Food and nutrition

Eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, lean meats and dairy foods is the key to achieving good nutrition.

Eating a balanced diet supports your immune system, reduces the risk of chronic diseases, and helps you live a long and healthy life.

In addition to your physical health, home-cooked meals have many benefits for mental health, relationships and the environment. Preparing traditional foods also keeps us connected to our culture and history.

25 tips and tricks for healthy eating on a budget

True or false? Healthy foods are more expensive than pre-packaged, processed foods.
False! These tips and tricks will help you take care of your body and your budget.

Meal planning

Planning your meals for the week ahead can help you to track healthy eating habits, manage your budget and reduce food waste. Our sample shopping list and meal planning templates can help you get started. 

Food storage

Make the most out of your weekly shop and limit food waste by storing your fresh food for as long as possible. This handy guide will help you plan when to use your produce purchases and provides a range of storage solutions for other staples.

Food safety at home

Foods need to be stored, handled and cooked carefully and at temperatures that avoid the spread and growth of bacteria that can make you sick. Take care when preparing home-cooked meals.

Healthy snacking at home

If you’re spending more time at home, with easy access to the fridge and pantry, stock your shelves with these healthy options!

Infused water

Infusing water and ice with fruits, vegetables or herbs can boost flavour without adding excess kilojoules, sugar or artificial sweeteners. Try these refreshing combinations.

Kids in the kitchen - Eat a rainbow!

Ever wondered why carrots are orange or why broccoli is so good for us?

Fruits and vegetables get their colour from the nutrients that they are made up of and benefit our health in different ways. That’s why it’s so important to eat a rainbow every day!

Kids in the kitchen - Banana bread recipe

Cooking with children has many benefits. It’s a fun activity that keeps them entertained, can spark an interest in food, develops healthy eating habits and teaches lifelong skills. Try this healthy and delicious banana bread.

Kids in the kitchen - Apple 'doughnuts' recipe

Colourful and crunchy fruits and vegetables are an important and enjoyable part of your child’s diet. Older children will enjoy preparing this easy snack that provides two serves of fruit and can be altered to suit different tastes!

Kids in the kitchen - Eat like a Healthy Hero with the Geelong Cats

Healthy Heroes focuses on positive behaviour change across physical activity, healthy eating, hydration, screen time and sleep.

Create your own delicious vegetable snack or get inspiration from your favourite Cats players!

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Information about food and nutrition in Arabic, Dari, Karen, Tamil and Swahili, and plain English.

Page last updated: Friday, 7 January 2022