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Cucumber Hummus Bites

Cucumber Hummus Bites

These cucumber hummus bites are a perfect quick and easy healthy appetizer or snack to whip up at home or for a party.

  Cucumber Hummus Bites Recipe 1. Use a carrot peeler to create stripes around the cucumber. 2. Cut cucumbers crosswise into 1/2 – 1 inch rounds, for a total of about 12. 3. Use a melon-baller or spoon to scoop out the center of each cucumber round to form a hollow 4. Fill with hummus slightly over the top. (I used Red Roasted hummus, any kind will work) 5. Tuck a in slivered carrots and raisins for garnish. 6. Arrange on platter If you are watching your weight try to follow this rule when you are bringing dishes to parties: Bring a dish that you know you can eat and enjoy!  




I don't know why…but around 3:00 pm everyday…I am looking for chocolate. It's crazy but true! If I had a bag of reese's peanut butter cups anywhere near me at 3..I could be in trouble!

Thank goodness I have found some wonderful healthy chocolate treats I can make and keep in the freezer…for 3:00! Here is one for you!




  • 1/2 cup agave
  • 4 TBSP xylitol (plant based sugar with low glycemic impact)
  • 2 cups cashew butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 3 cups Erewhon crispy brown rice cereal or Paleo coconut flakes
  • 2/3 cups Lily's dark chocolate chips ( stevia sweetened)
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil

  Chocolate cashew bar ingredients Directions: Combine the first 2 ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil. Boil for one minute and remove from heat. Add cashew butter and salt and vanilla, stirring until it becomes a paste. Add the cereal and stir til well coated. Press into an 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment paper. Freeze til hardened. Melt chocolate chips with coconut oil in the microwave for one minute. Stir the chocolate and then microwave in 30 second increments til melted. Take bars out of the freezer and cover in the melted chocolate and return to the freezer. When hardened, remove from the pan using the parchment paper and cut into small bars. (these are very rich!) Store in sealed tins or containers in the freezer and pull out a treat at 3 pm! I'll be right there with ya! Note* I like to order my cashew butter, coconut oil, coconut flakes and Lilly's chocolate chips from Thrivemarket.com. Much cheaper so easy for hard to find healthy ingredients.   Enjoy! Susie Ries, patient at Innovative Directions in Health Check out more recipes and Susie's experience with bio-identical hormones .

Bellafill Before & After Picture

Bellafill Before & After Picture

“I don’t want anyone to know”.

Women often tell us this when they come in for a consultation looking for a non-surgical lift. Our goal is to provide a natural looking result, not an overdone look you see quite frequently in the tabloids or on tv. We like to call it a refresher. You still look like “you” but refreshed, confident and with something different about you that your friends and family notice but can’t quite put their finger on it – just that you look good. 

We hear this story a lot actually and it is such a compliment and testament to a job well done. We recently held a Bellafill seminar. Bellafill is the newest filler on the market that lasts 5 years and grows your own collagen. The collagen structure it lays down is uniform to your own. It naturally creates volume in your dermis and stimulates circulation which improves your skin-tone. The new collagen growing changes your skin to thinking it’s younger and improves texture, pores, fine lines and wrinkles. 

Our Injector Jill Porter, injected a model during our seminar. Guests were able to watch how easy injections were and learn how and why Jill placed the Bellafill where she did. We recommend a Bellafill Kit for those looking for a natural look that will help fight gravity and help hold the face in place as we age. Placement is key with any filler, however there are areas where your dermis thins and fat pads spread apart and migrate downwards. This is where we like to create a framework with collagen for a longer lasting youthful look.

This picture of our model was taken immediately after injecting a Bellafill kit. She looks great! Stay tuned for more pictures as her collagen starts to grow and she continues to radiate youth and natural looks. 

Request a consultation with Jill, our Bellafill Injector and Certified Bellafill Trainer.