Disneyland's Next Big Move

The Lempert Report
April 15, 2015

From doll size vegetables to edible K-Cups, and the latest trend in water.

APPEAL TO KIDS WITH DOLL SIZE VEGGIES! If you you're struggling to get your kids to eat vegetables, you might be interested in this: A California produce grower, recently launched Mighty Mini Meals where they grow miniature size hybrids of various produce like, broccoli, peppers, carrots and cucumbers. Founder April Chiste told NPR, "Research has shown that foods with play value can make them more appealing to kids…. So we thought, why not take that idea and apply it to healthy snacks?"  Kids love novelty food, so while may just seem like a cute and funny novelty, it's actually a really great idea to get kids to eat produce! http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/01/396664850/edible-dollhouse-foods-take-miniaturization-to-foolish-new-levels

DISNEY GOES GLUTEN FREE! Every kids favorite playground just got a little more appealing! For certain dietary needs anyway.  Bakery NYC, previously known as BabyCakes, a vegan and gluten-free bakery, has been stationed in the Downtown Disney Marketplace. Founder, Erin McKenna, told the Huffington Post that she brought her gluten-free and vegan shop to the theme park to help make Disney more about the magic for everyone. "completing that fantasy for a lot of kids and parents with food allergies." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/31/gluten-free-disney-world-vegan-food_n_6970458.html?utm_hp_ref=taste&ir=Taste

EDIBLE K-CUPS! According to fastcoexist.com,  9 billion K-Cups were sold last year, you know those little coffee pods that are so popular these days?!  Well, thanks to Singapore-based designer Eason Chow this environmental issue, may go away. He is working on an edible coffee capsule that fully dissolves into a cup of coffee, creating no waste at all. How? A hard layer of sugar holds everything together, and melts away as it heats up! http://www.fastcoexist.com/3044421/forget-the-wasteful-k-cup-this-edible-coffee-capsule-dissolves-into-your-drink

MOVE OVER COCONUT WATER, IS THERE A NEW TREND IN TOWN? If you're bored of coconut water and looking for the latest beverage trend, what about… Bamboo Water! According to Vincent Villanis, co-Founder of Bamboo Beverages, Bamboo water could harness the neglected nutritional properties of bamboo leaves to create a drink that is healthy and ecologically sustainable. As told in Food Navigator, apparently by using bamboo – an abundant plant suitable for growth in many countries including emerging economies – he believes its nutritional value can be harvested worldwide. But the big question… what does it taste like?! It's been described as ‘sweet and clean’ tasting! Check out their kickstarter campaign for more! http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Not-just-for-pandas-Could-Bamboo-Water-be-the-next-superdrink