If you’re anything like me, you probably over did it a little bit at Christmas this year. And that’s perfectly fine. It’s exactly what Christmas is all about. Especially after this last year!
January is often a time for people to say ‘new year, new me’ which usually means healthy eating for a couple of months and then back to business as usual by March. I am speaking from experience of course.
But just because you’re eating healthier this January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a takeaway. Especially in Hull & East Yorkshire where we have some amazing, health conscious eateries to keep your hunger at bay.
The Healthiest Takeaways in Hull & East Yorkshire
Hull & East Yorkshire are blessed to have many health conscious eateries across the region, serving up lean food at your continence. However due to COVID-19, a lot of them are unfortunly shut. Here are some of those that are still open.
49 Savile St, Hull, HU1 3EA
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J-Jays are all for fuelling the people of Hull. They know that we live busy lives and sometimes we can often forget our health. During busy weeks we have become heavily reliant on fast food which can often be unhealthy and lacking in nutrition.
J-Jays have solved this by offering a full range of fresh, healthy food and drinks ready for eating and drinking. They have 12 different prepared meals from Chicken Satay to Turkey Bolognese, with 12 different ‘mini-meals’ for those who want fulfilling meals that offer portion control and help keep your hunger satisfied throughout the day.
They also have a couple of wraps, breakfast options, and clean cakes which offers the guilty indulgent feeling but contain healthier, more natural ingredients.
6 Hull Rd, Hessle, HU13 0AN
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So you’re knee deep into your January diet but you just really cannot be bothered to cook, you want a takeaway that matches how clean you’ve been eating all month. Pheast is the place for you!
Pheat’s concept is simple, to provide hearty and healthy meals that leaves your body healthy and stomach’s happy. They provide all of the services of your traditional takeaway, but without the guilt. Sounds too good to be true right?
The menu is pretty impressive for a healthier takeaway with options such as a Chicken Katsu Curry or Chicken Gyros on the specials. They also have some workout meals for both pre and post your session.
They’ve also got some great burgers on offer for all under 500 cals! Pheast list the macros for most of their food so you can stay in control of how much you eat.
237 Newland Avenue, Hull, HU5 2EJ
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Ponti is a fully licensed Italian coffee shop which serves traditional Italian food, hot and cold paninis, sandwiches and snacks to eat in or takeaway.
They have a pretty great takeaway lunch menu with some pretty health conscious meals such as veg packed quiches, wholemeal sandwiches, and protein packed paninis.
Apparently they have the ‘#bestbrownieintown’ which isn’t healthy, but how could you turn down the best brownie in town? Seriously?
Trinity Market, HU1 2JH, Kingston upon Hull
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The Falafia, as the name suggests, serve up some freshly made Falafel and an array of other fast street food for the health conscious individual.
This long-established Trinity Market gem has been a staple for those who want a quick and tasty, healthier option in the city centre. There’s tons of options so you won’t get tired after a couple visits.
If you’re going to head over to Hull’s Trinity Market this January, make sure to wear a mask and comply with any other lockdown rules.
Healthier Restaurants to Keep Your Eye On
As mentioned above, due to COVID-19 a lot of great healthy eateries have had to close their doors. However we hope they will be open soon. Here’s the ones to looks out for in the future.
Ogino Japanese Restaurant
1, Beaver House, Beverley HU17 0AA
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This top rated Japanese restaurant in Beverley is one to look out for in the future. It has a 4.5 star rating out of 988 reviews, making it the top rated Japanese Restaurant in Beverley. Ogino serves an array of contemporary Japanese cuisine in a distinctive, yet informal fine dining setting.
The chefs at Ogino produce stunning Japanese delights with an added twist. While respecting traditions, the team create something completely unique using fresh local produce.
The Goblin Fruit Kitchen
64a Beverley Road, Hull
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This lunch-time delight is currently closed but could have easily slipped into this article. They’re not just any sandwich shop, they have inclusive menus to suit all dietary needs and tastes.
They have artisan and traditional sandwiches, omelettes, oven baked jackets, and vegan specials.
North Man Coffee
7 Manor St, Bridlington YO15 2SA
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This Bridlington based coffee shop serves an ever changing selection of seasonal coffees sourced from some of the best roasters in the UK. When it comes to food you’ll find a carefully curated menu of vegetarian delights from grilled halloumi sandwiches to the ever popular poached eggs and everything in between.
They make everything on site, using wherever possible organic and locally sourced ingredients. Plus the locals love it, with a 4.5 star rating after 135 reviews on TripAdvisor.
How to Make Your Usual Takeaway Healthier
Takeaways are god send sometimes, especially when you cannot be bothered to cook. They’re cheap, convenient and satisfying. But unfortunately they’re mostly pretty bad for you. But in moderation, that’s not always a bad thing. Most diets include a slot for a weekly or bi-weekly cheat meal so you can purge your inner cravings. A cheeky takeaway can often be a nice way to take a break from the hell that is your January diet.
Making your usual takeaway a slightly healthier affair is pretty simple. Some takeaways and restaurants across the country list calories and macros on their menus which can help you make a healthier, more informed choice. Making slight changes to your usual order can make all the difference.
At a Fish & Chip shop try to include a portion of baked beans or mushy peas, and watch out for foods that are high in fat, such as pies and sausages. The NHS suggest not to eat all the batter around your fish as it soaks up a lot fat, ask your local chippy if they could coat your fish in breadcrumbs.
If Italian is your thing then try to avoid large deep-pan pizzas with cheese-stuffed crusts and try a pizza with a thinner base with vegetables/lean meat toppings.
Chinese & Thai
Anything marked as “crispy” at a Chinese or a Thai takeaway means it’s deep-fried, plus starters such as prawn crackers and spring rolls are also deep-fried. Also anything in batter will be high in fat. Steamed dishes are the best options at Chinese/Thai takeaways but you could also consider stir-fried dishes as they’re usually lower in fat and include vegetables. Curries are often made with coconut milk which is high in saturated fat.
For an Indian takeaway you want to avoid anything that is creamy or deep-fried. Seek dishes that are tomato-based such as jalfrezi and madras. Vegetables and lentils are your friends at an Indian takeaway, alongside tandoori-cooked meat.
Doner kebabs can be high in fat. For a healthier option, try a shish kebab, which is a skewer with whole cuts of meat and is usually grilled. If you’re gong for a burger, seek out grilled burgers made from lean fish or meat without cheese and mayonnaise.
Want to cut out a little bit of meat this month? Check out our Veganuary takeaway guide >