A third of consumers say they pay more attention to what’s on top of their cracker than to the cracker itself, according to the market research firm Mintel. Cheese is the most popular topping, but even an ounce of cheddar can contain 115 calories and about 5 grams of saturated fat. Instead, try these healthier toppings, which are perfect for party hors d’oeuvres but are also an easy, filling, and tasty everyday snack. We used 18-calorie Reduced Fat Triscuits, the highest-scoring cracker in our tests, as the base, and each cracker-topping combo here has just 30 to 50 calories.


HUMMUS AND VEGGIES

Spread on 1 teaspoon of hummus. Top with grated carrots, sliced sugar snap peas, or any vegetable you like.


AVOCADO AND MANGO

Spread on 2 teaspoons of mashed avocado. Top with 1 teaspoon of diced mango and a sprinkling of slivered scallions.


LOX, YOGURT, AND CUCUMBER

Spread on 1 tablespoon of low-fat Greek yogurt. Top with 1 slice of cucumber, a few slivers of smoked salmon, plus a sprinkle of fresh dill.


SMASHED BLACK BEANS AND SALSA

Spread on 1 teaspoon of smashed black beans. Top with 1 teaspoon of salsa, 1½ teaspoons of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and chopped cilantro.


RICOTTA CHEESE AND OLIVES

Spread on 1 teaspoon of part-skim ricotta cheese. Top with 1 teaspoon of jarred olive tapenade and snipped basil leaves.


GOAT CHEESE AND WATERCRESS

Spread on 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Top with a few sprigs of watercress or baby arugula and 1 tablespoon of diced pear.


TOMATO AND HERBS

Spread on 1 teaspoon of low-fat cream cheese mixed with minced fresh rosemary, thyme, or mint. Top with half a cherry tomato.


EGG SALAD

Spread on 1 teaspoon of light mayo mixed with a pinch of curry powder. Top with 1 slice of hard-boiled egg and chopped celery.


Photos: James Worrell





HUMMUS AND VEGGIES

Spread on 1 teaspoon of hummus. Top with grated carrots, sliced sugar snap peas, or any vegetable you like.


AVOCADO AND MANGO

Spread on 2 teaspoons of mashed avocado. Top with 1 teaspoon of diced mango and a sprinkling of slivered scallions.


LOX, YOGURT, AND CUCUMBER

Spread on tablespoon of low-fat Greek yogurt. Top with 1 slice of cucumber, a few slivers of smoked salmon, plus a sprinkle of fresh dill.


SMASHED BLACK BEANS AND SALSA

Spread on teaspoon of smashed black beans. Top with 1 teaspoon of salsa, 1½ teaspoons of shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and chopped cilantro.


RICOTTA CHEESE AND OLIVES

Spread on 1 teaspoon of part-skim ricotta cheese. Top with 1 teaspoon of jarred olive tapenade and snipped basil leaves.


GOAT CHEESE AND WATERCRESS

Spread on 1 teaspoon of goat cheese. Top with a few sprigs of watercress or baby arugula and 1 tablespoon of diced pear.


TOMATO AND HERBS

Spread on 1 teaspoon of low-fat cream cheese mixed with minced fresh rosemary, thyme, or mint. Top with half a cherry tomato.


EGG SALAD

Spread on 1 teaspoon of light mayo mixed with a pinch of curry powder. Top with 1 slice of hard-boiled egg and chopped celery.


Photos: James Worrell




Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the January 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.