Carrot Sticks With Peanut Butter

Carrot sticks
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
216 Calories
16g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Protein 8g
Calcium 37mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You may be familiar with peanut butter-filled celery (often including a few raisins on top, making that cute kids' snack aptly named ants on a log), but the combination of carrot sticks and peanut butter is also surprisingly delicious. Crunchy, sweet carrot sticks topped with creamy peanut butter create a snack that will keep you going all afternoon. Add to both kids' and adults' lunch boxes, or enjoy as an after-school snack for a perfect pick-me-up. The protein in the peanut butter will give you a boost of energy while the carrots provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, including a generous dose of Vitamin A.

If you don't want to cut the carrots yourself, you can buy pre-cut carrot sticks or baby carrots, which you can find in the produce section of your local supermarket. To add a bit of fun, purchase crinkle-cut carrots, which look like orange French fries. Use your family's favorite type—creamy, chunky, or natural—and brand of peanut butter, and if you need to eat nut-free, you can of course use an alternative such as sunflower butter, or almond butter if tree nuts are okay.

This is a great combination as is, but if you'd like to add a little variety, color, and more nutrition to this snack, toss in some raisins, celery sticks, or apple slices, or sprinkle on a bit of granola.

Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots (washed, trimmed, and scraped)
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Cut the carrots into 2-inch pieces.

  3. Spread each carrot piece with a little peanut butter.

  4. Place on a small platter and enjoy.

Tip

If carrots spread with peanut butter are too messy to pack in the lunch box, place the peanut butter in a small airtight container and the carrots in a zip-top bag. If you prefer to keep them together, place the carrot sticks upright in a jar and add a scoop of peanut butter alongside. Either way, the snack can be enjoyed as a dip.

Why Is This Such a Healthy Snack?

Peanut butter is always a good choice when looking for a food that will fill you up, without a lot of calories and sugar; the protein provides energy and a feeling of satisfaction. The carrots bring a bit of sweetness and crunch and are lower in calories than whole wheat crackers or toast.

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