Summer, especially the festive season, involves lots of entertaining, drinks and nibbles. Over this time, it’s easy to go for options that aren’t the healthiest, but it’s easier than you think to create delicious, healthy options that aren’t difficult to make.
If you’re gluten intolerant, or have celiac disease, then this time of year can be even more challenging. But thanks to Sovereign, and their new #lifetakecharge mantra, we’ve got you covered. Sovereign are all about empowering New Zealander’s to take charge of their health and well being, so this summer, why not take charge and create your own gluten free platters that are healthy and delicious.
Here’s some ideas and recipes to make up that perfect platter that you can take to your event. It’s the easiest way to make sure you’ve got your options covered, and the host will love you for bringing such an amazing platter that’s healthy, gluten free and delicious.
Forget the chips and dip, this platter contains plenty of nutrient rich options that are also gluten free and tasty.
Your traditional snacks for entertaining usually involve chips, reduced cream onion dip, refined wheat crackers, processed meats and creamy dips. These options are all energy dense and considering platters are normally served before a meal, it’s best to keep them light to avoid overdoing it. Freshen up your platter by including plenty of fresh, crispy vegetables, healthy dips and a few extras like nuts, a little cheese or some healthy protein like smoked salmon, or chicken.
Fresh vegetables – Capsicum, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomato, snow peas, edamame beans,
Dips – beetroot dip, tzatziki, hummus, pesto
Protein – smoked salmon slices, cooked prawns on skewers, mussels, slices of chicken
Cheese – Mainland noble, brie, blue cheese
Fruit – Strawberries, blackberries, grapes, figs
Other – olives, gherkins, rice/seed crackers, nuts, pickled onions
My mini platter, as above, contains: Feta cheese, figs, walnuts, baby carrots, peas, poppy seed rice wafers and beetroot dip.
Home made dips are actually really easy to make, and often far healthier than store bought alternatives. Here’s the beetroot dip pictured.
1 large beetroot
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons natural, unsweetened yoghurt
30g feta cheese
Preheat oven to 190 degrees celcius. Peel the beetroot and cut into 8 wedges. Place on a piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the tin foil. Place on an oven tray in the oven and roast for approximately 30 minutes. Remove from oven, open up the foil and allow to cool. Place the beetroot, yoghurt and feta in a blender or food processor and blend until well mixed and smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Another tasty, healthy and gluten free dip option is garlic hummus. This dip is easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients. Find the recipe here.
What are your ideas for a healthy summer entertaining? Do you have any delicious dip ideas?
Let me know in the comments below.
This post was sponsored by Sovereign. All thoughts and onions are my own.