Catering and preparing foods

Catering and preparing foods

Healthy eating is essential for good health. A few simple changes to recipes and menu options can make a big difference to the healthiness of the food served at an event, function, cafeteria, school or workplace.

Healthy catering is a great way to encourage healthy eating whether it is at an event, function, cafeteria, school or workplace. Making small changes to your menu or recipes can make a big difference to the overall healthiness of the food served.

Menu and recipe adjustments could include increasing the number of healthy options served, adding in more fruit, vegetable or whole grain to your dish or substituting certain ingredients for healthier options.

To help caterers serve healthier food, the Heart Foundation has a range of resources for a variety of settings including community events and functions, BBQs, sporting events, schools, meetings, conferences, seminars, schools and workplaces. 

Resources for healthy catering and food preparation

Workplace catering

Healthy workplace catering is easy and involves a wide variety of tasty, attractive foods. It can be as simple as:

  • limiting foods high in unhealthy saturated and trans fats, salt and sugar
  • including more fruit and vegetables
  • reducing serve sizes.

To support the development of a healthy workplace catering policy, the Heart Foundation has workplace-specific catering resources to be used in addition to our catering and food preparation resources listed above.

Swapping to healthier oils

The Healthier Oils Program is designed to encourage small to medium sized independent food outlets such as take-away shops, cafés, pubs and clubs to use healthier cooking oils that are lower in saturated and trans fats, to help reduce the risk of heart disease in Australia. Read more about the healthier oils program

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