We are a family that loves the outdoors. We spend as much time as we can getting out and playing. Spring and summer on the farm is our favorite time of year. We do every homeschool lesson outside, story time is outside, yoga is outside and we eat as many meals as possible outside!
Our favorite way to eat lunches and even sometimes dinner is by compiling everyone’s favorites on big platters and heading to the front porch where we sit under the breeze of the fans, or head out into the field with a blanket. There is just something about a good charcuterie that makes you feel excited, like you’re breaking all of the meal time rules.
One thing I’ve learned from having three kids, is that ALL kids go through picky phases. Creating fun, colorful, kid-friendly charcuterie boards that offer sweet, savory, smooth and crunchy foods, will satisfy even your pickiest eaters! We do them differently every time, it really depends on what we have in the fridge. I can tell you the foundation of every board I make starts with cheese, a delicious cured meat for protein, and grapes. At this time of year, almost all of the grapes you will find come from Chile because their seasons are opposite of ours are in North America. Did you know that grapes are a good source of vitamin K, copper, and many of the B vitamins? There are so many benefits to eating grapes that I never even knew until recently! I strongly encourage you to learn more about them here!
After selecting the various fruits, veggies, and other goodies we have, I start assembling. Remember when I talked about kids being picky? Well, I always make sure to do savory on one side and sweet on the other and I will separate it with veggies or something like crackers or pretzels. I typically always have apples, berries of some kind, baby carrots and cucumbers on hand. These boards are ideal for cleaning out the pantry and fridge before a big grocery haul too!
Not to mention, right now, we are all staying home and staying safe in light of Covid-19 and I think we could ALL benefit from a break of our in-home routine and shake it up a bit. Skip the frozen nuggets that have become so easy and are about all you can find in the stores right now, stop standing over the counter eaten rejected PB&J crusts and have a healthy, light, energizing snack and if the weather is right, take it all outside and enjoy some fresh air and vitamin D! Make it fun, play a game of I-spy, build a fort on the laundry line, turn on the sprinkler. Making memories over fun lunches this way is what your kids are sure to remember about this time!