We mentioned in our last article, Give Your Kids the Gift of Gardening for a Healthy Lifestyle, that kids love to help in the garden by planting, watering, and picking their fruits and vegetables. Getting them involved in the garden and kitchen encourages kids to eat healthier by trying vegetables/fruits that they would generally not try.
Here is a kid-friendly recipe snack, that is also a garden-to-kitchen recipe. Together you can pick the celery and prepare the nutritious snack.
Cinnamon Ants on a Log
- 4 stalks celery
- ½ cup of peanut butter
- ½ tsp. of cinnamon
- ¼ cup of raisins
Wash and dry the celery you’ve picked from your garden and cut the stalks into 3 pieces with the hollow side facing up. Spread the peanut butter (or a spread of your choice) into the hollow part of the celery; sprinkle with cinnamon; and arrange the raisins on top.
There are other creative versions of this classic snack:
- Craisins and strawberry or raspberry cream cheese for ladybugs on a log
- Grape halves and spreadable cheese for beetles on a log
- Animal crackers and peanut butter for zoo on a log
- Green olives and ranch dressing for frogs on a log
- Raspberries and a chocolate spread for fire ants on a log
If your child is allergic to peanut butter, here are some alternatives: yogurt, cottage cheese, or cream cheese as the spread. Get creative and have fun with this super easy recipe!