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Charcuterie board is perfect for the keto diet

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.” 

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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:

  1. Meat, one that I love is from Columbus Craft Meats

  2. Cheese - a combination of soft and hard cheeses (I love a 6 month sheep’s milk manchego and a goat cheese soft brie)

  3. Fruits that are low in sugar, such as berries

  4. Veggies - if you want to add them for more variety

  5. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.




































































Balsamic Glazed Baked Salmon with fresh Strawberry Salsa

Balsamic Glazed Baked Salmon with fresh Strawberry Salsa

I was so inspired by the lunch we had at the most recent Safeway Blogger Tour at Monterey Bay Aquarium and wanted to make something with one of my favorite seafood, Atlantic Salmon. This dish is so simple and easy to make for a healthy weeknight meal.

Sustainable Seafood with Safeway

Last month Safeway invited me to join them in Monterey for a morning of seafood education with Seafood Watch at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® program helps consumers and businesses choose seafood that’s fished or farmed in ways that support a healthy ocean. Not only do they raise public awareness, they help develop policies to improve traceability in the global seafood supply chain, end illegal unregulated fishing, and partner with both international and national organizations to address environmental and humans rights issues.

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Before heading to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we checked out the Monterey Andronico’s Community Market location, which is a neighborhood market who’s goal is to feed a healthy life. At an Andronico’s Community Market you’ll find natural groceries, specialty items, and inspired “made-from-scratch” meals and treats. While there, we learned about how Fish Wise, an organization that partners with the seafood industry to achieve some of the most ambitious responsible seafood commitments, helps retailers like Safeway and Andronico’s educate their consumers about seafood sustainability. Seafood should always be labeled with how its being sourced: farmed, wild caught, fresh, or frozen. In some cases you’ll also know where the seafood is sourced.

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While at Andronico’s we got to learn how to properly open and clean a crab which was so much fun. I shared my experience on IG Stories, but here’s a photo of Taylor and I in our crab cleaning outfits of the day!

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Our trip to Monterey was short, but sweet and filled with such fun memories. We got to briefly check out The Jellies Experience and the Open Sea, two of my favorite exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium that I can sit and watch in wander.

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We also walked through the Seafood Watch exhibit where there was a display of all this trash that was picked up from a local beach in one day. It was such a heartbreak to see all this pollution that fills our beautiful California beaches.

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After we had a delicious lunch over at The Fish Hopper. It started off with delicious mimosas that were made with freshly squeezed Vintage Sweets Navel Oranges, which give the perfect balance of acid and sugar. Then we had the most delicious Dungeness Crab Meat Melt on top of Rustik Oven Sourdough with baby arugula and Vintage Sweets Heirloom Navel Oranges. After that crab melt I was hooked and craving crab melts for almost a week!

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Our main course was a grilled fresh local Petrale Sole that was topped with an orange sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes and a fresh strawberry mint relish. It was followed by a Heirloom Navel Orange cheesecake with a crispy The Rustik Oven Sourdough bread wafer.

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I was so inspired by this Safeway Blogger Trip that I immediately went home to make a delicious salmon dish that pulled some of the elements from this meal.

This post was sponsored by Safeway, but all opinions are 100% my own. #SWYBloggerTours

Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Dinner + Gluten Free Air Fried Chicken

Our Unconventional Thanksgiving Dinner + Gluten Free Air Fried Chicken

This year my birthday landed on Thanksgiving and since I was just coming back home from my recent travels I wanted to have more of an intimate Thanksgiving gathering that included my husband and our two daughters rather than the large traditional gatherings we do with our families every year.

I pulled the birthday girl card and asked for one of my favorite meals which happens to be fried chicken! Jonathan, my partner in crime, makes a mean fried chicken that we adopted from the famous Chef Thomas Keller. If you’ve never been up to Ad Hoc in Yountville, I suggest you go as soon as you can.

Earthbound Safeway Blogger Tour

Earthbound Safeway Blogger Tour

A few weeks ago I was with Safeway for another blogger tour and this time it was to Earthbound Farms. I love these experiences with Safeway because it gives me an opportunity to learn about where our food comes from, how certain companies source their food, and the history behind their company.