Natural Products Expo West 2015 Preview Scoop Of Top Exhibitors!

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Monsters and Critics is heading to the Comic-Con for foodies, the annual Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA. March 5 – 7, 2015! We’ve already had a jump start trying many products that will be exhibiting there, and have discovered some incredible new entries in the vegetarian and non-veg categories that will be at a grocery near you soon… if not already.

Always one of our favorite destinations, the Natural Products Expo West is the largest tradeshow in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. The majority of items are made in the USA by smaller companies who have worked hard to make a mark in a very competitive field. If you love healthy snacks, this is Valhalla.

As we do annually, we got a jump start on the Expo and have been eating our way through some exceptional new food items, and highly recommend the following fantastic finds for anyone attending this event to look for:

Counting Sheep Coffee – Booth #7211

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This surprising Canadian newcomer is a coffee you can safely drink before bedtime, as it promotes natural restful sleep with no complications or grogginess the next day. North American Grocery chains are catching on to this Bed, Bath & Beyond bestseller and snapping it up. We loved the Lights Out (strongest version) and if you are an insomniac, get some of this tasty Valerian root enhanced Swiss water decaf and have a cup of Joe to knock you out!  Deland Jessop – the creator – will be on hand to answer questions and sample the product.

ADF Foods/Mediterranean Bites – Booth #2493

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Nate’s Meatless Meatballs and Mediterranean Bites rock, end of story. Founded in 1932, ADF Foods is a renowned ethnic food processing company that creates pickles, chutneys, spices, and canned and frozen dishes. As a world leader in ethnic cuisine, ADF Foods compiles in-depth research and uses rich ingredients to create authentic food. The company offers matchless taste and quality that represents Indian culture and tradition. ADF Foods’ brands PJ’s Organics and Nate’s are available in retail outlets such as Whole Foods Market, Natural Independent Markets, Coops, Ralphs, Sprouts, Raley’s, and Kroger.

Funley’s Delicious – Booth #4468

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Love the product, but the packaging is designed for children. Sweets that are made with wholesome ingredients-look no further than Los Angeles-based Funley’s Delicious® (est. in 2008) that was created out of a passion for food and fun. After working in the entertainment industry for years, entrepreneurs Shawn and Ashley Mendel took their family-favorite recipe Stix in the Mud® and launched Funley’s Delicious.

SITM CompositeThe Funley’s Delicious gang, Moe, Millie and their mischievous dog Lucy, cook up all-natural, wholesome products “entertaining mouths and minds everywhere™.” Their Stix in the Mud line is addictive and smartly packaged in individual wrappers (the peanut butter ones are lethally delish) and the tantalizing Super Crackers® and Wholly Granolly® Clusters are welcome additions Fit & Funley’s® Healthy Family Movement.  Great product, fantastic healthy goodies to have on hand to snack. We love the whole line!

Walkers Shortbread Showcases Gluten Free Line – Booth #3952

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The bakers of “The World’s Finest Shortbread” exhibit gluten free cookies in three varieties, and with all three loaded with real grass-fed butter, you can guarantee they taste amazing. Calorific but quality, and for the gluten intolerant, here’s your new tea time or coffee break pal.  Walkers Shortbread, the Scottish purveyors of traditional shortbread since 1898, are rolling out this first-ever Gluten Free Shortbread, providing an authentic shortbread for those who are gluten intolerant, or choose a gluten-free diet. With less than 20 parts per million of gluten, Walkers Gluten Free Shortbread meets the FDA standard for gluten free food, with every batch tested to ensure compliance before its release. The new line evolved from years of development to produce a pure buttery taste that founder Joseph Walker would have proudly served at his Scottish Highland village bakery. It’s incredibly tender and melt in your mouth fabulous.

