Healthy Aldi Charcuterie Board

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The holidays are rapidly approaching, which usually means a rapid decline in my healthy eating habits and bank account. The #Charcuterie Board made entirely from Aldi products is not only economical, it also has many healthy options and is totally delicious!

There are a ton of things you can do with these boards, and Aldi has really upped their game. This is not the Aldi my Mom went to get canned goods once a month!

What I love about these is it’s very easy to be inclusive to everyone that may have diet restrictions or are just trying to eat better. There are also options for people that are saying “It’s the holidays! Screw it!”

Here is how my wonderful niece from The Cookie Bake Shop put one together with only Aldi ingredients!

Mini Naan bread cut into quarters, some brie cheese, cheddar stuffed olives, blueberries and strawberries.

Pretzel Slims, Live G Free Multiseed crackers and butternut squash crackers (my favorites) pack a punch points wise if you follow WW. Most are around 20 crackers for 3 points.

Red Grapes, black olives, Happy Farms cheese wedges, truffle cheddar cheese, Irish cheddar cheese, and Honey artisan cheddar.

Garlic Hummus, almonds round out the charcuterie. Not pictured is the prosciutto, as my little nephews decided it was delicious 🙂 That’s the beauty of these boards, there was plenty left to fill in the holes with the leftovers, and you can refill it at least a couple of times in a night!

My favorite style of board can be found here, but you can use anything to make one of these. Use your imagination and creativity and people will be wowed! It really is easy so give it a try this holiday season!

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Whipped Key Lime Pie Bowls

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Summer is coming!  Here in the Chicago area we had a taste of it last week, and it can not come soon enough!  It inspired me to make a refreshing summertime dessert that won’t kill the Smartpoint bank.

I love Key Lime Pie, and I love this whipped version that requires no baking.  The problem is just the sweetened condensed milk alone is like 50 some points.

Ouch.

So I figured out how to make my own.  It does use artifical sweeteners, and while I do try to eat whole foods, I am human. Needless to say the chemical police will not like this one.  Don’t be food shaming me.

This dessert is either 4 or 5 Smartpoints.  If you just have a half cup serving it is 4 points.  If you crumble a vanilla wafer cookie on the top, which I highly recommend, it pushes it to five but is totally worth it!

You also have a choice with your consistency.  You can freeze it for a ice cream like texture, or refrigerate for a more creamy, whipped consistency.

Or you could do like I do and freeze for an hour, let it sit in the fridge for an hour, and enjoy a melty ice cream consistency 🙂

 

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cup Non-Fat Dry Milk Powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Sweet Additions Stevia Baking Mix (found at Aldi, or you could use the Splenda brand)
1/2 cup Lime Juice
1 tsp Lime Zest
1 8 oz Tub Fat Free Cool Whip, defrosted

7 Vanilla Wafer Cookies (optional)

Method of Preparation:

Mix dry milk powder and water thoroughly.  Cover and microwave for 30-60 seconds.  You just want to warm it up, do NOT let it boil.

Give it a good stir and add in your Stevia.  This is what I use:

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You must refrigerate this mixture for at least 2 hours.

After the 2 hours is up add your lime juice and zest and mix fully.  I actually put it in my stand mixture and whirl it around on high for about a minute because the milk powder can get lumpy.  This gives it a great consistency.

Once the lime juice and zest are incorporated add your cool whip and gently mix them together.

Put 1/2 cup servings into ramiken or small bowls.  Freeze for at least an hour.  When ready to serve you can top with fresh lime zest and a crumbled vanilla wafer cookie.

This makes 7 1/2 cup servings.

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