Appreciating Ants on a Log

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Imagine being the first person to put ants on a log. You know, not a naturist but the person who put peanut butter on her celery and then — madness! — added raisins on top.

These Ants on a Log, as the snack has come to be known, are a Girl Scouts tradition that dates back to at least 1946, if not further.

Did the inventor think they would make a snack, which was already marketing-challenged (did we mention it contains raisins?) even harder to sell, because they were invoking insects?

Whatever the reason, Ants on a Log have become a beloved snack, one that is healthy enough to earn it a “Smart Snack” recommendation from the University of Illinois’s McKinley Health Center, one that it recommends instead of “convenient snacks like candy bars, soda, and chips.” Of course, there is nothing inconvenient about a dried fruit placed delicately on nut butter spread over a vegetable, right?

All joking aside, the snack is power-packed with healthy ingredients. “Nature’s candy” (raisins) lower cholesterol levels, support eye health, and regulate blood glucose levels. Peanut butter is a one-stop shop for all three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Celery prevents inflammation and may prevent cancer.

The snack is so beloved that it has even earned its own “day” — today! — the second Tuesday of September. National Ants on a Log Day celebrates the healthiness and kitschiness of the dish, not necessarily in that order. And what better time to honor healthy snacking than in the back-to-school season, when kids are learning about healthy eating?

Ants on a Log


  • Celery stalks, washed and trimmed
  • Peanut butter
  • Raisins


  1. Cut each celery stalk into thirds.
  2. Spread peanut butter generously inside the hollow of each one.
  3. Place raisins on top of peanut butter.

Tags: Healthy Recipes, Vegan Recipes, Quick Recipe Ideas

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Faye Williams

Faye Williams is a cat lover based in New Jersey who enjoys traveling and spending time in nature whenever possible.  See Full Bio

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