The new gluten free line includes three shortbreads:

  • Gluten Free Pure Butter Shortbread: The classic pure butter gluten free shortbread offers a crumbly “melt-in-your-mouth” texture and all butter taste.
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread: A generous helping of chocolate chips provides a rich and luxurious complement to this classic shortbread.
  • Gluten Free Ginger & Lemon Shortbread: This crumbly shortbread combines the best of traditional Scottish baking with the exotic tang of Lemon and Stem Ginger.

barkTHINS – Booth #894

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My biggest OMG moment came from eating this new item. If you love chocolate, find this fast. Founded in 2013 by Scott Semel, barkTHINS® snacking chocolate is fair trade quality dark chocolate made light and thin with a variety of flavors and taste in every bag.  The brand created the snacking chocolate category by blending indulgent slivers of irresistible dark chocolate with America’s favorite snacking ingredients (nuts, seeds, pretzels + more) and hints of sea salt, delivering this unbelievably tasty snack in a breakable format found in re-sealable packaging, perfect for anytime indulgences.  Exceptionally good product and chocoholics will adore it.

6bagLineUp_Hi-ResNon-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade Ingredient™ Certified and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They are available in six seriously tasty flavors, as well as a seasonal variety: Dark Chocolate Almond, Dark Chocolate Pretzel, Dark Chocolate Mint, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut Almond,  Dark Chocolate Blueberry Quinoa with Agave, Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed, Limited Edition Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel (Seasonal)

barkTHINS® are available at retailers nationwide, including Target, Wegmans, Whole Foods Market, Stop & Shop and Costco, as well as in specialty stores such as The Fresh Market, Bristol Farms, Citarella and Plum Market. Packaged in 4.7oz re-sealable gusseted bags with a suggested retail price of $4.49-$4.99, barkTHINS® are also available in 12oz holiday tins, 2oz grab-and-go bags, as well as club size.

Cabo Chips - Booth #5674

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Mango Chili Lime Cabo Chips are the winner here for best all around chip product! Everyone in our offices loved them. These are chips done right. The healthy snack brand was inspired by the Bunte family’s love of Cabo San Lucas, where they spent many surf vacations in the once-sleepy beach city south of the border. The family-run business began as a healthy, gourmet tortilla chip company, and the elegantly light, crispy, savory product is still sold by leading Cabo San Lucas retailers today as a player in the region’s growing food-boom.

After experimenting with various recipes, Bunte settled on five simple ingredients to create the company’s signature “Original” chip, which is deliciously enhanced with Soy Sauce and real lime juice. The recipe uses stone-ground corn tortillas that are batch-cooked in Rice-bran oil to give them an authentic crunch, a bubbly texture, and less grease than most mass-produced tortilla chips. The cantina-style, health conscious chips are head and shoulders better than Mission, Santitas or other mass produced chips out there.

All products steer completely clear of GMOs, preservatives and artificial ingredients. The product is also vegan and kosher with no trans fat. In addition, the company prides itself on using ancient grains and unique ingredients from all over the world, including Teff (a high-calcium, nutty desert grain from the sub-Sahara), Chia (a flowering herb with highly nutritious seeds which was cultivated by the Aztec people in pre-Columbian times), Soy Sauce, Mango and more.  Cabo Chips can now be found in more than seven states and many major U.S. supermarket chains including Whole Foods and Ralph’s.

BoomChickaPuffs – Booth #4457

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You already know their low calorie popcorn, now steel yourself, they are making Cheese puffs! Healthy and crunchy, big ancient-grain puffs made with non-GMO corn, quinoa and sorghum that will turn it up. I loved their White Cheddar puffs, the sweeter versions like the Barbecue, not so much (I like my salty snacks salty!) But such a great packaging and presentation to behold, and the calories are less than traditional sorts. This company makes non-GMO and gluten-free snacks, including kettle corn, popcorn and baked ancient grain puffs, in a variety of flavors. It’s one of the fastest growing brands in the natural popcorn category and the growth is expected to continue.  Angie’s continues to launch delicious flavors that remain true to the company’s promise of simple ingredients, transparency and great taste. Visit them on Twitter too: @Boomchickapop

Among Friends Baking Mixes – Booth #5251

ShanesJ’adore. Molasses cookies = my favorite kind. Among Friends Shane’s Molasses Ginger cookie mix is a winner. Imagine a molasses cookie just like grandma’s… Spicy, but not too spicy and soft and chewy, but not too soft or chewy. Ingredient deck: Certified gluten-free oat flour, natural brown sugar, organic cane sugar, molasses granules (sucrose, molasses, cane caramel), organic ground flax seed, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, ginger, clove, lemon peel, star anise and seed.  No cookie compromises for Shane (there’s a real Shane!). Gluten-free is just a bonus. Easy to make, add an egg, vanilla and some butter, stir, make cookie shapes and eat.  Check out all their mixes at the Expo!

