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Healthy Snack-Time Treats

Ants on a Log or Apple Ladybugs might be just the pick-me-up your child needs.

By Miriam Myers , GreatSchools Staff

Snack Time

Healthy snacks help kids re-energize throughout their active day. Make sure the portion size is small so the snack will not interfere with meals. Enjoy some of these healthy snack ideas:

  • Sliced fresh fruit served with low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat yogurt
  • Whole wheat bread sticks, baked tortilla chips or baked pita chips to dip in guacamole or hummus
  • Cut raw vegetables to dip in hummus or low-fat ranch dressing
  • Apple slices with sliced cheese or peanut butter

Try out these insect-inspired snacks. Your kids will take pleasure in making and eating these healthy treats!

Ants on a Log


  • 2 celery sticks
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter or cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons raisins


Cut the ends off of the celery sticks. Fill the center of the celery with peanut butter or cream cheese (logs). Press the raisins (ants) gently into the top of the peanut butter or cream cheese.

Apple Ladybugs


  • 2 red apples
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter or cream cheese
  • 8 thin pretzel sticks


Slice the apples in half and remove the cores. Place each apple half flat side down on a plate. Apply a dab of peanut butter or cream cheese on to the back of each apple half. Stick raisins onto the dabs for spots and eyes. Stick three pretzels on each side of the apple to make the legs. Stick two pretzels into the apple to make the antennae.

Comments from readers

"I would like to get my children's grammer school to become a Healthly Great School. I need help convincing the principle. Can you help? Maybe refer me to great articles on healthy snack vendors for Queens, NY."
"this is really helpful im in a childcare class and we have to make a healthy snack for children for a project. "
"hey you guys really helped me with this article because in my class we always have debates on different subjects and todays subject was only healthy snacks should be allowed in school and im on the cons side and i had to get research on that to support my mark and this will defintanly help my mark thanks keep on rockin guys "
"you could always use cream cheese in place of peanut butter in your celery"
"These are some great ideas! I can't wait to try them out for size!"
"Can't wait to try some of these recipies. Frozen bananas are a big hit with my family. Peel the banana, slice in half, insert popsicle stick, lay on cookie sheet in freezer,after frozen dip in your favorite flavor of yogart and roll in rice krispies-Yum!!"
"These foods are great. But my kids sometimes see right through them, like the ants on the log. They realize that it is just celery with peanutbutter and raisins.I think to make them better, you might want to subsitute the raisins with a few chocolate chips. This way, they'll have great treats that are healthy and even more delicious."
"1 apple 1 banana 1/3 c. red seedless grapes 1/3 c. green seedless grapes 2/3 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup nonfat yogurt Prepare the fruit by washing the grapes, washing the apples and cutting them into small squares, peeling the bananas and cutting them into chunks, and cutting the pineapple into chunks, if it's fresh. Put the fruit onto a large plate.Slide pieces of fruit onto the skewer and design your own kabob by putting as much or as little of whatever fruit you want! Do this until the stick is almost covered from end to end.Hold your kabob at the ends and roll it in the yogurt, so the fruit gets covered. Repeat these steps with another skewer. green, yellow, or red pepper, washed 1 bunch of celery, washed 1 carrot, washed and peeled or a handful of baby carrots your favorite salad dressing Cut the pepper in half (from side to side). Clean out the seeds and gunk from the inside. Now you have two pieces. One will be your pepper-shaped bowl. Cut the other half of the pepper into skinny slices. Cut the carrot into skinny sticks about 4' long. Cut celery into skinny sticks so each one is about 4' long.Put a little salad dressing in the bottom of your pepper bowl.Put celery sticks, carrot sticks, and pepper slices into the pepper bowl. Now you've got a portable veggie treat! You can pull out the veggies and eat them with a little dressing. Then when you're finished with the veggies, it's time to eat the bowl! 3/4 c. light fruit-flavored yogurt 1 tbsp. raisins 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds 1/3 c. strawberries Mix all ingredients in a plastic cup. these recipe are not only healthy and fun to eat. you can get your child eating health from the beginning by getting him/her to help u perpare these tasty treats."
"I always will remember my ants on a log! Delicious and you dont know it even good for you."
"In regards to the comment that was left on not having enough non-peanut butter recipes, just subsitute the peanut butter for soy-nut-butter. It tastes great...almost like peanut butter, and the kids don't feel like they are missing out. Soy-nut-butter can be purchased at most health food/alternative food stores."
"I wish we could find more non-peanut or non-nut healthy snacks for school. My daughter is allergic to both peanuts and tree nuts and most schools these days do not allow peanut and nut products. Every article on 'healthy' snacks is filled with recipes calling for peanut butter. It's a great, nutritious snack if you're not allergic but it's deadly for a significant portion of the school population."