There are two types of people. Those who prefer hearty meals strategically placed throughout the day and those who prefer grazing. I am a full-fledged grazer. The truth is, snack plates make up a lot of my lunches and I prefer it that way. If there are leftovers from the night before I’ll eat it, but if not, I eagerly prepare myself a colorful and nourishing arrangement of snack foods. It is great because I never need to “plan” what my lunches will be, which is one less headache for this busy mama. It’s also a refreshing approach with the warmer weather coming into play. We can afford to spend more time outdoors as opposed to slaving away in the kitchen preparing yet another recipe.
Snack boards can be so fun as they allow us to get a little bit of everything all at once. And believe it or not, they can also be as equally filling and satisfying as a hearty meal. To ensure we have a properly balanced plate all we need to include is a source of healthy fat, quality protein, and fiber. Most whole foods have an array of nutrients so it’s easier than we think to get all the essentials our bodies need. And as long as we focus our attention to getting a little bit of everything, a meal can be whatever we want it to be-no stress needed.
The snack board (aka charcuterie board), complete veggies, cheese, or meats, is also a common appetizer at most parties. Changing the snack board by adding fruit or eggs, nuts and dried fruits gives your guests a wide variety to choose from. This cheese board would be the perfect accompaniment to a spa night, book club, or any summer get together.
Here are some suggestions for some epic snack board ingredients:
• Fresh Fruit
• Fresh Vegetables
• Crackers (we love Mary’s Crackers, or make your own here)
• Hard Boiled Eggs
• Edamame Beans
• Nuts and Seeds
• Dried Fruits
• Dairy-free alternatives such as Almond Feta or Artichoke Cashew Cheese Spread
• Pita Chips
• Baked Goods such as muffins or bread slices
• Trail Mix
• Candied Ginger
• Coconut Chips
• Dehydrated Fruits
• Roasted Vegetables
• Kale Chips
• Roasted Seaweed
• Baba Ganoush
• Dairy-free Spinach Dip
• Vegan Nacho Dip
• Dark Chocolate
What are your favorite ingredients for the perfect snack board?
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CHANTAL URBINA is a registered Massage Therapist and Culinary Nutrition Expert. She is passionate about living a life full of health, love, and happiness and that all three start with our diet. “Nature’s healing properties will never cease to amaze me and it inspires me day after day to create and share recipes made with only real whole foods.”