Healthy Charcuterie Additions

November 28, 2023
| Created by Marisa Gutierrez MS, RDN, CD

This blog was written by BYU dietetic intern Kelsey Mueller-Davis.

Charcuterie boards are a beautiful appetizer with nearly infinite flavor combinations. While they typically include fatty and salty meats and cheeses, you can customize them by adding Dietitians Choice options to create a more balanced and nutritious board. This will still satisfy and also give your guests the nutrition they need to fuel themselves this holiday season. Plus, you can modify based on any dietary restrictions or preferences. Here are a few options:

Meats and cheeses

Meats and cheeses are the star of the show in charcuterie boards! These provide protein, which helps keep you full. Dietitians Choice options are lower in saturated fat and sodium than other options. 

If you are vegetarian or vegan (or have guests who are), you can also use our Vegan tag to find options suitable for them. 

chocolate and nuts

These can round out the flavors of a board with some sweetness or earthiness. Dark chocolate can benefit your heart, brain, nerves, and mood! Read more about dark chocolate here. Nuts are loaded with fiber, healthy fats, and protein.  


Crackers are a great vehicle for dips and softer cheeses. Whole grain crackers provide fiber and B vitamins that will help keep you feeling satisfied until your next meal. 

You can find gluten-free cracker options using our Gluten-Free tag. 


Dips set the tone of your charcuterie board. Harmons’ made fresh in-store hummus contains healthy fats, plant-based protein, and tons of flavor to complement the other products on your board. Read about Harmons’ other dip options here 

fruits and vegetables

We recommend half of each plate to be fruits and vegetables. These can balance out some of the heavier options, making a board that you can keep coming back to. Some of our favorites this time of year are pears, grapes, dates, figs, and pomegranates. 

Balance is key for maximum satisfaction while fueling your body this holiday season. If you’re looking for more healthy charcuterie additions, please email