Snack Plate Meals: The Low Effort, Less Fuss Way to Make a Healthy Dinner for One

by Laura Purcell

Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen preparing a meal for one? Do you want to eat healthy but don’t have the time or energy to cook a full meal? Look no further than snack plate meals!

You may have heard it called “girl dinner”, “picky bits”, or “pantry plate”, but whatever you call it, snack plate meals are a great way to make a healthy and balanced dinner with minimal effort. By including a variety of foods from all the food groups, you can ensure that you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.

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To make a snack plate meal, start with a plate or platter and choose a variety of foods to include. Aim for a mix of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, fruits, and vegetables. Here are some ideas:

Protein: sliced deli meat, hard-boiled eggs, hummus, nuts, seeds, cheese

Carbohydrates: crackers, bread, fruit, roasted sweet potato, quinoa

Healthy Fats: avocado, olives, nuts, seeds

Fruits: sliced apples, berries, grapes, melon, pineapple

Vegetables: sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, bell pepper strips, celery

Arrange the food on the plate in an aesthetically pleasing manner. Go ahead and get out the fancy dishes! Not only will it look nice, but it will also make it more enjoyable to eat.

To make sure your snack plate meal is a full and balanced meal, aim to include at least one food from each food group. For example, you could have sliced deli meat (protein), crackers (carbohydrates), avocado (healthy fats), and baby carrots (vegetables).

Snack plate meals are also a great way to use up leftovers or odds and ends in your fridge. Got some leftover roasted chicken? Add it to your snack plate meal. Have some half-used containers of hummus and guacamole? Use them as dips for your vegetables.

Snack plate meals are a low effort, less fuss way to make a healthy dinner for one. By including a variety of foods from all the food groups, you can ensure that you are getting all the nutrients your body needs. So next time you’re short on time or energy, give snack plate meals a try!

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