Celery is a healthy food.
Lots of fiber, a good dose of vitamin K, C, and A, Potassium, Folate, and antioxidants. When we realized that celery wasn't just water and strings (the xylem) but a healthy, nutritious vegetable we also realized that it was time for us to figure out how to love it on a regular basis. We began adding it to our morning microgreen smoothies, but we wanted something different, something that appealed to the entire family. Enter the stuffing...
'Ants on a log' is a perennial children's favorite- celery stuffed with peanut butter and topped with raisins- but it's time to up the creative factor. Try many different fillings: tuna and tofu salad, different kinds of nut butter, a spicy salsa stuffing... the possibilities are endless. Just add microgreens to any filling and you will up the nutrient quotient and flavor as well.
This fruit and cream cheese version has just a touch of sweetness, is full of nutrients, and is easy for hands of all sizes to make with help.
Let the children enjoy the process
With the celery precut, the remainder of the process is child-friendly. Show them how to mix up the filling, stuff, and decorate the tops with a variety of toppings.
* If you find you need a bit sweeter of a filling, add the teaspoon of sugar- it brings out the flavor of the pineapple without being overwhelming.
- 4 oz. Cream Cheese
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped microgreens
- 2 Tbsp. finely grated carrot
- 2 Tbsp. crushed pineapple
- 1 tsp sugar or other sweetener (optional)
- 2 Celery stalks
- Wash and dry the celery stalks, and with an adults help, cut into appropriate size lengths
- Mix the filling ingredients together with a fork.
- Fill the celery stalks with the filling.
- Top with your choice of toppings- raisins, dried cranberries, pineapple, additional microgreens, nuts, or seeds- be creative!
Have you tried it? Let me know in the comments how you liked it and what toppings you prefer- and send us a photo of your creation!