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The cafe’s in your kitchen

Wednesday, 15th February, 2017

(From left) Dietitian Melanie Blair, student dietitian Marthury Jeyalingam, dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn and student dietitian Suzie Yang prepare a healthy meal with fresh ingredients from the fridge. (From left) Dietitian Melanie Blair, student dietitian Marthury Jeyalingam, dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn and student dietitian Suzie Yang prepare a healthy meal with fresh ingredients from the fridge.

By Emily Roberts

Recent research has found that young people were prone to cafe-hopping but local dietitians believe healthy home-cooked meals can be just as trendy.

Millennials were called out for their cafe-hopping habits in 2016 - and this year, on the back of new research, dietitians are urging young Aussies to translate their love of food into their own kitchen, striking a balance between the cafe culture and home cooking.

A survey of 1,033 Australians, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), found those aged 18-34 are ‘out-eating’ their older counterparts, with three-quarters eating out or ordering take-away at least once a week, compared with 55 per cent of 35-49 year olds and 43 per cent of 50-64 year olds. 

And 28 per cent are doing so on three or more occasions, compared with less than 10 per cent for older generations.

Local dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn said young locals can get inspiration from the cafe culture to also create delicious and nutritious meals at home, adding that cooking at home is one of the simplest steps towards healthier eating.

“We are finding now that the more trendy cafes are catering to this crowd - Generation Y and Millennials,” she said.

By Emily Roberts

 

Recent research has found that young people were prone to cafe-hopping but local dietitians believe healthy home-cooked meals can be just as trendy.

 

Millennials were called out for their cafe-hopping habits in 2016 - and this year, on the back of new research, dietitians are urging young Aussies to translate their love of food into their own kitchen, striking a balance between the cafe culture and home cooking.

A survey of 1,033 Australians, commissioned by the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), found those aged 18-34 are ‘out-eating’ their older counterparts, with three-quarters eating out or ordering take-away at least once a week, compared with 55 per cent of 35-49 year olds and 43 per cent of 50-64 year olds. 

And 28 per cent are doing so on three or more occasions, compared with less than 10 per cent for older generations.

Local dietitian Heidi Drenkhahn said young locals can get inspiration from the cafe culture to also create delicious and nutritious meals at home, adding that cooking at home is one of the simplest steps towards healthier eating.

“We are finding now that the more trendy cafes are catering to this crowd - Generation Y and Millennials,” she said.

“But they are also providing a lot more salad and healthier style meals that are available to young people who are health conscious.

“There are still cakes, pastries and all those yummy things but they also have lots of nice salads.”

Ms Drenkhahn said she didn’t believe the statistics could be used to explain Broken Hill’s eating habits.

“In regional and rural areas we don’t have the same cafe culture because we just don’t have the cafes - there are not enough places,” she said.

“Broken Hill people would be more prone to eating take away.”

She said there was a combination of reasons why people would eat out more.

“Younger people might not be very good at cooking or might not have a wide range of cooking skills. If they want a special meal they might think about heading out rather than staying home to cook.

“People need to have a crack at cooking for themselves at home.

“It’s been proven that cooking fresh meals at home means you will use more vegetables and they will be lower in fat than take away.

“Research conducted by a previous student placement showed that cooking food from scratch at home is more budget friendly than eating out.

“You never know - you might unleash your inner foodie.”

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