A café in Brentwood is the latest to join an Essex-wide campaign to provide more choice when eating out for people who want to lead healthier lifestyles.
The TuckIN campaign, which launched Essex-wide in June, aims to help local eating places make pledges to deliver small, simple changes to help improve public health.
By making the pledge, businesses will be able to increase the choice for customers, save money, increase their profits and make better food. They will also have free visits from food officers and have access to free on-line nutritional training. The campaign supports the Department of Health Responsibility Deal which aims to help reduce the impact of ill health resulting from dietary choices and is supported by funding from Essex County Council’s Leaders Innovation Fund.
The Crown Café, a community café based at Sawyers Church, Sawyers Hall Lane, is the latest to sign up to the pledge. They have completed their nutritional training and have pledged to: use sunflower oil; reduce salt and sugar; understand that the size of portions matter; use wholemeal and wholegrain bread; use lower fat products; use healthier fillings; and use lower fat spreads. They also offer fresh fruit as a dessert and fruit juice and diet drinks as alternatives to sugary options.
The Café’s assistant team leader Linda Fletcher said:
“We’ve been looking at ways of still getting the same taste, but without losing the quality of our food. If any salt is added, it is low salt and we are using less of it. We also make a homemade soup and a low-fat yoghurt cake containing fruit.
Other things we are doing are reducing the sugar in our food, using wholemeal and wholegrain bread and using lower fat products like lower fat spreads and healthier fillings. And we are offering fresh fruit and fresh juice as alternatives to sugary drinks.
Customers won’t notice a change in the taste of our food, but those who want to be healthier will find they have more choice. It’s important that we can be providing options that are as healthy as can be.”
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Olivia Sanders, said:
“The TuckIN scheme is about making businesses aware of small changes they can make that will benefit the people that they serve, and I’m pleased that the Crown Café has done that.
They gone a step further than the healthy food they were already offering by including more options and swapping to healthier ingredients.”
Local takeaway and food businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01277 312500 to arrange a visit or more information from a member of the TuckIN team.