Brits are renowned for their love of fast foods, but does the word ‘healthy’ and ‘fast food’ go in the same sentence? With a 46% rise in fast food outlets over the last 18 years and the rise in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes it was clear something was to be implemented. Luckily the government intervened and local councils are now restricting the number of takeaways and fast food outlets opening in heavily occupied areas.
However, it now seems the trends are changing and healthy fast food outlets are starting to pop up. Albeit they are in trendier areas and possibly not quite as mainstream as the likes of McDonalds and Pizza Hut, however, with changes in peoples attitudes to food lets hope they are here to stay.
Healthy fast food outlets making a name for themselves:
LEON – ‘We opened Leon because we wanted to prove that it was possible to serve food that both tastes good and does you good. We want to make it easy for people to eat well on the high street. We want to do this in every major city in the world.’ John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby, Founders.
‘Our menu is inspired by the flavours, variety and natural healthiness of Mediterranean cooking. Both our families have Mediterranean roots, so this is the food we grew up with. There are some dishes that evoke our childhoods in Britain, too – and even those termly trips to fast food restaurants.’
ITSU – Another London based good food take away, boasting ‘protein packed low carb salads, fields of crunchy vegetables, delicious hot chicken noodle soups, brown rice potsus, freshly made sushi and sashimi as well as frozen yoghurt and beautysmoothies too’.
CHILANDRO – Authentic Mexican street style food and they insist on using the best quality, fresh ingredients they can. A selection of burritos, nudos and nachos make this exciting new restaurant a refreshing change from the high street chains but also maintain a healthy food approach. They also charted in the Top 10 Healthiest High Street Chains by Men’s Health.
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