This customizable snack board is filled with all the good stuff like fresh fruit, vegetables, healthy dips, and protein packed extras. Read on for ways to customize and make this board your own! Perfect for Easter, parties, or just a fun activity if you’re bored at home.
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What is a snack board?
A snack board is a platter filled with a variety of bite sized foods. It can also be referred to as a charcuterie board or smorgasbord. Creating a snack board is a fun, hands-on activity for friends and family, especially during quarantine when you’re stuck at home.
It makes for a beautiful, Instagram-worthy presentation you can be proud of. Plus, it’s a great way to reduce food waste and use up any random bits of food you have on hand.
What should I make it on?
I love to build my snack platters on large cutting boards. I recently stumbled upon Bees Boards, a small batch walnut cutting board company based out of California. This board is incredibly sturdy and truly a stunning block of wood. I find that walnut boards have just the right amount of hardness. Walnut is not as porous as other softer woods, making it durable and resistant to harmful bacteria getting trapped. At the same time, it’s not overly hard so it’s easier on your knives. You can purchase this walnut cutting board on Amazon here. Bees Boards has a maple cutting board option too.
Don’t have a large cutting board? You can also use a baking sheet, a large white dinner platter, or even just a counter lined with parchment paper. Really any flat, clean surface works great. To make your display picture-worthy, get some inspiration from Google or Pinterest and then let your creativity run wild!
Here are the essentials for building a healthy snack board:
Fresh fruit provides important vitamins and minerals to keep us healthy. It also provides fiber which helps keep us fuller longer. Any fruit works but here are some of my favorites.
- Sliced Apples
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Apricots
Much like fruit, vegetables are highly nutritious and low in calories. They go great with savory dips or as is. Here are some crunchy vegetables to fill your platter with.
- Cucumber Slices
- Sweet Pepper Slices
- Snap Peas
- Cherry Tomatoes
Cheese often gets a bad rap as “fattening” and “unhealthy”. However, I believe in Intuitive Eating and think there is no food that is inherently “bad”. If you like cheese, definitely enjoy it in moderation! It provides satisfying protein and flavor for this snack board. You could also opt for reduced fat options if you like. Here’s some ideas, but feel free to throw on any cheese you love.
- Goat Cheese (chèvre)
- Blue Cheese
4. Bread and Crackers
Carbohydrates are a crucial part for rounding out this snack board. Try to choose whole grain options when you can as they provide an extra boost of dietary fiber.
Don’t leave those dippers hanging. A great dip is essential for a snack board. Here are some of my favorite healthy dips–both savory and sweet.
- Baba Ganoush
- 2 Ingredient Chia Seed Jam
- Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip
- Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Dip
- Hazelnut Spread
6. Protein-Packed Extras
You could certainly add lean meats like turkey breast or jerky to the board for extra protein if you like. I decided to highlight plant based protein snacks here. These are some of my favorites.
- Roasted Chickpeas
- Lightly Salted Mixed Nuts
- Marcona Almonds
- Hard Boiled Eggs
- Bada Bean Bada Boom Fava Beans
- Brami Lupini Beans
- Crunchy Lentils
- Dry Roasted Edamame
- Chickpea Puffs
What are your favorite choices to add to this customizable snack board?