How to Create a Healthier, Family-Friendly Charcuterie Board

Appies & Snacks, Holiday Dishes, Snacks

How to make a family friendly charcuterie board that even the kids will love!

The holidays are here, and with it comes a whole lot of BUSY!  Did you know that the average person spends a whopping TWO WEEKS worth of time getting ready for the holidays???  With gifts to buy, dinners to prep and parties to attend, let’s face it, time is of the essence (isn’t it always when you have kids?).  It’s the time of  year when people let nutrition slip bit by bit (or shall I say bite by bite?).

While some holiday indulgences are to be expected, it’s good to have some tricks up your sleeve that help you incorporate healthy options for your family in a pinch.  And why not start with that holiday party?

Charcuterie boards have been a holiday staple at EVERY party that I can remember.  But they are always filled with foods that aren’t exactly kid friendly.  What a miss!  Kids love snacking, so why not build a healthier charcuterie board that even the kids can enjoy!?  People often make separate dishes for the kids, but I’m a big fan of dishes that the whole family can dig into (translation: less work).

I put together a list of 30 ideas for kid-friendly foods to incorporate into your board below, including Burnbrae FarmsEGGS2go! who I partnered with to create this post.  I love the idea of adding various healthy proteins to the board, and these eggs are not only high in protein, but also have 13 essential vitamins and minerals. Available in a number of different flavours (dill, teriyaki, hot sauce, salt and pepper and the original omega-3), they have all the same nutrition as a shell egg you boil yourself, but with so much more flavour!  AND they are already boiled and flavoured which is one less thing for you to do with no nutrition compromise: my kind of shortcut.  You can just slice up the eggs or even get creative and make snowmen or other characters out of the eggs in seconds using carrots and peppercorns (see below). On second thought, why not get the kids to make them: fun for them and one more thing to stroke off of your to-do list!? Sneaky mommy!

Making snowmen out of hardboiled eggs with two easy steps, such a great activity for the kids and an easy way to add fun to the holiday appetizer table!

Simple tutorial for how to make snowmen out of hardboiled eggs

On that note, kids are ALWAYS more likely to eat something if they think it was their idea (remind you of anyone… ahem, hubby).  Charcuterie boards are one of those things that look better when they are slightly deconstructed, so if you’re feeling up to it why not involve the kids in putting it together?  They will love the variety and independence!

Create a festive holiday-inspired charcuterie board that even the kids can enjoy! \How to build a healthier charcuterie board

30 foods to add to your charcuterie board to make it healthier and kid-friendly!

Here are some nutritious ideas to incorporate into your next family-style charcuterie board:


  1. Burnbrae Farms’ EGGS2go!
  2. Hummus
  3. Whole grain crackers
  4. Mini Carrot Sticks
  5. Banana Chips
  6. Dried Figs
  7. Pomegranate (kids love these, so much fun to eat!)
  8. Nuts (cashews, almonds etc.)
  9. Broccoli florets (with or without dip)
  10. Mandarin oranges
  11. Sliced apples
  12. Cubed cheese
  13. Bread sticks
  14. Grapes
  15. Shredded roast chicken
  16. Dried apricots
  17. Organic cheddar crackers/bunnies
  18. Trail mix
  19. Energy balls
  20. Raspberries or blackberries
  21. Cherry Tomatoes
  22. Whole mini peppers
  23. Pretzels
  24. Sliced cucumber
  25. Tzatziki
  26. Pita bread
  27. Mini cheese or cheese strings
  28. Strawberries
  29. Deviled eggs using Burnbrae Farms’ EGGS2go!
  30. Sliced pear

What are your favourite charcuterie board foods? Please share below. I know that everyone appreciates the ideas, including me!


Happy Holidays my friends!



Burnbrae Eggs


Thank you Burnbrae Farms for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.

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12 Comments on “How to Create a Healthier, Family-Friendly Charcuterie Board”

  1. Stephanie D

    I love prosciutto, homemade quick pickled veggies (carrots, beets, fennel, etc), cheeses, honey, preserves, and does wine count? 😉

  2. Lisa Hile

    It’s just too pretty to eat!! But I ❤️ The cheeses and olives with grapes and salami! I guess everything! 😐

  3. Pamela

    This looks delish! I love a charcuterie board on Christmas Eve – or as we call it around here – a meat and cheese and cracker and pickle board! YUM.

  4. Landra Walker

    That board is perfect for charcuterie! Any suggestions on where I could purchase something similar?

  5. Kim K

    Wow, what a great looking board. I love the variety of items you decided to use. Thanks for sharing, I’d like to try this.

  6. Leah

    Wow what a great post. Such good ideas and just in time! I never thought of adding so many of the items. Delicious!

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