Philadelphia Cucumber Bites



A delicious bite-size snack perfect for your New Year’s Eve party or any other event.  These disappear quickly!  It’s an appetizer that won’t leave you feeling bad about yourself, which is quite important for bringing in the new year!  The contrast of crunchy and creamy and spicy and fresh will entertain the taste buds and make avoiding those deep-fried nibbles a little easier.

I’ve been working on snack foods.  I’m not the average girl – I have no sweet tooth, really. My weakness would be chips and cheese and crackers. Coming up with snacks that I’m happy to eat and leave me feeling satisfied rather than deprived is super important to me on my journey to sculpting the body that I want.

Two of the key aspects to my diet are low carbohydrate and low sugar. So when I choose my ingredients, I’m always looking at the labels for those two things. Of course eating whole foods would be better, but sometimes you need the convenience of prepared foods. In these situations, it’s particularly important to pay attention to whether or not there is sugar added, and if so, in what quantities.

I debated on using a sweet chili sauce – I thought it would be delicious with the cream cheese and cucumber. However the sugar content is quite high:

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I thought I’d check out some sriracha sauce.  It’s not perfect, but it’s much better.  Especially given that the first ingredient isn’t a sugar syrup…

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If you took the same amount of each product, you’d have 3 grams of sugar for the sriracha vs 8 for the sweet chili. And we will have 3 grams of carbs vs 10 for the sweet chili. Not bad.

The cream cheese is also not perfect – but it’s not bad. Per tablespoon, there is 1/2 a gram of carbs and negligible sugar. So not bad.

So here we go with our simple, yet delicious appetizer:


  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 container of whipped cream cheese with chives
  • 2 tsp sriracha sauce
  • chili flakes and green onion for garnish (and added flavour)

How to:

1. Slice up your cukes:

IMG_04922. Mix the cream cheese and the sriracha.

IMG_04913. Add cream cheese mixture to a plastic bag (for piping). Snip off a corner and pipe onto the cucumber.  I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who could make it look nicer than I can…but I still think they look good enough to eat!

IMG_04934. sprinkle chopped green onion and hot pepper flakes for garnish and for taste – it adds a bit of spice.

IMG_0498-001In the future, I might make these again and add smoked salmon for extra protein, omega-3s and to make it even more like a Philadelphia roll.  In any case, they’re good the way they are. I served them at a small dinner party and they disappeared!  I made some more for my own personal snake and they definitely satisfied my cravings for savoury and crunchy. Hope you enjoy!

P.S. If you keep track of this sort of thing, per cucumber bite:

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And if you want to go crazy and eat 1/4 of the recipe (which is exactly what I did) :

philadelphia bites nutrition

Tuna Guacamole



Searching for a pool-side snack that you won’t feel guilty about later?  Well look no further. This dish is actually so delicious that when I made it I ate it all in one sitting. And I didn’t feel guilty about it in the least. It’s packed with nutrients. If you eat it with low-carb veggies than it is truly a guilt-free snack that’s good enough to make if you’re entertaining guests or just getting a little peckish between meals.

The inspiration behind this dish came from my personal trainer. He is always full of great, simple ideas of food to eat that’s high in protein and nutrients. He suggested mashing 1/2 an avocado with a can of tuna to spread on Ryvita crispbreads or toast. I tried it and it was delicious and simple to make – a great standby for a pre or post-workout meal. I then thought, why not make a protein-rich guacamole with even more flavour?

Ingredients :

  • 1 tin of tuna
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 chopped cilantro
  • small chili chopped (optional)

How-To :

1. Cut avocado in half, take out the pit and scoop both halves into a bow. Add all other ingredients.


2. Mash all ingredients together with a fork until it’s all mixed together but you can still identify all your ingredients.

3. Plate it up with the dippers of your choice. I went with baked brown rice chips and red pepper sticks – but the peppers were so good that I ate an entire pepper’s worth of sticks and didn’t even bother with the chips.


4. If desired, serve with virgin mojitos:) muddle mint and limes in a glass. Add ice, club soda and a few drops of bitters. Drink with a straw. Refreshing for a hard days work of lounging by the pool.