Hosting a healthy barbecue: Better for our health and budget

Barbecues are a great way to socialise and enjoy the warmer weather, while promoting healthy eating.

By modifying the menu slightly, you can not only host a healthy barbecue with a selection of tasty and nutritious foods but also save money!

Compare the menus below to see that healthy barbecues are not only better for you but cheaper as well!

Note: Prices obtained from a leading supermarket in January 2019.

Standard menu

  • Sausages on bread:
    • 2 sausages
    • 2 slices thick white bread
    • 20g spreadable butter
    • ½ onion
    • 50g grated cheese
    • 15mL tomato sauce
  • 45g (¼ large bag) potato chips
  • 4 tablespoons ready-made potato salad
  • 1 × 375mL can of soft drink


$6.60 per person


  • Energy 6100kJ
  • Fat 82g
  • Saturated fat 39g
  • Sodium 3300mg

Healthier menu

  • 1 beef burger
    • 1 lean beef patty
    • 1 wholemeal bread roll
    • 3 slices tomato
    • 1 slice cheese (reduced fat)
    • 20g salad leaves
    • 15mL tomato sauce (reduced salt)
  • 20g of tzatziki dip and 6 rice crackers
  • 4 tablespoons home-made potato salad
  • 1 × 500mL bottle water


$4.45 per person


  • Energy 2700kJ
  • Fat 25g
  • Saturated fat 9g
  • Sodium 1250mg

Save 3,400kJ and $2.15 per person

You would have to walk for 3 hours to burn off that extra energy!

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