Healthy Prep Kitchen
What’s Cooking: Healthy Prep Kitchen serve up scrumptious dishes and, no matter your dietary preference, there’s a dish with your name on it. Fear not meat eaters, there are still some healthy meat treats available – we recommend their delicious peri peri chicken wrap.
What We Love: Their delicious vegan dishes – smashed banana on toast is certainly a favourite.
37a Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1AT
What’s Cooking: Karma Kitchen offers 100 percent-vegan Indian cuisine, with a mouth-watering menu of alternatives to iconic Indian dishes, all made using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and delivered directly to your door. All of their dishes are full of delicious vegetables and spices with plenty of health benefits, so you’re sure to have some good karma even if you decide to treat yourself to a naughty dessert after.
What We Love: Their tofu tikki masala is even better than the real deal, with marinated pieces of tofu cooked in a spiced tomato, ground nut and coconut cream sauce.
What’s Cooking: Darlington’s first healthy takeaway establishment, Fit Fresh offers breakfasts, lunches and even Friday night ‘fakeaways’. There are a selection of refreshing antioxidant cleansing juices at Fit Fresh, too, including mango, ginger and lemon. Their healthy meal prep packages are freezable, and include gluten-free meals and veggie options – so keep an eye out for their van which travels around the region, serving up a selection of their tasty meals.
What We Love: The fact that their huge variety of meal prep packages are delivered nationwide – we’re crazy about their chicken and chorizo jambalaya.
36 Duke Street, Darlington DL3 7AQ
Little Green Social
What’s Cooking: This is a family-run café, bar, health food shop and social space. They offer homemade, nourishing meals (100 percent plant based, locally-sourced and organically produced wherever possible), not to mention an eclectic list of craft ales, cocktails, coffees, smoothies and other tasty treats.
What We Love: The on-site nutritionist and health-food store here, alongside the cafê, which keeps us motivated with handy hints and advice.
83–89 Goldspink Lane, Sandyford, Newcastle NE2 1NQ
0191 230 5167
Pulp Fiction Future Food
What’s Cooking: Nestled within the independent shops and boutiques of Whitley Bay’s Park View, Pulp Fiction Future Food offer up the healthiest choices with plenty of flavour, all free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar. Enjoy one of their iconic superfood smoothies, super-start breakfasts or healthy sweet treats (like their scrumptious raw cacao and beetroot brownie) in their stylish space, complete with 1960s chairs and sofa, and walls adorned with some of the best local art that Whitley Bay has to offer.
What We Love: Their acai berry smoothie bowl, complete with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and super sprinkles. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your day.
194 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 3RD
0191 252 2205
The Good Apple Café
What’s Cooking: The Good Apple Café is a vegetarian and vegan café located in the heart of Sunderland, serving up everything from scrumptious small plates like scrambled tofu on toast, to homemade gluten-free tray bakes and cakes. Their iconic vegan breakfast is a firm favourite, having remained unchanged in the six years this café has been in business (we recommend opting for the ‘hungry vegan’ to double up on the avocado on toast, veggie sausages and hash browns).
What We Love: Their ever-changing specials board, featuring homemade falafel, veggie burgers and quiches.
18 Derwent Street, Sunderland SR1 3NU
0191 564 1763
Northern Soul Kitchen
What’s Cooking: Northern Soul Kitchen think it’s important that everyone should have access to healthy food and a friendly environment. They take unsold food from supermarkets, local shops and households to create affordable and balanced meals for all. They also hold workshops to tackle issues like food waste and a lack of understanding about nutrition.
What We Love: At Northern Soul Kitchen, they offer a Pay-As-You-Feel system, meaning you can pay whatever you think your meal is worth, donate what you can afford or even volunteer your time and skills to pay for a meal.
