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Botany and Ormiston Times : Botany and Ormiston Times Thursday March 24 2016
www.times.co.nz Botany and Ormiston Times, Thursday, March 24, 2016 — 27 What’s it all about? It’s all about you. It’s all about you as part of our community. The Times is your anchor to local Social Events, Sports, Arts, Schools, Business, Local Government, Readers Contributions and a great way of sourcing Local Businesses and Trades People! We are your community... Online at www.times.co.nz and in your letterbox every Thursday Kiwis are skipping breakfast or choosing poor options such as reheated fish and chips, cold pizza and beer and cornflakes, according to new research. The Sanitarium Better Brekkie study investigated the attitudes and habits of Kiwis and found, despite 93 per cent saying breakfast was an important meal, many skipped it or chose something unhealthy. Of the Super City residents surveyed, 24 per cent said they skipped breakfast between two- seven days a week, with a further 29 per cent opting for a hot drink, such as coffee, tea or hot chocolate, for many of their breakfasts. Of those who did eat breakfast close to a fifth said they ate the same breakfast daily with 24 per cent fessing up that their worst breakfast choice was cold pizza. Five per cent of Aucklanders said they would eat a fast food breakfast, including leftovers from the night before, between two-seven days a week. However more than a quarter of Aucklanders (28 per cent) said they still sat down as a family to have breakfast. Around the country the study revealed that 10 per cent of Kiwis started their day with breakfast from a fast food outlet at least once a week or more often. The figure was the highest among young adults (18-24) with almost a quarter (23 per cent) of them admitting to regularly chowing down on fast food for breakfast. Many Kiwis said they didn’t often bother to eat breakfast with eight per cent of those surveyed saying they skipped the meal every day. A further 19 per cent said they missed breakfast at least twice a week. Young millennials were the most likely to go without a healthy breakfast, with close to half (46 per cent) aged 18-24 saying they usually missed the meal most days of the week. Of those who skipped breakfast every morning, seven out of 10 (71 per cent) often opted for just a hot beverage. More than a sixth (17 per cent) of Kiwi adults said they chose tea, hot chocolate or coffee in lieu of breakfast. The number is higher for those in the GenerationX age group at 21 per cent. Some of the most guilty breakfast choices were cold pizza (24 per cent), chocolate (13 per cent), pie or biscuits (12 per cent). Other options included ice cream, reheated fish and chips, pavlova, leftover party food from the night before and beer and cold chips. Only a quarter (24 per cent) of Kiwis said they only ever ate healthy breakfasts. The survey found the age- old tradition of sitting down to breakfast with family has been significantly eroded. Only an eighth (13 per cent) of those surveyed have breakfast every morning of the week with family and more than a third (36 per cent) of those adults aged under 25 said they never have breakfast with family. Parents of preschool children were more likely to spend time around the kitchen table with their children. Just over a third said they sat down with their family for breakfast two-six morning a week, and three in 10 (29 per cent) of those with school-aged children sat down with their family for breakfast two-six mornings a week. More than two-thirds of Kiwis (67 per cent) said they ate the same breakfast for at least half of the week. Of those who ate the same breakfast every morning of the week, 85 per cent described their breakfast choices as just “ OK”. A fifth (20 per cent) described their regular breakfast choices as boring with young adults the most dissatisfied with their options at 40 per cent. Sanitarium nutritionist Susan Buxton says it’s disappointing to see how many people are still not eating a nutritious breakfast. “Most fast food breakfasts are not ideal as they are generally energy dense and nutrient poor, meaning that they are high kilojoules and usually also high in fat and sugar and low in fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals,” she says. While many fast food outlets are trying to provide better options, she says those going to eat at these outlets may not choose the healthier choice. The research was commissioned in conjunction with the Weet- Bix Better Brekkie Programme, a partnership between the breakfast brand and celebrity chief Michael Van De Elzen. ➤➤ Recipes designed to inspire Kiwis and their families to make better choices at breakfast time are at www.betterbrekkie.co.nz. Rather than a nutritious breakfast, many Kiwis are skipping the meal or choosing unhealthy options. Photos supplied our homes today Beer and cold chips for breakfast? Michael Van De Elzen has created a selection of recipes which are designed to inspire Kiwis and their families to make better choices at breakfast time.
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