Fancy but Healthy Eats

Charcuterie boards have recently become all the rage when it comes to hosting, going to, or attending a party. Everywhere people are turning there are new types of boards coming out. They are not just meat and cheese trays anymore. So what exactly are charcuterie boards, and how can one make sure to fill it with delicious, but healthy foods? Read on to learn more about them.

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 According to Eat Cured Meat, the modern definition of a charcuterie board is, “a selection of food that offers contrasts, various textures and different colors.

Consumed in a group, the focus of the charcuterie board is food that that is easy to eat, finger food is the goal.”  In other words, it’s simply a mixture foods, artfully arranged on a serving board. They are fun, easy to assemble, and filled with all sorts of delicious and nutritious foods!

A new favorite type is the breakfast charcuterie board. It is easy to make ahead of time, and fun for a sleep over night for the kids.

To make it nutritious use:

Egg whites bite sized with veggies

Whole wheat mini pancakes

Vanilla Greek Yogurt

Berries

Then there is the classic snack charcuterie board, but it can be customized it based on how many are eating, what one has on hand, and personal preference. The snack charcuterie board include a variety of foods that support good brain and heart health.

The board includes the following foods:
  • Veggies paired with hummus: cucumbers, carrots, celery, peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Hummus can also be replaced with a spinach artichoke dip or other dip of choice.
  • Black olives have plenty of healthy fats in them that support your heart and brain health.
  • Berries are quick an easy finger food that are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and other important nutrients.
  • Trail mix made with dark chocolate, mixed nuts, and whole grain cereal. Dark chocolate contains Flavanols that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. This is satisfying treat full of protein.
  • Pistachiosresearch suggests consuming about one palmful or ¼ cup of nuts at least five times per week for optimal health.
  • Tuna salad- is great to use as a spread on a whole grain cracker. According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 90% of American’s don’t meet the seafood recommendation.
  • Yogurt topped with granola – yogurt provides calcium and protein and can be topped with granola!
  • Turkey and cheese are nice to roll up and add to the board. Instead of rolling the cheese, another option is to use various sliced cheeses to the board.

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