Cucumber-Dill Cracker Stacks Recipe
Dill is in the same family as parsley and fennel, and it is native to the Mediterranean and Eastern European regions. Packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, dill has many health benefits, but it is also a great alternative to spices that may trigger acid reflux. Triggers vary among people, but spices such as cayenne, curry, cinnamon and nutmeg are known culprits. And sufferers of acid reflux – which occurs when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus and causes burning in the chest or throat – know how important it is to avoid those triggers!
If you experience heartburn, you do not have to cut out all the flavorings from your dishes though. Dried green herbs, like dill, can serve as tasty alternatives, because they are alkaline (low in acid) and less likely to aggravate symptoms. Dill also contains vitamins A and C, which can ease symptoms of acid reflux and prevent gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
These Cucumber-Dill Cracker Stacks are an easy way to get more dill in your diet. They are great as a low-fat party snack or appetizer. Because dairy foods are usually high in fat (another common reflux trigger), use reduced-fat or fat-free instead. The nonfat Greek yogurt used here actually contains probiotics, or “good bacteria” for your gut, and some studies suggest this can help ease heartburn or GERD symptoms.
Cucumber-Dill Cracker Snacks Ingredients (makes 25 cracker stacks):
• 3 tablespoons fat-free or reduced fat cream cheese, softened
• 6 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt
• 1 teaspoon dried dill weed (plus extra for garnish)
• ¾ teaspoon honey
• 25 whole grain wheat or brown rice crackers
• About ½ cup English cucumber, peeled and cut into sticks
1. Combine softened cream cheese, yogurt, dill and honey in a small bowl using a mixer. Blend until creamy.
2. Place a little of the cream cheese mixture on each cracker, then stack a few cucumber sticks on top and sprinkle some extra dill on top.
3. Lay crackers out on a large tray and serve.