I’m not a believer in a specific diet. As a matter of fact I’m a firm believer of bio-individuality. Bio-Individuality means “There's no one-size-fits-all diet – each person is a unique individual with highly individualized nutritional requirements. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition and cell structure all influence your overall health and the foods that make you feel your best. Men eat differently than women, children eat differently than adults, and we all have very different preferences. Our personal tastes and inclinations, natural shapes and sizes, blood types, metabolic rates and genetic backgrounds influence what foods will and won’t nourish us.”
What I love about being a little bit more flexible with my dietary needs is that I get the chance to define my health by my terms through exploring what works for me and my needs, something I encourage my clients to do when they work with me as their health coach. This allows for more lifestyle freedom working towards an overall wellness goal of balance and harmony in all the things that one loves and enjoys, like charcuterie which happens to be keto diet friendly!
What is the Keto Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. (source) The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. Ketones are chemicals made in your liver and is produced when your body doesn’t have enough insulin to turn sugar into energy.
In our house, a charcuterie board is the perfect lunch, snack, or dinner. It’s our go-to for entertaining and always makes an incredible centerpiece for intimate gatherings. Charcuterie boards are keto friendly because you’re basically cutting out the carbs and intaking a high amount of fat. Hello cheese and meats!
To make a keto friendly charcuterie board you’ll need:
Meat, one that I love is from Columbus Craft Meats
Cheese - a combination of soft and hard cheeses (I love a 6 month sheep’s milk manchego and a goat cheese soft brie)
Fruits that are low in sugar, such as berries
Veggies - if you want to add them for more variety
Nuts - my favorite are marcona almonds that are lightly dressed with olive oil and sea salt.
Bending the rules for entertaining
Since no one in our house follows a specific diet I like to make sure that my charcuterie boards have options for everyone to enjoy. I love adding things like Nabisco’s Triscuit. Triscuit is 100% Whole Wheat, simple, and made with wholesome ingredients. It’s non GMO verified which is typically the main thing I look for when it comes to healthy eating. I also include Wheatberry clusters on the charcuterie board. A wheat berry is a whole, unprocessed kernel of wheat that contains all three parts of the grain, including the bran, germ, and endosperm. (source) One thing that I’ve come to love about Triscuit Wheatberry is that its a great alternative for a granola snack and pairs perfectly with meat and cheese.
Safeway is a grocery store that’s dedicated to sourcing amazing products like Columbus Craft Meats, which is one of our favorite charcuterie brands. They are crafted in San Francisco and have been around for over 100 years. In 2018 they substantially transitioned to anti-biotic free meat due to their stubborn pursuit of high quality meat, a journey of the company since day one. As a part of their journey they also began a process they call “clean label” where they will also be eliminating artificial colors, flavors and phosphates. They make a great selection of meats and for charcuterie boards I really enjoy having a mix of salami — dry italian, genoa, and sopressata. Our girls love prosciutto so we’ll add that too when we’re feeling in the mood for it.
We LOVE wine! When I first started my fitness journey I was told by my fitness coach that I couldn’t have any wine during my 12 week transformation. It was definitely heart breaking to hear because I love a good glass of Pinot Noir with dinner. As time passed I learned that you can live a healthy lifestyle while indulging in little pleasures like wine. We have several wine memberships throughout Napa Valley and one of them happens to be with J Vineyard. We’re fans of J Vineyard’s selection of bubbles and their Pinot Noir. Their 2016 Pinot Noir opens with aromatic notes of black cherry and baking spice and pairs perfectly with cured meats and cheese.
I like to keep my charcuterie boards really simple, but let your imagination run wild with it. What do you put on your charcuterie boards? Comment below and let me know.
This post was sponsored by Safeway and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own.