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Protein-Packed Cheese Board

Photo: Katherine Flynn


Enjoy this spread as an appetizer or dessert. Nuts and cheese pack in the protein while the fruit and chocolate add just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy your cravings. Not only does this cheese board pack in protein, there is more than 390mg of calcium per serving thanks to the cheese, almonds, and chocolate. Guests will love this lighter alternative to traditional Thanksgiving desserts. With 10 servings per cheese board, there's plenty for friends and family, but the recipe is easy to double if you need more.


  • 1 1/2 cups seedless grapes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup whole, unsalted almonds
  • 1/3 cup unsalted, roasted pistachios
  • 30 gluten-free crackers
  • 8 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounce dark chocolate 70-85% cacao

Nutrition Information

  • calories 310.4
  • fat 17.11 g
  • satfat 7.91 g
  • protein 18 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • sugars 11 g
  • sodium 535 mg

How to Make It

  1. Wash fruit. Slice cheese. Arrange on platter or wooden cheese board.