Takeaway food just got a lot healthier

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Eight Ashfield businesses have been awarded for their healthier options thanks to a new Council scheme.

Ashfield District Council along with all other Nottinghamshire councils has signed up to helping takeaway food businesses provide healthier options on their menus.

The Healthy Options Takeaway Award (HOT) can be given to food businesses that are committed to offering healthier ways of preparing, cooking or serving food and drink to their customers.

Businesses can make small changes to offer healthier alternatives for their customers and that might be as simple as offering an option of a smaller portion size.

These include cutting down on the amount of salt and sugar in a dish, letting fried food drain off oil and healthier drinks in display fridges such as water, diet versions of drinks.

Fortune House, Oceans of Many, Fearne’s Red Door Deli, Dexter’s Deli, Vanilla Coffee House, Jolly Fryer, Cafe San Marco and Mamma Mia have recently become the first HOTs in Ashfield.

Businesses that have been given the HOT award will display a certificate and window sticker with the HOT logo so customers know they offer.

Deputy Leader of the council, councillor Cheryl Butler said: “The Council takes the health and wellbeing of its residents seriously and runs many initiatives aimed at encouraging healthier lifestyles. Working with local businesses to make small changes can really make a big difference and I encourage takeaway owners to get on board.”

Any takeaway in Nottinghamshire can become a HOT if they show they are offering healthier options to its customers.

There is no charge but they must have a food hygiene rating of three or above.

For more information on obtaining the award visit the Ashfield District Council at www.ashfield-dc.gov.uk.