I cannot deny that I have been absolutely OBSESSED with charcuterie boards lately. They are so easy to throw together and even more amazing to enjoy. I know what you are thinking, cheese boards are so unhealthy. Well, yeah, they can be. But with these tips and tricks, I will show you how to make a Weight Watcher friendly!
Start with a SMALL board. Portion control is everything. If I build a huge board, with pounds and pounds of meat, cheese and bread, I WILL EAT IT ALL. I use a small board to resist the temptation to eat way too much. A small board limits the amount of food you can eat. After building the board, I package up all the food and put it back into the fridge.
The next step is to start off with zero point, healthy foods: fruits and vegetables! For this board, I went with apples and bell pepper slices. I love using cucumber, broccoli, celery or carrots as well. Any fruit or vegetable you love can be used in this step, just be sure to slice it up into thin pieces to easily enjoy.
Next, choose some lower-fat cheese. Shop around at different stores to find the perfect cheeses for the perfect price. Publix has a great white sharp cheddar for less than $5. Walmart has lower fat mozzarella cheeses. Kraft has some 2% milk cheeses that would work great. Try to stay away from cheeses that have a higher fat content, such as brie and mascarpone.
Cabot brand has low-fat cheeses- 1 ounce for 1 point.
Trader Joe’s has a light Brie (my fave) which is 2 points for 1 ounce.
Belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella is 1 ounce for 2 points.
Next, opt for reduced-fat meats. Publix has some amazing reduced-fat salami and pepperoni that I love (8 slices for 3 points). I usually go for those two. Opt for more naturally lower fat meats, such as prosciutto or Canadian bacon, and try to stay away from higher fat meats, such as pancetta.
Choose a good, low point cracker. My absolute favorite is Good Thins. I went with Good Thing sea salt for this board. They are gluten-free and only 3 points for 41 pieces!!! The Parmesan and garlic version is amazing too; 4 points for 17 pieces.
Finally, top off your charcuterie board with more zero points items such as cranberries, grapes or olives.
Add some herbs for color if you wish!
Don’t forget to pop your favorite glass of bubbly and enjoy!