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)

Acai Bowls

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I was super excited to try this new breakfast after seeing many health bloggers rave about it on social media. I ran out to Whole Foods Market (the only place that sells frozen *Sambazon Acai packets) to be able to come home and try it out. I followed the simple recipe instructions by blending the frozen unsweetened acai packet with a banana and a handful of berries. The consistency was creamy as I poured it into a bowl. I decided for my first time to keep my toppings to a minimum so I sprinkled some unsweetened coconut flakes, sliced kiwi, and some slivered almonds on the top. The taste of acai is amazing with and without the toppings. I was hooked after my first few bites! Like green smoothies, acai bowls can be made in a million different ways to change the flavor and texture. I have also found that just adding an acai packet to my green smoothie adds an amazing boost of flavor. This product is so versatile and PACKED with antioxidants. It couldn’t be more perfect to have on a hot summer morning!

http://www.sambazon.com/