Hosting a healthy barbecue: Simple tips

Barbecues are an Aussie tradition, yet many popular barbecue foods are high in fat and salt. Make your next barbecue a winner on taste and health with these simple steps!

Add fruit and vegetables

Include a fruit, vegetable or salad item, such as corn cobs, mushrooms, onions, asparagus, sweet potato, offer a salad and/or fruit platter to finish.

Use less fat

Only use small amounts of oil when cooking, and use lean or reduced fat meats, such as trimmed steaks, lean hamburger patties and reduced fat sausages.

Reduce the salt

Use ‘reduced salt’ versions of sauces and condiments, and avoid adding salt to any foods you make yourself, such as burgers and salads. Don’t offer salt at the table or serving area.

Go for wholemeal and wholegrain options

Make wholemeal or wholegrain bread the standard or default bread type for sausages and burgers.

Limit sugar sweetened drinks

Provide water instead of sugar sweetened drinks, or offer some low sugar/diet varieties.

Promote healthier items

Place your healthier options in the most visible areas to attract interest, such as next to the cash register, or on display tables.

Promote your healthier options on menus, display boards and labels, and avoid promoting the less healthy items.

Include healthier items in ‘meal deals’, such as providing water with meals instead of a soft drink, or offering fruit with meals.