There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to platters and using your creative juices is half the fun of it! There are some super simple ways you can amp up the health in your platter. Check out our go-to platter essentials for creating a platter that not only looks beautifully colourful but also provides an abundance of nourishment…
1. Veggie Sticks
Rule of thumb when choosing veggies for your platter… The more colour, the better! Carrot, capsicum and cucumber are our fave colourful combo, all providing something a little different when it comes to flavour, texture and nutrition.
Olives pack such a healthy punch that adding them into your diet each and every day should be an absolute no-brainer. And what easier way to do so than with a platter! With so many varieties to choose from, there’s an olive to suit everyone’s taste buds. Being rich in monounsaturated “healthy” fats, olives are not only great for your heart health but also for helping you to gain that glow from within; in your eyes, hair, skin and nails.
3. Brown Rice Bites
Ceres Organics Brown Rice Bites are an absolute winner for bulking up your platter with a delightful crunch that can be enjoyed as is or dipped in hummus. They are completely natural and free of MSG and preservatives, grown from organic brown rice into wholesome bite-sized morsels. This Ceres Organics range is available in four delicious flavours; Original, Coconut, Sour Cream & Chives and Sea Salt & Vinegar (our fave of the lot!).
A delicious creamy dip of some sort is a key accompaniment to your brown rice bites and veggie sticks. Our go-to dip is hummus as there are so many yummy varieties that are free of nasties, either purchased from your local health food store or made from scratch at home. Try our Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus for something a little richer in flavour and an appealing combo of smooth and creamy with crisp and crunchy.
5. Fresh & Dried Fruits
Grapes, blueberries and kiwifruit are our pick for a splash of colour and nutrients to this ever-growing platter. If we’re going down the dried fruit variety, you can’t go past dried apricot, mango or papaya. Working with seasonal produce for platters is a great way to source organic where possible and to provide nutrient-dense fruits that are full of antioxidants and anthocyanins.
Summer is looming and platters are the perfect evening entertainer plate! Why not boost the health content of yours with our suggestions above? What do you choose to put on your platters? Let us know in the comments below xo