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National Ants On A Log Day/National TV Dinner Day

donmdonm Posts: 10,241 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

. This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.

Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s. The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How healthy is it? We’ve outlined each ingredient to give you an idea. 

Raisins add a little sweet to snack time while also providing vitamin C, selenium and zinc. They’re also low in sodium and are a good source of potassium, making them great for blood pressure. Another healthy benefit of raisins includes iron, copper, and magnesium. Coupled with the potassium, these pH-balancing minerals help keep stomach acid in order.

The next layer, peanut butter, is an excellent source of protein. Along with that, peanut butter offers a boost of healthy fat, too.

Finally, crispy celery is low in calories. But that’s not all! In the crunch of celery, you’ll find fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Not only is it low in calories, but it doesn’t have any of the fat and cholesterol other snack foods have either.

National TV Dinner Day

Remember when Swanson was about the only frozen dinner in the market? I loved the turkey and dressing one as a kid. So many more (and far better) choices available nowadays. What's your favorite frozen dinner?

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