Spring has sprung, the clocks have changed, and companies are rolling out new and fabulous products, which can only mean…it’s ExpoWest time.
ExpoWest, or more formally “Natural Products Expo West & Engradea Brought to You by the New Hope Network,” is the mother of all trade shows for natural products. With 77,000 attendees, 2,700 exhibitors. and more than 1 million square feet of exhibition space at the Anaheim Convention Center, there is truly something for everyone. Snack products, health and beauty products, supplements, foods so new you can’t even find them on the market yet… you’ll find them all at ExpoWest.
At this year’s record-setting show, there were so many choices in front of us we had to narrow down our options, so we kept it limited to new and interesting food products. And we found so many – too many to count, really – that for the purposes of reporting back, we’re going to split this into two posts: savory and sweet. We’ll start with savory, because the main meal comes before dessert, or something like that…
Starting with breakfast, one of the first foods we found that we were certain our kids would love was the Purple Corn Flakes from Peace Cereal (a division of Attune Foods, whom you may also know from high-quality cereal brands like Erewhon and Uncle Sam). These Purple Corn Flakes are the real deal – made from real purple corn and brown rice that is organic and non-GMO. They’re very light and crispy, with a little bit of sweetness, and this one is definitely a no-brainer for the kids as they start their day (plus it’s genuinely purple!). You can find them at Whole Foods or other natural grocery stores.
Next we stumbled upon a veggie trail mix from Ginger’s Healthy Habits. This “trail mix” consists of air-crisped veggies seasoned with flavorings like Maple Cinnamon or Pepperoni Pizza (though there’s no meat in there; just spices). These veggies are crisp and flavorful and just the kind of thing you can imagine bringing along on a trek through the woods…or in a park as you sit down for a snack. We love the idea of having the kids choose these veggies as a preferred snack. Right now they’re available in select stores in the Los Angeles area, or you can order them online at Ginger’s Healthy Habits (starting April 1).
Next we took a recommendation from our Whole30 friends and found ourselves over at Primal Kitchen. Primal Kitchen, founded by Mark Sisson (of Mark’s Daily Apple), aims to produce high-quality, nutrient-dense sauces without involving “industrial” seed and vegetable oils. The Primal Kitchen Mayo is made using avocado oil instead of canola or soybean oil, and is combined with organic, cage-free eggs, organic vinegar, and salt. We sampled tuna salad made with Primal Kitchen mayo and it was rich, creamy, and oh-so-tasty (no avocado taste at all). If you’re eating a Paleo or Whole30 diet, this is a great product to have in your fridge – and it’s available at Whole Foods and many specialty or high-end grocery stores.
Making one more Whole30 stop, we ventured over to Bare Bones Broth. This bone broth, started by a chef and health enthusiast, is made from humanely raised animals with no antibiotics, hormones, or grains. It is simmered in small batches at low temperatures to preserve all of the nutrients. They call it “part ingredient, part beverage, and part superfood.” We sampled a Rosemary and Lemon Chicken Bone Broth that was transformative – it seemed to fill up and nourish our entire body. Must. Have. More. Where can we get it? Well, if you live in Southern Oregon, you’re in luck, because there’s a local pickup option; otherwise you can order it online and have it delivered frozen.
Speaking of Oregon, there’s a great new Oregon partnership in the yogurt aisle. If you love Tillamook yogurt (of course you do!) and if you love Bob’s Red Mill granola (of course you do!) you can now find Tillamook Farmstyle Greek Yogurt Parfaits, which combine the best of both worlds. And as always, there are no artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, sweeteners, or high fructose corn syrup in Tillamook yogurt.
Last but not least we worked our way up to the “last frontier” where we found Dear North, purveyors of Alaskan wild salmon, either smoked or dried as a jerky-like snack. The salmon is all wild-caught, with no additives, colorings, preservatives, or irradiation; and is prepared in traditional Alaskan fashion using all natural ingredients found in Alaska. The salmon bites are tender, not chewy, and come in intriguing flavors such as Spicy Fireweed Honey and Salted Rhubarb & Raspberries. Any time you feel like you need a taste of “real” Alaska, you can order them online at Dear North.
Are you full yet? No – you can’t be! At these big shows you have to learn to pace yourself. But that’s all for the savory side for now…Stay tuned for the sweet goodies from ExpoWest in Part II of this post coming later this week!