If you are looking for a healthy party snack alternative, this post will show you how to make a healthy charcuterie board. They key is to fill it with protein, healthy fats, whole grains, and fruits.
Healthy Charcuterie Board Ingredients
To make a healthy charcuterie board, you should choose food items from the list below. Of course, you can put your own spin on a charcuterie board and add anything you like that I haven’t mentioned. Let me know what you would add!
- Meat – Lean beef and white poultry meat, such as chicken breast or turkey breast
- Cheese – Hard cheeses and spreadable cheeses are both appropriate for a healthy charcuterie board, but use these in moderation. Crumbled cheeses are best, like feta and blue cheese.
- Whole Grains – Bread or crackers are a fun way to enjoy a charcuterie board. I like to stack meat and cheese on top of a cracker to make an open faced sandwich.
- Fruit – Grapes and berries enhance the board with their vibrant colors as well as enhance the flavors.
- Spreads – Mustard, horseradish, jams, and honey are great flavor enhancers and you only need a little.
- Nuts – Almonds are packed with protein and a great addition to a charcuterie board.
- Eggs – Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent source of protein and taste delicious. Great Day Farms Hard-Boiled Eggs are available at Walmart in the Deli section. They come in a convenient 2-pack or 6-pack and are great for on-the-go snacking. They are easy to add to meals and I love that I avoid the pain of peeling hard-boiled eggs. The struggle is real!
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
- When creating a charcuterie board, first it is important to decide what foods you are going to include and map it out on a piece of paper or envision it in your mind. There is only so much space on a board and planning is key. You don’t want a board that looks empty or can’t hold everything you want to include.
- Next, I prep by using a paper towel to dab out any excess moisture that may be on my meat slices or fruit. I like to toast my bread in the broiler, as I prefer a crispy slice. Also, decide if anything needs to go in smalls bowls, such as sauces.
- Start by placing the bowls where you would like them. Then arrange the larger items, like cheese blocks, bread and crackers.
- Next, fill in the voids on the board with hard-boiled eggs, meats, nuts, fruits, olives, and whatever else you decide to put in your charcuterie board.
- Lastly, add any utensils that are needed, such as cocktail forks and cheese knives, and garnish with springs of rosemary and thyme.
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