Hosting a healthy BBQ

Barbecues are a great way for people to get together and socialise, particularly during the warmer months. However, barbecue foods can often be high in saturated fat and salt, and not offer enough salad and vegetables.

Try some of the tips below to provide some barbecue favourites, while promoting healthy eating. The Hosting a healthy barbecue: Sample menu and event plan1 will assist you to plan the finer details of your event.

Tips for providing healthy barbecue foods

  • Avoid over catering on meat - offer only one piece of lean meat or a burger patty (or vegetarian equivalent) per person.

  • Choose lean cuts of meat. Refer to the table on the following page for ideas.

  • Provide a range of seasonal salads and vegetables.

  • Offer reduced salt varieties of sauces (tomato, BBQ, sweet chilli) and let peopleadd the sauce themselves.

  • Offer unbuttered wholemeal or wholegrain bread.

  • Ask people to indicate any special dietary requirements one week in advance of the event. This will help your budgeting, shopping and avoid wastage. If asking people to bring a plate of food, provide a list of suggested salads and/or fruit platters on a notice board and ask people to choose an option each. This will ensure a variety of healthy dishes are offered. 


Page last updated: Thursday, 2 August 2018