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Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #46 -Bariatric Friendly Charcuterie Board 101
December 06, 2023
Bariatric Friendly Charcuterie Board 101
Tiny Tummy Tips, Issue #46-- How to Make a Bariatric Friendly Charcuterie Board
In This Issue1) What Goes on a Bariatric Charcuterie Board
2) Pro Tips: Wow Your Guests!
The first time I ever saw a charcuterie board was at a family party. My young, hip, trendy, Pinterest loving cousin brought it. I could hardly understand the word she was pronouncing when she told me it was a “charcuterie board.”
In case you don’t already know, a charcuterie board is simply an appetizer tray typically served on a wooden (cutting) board.
It features a selection of meats surrounded by foods that complement those meats- most commonly fruits, nuts, crackers, and dips. And it’s usually very pretty …and intimidating to think of making!
So now that the holidays are in full swing, I thought I’d not only show you how to make a charcuterie board…but how to make it bariatric friendly!
A charcuterie board is the PERFECT addition to your arsenal of weight loss tools. It will help keep you on track at any party you’re hosting or attending.
And it will WOW your guests ;)
What Goes On a Bariatric Charcuterie Board?Meats - Master the meats (proteins) by skipping the typical fatty salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto and opt for deli turkey, lean ham, smoked salmon, and/or thinly sliced chicken.
Fresh Fruit - Consider red or green grapes, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries, pomegranate seeds, or slices of apple or pears. Skip the dried fruit!
Fresh Veggies - Think cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, mini peppers, jicama sticks, snap peas, broccoli and cauliflower florets.
Cheeses - Choose hard cheeses to spare yourself from having to add tempting crackers that are necessary to spread the soft cheeses on!
Smoked gouda, cheddar, mozzarella, or holiday cheeses that abound are good choices. I tried a Trader Joes “Figgy Cheddar” the other day at the tasting station, and it was fantastic!
Consider some…or all…reduced fat cheeses so you have plenty of bariatric friendly options. And remember to choose cheese sparingly as it’s NOT the high protein choice it’s made out to be.
Nuts and Seeds - These are a great addition, but remember to portion sparingly when you serve yourself. Like cheese, nuts are calorically dense and NOT the high protein choice they’re touted to be in bariatric circles:
Think pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, halved pecans, pistachios, almonds. Consider using flavored nuts (cinnamon almonds, rosemary walnuts, etc.) as one “fun” choice.
Dips - Don’t forget to add plenty of low calorie dips like reduced fat hummus, salsa, tzatziki, or Greek yogurt based dips. Flavored mustards are a good choice too.
ProTips: Wow Your Guests!• Be Odd: Use odd number of meats and cheeses. Opt for trios instead of pairs of most anything on the board. It just looks better!
• Use small bowls or ramekins for nuts, seeds, berries, and dips. Place them on the board FIRST…before you start adding meats, cheeses, etc.
• Fan out, or roll up meats and cheeses.
• Don’t bother de-stemming. Leave grapes on the vine…it adds interesting texture!
Don’t leave any “white space:” Add herbs, edible flowers, clipping from your garden…whatever it takes…to make a totally full board.
Every nook and cranny should be filled in with a sprinkling of nuts, a random berry or whatever it takes! Kind of like grouting… if you’ve ever done tile work ;)
TRULY THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT:
There’s really no “wrong” way to do this if you start with the right ingredients above. A combination of lean meats, lowfat cheeses, fruits, veggies, nuts, and healthy dips make up the ultimate party companion…a bariatric friendly charcuterie board!
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