Build a Better Charcuterie Board

Meat-and-cheese tray, appetizer platter, charcuterie board—whatever you want to call it, this fun and easy platter offers infinite opportunity for personalization, flavor and texture. 
Here are some ideas to help keep your creation on the healthy side.

Fill It Up with Fruit
Seasonal fruit offers a sweet way to add color and texture. Grapes, pears and apples are great this time of year. To stop a cut apple or pear from browning, mix them in a blend of 2 tablespoons of honey to 1 cup of water before plating.

Bring on the Veggies
Along with classics like carrots, bell peppers, pink radishes and celery, stack lettuce leaves on your platter. Romaine, butterhead and leaf lettuce offer a sturdy structure for your guests to make wraps.

Pick Your Proteins
If meat is a must, look for unprocessed and low-fat items. For healthier fare, limit deli meat and include more of these options:

  • Sliced leftover chicken or turkey breast
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Nuts, such as almonds, pecans and walnuts
  • Grilled shrimp

Choose Your Cheese
To bring balance to your board, offset a saltier favorite like brie with a lower sodium option such as Swiss—and offer more of the latter. Read nutrition labels, and look for low-calorie, reduced-fat or fat-free versions of cheese.

Go-to Grains
Whole grains can lower your risk for heart disease, help manage weight and support healthy digestion. So, whether you prefer baguettes, bagel chips, crackers or pita wedges, aim to make half of the grains you eat whole grain.

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