celery - plus it provides 0.6g of fiber at the same time. It's even got potassium in it.
Natural peanut butter carb values vary wildly from brand to brand. You could always make your own, of course! Far healthier for you. But assume about 3g of carb per tablespoon from the peanut's natural starches.
Raisins, of course, are the part to keep an eye on. Raisins are nature's candy. 1/8th cup of raisins has about 4g of carbs in it.
So what this comes out to in carb count all depends on how heavy or light you go with the items. If you make this mostly celery with a thin layer of natural peanut butter topped by a few raisins, you can do quite nicely. If you completely pack the celery with thick, higher-carb style peanut butter and then layer on a mount of raisins as if the Army Ants are Invading Alabama, well, you'd better be planning to do a whole lot of raking or lawn-mowing afterwards.
Still, if you were reaching for a box of Oreos or that pint of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, you'll definitely do much better by having these as an alternative.
For other flavor options, try currants or cran-raisins instead of the raisins.
If you're helping kids make this, pre-cut the celery into the right size. That way all they have to do is grab the celery, spoon out some peanut butter, and sprinkle on the raisins!
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