The Better-for-You Cheese Board (all on big cutting board)
Grapes from California are in season now (May-January), all colors have healthy antioxidants.
Wonderful pistachios are one of the lowest calorie & fat snack nuts. Plus they have 6g protein & heart-healthy fats that may help you/guests feel full longer so you’re satisfied, not stuffed. (49 = 1 serving).
- Pickled jarred vegetables (asparagus, carrots, green beans).
Low calorie, low sodium & good dose of vinegar, which is a condiment that may help control appetite because it keeps food in your stomach longer.
- Roasted jarred veggies (red bell pepper).
Low calorie & roasting gives the vegetables high flavor. Red bell pepper has more immune boosting vitamin C than an orange.
- Marinated jarred veggies (artichokes, mushrooms).
Get marinated in water or drain oil. Artichokes are one of the highest in antioxidants of all vegetables; mushrooms have a delicious meaty flavor called umami.
Rich in healthy fat, only 5-10 calories per olive (depends on size). Moderate, not high in salt if you stick to servings of about 5-10.
Plant-based protein, jazz it up with some fresh chopped herbs. Note: Will show how to get it out of package w/ toppings still looking good.
- Whole grain crackers/bread (several types).
Whole grain crackers have filling fiber & more minerals than white, refined crackers/bread.
- Flavorful cheese.
Gotta have cheese on a cheese-board! When it’s flavorful you will use less naturally!
- Dark chocolate bar (cracked into pieces).
Dark chocolate contains healthy compounds called flavonoids which are great for circulation = healthy heart & brain. Higher percentages of cacao is better since it will have more cocoa bean & less sugar.
Arrange items on cutting board.