15 May 2019
Are you planning to join Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on 23 May? Whether you choose to host an event on the day or throughout the months of May or June, it’s a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family while doing something incredible for your community.
Because every morning tea—big or small, backyard or banquet—raises much-needed funds for Cancer Council’s research, prevention and support services.
When it comes time to plan your menu, here are some tips to keep it healthy:
1. Cut the sugar
When we think of morning teas, it’s easy to picture sugary cakes and drinks. While the odd treat is okay, it’s best to balance your spread with a number of healthier options too. After all, we know that high sugar intake is correlated with weight gain and obesity, which is a risk factor for 13 types of cancer. Make sure there are always jugs of water available, and try adding chopped fruit for flavour.
2. Experiment with canapé bases
Rather than relying on crackers and bread, have fun with your nibbles and think about how you could add fruit or vegetables into the mix—like slices of cucumber, ribbons of zucchini, or de-stalked mushroom cups. Remember, we should all be getting two serves of fruit and five serves of veggies into our daily diets to help with weight management and to reduce our risk of a number of cancers.
3. Minimise the meats
Try to limit red meat on your table, and stay away from processed meats like salami or cabana. Instead, include lean meats like chicken in wholemeal wraps, or try your hand at some vegetarian options. Use it as a chance to try something new; you just might find a new favourite. We’re loving these crispy vegetable fritters and mini carrot cakes.
4. Have fun with designer salads
A great way to both minimise your workload and appeal to picky eaters is to set up a mini buffet station, where guests can pick and choose their own salad ingredients. Don’t forget that nuts, fruit segments, proteins, grains and cheeses can help elevate an everyday salad.
Sadly, most of us have been or will be impacted by cancer. One in two Australians will be diagnosed in their lifetime. But thanks to research funded by Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, more of us are surviving cancer than ever before.
So register or tell a friend to join you this year. Because a cancer free future is everyone’s cup of tea.