Lisa Cain, Ph.D., is the CEO of Snack-Girl.com. She has been featured in Glamour.com, The Consumerist, and the LA Time's Health Blog, among others. She is an author, mother, wife and advocate for healthy snacks.

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Healthy Snacks with Snack Girl

by Lisa Cain, Snack Girl

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Sometimes we need a little inspiration to make a healthy snack. We get into snack ruts because we are super busy.

Well, check out those lovely "ants on a log" above. Don't they look yummy?

I made them with whipped cream cheese and then I added either ants (raisins) or chile powder. This last spice decision is left up to YOU. Are you in a sweet or spicy mood? Grab some cinnamon, black pepper, salt, whatever!

I used only 1/2 tablespoon of whipped cream cheese in each of these snacks. Here is the nutritional information for the whipped cream cheese:

30 calories, 2.5 g fat, 1 g carbohydrates, 0.5 g protein, 0 g fiber, 35 mg sodium, 1 PointsPlus

A five inch stalk of celery has TWO (count 'em 1...2!) calories so you can do the math here.

Basically, you are using a wee bit of fatty goodness to eat an extremely good source of fiber. You get a great CRUNCH which may help you avoid those evil critters: potato chips.

Other toppings for celery:

  • peanut butter or any other nut butter (almond, cashew, sunbutter, etc.)

  • use dried cranberries instead of raisins

  • cayenne pepper or curry powder instead of chili powder

  • Do these things ever go out of style? I certainly hope not. Your kids won't even notice that they are eating celery if you tell them they are FROGS eating up the ants on a log.

    What do you put on your celery sticks?

    For more healthy snack recipes check out Snack-Girl.com.

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