I recently had the honor of volunteering at a local elementary school to teach kids about the importance of preparing and eating healthy after school snacks. Of course, when I asked them about their favorite foods, they answered pizza, French fries and macaroni and cheese. I told them that those were my some of my favorites too, but unfortunately, if I ate those foods all of time, I wouldn’t feel very good and wouldn’t want to play with my friends.
The theme of the evening was Science Night, so the kids were learning about stretching and exercises as well. As I talked with them, I asked them what their bodies needed in order to do all of the fun stretches and exercises they had just learned. Energy! This isn’t anything new. We all know this. Our bodies are machines and food is our fuel for energy.
The school set up an interactive experience for the kids and their families and decided to have me demonstrate how to make “Ants on a Log”. If you aren’t familiar with this culinary creation, let me enlighten you. There are only three ingredients: celery, peanut butter and raisins which equal fiber, protein, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. All of this is packed into a quick, fun and easy afternoon snack that the kids can assemble themselves! If there are any nut allergies in the house, try Sunbutter which is made from sunflower seeds.
Another cool fact about this healthy snack is that it hits several key notes to a great dish. It has different color, several textures and it is sweet, salty and refreshing. If you aren’t a big fan of celery, try it with an apple instead!
Ultimately, this experience spoke to me because our mission at The Chopping Block is “to get the country to cook.” That’s why we offer cooking classes for all ages. It’s never too early to start planning summer camps for the kids. Our camps for kids and teens start June 8th at Lincoln Square, and of course, there are weekend classes between now and then. Check out our calendar!