Build a Healthier Platter Board

How-To: Build a Healthy Platter Board

Having to say ‘no’ to things that are on-trend because you’re being healthier is no fun! Instead, take something + give it a makeover. Platter boards, generally loaded with carbs, heavy cheeses, nuts, + other high-calorie + fat foods, can be changed up in little ways to provide an easy app tray or grazing meal/snack tray for the fridge without the guilt.

Quick Fixes by Ashley

… save time, money, calories, + fat…

  • Choose healthy dips (hummus, guacamole, Tzatsiki made with Greek yogurt, DIY dips that are recipe rehabs of popular bad for you ones)
  • Use leftover, colorful cooked + raw veggies to replace the overdone bread + crackers
  • Get creative with carbs like dried chickpeas, flax crackers, coconut wraps, + more
  • Easy proteins that keep like smoked salmon + prosciutto are better than salamis + oily sausages
  • Skip dried fruits + use fresh like apple slices, broiled orange slices with cinnamon,
  • Add healthier fats like avocado + olives (not marinated in oil) to make cheese + nut portions smaller
  • Use hard vs soft cheeses (lower in fat)
  • Instead of nuts, use a nut butter as a dip to help control portions

Get creative, use what you have, make it pretty, + enjoy!

Touchdown! Healthier Football Party Snacks

Make your football viewing healthier with these #reciperehabs of our favorite comfort foods.

Instead of chicken wings (648 calories in 8 small wings,) buffalo chicken meatballs (296 calories in 8) – SAVE 352 calories with me!

makes 24 meatballs

What You Need:

  • 2 LBS ground chicken meat, all white
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup gluten-free panko breadcrumbs
  • salt + pepper, to taste
  • 1 bottle dairy-free buffalo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage mix
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced thinly + pan-grilled
  • 1/2 cup paleo ranch dressing, to dip
  • To Make:
  1. Mix the chicken, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, and egg together in a bowl.
  2. Form the mix into 24 meatballs. Place them in the slow-cooker with the buffalo sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Plate atop the cabbage mix and grilled onions with ranch on the side.

Toss pizza delivery aside for cauliflower pepperoni pizza muffins! A large slice of pepperoni pizza has more than 400 calories in it and isn’t too filling. These pizza muffins are only 225 calories and low-carb!

makes 12 muffins

What You Need:

  • 2 cups finely riced, raw cauliflower
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 package Applegate pepperoni
  • 1 jar marinara sauce or pizza sauce

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cauliflower through the flour- place into a greased muffin tin. Bake for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Add the marinara atop each with some extra cheese + a slice of pepperoni – bake until cheese is melted -roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Serve!

I love Jalapeno poppers, but not the whopping 155 calories for one! I took some jalapenos + roasted them with half cream cheese, half Greek yogurt, tossed in some spices, + added bacon- voila! Only 75 calories each.

makes 16 poppers

What You Need:

  • 8 jalapenos, halved + deseeded
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/4 plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 8 slices of Applegate bacon, low-sodium, cooked + chopped

To Make:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the halved jalapenos on a baking sheet.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese, yogurt, adobo peppers, + bacon.
  3. Stuff the peppers + bake for 10-12 minutes or until tender.