ExpoWest : Health Blogger Heaven

 

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It is hard to even attempt to describe what ExpoWest is really like. A three day event of pure craziness basically sums it up in the best way. ExpoWest was hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center out in California this past weekend and is a Natural Product Convention. Natural Products can include everything from food to house cleaners to vitamins & supplements. I had the great opportunity to attend ExpoWest with DRINKMaple. I helped man the booth with Co-Founders Kate and Jeff as they went in and out of meetings.  I was also fortunate to have some time to explore the four story convention center filled with all my favorite natural companies for a few hours each day. I rounded up some of my favorite new product discoveries which include some new companies I hadn’t heard of, as well as new product launches announced from some of my favorite brands at the Expo!

Here is my short roundup (I could list a million great products) so keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks for these new products to launch in your local stores:

  1. Love Beets
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    • 100% Organic Beet Juice
    • Beet Bars: Love Beets is launching a line of beet bars in various flavors. They are composted of only a few all natural ingredients consisting of beets, fruit, and seeds.
  1. Suja Juice
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    • #SujaTradeUp: Suja is launching a line of fresh pressed juices that will all have 9g of sugar or LESS. My favorite was the Green variation called Fortitude.
  1. Sprout Living
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    • A wide variety of 100% Plant Based Proteins with various superfoods included in each formula. Their EPIC line is great for athletes and those who workout daily with 19-26g of protein in a serving.
  1. Owl’s Brew
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    • New White Tea Cocktail Mix: “White and Vine” which is a white tea with watermelon, pomegranate and lemon peel. This mix is perfect for a spring & summer cocktail.
  1. Califia Farms
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    • New Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate
    • Plant Based Protein Almond Milk Drink
  1. Purely Elizabeth
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    • New line of Superfood and Granola Cereals with new flavors such as mango and blueberry hemp.
  1. Simply Mills
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    • Paleo Baking Mixes: Finally, an easy approach to making paleo chocolate chip cookies, banana bread, pumpkin bread, PIZZA DOUGH, as well as many other options that all taste delicious.

DRINKMaple launched their new logo and amazing new packaging options that will appear in stores this spring; including a twist top bottle as well as a liter size. The twist top is great for on the go and athletes and the liter is great for those who want to keep a bottle in their refrigerator to use in smoothies or cocktails!

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Lastly, a shout out to some of my favorite companies not mentioned above that provided me with multiple samples every day as I passed their booth:

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Sambazon: Acai Bowls topped with banana and granola
Navitas Natural: Power Snacks (Blueberry Hemp flavored)
Pure7Chocolate: Espresso Dark Chocolate
Eating Evolved
: Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups
Health Ade: My morning dosage of Kombucha (loved the cayenne flavor)

February Favorites: Things I am Loving Lately Pt. 2

Do you have a few products you just can’t live without? I have rounded up some of my new favorites to share with everyone. This list of products hits a broad range of categories so hopefully there is a little something for everyone to enjoy!

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Owl’s Brew Cocktail Tea
Once you take a sip of this cocktail mixer, it will be very hard to go back to using anything else. Owl’s Brew created three flavors (Original, Coco Lada, and Pink & Black) of their freshly brewed teas, to pair with alcohol, which create a very unique and healthy mixed cocktail. Each brew is made only with organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or added sugars. It is solely composed 0f tea (flavor changes via brew) + water + agave! You simply mix one or two parts Owl’s Brew with one part alcohol of choice. Lastly, I like to fill my glass with seltzer water to add fizz and dimension to my cocktail. Everyone who I have shared this cocktail recipe with so far has fallen in love and I am sure you will too! You can buy Owl’s Brew online or at Whole Foods Market.

proteinplus_original_newGood Karma: Flax Milk
My boyfriend stumbled upon Flax Milk in Whole Foods Market, took a glance at the ingredients on the bottle, and threw it in his basket to bring home for us to try. Flax Milk is made from flax seeds, which made me skeptical of how it would taste. However after tasting it, I was more than surprised at how delicious it is. We immediately became hooked. It has a nutty and creamy flavor; more rich and decadent than almond milk. What makes it stand apart from many other nut milks is that it is packed with 5g of high quality protein as well as a healthy dosage of good fats (Omega-3 and Omega-6).

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Aloha Daily Good Greens ; Cacao Flavor
I have shared my love for the Aloha Daily Good Greens packets in the past, but recently, I became hooked on their new Cacao flavor. Simply pour and mix into hot water or a nut/seed milk or choice for a delicious and healthy version of a hot chocolate; minus the sugar and fat! It is the perfect winter treat!
Get your free trial here: https://aloha.com/try?invite=25NfVI47XIU

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Trader Joe’s 85% Dark Chocolate Bar
If you have a sweet tooth and just need to tame it with something small try breaking off a chunk of this dark chocolate bar. The Dark Chocolate bar is incredibly rich and one of the best at an affordable price. Dark Chocolate is proven to have numerous health benefits. It is known to improve brain function, blood flow, lower blood pressure, decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and it contains large amounts of great antioxidants. However, there is a catch, to get these incredible health benefits you need to be purchasing and eating dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa; making this bar from Trader Joe’s a perfect match!

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Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt
I became obsessed with Siggi’s Icelandic Yogurt this fall and still cannot get enough of it. It is similiar to greek yogurt because it is packed with protein and does not contain fat. But what sets Siggi’s apart from the rest is that it is made with simple ingredients, no artificial flavors, and no added sugar. You have to be carefuly with many greek yogurts on the market because they are VERY high in sugar and artificial flavoring. Siggi’s also creates their products with milk from family farms who do not use growth hormones such as rBGH. Siggi’s comes in a variety of flavors that are all to die for. Its’ thickness makes it a decadent morning treat, a great add to a smoothie, or even in a healthy substitute in many recipes. I can’t pick a favorite flavor because they are all so good but I do gravitate towards the Vanilla and Pumpkin Spice.
Siggi’s can now be found in most grocery stores; check out their website for more details.

For other great products, check out my first edition of Things I am Loving Lately Pt.1.

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