Geelong Healthy Catering Guide

Healthy eating is a priority within City of Greater Geelong. The guide has been developed by the Healthy Communities team to assist workplaces, associations and groups to make healthier choices when organising catering.

Promoting healthy eating can contribute to, Increased concentration, Consuming adequate nutrients by eating a wide variety of foods, Improving physical and mental health and Increased innovation.

How to use the guide?

To order healthy options from this guide please contact the caterer directly. Contact details for each caterer can be found at the top of their menu.

The individual menus within the catering guide only cover the healthy choices guidelines that fit into the green and amber category. Online menu’s include a larger range of food items, however the items not mentioned within the catering guide do not fit within the healthy choices guidelines.

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Green category foods

Amber category foods

Catering tips

  • Always provide plain water as an option to drink
  • Include as many green category options as possible when ordering catering
  • Reduced-fat products should be used in preference to full fat products
  • Fruit and vegetables should be included in most of the menu items
  • Remember to order for special diets i.e. gluten free, vegetarian
  • Avoid over-catering
  • Consider the following when arranging catering:
    • Time of day
    • Number of attendees
    • Length of meeting
    • Dietary requirements
    • Does the event actually need catering?

Catering examples

Portion sizes

Reducing portion sizes can help individuals manage their energy intake and maintain a healthy weight. As a general guide consider the following serving suggestions for each person:

  • 1 cup of raw vegetables per person
  • 1 medium piece (apple) or 2 small pieces of fruit per person
  • 40 grams cheese per person (3-4 cheese cubes) or 200 grams yoghurt
  • 1 fruit bun

Self-Catering Suggestions for 10 people

Option one

  • Fruit platter: 3 bananas cut into thirds, 2 mandarins halved, a bunch of grapes (approximately 1 cup) and half a cantaloupe cut into cubes
  • 10 mini fruit muffins

Option two

  • Vegetable sticks including: 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks and 1 capsicum
  • Small sandwich/wrap platter
  • Small serve of mini savoury muffins

Option three

  • Fruit platter: bunch of grapes, punnet of strawberries, 3 bananas cut into thirds
  • Small sandwich/wrap platter

Page last updated: Tuesday, 5 October 2021