Return To An Old Favorite Snack (With A Twist)

January 23, 2012   8 Comments

Sometimes we need a little inspiration to make a healthy snack. We get into snack ruts because we are super busy.

Ants On A Log Recipe

Well, check out those lovely "ants on a log" above. Don't they look yummy?

I made them with whipped cream cheese and then I added either ants (raisins) or chile powder. This last spice decision is left up to YOU. Are you in a sweet or spicy mood? Grab some cinnamon, black pepper, salt, whatever!

I used only 1/2 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese in each of these snacks. Here is the nutritional information for the whipped cream cheese:

30 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 35 mg sodium, 1 Points+

A five inch stalk of celery has TWO (count 'em 1...2!) calories so you can do the math here.

Basically, you are using a wee bit of fatty goodness to eat an extremely good source of fiber. You get a great CRUNCH which may help you avoid those evil critters: potato chips.

Other toppings for celery:

  • peanut butter or any other nut butter (almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc.)
  • use dried cranberries instead of raisins
  • cayenne pepper or curry powder instead of chili powder

Do these things ever go out of style? I certainly hope not. Your kids won't even notice that they are eating celery if you tell them they are FROGS eating up the ants on a log.

What do you put on your celery sticks?

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Very creative and looks delicious. I usually have my celery with some laughing cow cheese or peanut butter.

If you want even fewer calories, try my latest addiction - celery with salsa. Use celery sticks just like tortilla chips and dip away! It's FANTASTIC and you hardly miss the chips because you still get a great crunch. TRY IT!

My daughter thinks it's the coolest when I let her have "snack lunch". It involves chopped veggies and fruit, a little bit of peanut butter for the dipping, and a couple whole grain crackers or a piece of toast. My fiance thinks it's the coolest too. Win!

Oh my gosh, Angie, I was actually planning on snacking on some salsa and celery later today! I love dipping celery/romaine hearts in salsa for that exact reason; it provides a wonderful crunch.

There's so many things you could use if you think about it! Hummus and celery; egg salad using LF mayo on celery; cottage cheese on celery; or add herbs and spices to the cream cheese for added flavor. The list could go on and on.

I definitely find celery is a great replacement for crackers and bread, but I could never sell it to my kids, even with the ants on a log!

I love garlic powder in my cream cheese!

I enjoy celery with some red pepper hummus, very good.

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