Ants on a log

Quick snack, great treat.

As September ends, we are well into the school year. The everyday hustle makes a very busy day. Often when children get home from school they are ready to snack on something. There is a lot to squeeze in between coming home from work or school and eating dinner. Michigan State University Extension recommends eating a healthy snack to provide a helpful boost of energy needed for homework, sports, dance and even socialization activities for children and parents alike.

A simple, economical and nutritious snack is ants on a log. Ants on a log consist of peanut butter spread on celery, topped with raisins. Peanuts are a good source of protein. Read What Foods are in the Protein Foods Group for a breakdown on peanut nutrition. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a great website to find recipes and will show you how to use peanuts and peanut butter.

According to the USDA peanut butter contains eight grams of protein and 238 milligrams of potassium per two tablespoons. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it’s recommended that 10 to 35 percent of your daily calories come from protein. What exactly is protein? The CDC defines protein as being composed of amino acids. Think of amino acids as building blocks. There are 20 different amino acids that join together to make all types of protein. Some of these amino acids aren’t produced by our bodies; these are known as essential amino acids. It’s essential that our diet provide these. Protein is found in the following foods:

  • Meats, poultry and fish
  • Legumes (dry beans and peas)
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Milk and milk products
  • Grains, some vegetables and some fruits (provide only small amounts of protein relative to other sources)

Ants on a log has been a favorite healthy snack for many years. Three simple ingredients combine for a delicious, nutritious, budget friendly after school snack that tastes like a real treat for hungry kids.

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