This Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board is a delicious holiday appetizer idea with low-calorie ingredients like hard-boiled eggs, lean-deli turkey, a variety of cheeses, pickles, hummus and more!
This Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board is basically a snack and a meal all-in-one. I think the reason we tend to overeat during the holidays is because we don’t necessarily see snack food as filling, and I think we all overindulge because we fail to listen to our bodies. Of course, you’re going to be hungry at a holiday party, and you should dive in. BUT the right snacks can also be super filling and nourishing, and that’s the goal of this Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board.
As I’m getting older, I find myself more focused on trying to put together healthier charcuterie boards. Ones with less crackers and high calorie dips, and ones with more nutritionally dense options like fruit and veggies alongside high-protein ingredients that will keep me feeling full after eating.
Did I mention the entire thing can also be pulled together in 20 minutes or less?! Or that it’s mostly gluten-free and low carb? Umm yeah, it’ll be prettyyyyyy easy to stay on track with your health and fitness goals with this Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board. It’s pretty much the answer to all your holiday prayers.
Today we’re doing something a little bit different here on the blog, since it’s the holiday season and all!
Anyone else OBSESSED with charcuterie boards here? Well, today I’ve put together a Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board for those of you who are trying to be more health-conscious this holiday season. It’s got a great selection of healthier, delicious treats so that you can still indulge during the holidays but not feel guilty after eating so many snacks.
Ingredients in a healthy Charcuterie Board
Here's everything I included in my protein-packed charcuterie board – feel free to swap different ingredients in or out, but these are healthier alternatives that are sure to make your holiday entertaining a breeze!
- hard-boiled eggs
- deli-style smoked turkey
- deli-style salami
- cheddar cheese
- fresh basil
- Cherry tomatoes
- red and yellow pepper
How to make a healthy Charcuterie Board
Here’s the basic formula of the Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board:
- Step 1: Choose your meats – I like to go with a variety of lean proteins like EGGS2go! (for the non-meat eaters out there) and shaved smoked turkey, as well as unexpected choices like beef jerky, which is packed with protein. I added some beef salami here too
- Step 2: Choose your cheeses – usually a hard cheese alongside a soft cheese is sufficient, but I usually try and pick a third as a bonus (who doesn’t love cheese right?!)
- Step 3: Add in some fresh fruits and veg – celery, bell peppers and carrots are all obvious choices for veggies, and figs are a delicious seasonal option when choosing fruit, along with pomegranate and persimmons (plus, they are soooooo pretty)
- Step 4: Flavour boosters – Pickles, olives, fresh herbs and mixed nuts are all bonus flavour profiles for your board!
- Step 5: Add in some dips – I LOVE hummus, and with the different flavours available these days you can grab a couple different ones for variety; I also like to get a spicy antipasto but a roasted red pepper dip or even a spinach dip works too
- Step 6: ENJOY!!!
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How to Make a Protein-Packed Healthy Charcuterie Board
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 package deli-style smoked turkey
- 1 package deli-style salami
- 1 package smoked cheddar cheese
- 1 package brie
- 1 container mini bocconcini cheese balls
- 1 package fresh basil
- 1 container Cherry tomatoes
- 1 cup mixed olives
- 1 jar pickles (cornichons)
- 1 persimmon, sliced
- 1 bunch grapes
- 1 pomegranate, cut open
- 2 celery stalks, julienned
- 1/2 each red and yellow pepper, julienned
- 1 zucchini, sliced on a diagonal
- 2 packages hummus (I got roasted garlic and beet flavours)
- 1 jar antipasto
- Assemble all ingredients on a large wood board with small bowls for the ingredients like olives, pickles and dips. Include cutlery for cheeses and arrange in a manner so that guests can pick and choose different snacks from the board. To make caprese bites, add cherry tomatoes, basil and bocconcini cheese on toothpicks and add to board. Serve and enjoy!