True Nopal cactus water – Booth #8214

tru nopeI was not expecting to love this item. The flavor is best described as pleasantly watered down fruit drink, but with a crisp clean citrus-y finish. Serve cold, this is incredibly refreshing prickly pear water – an all natural ingredient hydrator that will quench thirst with no added sugars, no preservatives, no sodium, no GMO, and it’s even gluten-free. In other words, it’s straight from the earth just the way it was intended to be. True Nopal cactus water has about half the calories and half the sugar than the leading brand of coconut water.

Made from the prickly pear cactus, True Nopal Cactus Water has anti-inflammatory properties and is the new front-runner in the growing plant water category. It tastes better than its other plant water counterparts and cleanses the body with all 24 betalain antioxidants found in the cactus. Studies have shown that it can also be used as a hangover cure that hydrates the body before and after a great night on the town.  I will never be without it again, Love this product. LOVE IT.

CedarLane Natural Foods – Booth #2866

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For dinner last night, we tried this new line of frozen Tamales. Wrapped in corn husks in the traditional style, CedarLane’s Tamales are available in four vegetarian flavors: Chile & Cheese (which is what we dined on); Roasted Vegetable Tamale; Spinach & Feta Cheese; and Sweet Corn. Products are crafted at CedarLane’s headquarters in Carson, California and are all-natural, gluten-free, and a good source of protein and fiber. We steamed up the Chile & Cheese tamales which were a do-over, fork tender, buttery and not too cheese-y, they had a nice spice kick and were restaurant quality. Great frozen food entry and well worth your time and money.

Lightlife – Booth #3946

Product-Smart-Sausages-Harvest-AppleFantastic array of meatless options, this Massachusetts small business turns out great items including a NEW savory sausage sweetened up with the taste of real organic apples. I love this company from my home state, in business since 1979. They are dedicated to making great tasting vegetarian food for a better you and a better planet. Bonus Intel: They have contributed 5% of their profits every year to organizations that support their ecological and ethical mission.Product-Smart-Ground-MexicanSmart Ground Mexican is also a must try with its rich flavor seasoned with Mexican spices, for a healthy tasty version of tacos, nachos and stuffed peppers.

Quorn – Booth #5000

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I have been one of the many children of the Quorn for a while. Have a desire to eat less meat but intimidated by meatless options? Quorn has you covered in easy to use freezer or fridge ground packs to make tacos, Bolognese sauce or burgers in a flash. Quorn’s main ingredient is Mycoprotein, a nutritionally healthy protein source. Mycoprotein is produced by a process of fermentation similar to that used for yeast in bread. Unlike other meat alternatives, there’s no strong aftertaste, and Quorn is great at absorbing the flavors used in cooking, making for great tasting meals. They have badass recipes too!

I love their packaging and the taste of ALL of their items…make sure to check out their how to make delicious chili in this video:

Nasoya Pasta Zero Noodles (Vitasoy USA) – Booth #3656

pastaNoodles-and low carb? Gluten free, GMO free and vegan? Yassss! We were skeptical initially. HOWEVER we were pleasantly taken with this ready-to-use noodle item you parboil after rinsing and then use as you would any pasta or noodles in Asian or Italian dishes. Shirataki Pasta Zero Noodles are a traditional Japanese noodle made from the Konjac plant root, which is yam flour and water.

Pasta Zero shirataki noodles can be used just like traditional pasta or noodles in recipes. Unlike other shirataki noodles, Pasta Zero also contains chickpea flour giving the noodles a “real pasta” taste and texture without the excess carbs and calories. Pasta Zero noodles are also a good source of water-soluble dietary fiber helping consumers feel fuller longer.  Shirataki noodles have little flavor but absorbs the delicious flavors you cook with.

Follow Your Heart Cheeses – Booth #2292

cheese2I am fortunate to live near their Cafe on Sherman Way in Canoga Park. The menu is always rocking fabulous dishes and the eclectic vibe makes it a must experience restaurant for those who eat cruelty free. This line of vegan cheese is simply the best tasting, melt-y and most cheese like non cheese out there. I made a grilled cheese yesterday with their American slices, it was so good:

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  • Follow Your Heart Provolone Slices
  • Follow Your Heart Provolone Blocks
  • Follow Your Heart Provolone Snack
  • Follow Your Heart American Slices
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  • Follow Your Heart American Snacks
  • Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Slices
  • Follow Your Heart Mozzarella  Blocks
  • Follow Your Heart Garden Herb Slices
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They will have lots of new goodies launching exclusively in Anaheim including a new coconut oil based cheese.

