Looking for a healthy snack or healthy appetizer idea? Well you are in luck! Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites are the perfect simple solution! No cooking required, just a few slices of cucumber paired with tasty smoked salmon and just a dollop of cream cheese and I can guarantee you will be looking forward to snack time everyday! Gluten free, simple, paleo appetizer that can be as fancy or as simple as you like. Top with fresh or dried dill for the perfect balance of flavors.
I’ve been working with a ton of pretty epic and amazing women over the past few weeks, helping them establish new healthy habits, including learning to choose healthy snacks when the craving hits in the middle of the day. Healthy habits are formed over time, not overnight, and I encourage people to spend a few weeks trying new recipes and ideas, keep the snacks you love in your rotation, and if you don’t love it, move on.
Well I have to be honest, until a year or two ago, I would completely avoid cream cheese and smoked salmon. I always saw this combination served with bagels and it didn’t seem very appealing to me. But, I was desperate to find new snack ideas that didn’t upset Dave’s stomach in dealing with his food allergies. The boy does not “like” fish, and it’s very difficult for me to convince him to try anything with fish. Well this was a huge winner! I’m seriously so proud of him for opening his mind and trying something new.
So if you are a beginner to healthy eating or are just getting back on the healthy food bandwagon, I encourage you, try something new. Open your mind to new ideas. We often form opinions of things when we are younger and then always believe they are true. Take for example Brussels sprouts. I used to hate them and would turn my nose up at them with just the mention of Brussels sprouts. Now I can’t imagine going a day or two without eating them! Don’t believe me, check out this recipe for apple Brussels sprouts hash, I’m seriously addicted!
And now you can add smoked salmon cucumber bites to that list of items I’m newly addicted to. I understand why people get so excited for this combination in the morning. But I have to say that after tasting how delicious this is on cucumber, I can’t imagine having it on a bagel. I would ever eat this on a bagel after tasting how amazing it is on cucumber. Healthy substitutions are what make my life work. Creating balance and getting as many vegetable servings a day as possible are how I make this feel less like a diet and more like a long term lifestyle. The last thing I ever want is to feel restricted in my eating or to feel like certain foods are off limits.
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Bites
- 1 English Cucumber cut on an angle
- 1/2 Kite Hill Cream Cheese Spread (Dairy Free) or cream cheese of your choice
- 1 package smoked salmon
- 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tsp dry dill or 2-3 tbs. freshly chopped dill
- To have more room on your cucumber base, cut the cucumber on an angle instead of straight across.
- Topp each slice of cucumber with about 1/2 - 1 tsp goat milk cream cheese. Top with half of a thin slice of salmon and a few thinly sliced onions
- Sprinkle lightly with dill and serve!
What about you?
- Favorite healthy snack?
- Tell me about your fitness journey, what was a healthy habit you incorporated slowly?
- Do you like cream cheese and smoked salmon?