Getting your kids to eat their raw veggies can be a chore. Make the task easier and a lot more fun! By adding a few new twists on the old celery snack ‘bugs on a log’ made with cream cheese and raisins, and then incorporating a game, you and your kids can have a great time…and a healthy snack!
Tools and Ingredients:
- Celery Stalks, washed and ready to eat (these will be your logs)
- Cream cheese (spreadable works best)
- Carrot match sticks (you can buy these prepackaged at the store)
- Chocolate chips
- Sesame seeds
- Poppy seeds
- Spinach sliced like ribbons
- Pine nuts
- A camera (optional)
After washing and drying celery stalks, put to one side. Be sure that the celery is completely dry before starting to ‘stuff’ as it’s difficult for any filling to adhere to a damp stalk
Stir the cream cheese a bit to soften it up, then apply a medium-thick layer to the inside curve of the celery stalk.
Depending upon your choice of ‘bug’, place your ingredients, like dots up and down the celery stalk, sticking them into firmly into the cream cheese.
I like to use the following alternative as ‘bugs’
Raisins (the old classic!) = ants
Carrot match sticks = caterpillars, centipedes or worms
Sesame seeds = gross baby bug larvae (my son likes these ;))
Poppy seeds = baby ants
Pine nuts = rolly polies/potato bugs
Shredded or ‘ribboned’ spinach = caterpillars or green worms
Chocolate chips = for a dessert bug log that tastes great
Let your kids pretend they are frogs in a pond. See which child can eat their bugs (and log!) in the most realistic froggy fashion. Let them know it’s OK to stick out their tongues during this game and it’s sure to be a hit!
For a lengthier activity, lay out all of the potential ‘bug’ ingredients in colorful bowls, and arrange them in the center of a table. Have your children ‘stuff’ their own celery logs with their choice of peanut butter, cream cheese or Cheeze Whiz, and then add their own ingredients.
This activity gives kids a great sense of independence and also allows them to enjoy eating a healthy, fun snack.
Take pictures! You’ll be surprised at how much smiling and laughing takes place while eating and playing 🙂