Klean Kids: Ants on a Log Rollup

Ahhh the joys of making Ants on a Log. Just the thought brings me back to when I was a wee little thing in elementary school. If you haven’t made or eaten Ants on a Log, it’s essentially peanut butter spread on celery stalks with raisins on top. Sound easy? Well that it is!

Ants on a Log

(photo courtesy of bonfire health.com)

The other day, craving Ants on a Log but looking for a something a bit more substantial and with a little more fiber, I made a rollup version. Hesitant about how it might turn out, it was surprisingly quite delicious!

Now some people may think that celery lacks nutrition, but in fact it has several good things going for it! One serving of celery has approximately 10% of the recommended daily value of potassium, folate, and vitamin A, and 40% recommended daily value of vitamin K (a necessary nutrient that helps blot to clot normally). It also has calcium, magnesium, manganese, and vitamin C. These vitamins and minerals are vital to building a strong vision, bones, and immune system (not to mention healthy skin!).

Besides vitamins and minerals, celery contains two types of flavonoids (apigenin and luteolin) that may help prevent cancer, as well as inflammatory and cardiovascular diseases. And finally, celery contains phthalates, a type of phytochemical known to lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones.

Ants on a Log Rollup is a healthy, yummy snack for both kids and adults alike!

Ants on a Log Rollup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Tortilla or other preferred wrap (I like Sonoma Organic Wraps – pictured below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: It is important to buy celery organic as it has one of the highest pesticide residue levels!

Directions:

  1. Spread peanut butter over entire length of wrap
  2. Line chopped celery down the center of wrap
  3. Sprinkle over raisins
  4. Wrap up, and enjoy!
Resources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/341175-celery-health-benefits/?utm_source=popslideshow&utm_medium=a1
http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2396/2

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