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15 Interesting Food Trends & Finds at Expo West

“People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child

Last week I got to attend an expo where healthy food and conscious foodies collide: Natural Products Expo West. It’s an awesomely overwhelming show with every kind of food producer you could possibly imagine – from things you’d expect like protein bars, nut butters, and salad, to things you probably have never thought of, like brand new products that have never been sold before. There’s no shortage of yumminess, and brands are eager to have you sample their latest products. I sound like Captain Obvious saying this, but I love attending Expo West!

Today I thought it’d be fun to dive into 15 things that stood out to me at the show. Let’s get to it!

1.) Vegan food has gotten more delicious. Even as a vegetarian myself who eats vegan the vast majority of my meals, I used to shy away from some veganized products because they just didn’t taste that good to me. Well, that has changed, as brands are perfecting the art of meat & dairy-free food! Daiya’s vegan cheeses have gotten tastier and more melty, and I also liked their caesar dressing. Ozery Bakery introduced vegan brioche buns that were fabulous.

And Kite Hill is doing dairy-free deliciously too. I’ve bought their yogurts before so I already knew that I liked them, but I tried a bunch of their cream cheese spreads at the show… and trust me when I say that you wouldn’t even miss the dairy if you spread it on your bagel.

2.) Protein cookies are big right now. And I am not complaining about that! I like eating cookies and I like making sure I eat enough protein since I lead such an active lifestyle, so why not combine the two? Munk Pack came out with 4 tasty vegan, gluten free, non-GMO certified protein cookies flavors.

I also got to try Buff Bake‘s protein cookies, and their chocolate donut flavor was my favorite.

3.) Millet tots. For two days of the show, I was working at the booth of Rollin’ Greens with a blogger friend of mine, Laura. Since they’re doing something unique (& tasty of course!) in the market, I had to include them in this rundown. Rollin’ Greens is a Boulder-based company that puts their own healthy twist on tater tots, making them with the ancient grain of millet instead. They have their original flavor, and recently came out with two new flavors: an Italian herb + a spicy-sweet combo. Healthier takes on comfort food is one of my favorite things to create, so I love what Rollin’ Greens is doing!

4.) Cold soup bottles are the new green juice. Okay, I actually don’t know if I should take it that far, but know that soup in a bottle is a thing now. One company doing it is ZÜPA NOMA. I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure what I’d think of the soups… but in trying their flavors, I was pleasantly surprised to really like them! Their tomato gazpacho was full of fresh flavor, and I would totally buy soup bottles to drink on-the-go and get my veggies in.

5.) Sambazon’s new chocolate covered acai bites are delicious. Sambazon makes frozen acai packs that you can buy to make your own acai bowls at home, along with other acai products, and at the show they unveiled a new product: chocolate covered acai bites. They’re awesome, and I’ll definitely be buying them when I see them in stores!

6.) Tea with maitake mushroom powder is a thing. At the show I sipped on some organic tea from Blue Buddha that was made with ashwagandha extract and maitake mushroom powder. Sounds a little odd, but tastes good I swear! The company focuses on the tradition of using plants and herbs to help keep people healthy for thousands of years. The antioxidants from maitake mushroom help support a healthy immune function, while ashwagandha has been shown to relieve stress and increase mental focus. I’ll drink to that!

7.) Vita Coco gets the most clever booth award from me.
Vita Coco makes coconut-based water, milk and oil products, and their Expo West booth had the awesome above pictured display of a cow on vacation. I also thought their tagline, “Tastes like no udder” is pretty clever!

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Back in Action with WIAW

Happy Hump Day!

I haven’t done a What I Ate Wednesday post in awhile, but today I’m back in action with my first recap post since starting my experiment with going gluten free. Apparently I’m all about the blogger parties this week since this is the second day in a row that I’m joining in on one! A big thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the party.


My breakfast was a chocolate cinnamon protein shake. I know that most of you reading this are shivering just at the thought of a smoothie, but I had gotten in a quick workout first thing in the morning so I was all nice and schweaty and ready for something cold.

In the mix: chocolate almond milk + Designer Whey chocolate protein powder + Just Great Stuff chocolate peanut butter powder + banana + cinnamon + stevia

choc shake

For lunch, I came up with a new recipe: avocado walnut pesto tofu salad:

pesto tofu salad

I ate some with what has been my favorite gluten free substitution so far: Van’s Lots of Everything! crackers….but more on this recipe tomorrow!

Vans crackers

For a quick pre-workout snack on-the-go, I ate a lemon Greek yogurt with some blueberries.

Lemon Greek Yogurt

My dinner was an easy and yummy meal: brown jasmine rice, lentils, and green beans with cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese.


A few hours later, I noshed on an apple with peanut butter and cinnamon.

PB apple

I’ve only been eating a gluten free diet for 5 days now, but so far so good! I’ve just had to make a couple of adjustments, and I’ve learned a few things. For instance, I learned this week that making pancakes with whole wheat flour is different than making pancakes with gluten free all purpose flour. My batter came out wayyy thinner than usual, but these are just the types of things that I’m finding out with a bit of trial and error.

Question: What’s your favorite healthy snack? 

One of mine has to be apple with peanut butter and cinnamon as pictured above!