Eight Ashfield businesses have been rewarded 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.
The council says that to qualify for the award, most businesses find that they do not have to redesign their menus, rather they 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.
There are lots of other easy, small and quick things that businesses can do to become a HOT, such as cutting down on the amount of salt and sugar in a dish or letting fried food drain of oil more
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.
Deputy leader, 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.”
In addition, businesses should promote positioning of food so that healthier options are prominently displayed and offer diet versions of drinks and low-fat options e.g. low fat spreads, low fat cheese on pizzas or in sandwiches
Businesses that have been given the HOT award will display a certificate and window sticker with the HOT logo so customers know they offer.
Any takeaway in Nottinghamshire can become a HOT.
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 website.