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SMASH Ants On a Log

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Published on Jun 6, 2012

This healthy snack is one that kids love and can make all on their own. It is healthier and more nutritious than cookies, brownies, cupcakes, etc...

Ants on a log is a basic, fun, and nutritional snack for kids and ideal for a kid's party for appetizers.
Ingredients
1 stalk of celery for each person (depending how many big the pieces are cut)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup raisins


Steps
Cut the celery stalks in pieces, depending on how long you want each piece to be; whether it's half a stalk or an inch of celery.
Spread peanut butter in the celery piece.
Put raisins on the peanut butter, scattering them around like they are ants on a log.


Tips
You can substitute oats for raisins to seem like it's termites instead of ants.

This video is part of the Smash Your Food game now available on the iPad and soon on the iPhone and iPod touch.

Food N' Me award-winning, Smash Your Food educational game, is a fun and exciting mobile game that encourages families to smash real foods—burgers, cola, French Fries and entire meals—to learn about nutrition, inspiring healthier food choices while providing parents with personalized emails filled with nutrition advice.


"Smash Your Food, an engaging, empowering tool, provides parents and educators a fun positive way for children to learn about the nutritional aspects of foods that contribute to excessive calories consumption allowing them to make better food choices at home and on-the-go," said Frederic De Wulf, CEO and Co-Founder, Food N' Me.

Recently lauded by the White House as a winner in First Lady Michelle Obama's "Apps For Healthy Kids" National Contest, Smash Your Food was selected from hundreds of submitted games by industry leaders, including Mark Pincus, CEO Zynga (Farmville), and Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder, Apple Computer. Developers were challenged to "develop fun and engaging software tools and games that drive children, especially tweens (ages 9-12) -- directly or through their parents -- to eat better and be more physically active". Statistics show childhood obesity is out of control. Today, nearly one in three children in America is overweight or obese. In total, we are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago -- including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. (Source: Michelle Obama's "Lets Move!" Campaign.)

Smash Your Food is a great way for kids to learn about what they're putting into their bodies. When they smash common foods, they see and hear for themselves about the startling amounts of sugar, salt and oil in those foods. Kids say things like, 'Whoa, I had no idea that there are 25 cubes of sugar in a medium milkshake!' and 'Eeeeew! Look at all that oil, I'm not eating that again!' Best yet, 'I'll have fruit instead of fries with my sandwich.' It's that exciting moment of positive education that encourages kids to change their eating behavior on their own.

"Many kids don't realize the amount of these ingredients in commonly eaten foods, nor is it something they want to spend their free time learning about or that many adults are comfortable teaching them," De Wulf said. "In fact, many adults, themselves, don't necessarily know the contents of the food their families consume. The good news is that by making just a few lifestyle changes, we can help our children lead healthier lives -- and Smash Your Food is an effective tool to help us achieve that goal."

"Smash Your Food is a dynamic new way to teach kids -- and parents -- about fat, sugar and salt," said Adam Drewnowski, PhD, Director, University of Washington Center for Obesity Research. "As kids squeeze and squish their way into understanding Dietary Guidelines, they learn about healthy eating at home in a whole new way that challenges their thinking and puts them on a positive, life-changing course to change their behavior."

"Childhood obesity is a great concern to all of us at Food N' Me," said Co-Founder and Nutritionist Marta De Wulf. "Families are bombarded with mixed messages and many are not getting the personalized information they need to make healthy choices. Nutritionists and dieticians agree that the best solution is to address the problem through education. Smart food choices begin at home with the family. With our positive, personalized advice, families become educated and empowered. Smash Your Food was created by a nutritionist mom and dietitians for families."

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