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About our healthy recipe criteria

LiveLighter has almost 400 healthy recipes available to suit all tastes. They are consistent with the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating and all contain a nutrition information panel. The focus is on including plenty of vegetables, fruit, wholegrains and lean meats and alternatives. We showcase ways of making tasty food that doesn’t include bucket loads of sugar, fat and salt.

We aim for our recipes to be achievable by the average home cook. This means using ingredients and cooking equipment that are readily available and methods that are simple and not too time consuming. The Back to Basics series of recipes are generally simpler, cheaper and easier than the standard LiveLighter recipes.

LiveLighter nutrition information wallet card.
Recipes must meet the LiveLighter nutrition criteria. There must be no nutrients in the red zone, and the majority will be in the green zone.

Healthy drink recipes

We all know that water is the healthiest drink. You can drink it straight from the tap, or try some of our favourite jazzy water combos  pineapple and sage, cucumber skewers , citrus and strawberry and mint

We’d love people to switch straight from soft drink to water, but we know for some people, in some situations, that’s just not feasible. That's why we've also created a range of delicious, low-sugar drink options to bridge the gap and help people to confidently break up with sugary drinks.

These drinks have a maximum of 5 g of added sugar per serving. That’s about 1 teaspoon. WHO recommends sticking to under 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day.

There’s also naturally occurring sugar in fruit and milk. We don't go bananas on this though, and have a maximum of 5% sugar for water-based drinks and 6% for milky drinks (plain milk is about 5% already so we needed more wiggle room!). This is about half the sweetness of a soft drink – with all the benefits of the nutrients in fruit and milk!

The fruit content is capped at ½ a serve of fruit per glass. We know that fruit is best eaten in its whole form. The effect of blending fruit on the fibre content and rate of digestion (and therefore blood glucose effect) is not well known. So to be on the safe side, we follow the Australian Guide To Healthy Eating’s advice about juice and stick to ½ a serve.

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Register for upcoming events

  • Talking to patients about health and weight intensive course
    1 day workshop for Victorian health professionals. 2021 course dates to be announced.
  • Motivational interviewing training
    Melbourne: delivered by Health & Wellbeing Training Consultants
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  • "Breaking the silence - talking to patients about weight": Intensive Training Course
    Please send us an email if you are interested in attending future training in Perth or Melbourne livelighter@cancerwa.asn.au