I’ve really enjoyed our summer, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to getting back into our school routine. It’s good for the kids, and it’s good for me! What I’m not looking forward to though, is the daily chore of packing lunches and snacks again. I always intend to get everything ready the night before, but well… life happens, you know? Anyway, that’s why I’m always looking for quick and healthy lunch ideas and snack solutions I can put together on the fly.
When I was a kid, ants on a log were a classic school snack: celery, peanut butter, and raisins. They’re easy to make, healthy, and delicious – the trifecta of kids’ snacks! Unfortunately, nowadays many schools are peanut-free, including my kids’ school, so I need fresh alternatives I can safely send with them to school.
Did you know that hummus has a fraction of the calories and fat of peanut butter, but three times the fiber? We’ve been fans of Summer Fresh hummus for a long time, so this was an easy switch to make. All I had to do was wash and dry some cut celery sticks, fill the “log” with Summer Fresh Original Hummus, then top with a few diced red peppers. Easy, healthy, and delicious – yep! Let’s call them red ants on a hummus log!
These are easy to make the night before, but even if I forget and I’m running late in the morning trying to get the kids to school on time, I can still whip these up in just a couple of minutes. The kids have a lot of fun helping to make these celery and hummus snacks, and the best part is they don’t even know they’re healthy!
There’s no need to make the same old snack every day – the variations are endless! Summer Fresh makes a dozen different varieties of hummus so you’re sure to find a few your child and family will love. Next on my list to try are their avocado hummus, sweet potato hummus, and spinach and artichoke hummus.
My girls love putting goat cheese on their hummus, and we’ve tried a couple more variations too: roasted red pepper hummus with diced apple and original hummus with roasted cashews (though be cautious as these are often included in peanut-free zones). The apple and roasted red pepper hummus logs are my favourite.
Summer Fresh is celebrating 25 years of making fresh, healthy and delicious food! Follow on Facebook and Twitter for even more fresh back to school ideas and be sure to check out these fresh wrap and sandwich ideas made with Summer Fresh hummus and dips! Pair any of them with my celery logs with hummus for a healthy and delicious lunch!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation. Nevertheless, all opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.