O2 Fitness Food of the Week: Rye

Rye is a grain that is generally available in whole and cracked varieties, as well as flour or flakes that look similar to old-fashioned oats.  When compared to refined wheat flour, Rye usually retains more nutrients.  Rye is a good source of fiber and contains phytonutrients.

Cucumber Sandwiches on RyeCucumber Sandwiches on Rye

Makes 15 servings


  • 1 (8-ounce) package whipped cream cheese
  • 1 (0.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1 (1 pound) load cocktail rye bread
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced


  1. In a small bowl, mix whipped cream cheese and dry Italian-style dressing mix. Spread equal portions of the mixture on slices of the cocktail rye bread. Top each with a slice of cucumber.

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