Did you know September 13th is National Ants on a Log Day?
Really! Officially, it's the second Tuesday in September, which this year happens to be the 13th. This day recognizes the classic healthy Ants on a Log snack--crisp celery, coated with lots of yummy peanut butter, then topped with sweet raisins. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.
It's also a great lunchbox item and perfect with a bento lunch. We love to incorporate fruits and veggies into our lunches and Ants on a Log is always a kid favorite. And where's there's "ants on a log", there must be flowers, so it works for a totally themed lunch.
How to Make Ants on a Log:
Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Peanut Butter
Raisins (sometimes we switch this up with craisins for a different flavor)
Wash your celery, the slices it into pieces, about as long as your bento box.
Add a layer of peanut butter to the curved inner part, stopping at both ends.
Place your raisins along your log, pressing them into the peanut butter to stay put.
Finish the Bento:
Cut a large flower, using a cookie cutter, from two slices of bread (save your crusts to make bread crumbs or breakfast egg in a hole).
Cut a small center hole in the middle of one slice of bread, set it aside.
On the other slice, spread peanut butter over the whole flower, then put a light layer of jelly on the petals (but not the center).
Top it with your other slice of bread so the peanut butter shows through the center as a flower middle.
Peel your clementine and separate it into sections.
Tuck your clementine into a muffin cup and add a cute pick to the center.
Peel and slice a boiled egg, place in a muffin cup to separate from other food.
Slice cheese into small cubes and add into another muffin cup.
Choose a small treat, like vanilla wafers, to round out the meal.
Pack your lunch in a great Kid Basix Safe Snacker, we chose two different sizes to hold our full lunch.
What else would you put in your Ants on a Log bento?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Peanut Butter & Co. I was provided with product and compensation for the purposes of this post. All opinions are my own.