How to Build the Perfect Gluten-Free Cheese Board

Nothing makes me feel fancy like a big glass of cabernet and a delicious cheese board. The only problem is, traditional cheese boards are full of a bunch of foods that I don't eat on a regular basis, so I run the risk of starting the night bloated and uncomfortable. No matter who you are, gluten, dairy, and sugar-filled products can produce an inflammatory effect, and the extra goodies on charcuterie boards are often drenched in artificial ingredients, like candied fruit or jam.

But, there's hope! Ditch the stereotype and follow along with these easy tips to build a cheese board that will leave you and your guests satisfied. 

1. Pick goat or sheep's milk cheeses.

On a traditional cheese board, you should have both hard and soft cheeses. I like to throw in a mix of goat and sheep's milk cheeses because they are easier to digest, and I doubt your crowd will complain about the difference between a goat cheddar and a cow cheddar. There are so many good options, and my local Whole Foods always has a knowledgeable person behind the cheese counter who will help you with any wine or meal pairings!

2. Choose a nutrient dense cracker.

Some gluten-free breads and crackers are just full of sugar and aren't saving you much on the nutrition side of things. I love Simple Mills Sprouted Seed Crackers, which are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, non GMO, paleo, and come in 4 flavors! They are full of sprouted seeds, which are easier on your stomach and packed with nutrients. 

3. Get Quality Meat

The meat on a charcuterie board, like salami and prosciutto, is one of the easiest places to ingest extra sugar and nitrates. It's as simple as reading your labels! If you're shopping at a good store like Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or Natural Grocers, you can find organic meats without any added sugar or excess processing.

4. Pick colorful additives, not junk.

This is where you can get creative! To style your board and keep it from being too bland, throw in some fruit, nuts, pickled veggies, or whatever you have on hand! It doesn't have to be elaborate, but I like to choose at least 2-3 different colors and place them around the board to create visual interest. Also, the quality and look of your actual platter is going to add so much to the presentation, so make sure you have a good display!

Happy party planning!