So this past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center. To put it shortly, it was OUT OF CONTROL! This was my first time attending and to say that the experience was overwhelming is a definite understatement, but overall the event was amazing. In my humble opinion the best way to describe Expo West is to think of Costco on a GOOD sample day. But ALL the samples are brands you are obsessed with. And multiply those samples by 1000. I’m not joking, there truly is a heaven
My expo experience kicked off with breakfast hosted by the kind folks from Chobani! We dined at Catal and the chef made all the food using their fabulous greek yogurt. We started off with yogurt parfaits then I moved onto eggs benedict which was a stellar decision. The Chobani team was awesome, and it was awesome to meet the masterminds behind their social media presence.
After breakfast I headed over to the Expo. I grew up in Orange County so I am relative familiar with the Anaheim Convention Center but I was blown away by all the exhibitors they crammed into that place!
Sunwarrior‘s New Protein Blend
This one is a blend of Rice + Chia + Amaranth + Pea Protein. It definitely tastes different from their previous blend, but I loved it!
Asian Pear & Ginger Kombucha Wonder Drink
SO SO SO refreshing! The Ginger was subtly spicy and the pear flavor was spot on.
I loved these bars. They keep their ingredient list to a minimum, but what really stood out were their Rosemary and Sage flavors. It sounds a little weird but the herbs played on that Savory + Sweet combo and were actually fantastic.
Aquaponics Garden from the people at Back to the Roots
They are also doing a play on the Savory + Sweet combo. I really liked the Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt Bar.
Love Grown Foods Hot Oats
Finally! I got to try Love Grown Food Hots Oats! I opted for the Blueberry Banana Walnut flavor because that is variety of oatmeal that I make almost every day and I am pleased to report that these oats seriously stood out! They tasted almost exactly like the oatmeal I make in my own kitchen, so these guys would be perfect to take when I am on the go.
I’m not sure what booth this was for, I want to say Clif Bar, but nevertheless it was an awesome tree.
Pumpkin Pie Larabar
Pumpkin Lovers can jump for joy, Larabar has officially released their Pumpkin Pie flavor! This is from their new line of ALT bars which use pea protein. The bar was pretty good, but I wished there a bit more pumpkin spice in there.
After eating so many protein bars and sugary snacks these NutBurgers seriously hit the spot!
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have learned that I lost my VitaTop virginity. Those little things are awesome.
Going along those lines, I loved Gardein‘s products and especially appreciated the courtesy of their moist towelettes
Obviously I had to go visit the Chobani booth. I tried the Key Lime Pie Flip and while I’m not really a Key Lime Pie kind of gal, this stuff was ridiculously good. It wasn’t too sweet or too tart and the topping that you flip into the yogurt was crushed graham crackers and white chocolate chips! Seriously is this a joke? They also had replicas of the creations they serve at Chobani Soho and I found the cucumber + olive oil +mint + pita chip creation to be beyond exceptional.
tera’swhey GOAT Protein Powder
I thought this was an interesting concept, since goat products are all the rage these days. I definitely got more of a tangy flavor compared to cow’s whey protein, but I kinda liked it! I think the tanginess of the goat whey protein powder would go great in berry smoothies.
I tried their Sunflower Chocolate Bar yesterday and it was AWESOME! I also really appreciated that this company was free of ALL of the top 8 allergens because I feel like so many companies are free of gluten or peanuts or soy but rarely exclusively free of multiple allergens.