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Sweet and Savory Stop Lights


On Wednesday, for a healthy snack as I taught the Wolf Den we made these super yummy, sweet Stop lights. I got the recipe from a fun cookbook by LANA, a Preschool Nutrition character with a cookbook.

stoplight snack

The kids loved this snack. The boys had several servings. And the cub scout leader told me her own kids have been begging to make them again.  This treat is:

  • 1 Graham Cracker
  • Cream cheese to spread
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Apricots, halved
  • Kiwi, sliced.

Then, I started thinking of a way to make this with vegetables, and came up with this one:

stoplight celery

We’ve got:

  • Celery: From Grimmway Farms*
  • Cream cheese (although wouldn’t laughing cow cheese taste amazing!!)
  • Red, yellow, and green bell peppers!

Simply spread cream cheese, or laughing cow cheese onto a stick of celery, cut into 3 inch stalks.  Cut circles out of peppers in all three colors.  Arrange your circles on the celery like a stop light!

I’ve never had much luck with cutting circles out of peppers, and then I saw a frosting tip (you know, frosting tip the metal Wilton tips. I used the backside as a cookie cutter, and the peppers cut out to be the perfect size, with a clean edge!

Then I poked a skewer into the bottom, although you don’t have to do this part, but it made it so we could stand it up.

stoplight celery and peppers

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Healthy #Snack for Kids Stoplight Celery

Natalie Monson

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My wife owns a web based business and is now spending every waking hour on the internet answering question and building her “business”, how can I get her back to doing fun things again and being “super healthy”?

[…] Last, I had them prepare a snack.  I brought out Graham crackers, cream cheese, strawberries, kiwi, and apricots, and had them tell me which food group each item came from. Then we prepared the stoplight snack I shared on yesterdays post. […]

For the gluten-free folks (like the idea of swapping celery for graham cracker) and the dairy-free folks, I recommend substituting Cedar’s Hummus (non-GMO brand) for the cream cheese! Love the cut-outs of colorful bell peppers! What a fantastic and fun idea for younger kids.

Thank you for this web sight. I just ran a cross it on Pinterest, I have signed up. My class is doing an activity for Black History Month and we chose Garrett Morgan who invented the stop light. so we can celebrate with a healthy snack with your celery stop light. so again Thank you Thank you Virgina