Before we get to the charcuterie of it all, let’s discuss something. We get asked this a lot, and you’ve probably wondered it yourself:
How do you know the “right” diet or the “right” foods to eat, when you get so many conflicting facts? It can be overwhelming! How do you know what’s fact vs. fiction?
Borrowing advice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (website: eatright.org), helps simplify things a lot. It’s all about VARIETY and not about following a specific diet (low-fat, low-carb, low-sugar, etc.) or cutting out entire food groups… because those kinds of eating plans are really hard to sustain for a lifetime.
In a nutshell (pun intended), it’s about eating more healthy, whole foods, like veggies, fruits, seafood, nuts, and beans – and eating less processed meats, refined grains, sweetened drinks, or sugary/processed foods.
By focusing on the big picture of your eating patterns, you’ll notice huge changes in your energy, how your body feels and looks, and even your mood. Plus, it’s so much easier to make your food and meal choices.
One thing that is really interesting is that they even recommend looking at the “big picture” of your veggie intake over the course of a week instead of day-by-day.
Every week, they recommend shooting for 1½ cups of dark green veggies, 5½ cups of red and orange vegetables, 1½ cups of beans/legumes, 5 cups of starches (sweet potato, squash) and 4 cups of “other vegetables” (green beans, cauliflower, cabbage, mushrooms, cucumbers, onions, zucchini, etc.).
That seems like a lot, but it boils down to 2½ cups a day and gives you lots of options for variety!
Our Healthy Snacking Guide is a great place to start to incorporate more of the good stuff into your diet.
Speaking of which … we have a really fun entertaining idea for you that is all about variety that will let you sneak in some veggie servings. How about creating a healthy charcuterie board the next time you have family and/or friends over?
You’ve probably seen charcuterie boards in magazines or online – they are super trendy right now. Basically, it’s a board (and sometimes even an entire table!) covered with snacks like nuts, fruit, uncured deli meats, veggies, and dips/spreads.
If you want to make a charcuterie board, you can use several of the recipes included in the Healthy Snacking Guide >>click here to download for FREE<< (the cauliflower hummus, baked chicken wings, dried plum poppers, to name just a few). Add some goat cheese, cauliflower and broccoli florets, baby carrots, celery, uncured deli meats, shrimp, fresh fruit, or other favorites.
Your guests will love it!
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