I spent all day at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim. It is the biggest trade show of natural, organic and healthy products out today.
There were over 3,000 exhibits and the place was packed!
Most of the attendees are vendors or work for vendors. So there are tons of samples and information on new health products and food. The booths are hoping vendors will like what they see/smell/taste and sell it at their store.
My store is right here on ol’ RER so I’m going to share with you the
“Best in Show from the Natural Products Expo”…
I tried so many different things I lost track and didn’t take pictures of everything. But I did make sure to note the important things.
We should start with drinks (just like in real life!)…
I spotted my FAVORITE protein powder, Spirutein and had a long heart to heart with a lady there (ah, forgot her name!). Anyways, I told her my dilemma that I am trying to get away from soy and she reassured me that it’s only 1/3 soy and non-GMO. So I feel a little better about it AND she gave me a sample of my fave flavor in whey. This might fix everything!
There were several milk replacement options – hemp milk, soy milk, almond milk, grain milk… from different companies.
The winner of the Best Milk Replacement at the Show Award goes to this new Almond Milk with Protein! I’m excited about this since I love almond milk, but often still buy regular milk for the protein content.
The show had a lot of same products made by different companies. Tons of granola, yogurt, protein bars and chips or salty snack options.
I tried more bars than Snooki back in her party days and here are the ones I’m most excited about (read taste like dessert, but I don’t have to sneak buying a Snickers)…
Best New Concept bar goes to Dr. Praegers for this Froat bar. Doesn’t the name sound like something a blogger would call their homemade granola bar? Anyways, you keep them in the freezer and the girl told me to eat it while it’s still cold.
Oooh, this is some good chocolate…
I came across the NuNaturals booth that will soon offer an option to flavor your water or sparkling water!
As if that weren’t enough, I attended a lunch put on my Nature’s Path. The CEO and founder of the company Arran Stephens spoke a little about being committed to non-GMO food. And encouraged everyone to support California’s Right To Know initiative. We’ll discuss this on Monday, but it’s very important!
And that brings us to dessert…
Another HUGE part of the show were all the gluten free options. Everything is available gluten free. I’m surprised they didn’t have gluten free gluten!
I tried a lot of the gluten free snacks and breads out of curiosity and think you just have to get used to the different textures and tastes. But, it’s nice to know people with g-free peeps have options.
Best friend spotting of the show: Annelies from Attune!
Best Salty Snack – Tie between Popcorners White Cheddar and Popcorn Indiana
Award for Product I think my readers will be most excited about…
I’m tired. See ya tomorrow