Sometimes you just want dinner in a flash or maybe you're wanting a mix and match type meal. Here's the ultimate guide to building a satisfying snack plate meal!
Summer is basically in full gear and we’ve got parties to go to, trips to take, children to occupy, and everything else that comes along with this busy season. More now than ever, I want a no fuss, low (or no) cook dinner option to fall back on when things either don’t go to plan or you’ve got a lot going on.
Sometimes you just want a bunch of snacky type items instead of a traditional meal. And they’re perfect for those nights when you just don’t want to cook. Maybe you live alone or your partner isn’t home certain nights due to work, whatever the case may be, snack plates are a win-win! You get to eat more food, less prep, and it’s ready in minutes. Plus, if you have kids, they will totally love a snack plate night! It mixes up the routine and gets them trying a bunch of different foods in one meal.
So how do you actually make a snack plate into a substantial meal? It always comes back to the satisfying formula of carbs + protein + fat + fiber. This is my tried and true answer for basically any meal or snack. This winning combination will leave you feeling full, nourished, and satiated thanks to all the pieces of the nutrition puzzle being accounted for.
Let’s build that snack plate!
Keep things simple here. Choose crackers, pretzels, fruits, tortilla chips, veggies, naan, dried fruits, even cut up pieces of bread work. I like to pick 1-2 carb items, most likely a cracker of some sort plus a fruit or veggie. This gives you a nice variety of texture and crunch, as well.
My go to for protein on a snack plate is cheese, but get creative! Deli meats, charcuterie, nut butters, hummus, nuts and seeds. You could even have a cup of yogurt!
Your fat can come from a variety of sources when building a snack plate. Make a dipping oil for your bread, slice up an avocado, or enjoy the fat coming from the cheese, meats, and nuts and seeds.
Fiber is key for staying full after a meal. Incorporate whole grains into your carb selection and enjoy those fruits and veggies for a little extra fibrous crunch.
Snack Plate Formula
Carbs + Protein + Fat + Fiber = Satisfying Snack Plate Meal
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