Lady Bug on a Leaf: Easy Afterschool Snack

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Middle E really likes celery and is always requesting it. As a result, I always have it in my fridge. My childhood memories of celery include piles of enormous hunks with fraying, dried out ends. They were the only things left on the veggie tray. I didn’t think they were actually meant to be consumed. Thanks to Middle E I have discovered that celery is delightfully refreshing and crunchy. Another big plus – it’s really affordable. I’ve used it in tuna salad, chicken salad, stir fries, soups, green salads, and even snacks. Aren’t kids incredibly liberating? I would have been stuck in dried-out-hunk-o-celery mentality forever. That’s a long time without celery.

Here’s a little blast from the past for those of you who also grew up in the eighties. Ants on a Log was the pioneer of fun snacks for kids. This version uses natural peanut butter and dried cranberries. What other cool names and combinations have you seen?

Lady Bug on a Leaf: Easy Afterschool Snack

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 8 pieces


  • 3 stalks celery, washed and trimmed to 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup natural nut butter or seed butter
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries*


  • Spread peanut butter inside the celery pieces and top with dried fruit.


Use any dried fruit for your snack and give it a new clever name.

This is a perfect snack to get kids in the kitchen with low mess and a short ingredient list.

It’s okay to roll your eyes when you hear names like, Lady Bug on a Leaf. However, it’s a researched method to getting kids to accept new foods. So put your grownup pride aside and get creative, get cute, or even scientific. Go ahead and crunch some Coccinellidae on a Leaf.