Hnina – Booth #6018

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Do you love chocolate? Are you a health freak? Concerned about sugar? Try this fantastic low sugar line. Hnina chocolate is raw, vegan, dairy free, unprocessed and has a very high cacao content. Hnina’s raw Dominican Republic single-origin 95% cacao, unpasteurized sprouted nuts and seeds, unrefined raw honey, pure commercial grade maple syrup and Bourbon vanilla beans are powerful sources of living enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and proteins.  The presentation is really special too.

All Hnina ingredients are traceable, certified Organic or compliant with organic farming methods even if not certified. Accordingly, all ingredients are non-GMO and free of pesticides and preservatives. They all have a low glycemic index and have a high protein, nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber content.

The nuts and seeds are raw, not fumigated or radiated. They are sprouted and lightly roasted. The honey is raw and unpasteurized. This honey is produced by bees directly from the concentrated nectar of flowers. Raw honey is an alkaline-forming food, which means that like fruits, it becomes alkaline in the digestive system. The vanilla beans used are from Madagascar. They are probably the best bean containing the strongest aroma and the most vanillin.

Red’s Natural Foods – Booth #5015

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There are two new frozen entrees for lunch or dinner we recommend, their new line of frozen Red’s Burrito Bowls at Expo West 2015. First to market, Red’s Burrito Bowls are made with non-GMO ingredients and provide the same exceptional quality and taste as Red’s popular line of frozen 5 oz burritos but without the carb-laden tortilla. The new Red’s Chicken Burrito Bowl and Red’s Steak Burrito Bowl feature cilantro-lime rice, roasted corn, black beans, tomatillo salsa and either white meat chicken or beef steak—both raised without antibiotics. Both delicious and light. I preferred the chicken over the steak.

Sprout Organic Baby Food – Booth #5575

sproutSo smart! Great packaging and cleverly made and blended organic delicious baby food blends that contain nutritious veggies and culinary-inspired ingredients that will encourage a lifelong love of healthy vegetable flavors. We loved the toddler level Plum, Apple, Blueberry Superfruit combo!

La Tourangelle – Booth #5336

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Healthy oils and fats are so very good for you. Without fat we would miss out on vital nutrients – the vitamins A, D and E – and what are known as essential fatty acids which are needed to prevent conditions such as heart disease, cancers, immune system deficiencies, arthritis, skin complaints, PMS and manage menopausal symptoms.

I received these two spray oils above, and absolutely loved using them in my cooking this past week, especially the Sesame Spray Oil, when I pan-sauteed some steamed Trader Joe potstickers.  La Tourangelle handcrafts award winning artisan nut oils in Woodland, California and Saumur, France strictly following 150-year-old traditional methods, and they also import the highest quality oils from like-minded artisan oil makers from around the world. All La Tourangelle oils are Non-GMO certified, expeller pressed and most importantly delicious.

La Tourangelle’s collection of more than 20 different oils includes signature cooking oils like Roasted Walnut Oil & Pistachio Oil, Avocado Oil, Toasted Sesame Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and its newly released All-Natural Spray Oils line, Organic Extra Virgin Fair Trade Coconut Oil and Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. La Tourangelle Roasted Walnut Oil and Pistachio Oil were just awarded the 2015 Good Food Award in San Francisco. La Tourangelle products are available nationwide at Whole Foods Markets, Kroger, Safeway, Publix, Sur La Table and many other natural and specialty grocery stores, in acclaimed restaurants and in more than 35 countries around the World.

