Youngsters devise mega healthy bites

New Mega Healthy Bites on menu. Deli Green owner Khany and 12 year-old Jonaid Iqbal
New Mega Healthy Bites on menu. Deli Green owner Khany and 12 year-old Jonaid Iqbal

A GROUP of healthy-minded youngsters have designed dishes now on sale at their local takeaway shop.

Seventeen seven to 18-year-olds from the Queen’s Road area of Halifax teamed up with Deli Green owner Pervez Khan -– known locally as Khany – to introduce healthy alternatives to traditional takeaway food.

The project was organised by Turning the Corner (TTC), a Big Lottery-funded scheme run by Groundwork, and Calderdale Play Development Service using Community Chest funding.

The aim was to encourage people from different cultural groups working together and helping young people make healthier lifestyle choices.

Youngsters developed a grilled chicken dish for Deli Green’s menu which also now offers jacket potatoes and wraps with healthy fillings – called Mega Healthy Bites.

Jonaid Iqbal, 12, one of the young people involved with the project, said: “There are lots of takeaways in the area but there weren’t many that offered healthy dishes. We decided to give people more choice by working with Deli Green to come up with healthier options that still tasted nice. It’s really good to see how popular our new dishes have been.”

Deli Green owner Khany commented: “It’s important to encourage young people to eat more healthily. The young people had some great ideas and I’ve been pleased with the interest in Mega Healthy Bites so far.”