There’s nothing like downing nacho chips to release nervous energy while watching your favorite team push their way to a touchdown. There’s something about the satisfying crunch and tongue-pleasing cheese that keeps you reaching for the plate. However, those chips might not be doing your health many favors with their high salt and fat content, and with little in the way of vitamins and minerals.
Here’s an idea. Why not ditch the double-dip and celebrate with cucumbers and cream cheese while you root for your team? You’ll get your fix of something crunchy and cheesy if you take the tip below. You can add a zing that’s similar to what you’d find in flavored chips by choosing colorful toppings like black olives, cherry tomatoes, capers and whatever else you like.
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A Healthy Snack to Help You Cheer For Your Team
Instead of salt-laden chips that can make you thirsty and be high in sodium, cukes have a high water content to aid hydration levels. That might come in handy when your voice is rough from cheering, or you’re sweating during over-time! They are very low in calories, but have beneficial amounts of Vitamins A, C, folic acid, fiber, potassium, magnesium and more. Choose the low-fat version of cream cheese, and you’ll get a dose of calcium, protein, B Vitamins, Vitamin A, and folate. Dress these babies up with nutritious morsels on top (maybe even in your team’s colors), and you’ll have a winner.
4 large cucumbers
15 cherry tomatoes cut in half
15 black olives cut in half
1 tablespoon capers
8 ounces “1/3 fat” cream cheese
¼-½ teaspoon garlic powder or one clove crushed garlic
1/2-1 teaspoon dill (or chives)
black pepper to taste
- Run the tines of a fork down the sides of the cucumber to leave stripes. Slice the cucumbers into ¼ inch rounds.
- Pat the rounds dry. This will help the cheese stick to the top.
- Put the 1/3 less fat cream cheese into a mixing bowl. Add garlic powder, dill, and pepper. Beat until smooth.
- Spread cheese on top of cucumber slices.
- Top some with olives and others with capers and/or cherry tomatoes to make a healthy, tasty tray.