Saturday, January 9, 2010
Ants on a log
Sometimes it's good to look back at childhood and remember what snacks you enjoyed then. Most of our parents tried to feed us healthy, but fun and tasty food most of the time. Really, as adults, don't we want the same thing?
Ants on a log is one of those ideas. My earliest memory of it is as a snack in kindergarten. It's one of those things that is fun to eat, but also is great when you're trying to eat well.
The reason it works so well is that it is a great balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein without bringing too many calories into the equation. It's crunchy, but sweet. The peanut butter helps to satisfy a craving for something a bit more decadent. When I'm craving a peanut butter and honey sandwich, this will usually fill that void, and in a much friendlier way to my waistline.
It's also super easy to make.
Take some celery. I don't measure the celery (don't you burn calories when you eat it anyways?), but it's good to be aware that more celery means you may want more toppings, so don't overdo it.
Spread some peanut butter on it. I like the natural peanut butter, the stuff that only has peanuts as an ingredient. This, you should measure. I like to use a kitchen scale, but a measuring spoon works if you don't have one. I used 15 grams, or 1 Tbsp on the serving you see above. Brings it in at about 100 calories.
Sprinkle and press some raisins into the peanut butter. Again, a good idea to measure the raisins. A serving is listed as a quarter cup, but I found that 15 grams or 2 Tbsp was plenty. About 50 calories there depending on the raisins you get. The raisins I buy are just Thompson raisins, but watch out because there are some kinds that have a lot more saturated fat. Read labels when you're shopping.