The La Tourangelle SRAY OIL Series:

• NEW Toasted Seasame Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $7.99
• NEW Avocado Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $7.99
• Roasted Pistachio Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $9.99
• Roasted Walnut Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $6.99
• 100% Organic Extra Virgin Olive Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $7.99
• Grapeseed Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $6.99
• Organic Canola Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $6.99
• Thai Wok Spray Oil (5 fl oz) – $6.99

Bibigo Gochujang Sauce – Booth #591 in Hall A

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Super flavorful hot sauce from Korea. Gochujang is a traditional Korean fermented chilli pepper sauce. It is made from a cultured soybean base called meju, combined with premium sun-dried red chilli powder, rice powder, and salt. This versatile Korean culinary staple has arrived on the market with the label of Bibigo. Ready-to-use as a dip and also as an ingredient for cooking, it has a well-balanced blend of sweet, spicy and savory flavors that deliver exceptional heat to any meal. The sauce gets its great flavor from ingredients like sundried red peppers, rice, chopped garlic and onion puree, which are fermented to add complexity and depth.

Schar – Booth #2797

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Dr. Schär’s knowledge on the subject of celiac condition extends far beyond its delicious gluten-free product range. In the Professional team, a select group of in-house and external experts work hand in hand. They are supported by expert nutritionists and nutritional doctors from throughout Europe and the USA.

Gluten free lovers will enjoy discovering this Euro line of gluten free items like pasta, bread and breadcrumbs. This artisan style, gluten-free cinnamon bread is unlike other over-processed cinnamon-raisin breads. The Schar version is baked in an old world style and packaged in an unsliced loaf, free of preservatives and full of flavor.

cinnamon_raisin_loaf TESTLaunching their new game-changing gluten-free croissant, Dr. Schar has been Europe’s leading innovator & manufacturer of gluten-, GMO- and preservative-free products for over 30 years.

bread_crumbsUsing flavorful and nutritionally dense ancient grains such as buckwheat, millet and quinoa, Schar is known for high quality, taste and a broad line of foods and snack products. With the buttery, flaky trademark croissant crust we all love, you won’t believe there’s a croissant now that is gluten free.

Nature Nate’s – Booth #5058

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Nathan Sheets, was inspired to explore the world of beekeeping when he saw an AT&T internet commercial with a woman in a bee suit, keeping bees. Soon after, his post-honeymoon hobby turned into a mission. Nature Nate’s pure, raw and unfiltered honey is treated with very low heat, keeping all important enzymes intact. It’s also unfiltered, which means it still contains pollen and retains the best flavor, aroma and nutrition naturally. Lastly, Nature Nate’s is made from 100% American bees, helping to eliminate pesticides, and ensuring a high-quality product.

After years of mixing jam and Nature Nate’s honey, they finally created their Nature Nate’s Honey Syrup, an addictive all natural, gluten free syrup with no additives such as high fructose corn syrup. We tried and loved the strawberry version. Based in Texas, Nature Nate’s is a slam dunk winner and a happy surprise for us, we loved everything we tried.

Way Better Snacks – Booth #5285

way useThe new cracker fix is in: Mustard & Cheddar wins!  Way Better takes the simple cracker and makes it, well, way better. Sprouting has been known to enhance the absorption of nutrients and aid in digestion.  Barley is one of the oldest cultivated grains-highest in fiber of any whole grain and packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals essential to health, plus it boasts a rich, nutty flavor. By sprouting, they naturally eliminate the outer protective layer of seeds, beans and grains that makes them hard to digest.  These are addictive, no toppings necessary.

G.H. Cretors – Booths #5562/5563

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This is a bit of a guilty indulgence, but a whole grain snack made with quality ingredients. Cheesy, buttery and Caramel drenched and of course, Olive Oil and lower fat healthy versions of fresh popcorn await… whatever the mood. The Chicago Mix Popped Corn and the Just The Cheese and Just The Caramel Corn is pretty darn fabulous. They will be launching single serve bags of their Organic popcorn line at Expo West. Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Popped Corn is the first ever popcorn to be popped in EVOO. And Organic Simply Salted Popped Corn is seasoned with just the right amount of sea salt for a clean, classic treat. Just like all G.H. Cretors products, the organic varieties are made completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives and are non-GMO and certified gluten-free. Like I have to tell you these taste amazing?

Popcorn Indiana – Booth #3788

PI GranolaBag_cluster-Choc PI-Bag-wPopcorn-PBchThe top prize from us for popcorn products goes to Popcorn Indiana for two items: The non GMO Dark Chocolate Coconut delicious mix of air-popped popcorn and baked granola packed with flax seeds and coconut flake with NO High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the new Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzlecorn™ – a diabolical blend of chocolate and peanut butter in a fresh and crunchy, all-natural, hand-crafted Kettlecorn.  They coat popcorn with freshly blended peanut butter and dressed in an intense, mouth-watering drizzle of velvety, creamy chocolate.

