Posts Tagged ‘Kids’

The latest food craze that might surprise you

October 15, 2010

So I’m a little late to the spaghetti taco bandwagon.  Wait.  What?  You mean you’ve never heard of the delicacy known as spaghetti tacos?  Where have you been?!

It's spaghetti! It's a taco! It's a spaghetti taco!

According to the New York Times, the odd mix is apparently the latest food craze among tweens.  (and you know they only report the news that’s fit to print, so it must be true).  Anyways, here’s the meal’s epicurean history:

“It started as a gag: spaghetti tacos.

On an episode of the hit Nickelodeon series “iCarly,” the lead character’s eccentric older brother, Spencer, makes dinner one night.  Glimpsed on screen, the dish consists of red-sauce-coated pasta stuffed into hard taco shells.”

But apparently the kiddie viewers didn’t get the joke.  Instead, the paper reports kids began pestering their moms for spaghetti taco dinners.  A quick Google search for “spaghetti taco recipe” yields 383 thousand hits.  And there’s even a Facebook page with more than a thousand fans devoted to the dish.

Now, I haven’t tried the dish, but I think that in addition to the under 5 feet tall fan set, spaghetti tacos will probably catch on with a certain group of adults who partake in certain recreational activities (if you catch my drift).

Spaghetti Tacos: Silly Enough for Young Eaters

Why junkfood is magically delicious

June 22, 2010

See if you can follow this simple logic problem.

Kids like cartoons.  Kids like junk food.  Therefore, kids love junk food sold by cartoon characters.

That, essentially, is the finding of a new study published in the latest issue of Pediatrics.  In the study, kids between the ages of four and six were giving two packets of three different kinds of snacks (graham crackers, fruit snacks and carrots).  One set of the packages featured licensed cartoon characters (you know, like SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer).  The second set of snacks did not.

The kids were then asked to eat each of the snacks.  Afterwards, they were asked which one tasted better.  The cartoon festooned graham crackers and gummy snacks won, even though the snacks in each of the packages were exactly the same.  (There  was no difference when it came to carrots.)

So it would seem just like adults are swayed by celebrity endorsements, kids are swayed by cartoons. 

But this is worth noting…even without the cartoons, kids still picked the sugary snacks over the carrots.  I think that points to a bigger problem of nutrition education than marketing.  Nevertheless, I think you’ll soon see an onslaught of cartoons hawking fruits and veggies and whole grains.  (Oh wait.  Disney has already done that.)

Kiddie Triathlons

September 29, 2009

triathlonsIf you thought adults (like me) who compete in triathlons are over achievers, then get a load of these parents who enter their young children in so-called kiddie triathlons. We’re talking kids as young as three competing in organized races around the country. Call me crazy, but I think if you’re still using swimmies and riding tricycles, you’re too young to be competing in a triathlon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with making sure your kids are physically active, but I think we’ve got to draw the line somewhere. Let the kids run and bike and swim all they want in the backyard, but steer clear of the professionally run races, ok?