This past week I attended the Natural Products Expo West Show in Anaheim. For those in the natural food and health industry its akin to being a kid in a candy store.
It’s the largest natural food and product show in the country which brought over 3000 vendors.
This years show was organized around the theme of protecting a non-GMO food supply. Several key note speakers educated on the GMO impact and as many as 400 vendors had non-GMO products.
Good Gut Health Foods
I was especially thrilled to see so many new foods being launched with naturally occurring probiotics. The fermented foods market seems to have exploded in the last year. There were different kimchi’s, kombucha’s and even a probiotic chip. These are great to consume on a daily basis to bring in good bacteria.
Gut health products was a growing niche at the conference. Never have I seen so many different bone broth’s in one place. Beef broth, chicken broth and even vegetarian broth. Great for healing a leaky gut by the way.
Dr. Ohhira’s new Reg’Activ Probiotic line was at the expo creating quite a buzz. Other products containing probiotics were packaged drinks, gummy candies, vinegars and soups.
New Products at the Expo
Most products were sustainable, non-GMO, organic, low glycemic, gluten free or paleo. The items I noticed an abundance of were everything coconut oil, collagen and bone broth infused.
I walked around grazing and snacking on delicious foods all day. It was a perfect time to connect with start up business owners, entrepreneurs and other practitioners.
At the end of the day I came home with a sampling of products from vendors who had captured my attention, some new products to try and business cards of those I really enjoyed. I wanted to share with you a few of the vendors that stood out and had products that I found both innovative and delicious.
A few things you may want to try and look for in the marketplace:
Drink3Water Water infused with caffeine, electrolytes and perfectly balanced ph.
Oriya Organics’ 100% Plant Protein and 100% Green Drink which includes organic spirulina, organic chlorella, organic wheat grass and organic barley grass.
The Dirt Paleo Personal Care Trace Mineral tooth brushing powder.
The double chocolate fudge cookie was so amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s healthy, gluten free and paleo on top of it. www.bouldercookie.com
Tosi Superbites were really convenient for grazing during the expo. They are essentially almonds with flaxseed, sesame seeds and chia seeds to provide protein, Omega 3’s and fiber all in a convenient snack pack. https://www.tosihealth.com/shop/superbites-assorted.html
UCan protein bars have delicious flavor and are low glycemic due to monk fruit extract and stevia extract as the sweetener. www.generationucan.com
www.agropro.eu is the largest organic hemp grower, producer and supplier of organic hemp in Europe. They are active in legislation to protect the farmers and producers rights.
Plant Milk-dairy-free beverages in vanilla, banana and original flavor. Made from almonds and a touch of honey. mooala.com
Miso from non-GMO soybeans. A simple way to add flavor to your cooking and natural probiotics to your diet. www.marukomeusa.com
Paleo friendly, grain free granola. thekitchun.com
And finally, by 5 o’clock I needed a pick me up, the perfect time to try the Mocha Latte infused protein bar with a serving of caffeine. newgroundsfood.com
If you can get a ticket to next year’s conference, try to go, it’s a fantastic event. Wear some comfy shoes, (there’s live bands and dancing at night) and come hungry.