Turkey + Hummus Cucumber Sub

Please forgive me for the unannounced posting hiatus and all-around social media silence over the past couple weeks. In addition to my usual job, fitness classes and freelance projects (have you checked out my stories on Recipe.com yet?), I’ve been preparing to take my AFAA and NASM exams to become a certified group fitness instructor and a certified personal trainer.


Yesterday, I spent 8 hours in a group fitness studio rehearsing, studying and taking a practical and written exam with 7 other ladies as part of an AFAA certification program so I can teach a wider variety of exercise classes at work. And since I was reading and completing study guides for that program, I decided to finally knock out the NASM test I’ve been putting off for two years. A 120-question computer exam with NASM costs $600, so it was something I wanted to walk into as prepared as possible to try to avoid the retest fees. But life isn’t really slowing down anytime soon, so I figured, “No day but today!” and pulled the trigger.

Wish me luck and cross your fingers that the Scantron genies will bring good news regarding AFAA in 4-6 weeks!


I’m planning a recap about how I prepared for—and what I learned from both—soon after I take the test on Wednesday, but in the meantime, I wanted to share one of my “brain food” snacks that’s been keeping me well-fueled while I flip through flashcards and review my study guide! Unlike a sugary or heavy bite, this well-balanced, gluten-free and low-calorie sandwich won’t make you crash an hour or two later or leave you ready for a nap.


Not only is it gluten-free, but this sub’s nutritional composition is very close to the perfect 40 percent/30 percent/30 percent ratio that nutrition pros recommend for midday snack.

Cucumber Sub

Turkey and Hummus Cucumber Sub Sandwich

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • Pinch of paprika
  • 2 ounces turkey
  1. Slice cucumber in half lengthwise. Use a small spoon to remove seeds and create a well in each cucumber half.
  2. Spread one tablespoon of hummus in the well of each half and top with a sprinkle of paprika.
  3. Evenly split turkey slices in half and fold on top of the hummus layer so the cucumber ends will touch.
  4. Cut into two pieces and serve.

Nutrition information: 160 calories, 7 g fat, 14 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fiber, 12 g protein, 566 mg sodium

What’s your favorite office, school or study snack?

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