Make Your Australia Day a Banger!

With Christmas and New Years done and dusted, the next big celebration on the Aussie calendar is on the 26th of January – Australia Day!

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian, and we do this in a variety of ways. Whether this be hanging out with friends and family, going to the beach, enjoying a quite day in (probably with that aircon blasting), riding down the slip’n’slide or having a tasty barbecue. I definitely know I’ll be doing the latter!

According to Nutrition Australia, some tips for hosting a health barbecue include [1]:

  • Provide a variety of different dishes, including lean steaks, hamburgers, fresh fish or vege burgers
  • Offer side dishes like salads and cooked vegetables
  • Include fruits – perhaps as a fruit salad
  • Remember you only need a piece of meat approximately the size of you palm for each person – don’t overdo!
  • Try using herbs and spices to enhance the flavours of your dish

I cannot go past fresh, crunchy salads, potatoes, pasta and grilled meats. Delicious! One of my favourite barbecued foods is the humble sausage. Tasty, easy to eat, and works well with almost everything.

Where do sausages sit on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating?
Sausages actually sit among the discretionary foods on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. This does not mean you cannot enjoy one on your Australia Day celebrations though; this barbecued treat can still align with a healthy diet; it’s all about eating in moderation. Sausages are to be enjoyed as a ‘sometimes food’ – that is, not a part of your everyday diet.

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Hello down there! – the humble little sausage is way down in the ‘sometimes’ group

If you’re going to consume sausages, it is best to choose a high quality brand to get the biggest bang for your buck. The sausages I’ll be eating on my Australia Day celebrations are those by local company, Beak & Sons. Beak & Sons family butchers boast the highest meat content of any sausage, exclude artificial flavours, colouring and MSG, and are naturally gluten free. Their products are full of high quality ingredients, including grass-fed beef right from New South Wales’ Hunter Valley. While sausages have the reputation of being made up of a mish-mash of offcuts and excess bits of meat, the range from Beak & Sons only includes fine cuts of meat, combined with other fresh ingredients to produce the ultimate snag.

When I tried sausages from the Beak & Sons range, I have to say, they are up there with some of the best I’ve had. Sausages can often have that unpleasant, spongy texture, however this is not present in Beak & Sons; you can tell they are made with great quality ingredients simply by biting into one!

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What should I eat my sausages with?
For main meals, a good guide to follow is the Ideal Plate Model. In this model, you’ll find that your protein should take up one quarter of the plate, good quality carbohydrates for the other quarter, and a half plate of vegetables or salad. Each of these food groups is important in a healthy diet – they provide us with energy, protein, nutrients, vitamins and minerals. While sausages should only be enjoyed as a sometimes food, and in moderation, when you do eat them, including them as a part of the Ideal Plate is preferable.

What are some ways I can enjoy sausages?
Here are three suggestions as to how you could enjoy your sausages, and align your meal with the Ideal Plate Model.

Sausage and Couscous Salad

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A super simple dish that would work perfectly at a summertime barbecue! I’d recommend using Beak & Sons beef sausages for this recipe.

Roasted Fall Vegetable & Italian Sausage Sheet Pan Meal

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A great one pan meal that can save you time! Try using Beak & Sons Tuscan Pork sausages.

Smoky Chorizo and White Bean Soup
Check this tasty recipe out on the Beak & Sons website right here. This soup is also a great opportunity to pile in some extra veg – whatever you have left over in the fridge! Enjoy with a slice of crusty wholegrain bread for dipping.

For more information on the Beak & Sons range (including all of their products, ingredient lists, and nutrition information), as well as some other great recipes, check out their website here. Purchase your Beak & Sons sausages from your local Woolworths – RRP $7.00. If you’ve tried them before, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy eating!


[1] Nutrition Austraila. (2011). Barbecue – The Aussie Tradition. Retrieved from http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/barbecue-aussie-tradition

This post is sponsored by Beak & Sons. All opinions are my own. 

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