18 Dec Mix and Mingle With This Healthy Cheese Platter
Now that we’re in the midst of holiday mixing and mingling, it’s always great to have a few easy ideas when hosting. A cheese platter is always a crowd pleaser.
One of my book club BFFs couldn’t believe that a cheese plate could be healthy. “Is there such a thing?” she challenged me. Yes, serve it with lots of fruit, nuts and whole grain crackers. Oh, and don’t eat the whole wedge. Swap in a cheese platter instead of a charcuterie tray, and you’re good to go.
From a health perspective, cheese offers up calcium, protein, vitamin B12, vitamin A and zinc among other nutrients. There’s even preliminary new research showing that good quality aged cheese contains vitamin K2, which channels calcium into bones instead our arteries.
It might surprise you to know that I only go for full-fat cheese. Fat = flavour. And a small chunk of cheese goes a long way in satisfying your cravings and boosting your happiness quotient. Personally, low-fat cheese just makes me feel like I’ve been cheated.
Five easy steps to pull off a healthy cheese platter:
- Start with a selection of Canadian cheese e.g. blue, soft cheese like Brie, aged firm cheese
- Add fresh fruit e.g. grapes, berries, apple and pear slices
- Tuck in dried fruit e.g. apricots, dates, figs
- Scatter some nuts e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts
- Lay out whole grain crackers e.g. Triscuits, Nairn’s oat crackers, whole wheat Melba/Paris toasts
Disclosure: Earlier this fall, I won a delicious cheese basket thanks to a Twitter party hosted by the folks at Canadian cheese. (Note: this post is not sponsored in any way.)
I had the glorious opportunity to choose $150 worth of cheese. So I turned to the latest Grand Prix winners for inspiration. A few of my faves included: Gunn’s Hill Five Brothers, Louis D’or 18 months (a Swiss-type cheese), Cows Creamery Appletree Smoked Cheddar, and Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar.
What do you serve on your cheese platter?