It’s the last two weeks of school for my kids, which, with a second grader and a fifth grader who is getting ready to start middle school in the fall (MIDDLE SCHOOL!!!), means each day is full of chaos on top of the normal work/blog/sports chaos. Happy, frenzied, last minute, do-my-shoes-even-match? chaos.
Through it all, mouths need to be fed. Many mouths. With a house often full of our friends and my kids’ friends, I’ve been calling on pantry staples that I can set out and serve without a second thought.
With me, though, eating starts with the eyes — I like food to look somewhat presentable. If we’re going to put it into our bodies, we should enjoy it from the first sight, right? So instead of just throwing out some boxes and bags of odds and ends, or just having the kids raid our pantry at will, I like to be able to pull together quick, healthy snack platters that please both kids and grown ups alike.
Here’s a look at one snack platter I recently set out for a brunch and for an impromptu afternoon with friends.
Last Minute Healthy Snack Platters
Small, simple, and healthier than setting out a bowl of cheesy poofs. These were devoured by guests of all ages, and allowed us to serve our guests food we already had on-hand. Cutting boards are the perfect casual serving platter that helps pull together bowls of smaller bites.
Here are some mix and match ingredients that I personally love to put together for quick & easy appetizer platters:
Sliced baguette or crackers
Meat – sliced salami, prosciutto, smoked salmon, shrimp
Nuts – almonds, cashews
Fruit – green and purple grapes, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, pears or apple slices
Cheese – a variety of hard and soft cheeses, goat cheese
Sweet – a dark chocolate bar broken into small pieces
For the crackers on my recent healthy snack platter, I served Blue Diamond Almond Nut-Thins. Blue Diamond recently sent me some to sample and I have to say: these are GOOD. To my surprise, my daughter, who is the picky eater of the house, LOVED these; she would have eaten the entire contents of both boxes had I let her! They are wheat-free and gluten-free, and delicious: nutty, salty, and the thin rice and nut cracker shape makes it perfect for eating on its own or dipping into sauces and dips. We went out and bought more to keep in our pantry for easy entertaining for those last minute guests!
A simple snack or appetizer platter like this takes no time at all to assemble and looks put together while still providing some healthy protein and vitamins to satisfy active kids and tired adults.
What would be on your healthy snack platter to serve to last minute/unexpected guests?
This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. As always, all opinions and photos are my own; I only write about products, events, and exper