With more than half of all Victorians in full time or part time employment, workplaces that support healthy eating can significantly contribute to the improved health and wellbeing of their workforce.
Workplace events and staff functions like Christmas parties, don't have to mean fried, fatty stodgy foods that weigh you down! They can be a chance to showcase the amazing variety of tasty fresh foods we have in Victoria.
When ordering catering for a workplace event, include healthy choices as the main choices. Set a new trend and look after your staff by offering them fabulous and healthy foods.

Platters of seasonal fresh garden salad or salad topped with lean chicken, and dressing on the side can be a yummy and attractive option when your function calls for more than just finger food.

Rather than the usual fare of cakes and fizzy drinks staff function foods can be as simple as a fresh cut vegetable sticks and dips. Reduced-fat yoghurt-based dips such as eggplant or tzatziki are always popular options.

Vietnamese Rice paper rolls, full of fresh crunchy vegetables, are easy to eat at a party, just make sure to pick a low fat/salt option as your dipping sauce, whether it's sweet chilli or soy.

A fruit display is a fun way to encourage people to eat more fruit and can be used as a colourful centrepiece. These watermelon trees are really getting in the spirit of the season for a work Christmas party!

A cheese platter, with reduced fat cheeses such as cheddar or ricotta, is a great accompaniment to the fresh fruit.

Always provide water as the main drink in your workplace. Adding a touch of cranberry juice and lots of fresh mint to a jug of soda water can be a refreshing alternative to sugary drinks.

If your workplace is looking to provider healthier food and drink options the Healthy eating policy and catering guide for workplaces is for organisations that want to provide healthier food and drink options to all employees and visitors and can be found on www.health.vic.gov.au.

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