Ants on a Log
- Cut each celery stalk into three equal pieces (3 to 4 inches each) so you have 12 pieces total. Place celery pieces on a plate or small platter. Fill with Desired Topper. If desired, cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
From the Test Kitchen
Almond Butter Topper:
Spread each piece of celery with 1 teaspoon unsweetened almond butter or natural creamy peanut butter. Sprinkle each with 1/2 teaspoon snipped dried tart cherries and 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon miniature semisweet chocolate pieces; press gently into almond butter.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 139 calories, 4 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 10 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 6 g total sugar, 44 mg sodium, 7% Vitamin A, 3% Vitamin C, 8% calcium, 4% iron
Salmon-Cream Cheese Topper:
In a small bowl stir together 3/4 cup light cream cheese spread and 1/4 cup finely chopped smoked salmon (2 ounces). Spread each piece of celery with 2 teaspoons of the salmon mixture. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions or snipped fresh dill. Store the remaining salmon mixture in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 92 calories, 5 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 23 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 212 mg sodium, 10% Vitamin A, 3% Vitamin C, 6% calcium, 1% iron
Spread each piece of celery with 2 teaspoons garlic-flavor hummus. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped oil-packed dried tomatoes and sprinkle each with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon finely crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese or shredded reduced-fat Italian cheese blend.
Nutrition analysis per serving: 95 calories, 3 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 231 mg sodium, 7% Vitamin A, 9% Vitamin C, 4% calcium, 3% iron