Yeah, wear your stretchy pants to the Expo.

Seven Sundays - Booth #5526

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We fell in love with their Bircher (Unsweetened) Muesli. The Bircher Muesli is a Swiss-style muesli, untoasted and unsweetened. All of the delicious ingredients like almonds, apples, dates and cinnamon make this a go-to for yogurt toppings, cereal swaps and more. Our favorite way to serve it is soaked in cashew or almond milk, with yogurt, blueberries and a drizzle of maple syrup. minneTheir Minne (Minnesota) Mueslis are perfect for an on-the-go, not too sweet, versatile and healthy breakfast. Stir in yogurt, hot water or cold milk and you’ve got instant and delicious fuel for your day. Great find, go see what this tasty American company is all about.

Essentia Water – Booth #5408

essentiatrio_highresA must-try fitness water: Saturday, March 7, Shelleen “Shay” Kostabi, Meet & Greet, Demo and Giveaway, 11 a.m. – Noon
Shay Kostabi is a master trainer and creative director for ReXist360 Resistance Training Systems. She is available to discuss the latest fitness trends and how people can elevate their exercise routine with portable tools. She will also demo and giveaway the ReXist360 patented resistance bands.

Essentia is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., and launched its hydrating alkaline water in 1998. The first functional bottled water offered in the United States, Essentia is the no. 1 selling bottled water in the natural channel and a leading alkaline water brand made using a proprietary process that results in water with an alkaline 9.5 pH. Essentia is now listed in the 2015 Physician Desk Reference – a first for a bottled water brand. Dr. Ralph Holsworth will also be on hand to preview findings from Essentia’s clinical trial that found Essentia 9.5 pH alkalized functional water to be 88 percent more hydrating than the leading brand of purified bottled water.

Sibu – Booth 3611

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Sibu is a FANTASTIC premium, natural skincare and supplement line made from quality, wild-grown sea buckthorn berries sourced directly from the Himalayas. Sibu is a small family-run supplement and skincare business that began when founder Bruce McMullin came across the potent sea buckthorn berry.  The company does it right and pays the harvesters a living wage (500% more than they were paid prior to Sibu’s involvement) and have created hundreds of jobs in the region. The Dalai Lama recognized Sibu at a local community event for their business practices and respectful treatment of our local harvesters.  I was first introduced to this line as a skincare entry and loved all their items, especially the facial cleanser.

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Omega 7 Pure (tart-do it as a shooter) and Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil (topical face oil before bedtime or makeup) are two items to look for. Omega 7 can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts, cold-water fish and sea buckthorn berries. Sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.

Taken internally, omega 7 fatty acid signals the body to stop storing fat. Clinical studies have shown that, not only do users melt away fat, but they also keep it off for longer periods. This amazing compound also helps the body maintain insulin sensitivity and fight off the imbalances that can result in metabolic syndrome. Insulin sensitivity plays a major role in helping the body convert glucose into energy, rather than storing it as fat. Research shows that omega 7 imitates a hormone in the body that helps regulate systemic metabolic activity. Sea buckthorn offers cardiovascular support, improved immune health, sustained energy levels and topically decreases fine lines and wrinkles and addresses eczema, rosacea and more.

Reserveage – Booth #1342

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Unleash the power of Bergamot, Resveratrol, vitamin C, Biotin, Hyaluronic Acid, collagen, elastin and keratin for the power of beautifying. Reserveage™ Nutrition is a health and wellness based supplement company founded in 2009 by CEO Naomi Whittel, and headquartered in Boca, Raton, FL.  Their discovery of the anti-aging and antioxidant power of trans-Resveratrol, the active polyphenol found in wildcrafted, naturally-sourced Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum), was their “ah-ha” moment and the cornerstone on which they built the Reserveage™ Nutrition brand.

