By: Carolina Rodriguez
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the benefits of healthy eating for children include supporting brain development, healthy growth, and helping to boosting immunity. A snack that contains both veggies and protein, like ants on a log, is a great combination for kids coming home from school as its packed with fats, protein, and fiber. This recipe is nutritious and encourages kids to eat healthfully by making it fun! Ants on a log are simple to make and have multiple variations for kids who are picky eaters or have allergies. The recipe calls for celery as your “log”, but some alternatives include using different fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apples, cucumbers, etc. Peanut butter makes a great filling, however some alternatives to peanut butter include hazelnut and almond butters. For kids with nut allergies, you can use alternatives such as cream cheese or Greek yogurt. As for your “ants” you can use any form of dried or fresh fruits, granola, crackers, and more.