The secret to smart snacking is choosing fiber-rich, real foods, which will fill you up, without filling you out, like this hummus on cucumber chips.

While you could dunk any vegetables into a bowl of hummus, elevate your snacking by making these more hors d’oeuvres like: Slice cucumbers into “chips,” lay them out on a plate, and use two spoons to carefully dollop a little hummus on top of each.

Great for an after-school snack, or even a party appetizer, these are effortless and delicious!

Here’s the recipe for the hummus:

Hummus Recipe


2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons tahini

1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon cayenne (less if you don’t want it too spicy)

1/2 teaspoon pink salt

2 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped

Cucumber Chips

1 organic cucumber, sliced into ¼ inch slices



  1. Pulse garlic in a Vitamix or high-speed blender to roughly chop.
  2. Add water, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, beans, spices, salt, and parsley.
  3. Process until creamy and smooth.
  4. Transfer to a bowl, then cover and chill for at least an hour before serving.
  5. Lay cucumber slices out on a plate and use two spoons to carefully dollop a little hummus on top of each.

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