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Their unique, patent-pending, Vine-to-Capsule™ process minimizes their grapes’ exposure to light, heat and oxidation, enabling them to preserve the integrity of the essential phytonutrients. They offer the widest range of antioxidant compounds, encapsulated in various potencies that are safe and effective as part of your daily routine.The company offers anti-aging, beauty and wellness supplements sourced from nature and supported by science, inspired by the healthiest cultures in the world and developed by a world-class team of scientists, nutritionists, M.Ds. and Ph.Ds.  We especially liked their new Tres Beauty 3, Resveratrol 250 mg and Bergamot Cholesterol Support supplements.

Country Life Maxi-Skin Collagen + C&A,Men’s Daily Nutrition, BioChem Whey Protein – Booth #1532

mensThe best new Whey protein we tried was BioChem’s Vanilla and Chocolate protein powder. This is USDA-Certified Organic. This protein packs 20 grams of natural, undenatured proteins. Their organic Whey is made from a ultra-filtration method that results in a pure Whey Protein Concentrate. Their Whey Protein Concentrate is sourced and made in the U.S.A. whey

Country Life’s brands have been around since 1971. Country Life Vitamins has been a pioneer bringing favorites such as Maxi-Hair and Co-enzyme B-complex. Their BioChem and Iron-Tek Nutrition are made from real food from real farms, and they’re the leader in Whey proteins from pure protein isolates.

Collagen and youtheory – Booth 1236, hall B

Collagen_Adv_290ctSupplements to check out include the youtheory brand. Youtheory’s main line of products includes Collagen Advanced, Turmeric Advanced, Collagen, Anti-Aging Protein, Resveratrol, Resveratrol Advanced, Revive, Hyaluronic Acid, Joint Collagen, and Collagen Powder. In addition to the main line, youtheory has a men’s line that includes Men’s collagen, men’s anti-aging collagen protein shake, and men’s revive.

We tried the Collagen Advanced Formula- Type 1, 2 & 3:  Collagen is a major structural protein in the human body (found in skin, joints, bones, blood vessels and connective tissues). As we age, collagen naturally breaks down and diminishes over time – leading to the early signs of aging. YoutheoryTM Collagen Advanced Formula with added Vitamin C is designed to help replenish the body’s supply of this vital protein. This product supplies intensive nourishment to help counter the effects of the aging process…so you can age beautifully!

Pukka Herbal teas – Booth #1901

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The Healing Power of Herbs – Pukka Herbal Teas, which are the best-selling organic teas in the United Kingdom, are known to lift, soothe and enrich the body. Each of the teas appeal to all senses with flavors including Wild Cinnamon and Apple, Three Fennel and Lemon, and Ginger & Manuka Honey that can also be used to cook delicious meals and treats.  From the first bright notes of Morning time to the soothing calm of Night Time, Pukka create delicious, organic herbal teas, sourced from the most extraordinary places. Blended by herbalist and teasmith Sebastian Pole each tea is 100% certified organic. Independently owned, Pukka trade fairly, nurture the farmers they work with and are fanatical about bringing the power of plants alive. Translated from Hindi to mean ‘authentic’, ’genuine’ or, ‘Pukka’ is at the core of everything they do.

Mushroom Matrix – Booth #49

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Smoothie additions (flavorless) you need to know about: Shroom Yourself Healthy – Specializing in medical mushrooms, Mushroom Matrix is a line of smoothie and meal powders that benefit the immune system, energy levels and overall wellness. In addition to their For You products, Mushroom Matrix offers supplements that benefit canines and horses too.

Mushroom Matrix is available in 13 vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, single or blended varieties including:
Beauty Matrix: Formulated with 8 species for endocrine support, support for circulating nutrients, contains naturally occurring Biotin and antioxidant to prevent free-radical damage
Reishi: Strong immune and cardiovascular support, helps to manage stress, contains anti-aging properties
Immune Matrix: 7 Species are combined for Broad Spectrum Immune Support
Critical Care: Supports immune health, recovery, liver detoxification and restored energy, contains super antioxidants that battle free-radical damage and aid anti-inflammatory response
Fit Matrix: Supports aerobic endurance and general vitality, combination of 55% Cordyceps and 40% Reishi
Cordyceps: Supports respiratory health, improved oxygen consumption and delivery to increase energy, increases circulation
Turkey Tail: Enhances immune and deep cellular health
Lion’s Mane: Aids the synthesis of Nerve Growth Factor
The powder can be added to anything you can think of- from smoothies to apple sauce to soups to juices to brownies. The supplements deliver the benefits of prebiotics, amino acids, antioxidants, vitamin D, dietary fiber, digestive enzymes and immune enhancing beta glucans. Taking multiple products together is encouraged as there are synergies that can be beneficial when combining a variety of mushroom species.

