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
- Healthy eating and drinking (PDF)
Here are some easy tips to help you follow a heart-healthy diet.
- A healthier serve: The Heart Foundation's guide to healthier catering (PDF)
A guide to serving healthier food and drinks when catering for a group or organisation.
- The right ingredient (PDF)
We encourage using and promoting healthier recipes as a practical way to help everyone eat a healthy balanced diet. These recipe guidelines aim to provide the food industry, recipe developers, chefs and others with ideas of how to make their recipes healthier.
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.
- Healthy workplace catering (PDF)
A guide to help you to provide healthier food choices at work
- Healthy workplace catering checklist (PDF)
To help ensure healthy foods are provided in your workplace
- Workplace healthy catering policy sample template (Word doc)
Use this sample to help your workplace develop a healthy catering policy
- Healthy food and beverage policy: Cardinia Shire Council case study (PDF)
- Healthy choices, healthy communities: City of Greater Geelong case study (PDF)
- Healthy choices catering policy: Pyrenees Shire Council case study (PDF)
- Food security policy: City of Darebin case study (PDF)
- Food policy: City of Melbourne case study (PDF)
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