Hi guys! Happy Friday-eve! We made it over the hump and the weekend is in clear sight! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite summer snacks: Hummus, Basil, and Cucumber. As is, it’s pretty low carb, but if I’m looking to bump up the carb factor or just want to switch it up, I will use GF toast instead of the cucumber.
This recipe is super simple and I kind of feel silly even posting the recipe since it’s so easy to make. But I couldn’t help myself because you guys NEED to try this! I’ve made this recipe with just about every kind of hummus and it has been incredible. Garlic, original, red pepper, lemon, everything (my new favorite!), spinach & artichoke, and pine nuts all taste so delicious!
Hummus, Basil, and Cucumber
You Will Need
- 1 Cucumber
- Fresh Basil Leaves
- Slice cucumbers (and peel them – if that’s your thing)
- Spread hummus over cucumber slices and top with fresh basil leaves
Nutritional info will vary depending on how thick you cut your cukes and how much hummus you spread on, but generally here are the numbers.
Hummus, Basil, and Cucumber (per piece): Calories: 28, Fat: 1.5g, Total Carbs 2.5g, Fiber 1g, (net carbs 1.5g), Protein: 1.5g
Some interesting facts about these ingredients…
- Cucumbers contain phytochemicals which have been proven to kill bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities.
- The term “cool as a cucumber” comes from their ability to cool your blood temperature. Which is why they are so popular in facials.
- Cucumbers are nature’s multi-vitamin, containing vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin C, Calcium, Copper, Folic Acid, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Zinc.
- Basil has a number of health benefits including, acting as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pain & fever reducer, immune booster, and it can even combat stress by acting as an adaptogen.
- Chickpeas (the main ingredient in hummus) have a low glycemic index – I know you’re thinking ‘stop right there, that’s all I need to hear to love these little beans’ – but wait, there’s more!
- Chickpeas contain high levels of fiber, protein, and vitamins including folate, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.