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Healthy takeaway gets NHS seal of approval

FOOD FOR THOUGHT ... Guilt Free Takeaway owner Joanne Meade.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT ... Guilt Free Takeaway owner Joanne Meade.

A HEALTHY takeaway business in South Tyneside has been given a stamp of approval by the NHS.

The Guilt Free Takeaway, in South Shields,has secured a contract to supply staff at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary with meals.

People think that healthy food means bland but it really doesn’t. The taste comes from the fresh ingredients.

Joanne Meade

The business, based inside the Powerhouse Gym in North Street, has started providing meals to staff and doctors at the RVI, as well as for meetings and hospitality events at the site.

Owner Joanne Meade said: “They’ve chosen things like salads, cauliflower pizza, Thai curry, and meatballs with healthy brown rice, as well as juice.

“It feels fantastic to have been given this approval by the NHS. We’re just over the moon about it.

“It was a long time in the making, but we’re hoping this is the start of something big.

“We’d love to expand and work with more hospitals in the future.”

Joanne set up the business last year with her friend and chef Barry Holey, who dreamed up the idea after taking part in boot-camp sessions run by Luke Harrison.

The menu they have devised is dairy, gluten and wheat-free.

Joanne said: “We get a lot of repeat customers and some who even eat here twice a day.

“We do meal plans for people too. They’re more cost-effective and much easier for people, and we know what they like.

“We’re based inside the gym at the minute, but we’re looking to move to a unit, so that we can supply more places and push forward our meal plans.

“People are always surprised by what they can get at our place.

“We even make chocolate cake and cheesecake, and people can’t believe that it’s healthy, but it is because of the ingredients we use.

“We make everything on site, so we know exactly what is going into it. We make vegan-friendly food too.

“People think that healthy food means bland, but it really doesn’t.

“The taste comes from the fresh ingredients.”

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