Also of note to check out:

  • Attune Foods – Booth Number 2250
  • Love Grown Foods – Booth Number 4834
  • Rhythm Superfoods – Booth Number 5312
  • Primizie – Booth Number 5272
  • KRAVE – Booth Number 4565
  • Dr. Lucy’s – Booth Number 4576
  • PB Crave – Booth Number 3493
  • Tradewinds – Booth Number 2793
  • Taste Nirvana – Booth Number 5484
  • High Brew Coffee – Booth Number 5078
  • Full Circle Home – Booth Number 3258
  • Creo – Booth Number 3258

Food for Life Baking Co. (booth #2666) will be sampling their full product line alongside their NEW Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Flakes and their Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Bread! The Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Flakes are made of sprouted grains and are available in Original, Almond, Cinnamon Raisin and Golden Flax flavors. The newly launched Sprouted for Life Gluten Free Breads are the first breads made of sprouted grains for the gluten free community. This soft, chewy bread is available in the following varieties: Original 3 Seed, Flax, Almond and Cinnamon Raisin. FoodForLife.com.

Wild Planet Foods (booth #3878), the leading provider of sustainable seafood, will be sampling their award-winning product line along with their recently launched White Anchovies (available in water and extra virgin olive oil). All of Wild Planet’s products are caught using poll & troll line fishing methods. With strict quality control from hook to shelf, Wild Planet Foods’ mission is to produce safe, nutritious, great-tasting, and sustainably fished seafood. 100% US owned and based in McKinleyville, CA, the company operates its own docks where selection and delivery of fish are taken directly from the fishermen, many of whom are also shareholders with the company. All products canned by Wild Planet – Albacore, Skipjack, Shrimp, Sardines and the new White Anchovies – are considered Best Choices for sustainability by the consensus of environmental groups. WildPlanetFoods.com.

Ozery Bakery (booth #4178) will be sampling their newly launched Date & Chia Morning Rounds and new Soft Ciabatta Thins — the first true Italian Ciabatta bread crafted to make the ultimate sandwich. Like all of Ozery Bakery’s products, these items are completely free of artificial preservatives and GMO’s! Their Morning Rounds, which are delicious warm or straight out of the bag, are now available in four flavors: Date & Chia, Apple & Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange and Muesli. The new Soft Ciabatta Thins are available in two varieties: Multi Grain & Chia and Sour Dough. US. OzeryBakeryInc.com.

National Pasteurized Eggs, also known as Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs (booth #5525), have been pasteurized in a warm water bath to eliminate the risk of salmonella. That’s it – just time + temperature + water. This means you can eat eggs any way you like – sunny side up with runny yolks, in craft cocktails, raw in a morning smoothie, in cookie dough, etc. – with no risk of salmonella. (Super safe for kids, too!) SafeEggs.com.

and…

  • Fusion Jerky – Booth #8111

    • One of the first companies to make artisan chicken jerky, in addition to beef, pork and turkey. Asian-style jerky is tender and easy to chew.

    • Bright, colorful packaging stands out in a sea of ho-hum meat snacks.

    • Founder KaiYen Mai brings Taiwanese-American heritage to Expo West; 8 unique flavor combinations like Basil Citrus (beef), Chipotle Lime (beef), Island Teriyaki (pork), and Lemon Pepper (chicken) use all natural and gluten-free ingredients. Fusion is also high in protein.


  • Biena Chickpea Snacks – Booth #6020

    • Hummus is SO yesterday! Enjoy Non-GMO Project verified and gluten-free roasted chickpeas just as they are and have a better-for-you snack on the go! Crispy like a chip, but a lot better for you.

    • Biena Roasted Chickpeas will debut a brand new flavor — Habanero — at Expo West. It’s a medium spicy blend of real habanero chili with a hint of lemon.

    • Nothing but a wholesome, raw snack chock full of protein and nearly 25 percent of a day’s worth of fiber. It’s got 65% less fat than a chip or nut, but a lot more satiety for a snack.