Healthy Catering

As a part of the Healthwatch program we encourage brigades and units to organise a healthy meal to share for after their health checks. Small changes to the way you usually cater can have a big impact on the nutrition profile of a meal, and over time this equates to a healthier diet and ultimately a reduced risk of chronic diseases. 

A healthy meal does not have to exclude the things you enjoy and does not require a huge change, rather its about making simple, healthy swaps, using healthier cooking techniques and managing portion sizes.

When organising catering for a Healthwatch session or another event or meeting try to do the following:

  • Where possible grill or bake meats rather than frying
  • Choose lean sources of protein such as chicken, turkey or lean steaks rather than sausages or mince
  • Provide lots of vegetables. Vegetables, can be grilled or marinated for additional flavour
  • Provide wholemeal sources of carbohydrates such as wholegrain bread, brown rice and/or wholegrain pasta
  • Try to dress salads with vinegarette/olive oil based dressing rather than creamy coleslaw/pasta salad dressings
  • Serve fruit and cheese as a dessert/starter rather than chips, cakes or biscuits
  • Avoid soft drinks and juices; for an alternative to just water try adding fruit and/or herbs such as lemon, cucumber and mint to chilled water for additional flavour
  • Refer to catering guides produced by the Heart Foundation and healthy recipe suggestions on the LiveLighter website and in the Healthy Weight Week 'Everyday Healthy' cookbook for more information and recipe ideas.