RIDGWAY, Colo., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time to sustain busy shoppers throughout the holiday season, the Food Network's Robin Miller and the Grain Foods Foundation announced the winner of a nationwide Smart Snacking contest to find the healthiest grain-based snack. (Photo http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20071113/NETU045 ) Brenda Salveson of Rescue, California, a suburb of Sacramento, won a personal chef for two weeks for her recipe, Ants Hiding in a Log from the Anteater. "As a mother of two young children, I'm always searching for ways to keep my family's energy levels up with a healthy snack. When I gave my six-year-old daughter the traditional 'ants on a log,' which is celery smeared with cream cheese and topped with a line of raisins, she asked me to use her favorite bread instead," explained Brenda Salveson. "It's a perfect snack mid-morning, after school or before bed. The whole family loves it!" Ants Hiding in a Log from the Anteater was selected for its low fat and caloric content, simple preparation and great taste that appeals to adults and children alike. As a reward, the Salveson family will receive the gift that will keep on giving for a whole two weeks - a personal chef to grocery shop, prepare meals and even wash dishes. With a recent survey showing all Americans (93%) snack at least once a day and half of those (54%) reaching for grain foods when they need a boost of energy, Robin Miller, of Food Network's "Quick Fix Meals," and the Grain Foods Foundation knew it was the perfect time to seek out families' favorite recipes. "The holidays are often accompanied by a great deal of anxiety and many people combat that stress by eating mindlessly while baking, wrapping presents and gift shopping," said Robin Miller. "Grain-based foods provide an ideal foundation for a smart and delicious snack, giving families the energy they need to make it through the merry yet hectic holiday season." Throughout the past two months, approximately 700 consumers submitted their favorite snack solutions to the Grain Foods Foundation at www.grainpower.org. Americans can log on to find hundreds of delicious, grain-based snack options to sustain them through their holidays. "Between holiday parties and family gatherings, there are plenty of opportunities to load up on treats," said Judi Adams, MS, RD and president of the Grain Foods Foundation. "People can fight these snack attacks with healthy, tasty and convenient options, helping them make it through the day without sacrificing the joy of eating during the holidays." Ants Hiding in a Log From the Anteater - recipe by Brenda and Linnea Salveson 2 slices of whole grain bread 3 tablespoons cream cheese 24-30 raisins (ants) Remove crusts from the bread. Spread half the cream cheese on each slice. Cut each slice into 3 strips (logs). Place 4-5 raisins in a line on each strip. Stack two strips together like a sandwich. Place the third on top to form a triple-decker. You now have ants hiding in a log from the anteater. Feed them to your little anteaters. Serves two About the Grain Foods Foundation The Grain Foods Foundation, a joint venture of members of the milling and baking industries formed in 2004, is dedicated to advancing the public's understanding of the beneficial role grain-based foods play in the human diet. Directed by a board of trustees, funding for the Foundation is provided through voluntary donations from private grain-based food companies and is supplemented by industry associations. For more information about the Grain Foods Foundation, visit www.grainpower.org.
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