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Insight of the Day: 'Girl dinner' could be the key to food joy, nutritionist says

"Girl dinner," a recent TikTok trend, is a way of eating where individuals assemble a plate of various foods, often similar to a charcuterie board, as a quick and easy dinner option. This trend has been met with both criticism and praise.

What is "girl dinner"?

  • A minimal-effort dinner, often resembling a single-serving charcuterie board.

  • Typically includes a variety of antipasti items like olives, cured meats, cheeses, nuts, raw vegetables, and fruit.

  • The combination of foods is flexible and based on personal preference.

A nutritionist's perspective

Nutritionist Kyle Crowley believes that "girl dinner" can promote intuitive eating, a non-diet approach to food based on listening to your body's hunger and fullness cues. He sees this trend as a positive shift away from strict diet culture.

Benefits of "girl dinner"

  • Encourages enjoying food and eating intuitively.

  • Promotes listening to your body's needs and preferences.

  • Offers a flexible approach to meal planning.

  • Provides an opportunity to incorporate various nutritious foods into your diet.

Potential concerns

  • Some critics argue that "girl dinner" may not be a balanced or complete meal.

  • It's important to ensure that your "girl dinner" includes a variety of nutrients for optimal health.


While "girl dinner" may not be suitable for everyone or every meal, it can be a fun and flexible way to incorporate more intuitive eating into your life. By focusing on enjoying food and listening to your body's cues, you can develop a healthier relationship with food and nutrition.


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