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Ants on a Log
This combo of celery, peanut butter, and raisins brings back happy childhood snack memories and were staples on picnics and poolside. Of course, now there’s a much more impressive array of nut and seed butters on the market to choose from: sunflower seed, almond, cashew, and macadamia, beyond the traditional peanut butter. Any variety you choose will help make ants on a log into a filling, protein-rich snack. For another option, replace the raisins with dried cranberries or make frogs on a log with some sliced strawberries.
Camp counselors and parents agree: trail mix is THE snack of choice to keep kids going, whether it’s during a midsummer’s hike, a marathon play session at the park, or during some unexpected traffic while driving around town. The best part of trail mix (other than eating it, of course!) is that making it can be a fun activity for everyone. Create a big batch and let everyone throw in their favorite ingredients, or have each child pick his own selection and put it in a reusable snack container. Try chopped nuts, pumpkin seeds, granola, raisins, baked banana chips, carob chips, organic cereal, pretzel bits, and coconut flakes. Tasting each other’s creations is encouraged! For another portable treehugger treat, make some homemade granola bars.
Much, much tastier than those old-school infomercial chia pets looked. Chia seeds are delicious, comforting, and packed with protein and fiber. The finished product also looks like some kind of intergalactic goo, which is a plus for most kids. According to Living Raw Food, the latest cookbook from the raw restaurant Pure Food and Wine, you can simply use a 3:1 milk-of-your-choice to chia ratio; about 1/4 cup of chia per child is a healthy-sized portion. Swirl in some agave or maple syrup to taste and a few dashes of sweet spices like cinnamon and ginger. Then let the mixture chill in the fridge (or in front of the expectant eyes of some curious little observers).
Note: This snack requires a bit of time prep as the chia takes about 30 minutes to absorb the liquid. It also tastes better cold, so this isn’t one we’d recommend carrying along with you on a day out unless you’re bringing a cooler. It can, however, be prepared the night or even a few days before, then kept covered, for an easy treat that kids can pull out of the fridge and eat when needing some extra energy. We also love it for breakfast.
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