19 West Street, Berwick TD15 1AS
Bear & Natural
What’s Cooking: A team of qualified chefs and nutritionists prepare a combination of over 400 fresh, low-calorie meals daily at Bear & Natural. Their guilt-free takeaway pizzas and kebabs are full of healthy, quality ingredients, without the high calories of your usual Friday-night order. Their protein pizzas are made using homemade chickpea protein dough and are gluten-free – fancy a slice?
What We Love: Bear & Natural promise to tailor-make a meal to your requirements; whether you have allergies, dislikes or preferences.
North Bridge Street, Sunderland SR5 1AH
33 Heaton Road, Byker NE6 1SB
0191 228 9058
Shoe Tree Café
What’s Cooking: Located in the vibrant Heaton area of Newcastle, Shoe Tree Café serve up a range of homemade vegan and vegetarian breakfasts, lunches and sweet treats. If you’re looking to be a bit naughty (but not too naughty), check out their speciality vegan pancakes. Folks don’t just come here for the great food though, there are plenty of regular events on offer too.
What We Love: Their delicious jackfruit enchilada, which is out-of-this-world tasty. We’d recommend adding jalapenos for some extra heat, too.
150 Heaton Park Road, Newcastle NE6 5NR
Off The Ground
What’s Cooking: This independent coffee shop in Middlesbrough operate their business as ethically and sustainably as possible: sourcing their coffee transparently, and striving to send zero waste to landfill. They’re currently working on a number of exciting outreach projects too, including a community fridge which will help tackle food waste and poverty. Their house espresso blend, milk and bakes are all supplied locally from independent companies.
What We Love: That in their first year of business, Off The Ground managed to give out more than 1,500 sandwiches, 280 litres of soup, 1,600 hot drinks and more than 150kg of cake to those in need around Middlesbrough.
63 Grange Road, Middlesbrough TS1 5AS
What’s Cooking: From humble beginnings in a borrowed gazebo pitched in the parks and streets of Leeds, to slowly but surely making waves across the country, you’d be hard pressed to find a better place for hummus and pita than the aptly-named Humpit. Their menu is 100 percent plant based, and includes a variety of hot and cold healthy snacks and ‘humpteas’ to wash them down with. We pita the fool that doesn’t try this place.
What We Love: You can’t go wrong with the classics – we love their iconic filled pita, with hummus, falafel and salad.
Newcastle University Union, King’s Road, Newcastle NE1 8OB
0191 261 2751
What’s Cooking: Clean Bean in Seaham wants to escape the numerous buzzwords like ‘superfoods’ and health crazes, and simply create a menu centred around fresh, high-quality ingredients, without the unnecessary flavour enhancers, preservatives, additional colouring and refined sugars. There are plenty of dishes suitable for all dietary preferences, which can be enjoyed in their cosy restaurant that features regular live music – check out their acoustic Saturday events.
What We Love: While many establishments cater for veggies and vegans, Clean Bean also has a special diabetic menu, and their chickpea curry with cauliflower rice is a firm favourite.
22 North Terrace, Seaham SR7 7EU
0191 447 4748
Nu To Go
What’s Cooking: In the heart of Gateshead, Nu To Go is a fantastic healthy alternative to the usual fast-food joints. They believe healthy eating is about feeling great and stabilising your mood, as well as improving your physical health. Nu To Go also offer meal prep packages, offering personally-selected, pre-prepared meals to help you remain healthy throughout the week.
What We Love: If you’re in a hurry, Nu To Go offer a range of tasty salads, freshly made every day.
208 High Street, Gateshead NE8 1BW
0191 477 5732
Small World Café
What’s Cooking: Aiming to combine their favourite local products from across Northumberland and the Scottish Borders with quality refreshments, Small World Café in Hexham has a menu full of gluten- and dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes, plus some tasty options for meat eaters, too. And what better way to finish off your meal than with one of their scrumptious carrot cakes?
What We Love: Their homemade vegan chilli, which comes with either bread or nachos – sure to spice up your day.
27/28 Market Place, Hexham NE46 3PB