The Best of Expo West 2016
Guys, I seriously can’t overemphasize this — today’s giveaway is the BIGGEST EVER.
But first, let’s talk about Expo West :)
Every year, throngs of healthy food enthusiasts flock from all over the west coast to the Anaheim Convention Center with hopes of overflowing their eco-friendly, reusable grocery bags with massive amounts of delicious snacks.
Every tastebud tantalizing treat you can imagine is on display, just waiting to be devoured.
It’s called Natural Foods Expo West and it’s the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory of healthy food.
My favorite thing about this three-day extravaganza is getting to check out all of the latest and greatest natural/organic products before many of them even hit the shelves.
While they’d be considered suspicious foreign substances to your average consumer, things like black bean-based cereal, chia seed pudding, pinot noir flavored salt, prickly pear water, and mushroom supplements (for your dog) are common place in this healthy foodie playground.
Naturally, I don’t want my amazing loyal readers to be in the dark about all of this cutting-edge stuff, so each year I round-up my favorite products from the Expo and give you guys the chance to win every single one of them. And I gotta say — this year’s giveaway is the biggest and the best yet.
Not only will the winners get one of every product in this roundup (15 total) but this year, there will be 15 winners!
That’s 225 products up for grabs!
Read on for my picks of The Best Products of Expo West 2016 and enter to win all of them at the bottom of the post!
The Best of Expo West 2016
I usually just buy lightly salted almonds. Or, if I want them flavored and am feeling resourceful, I’ll whip up a batch of my Sweet + Salty Almonds at home. So when I first tried AgStandard, I was blown away. These are the tastiest almonds I have ever tried — ever. It would be impossible to replicate the intense flavor of these psychedelic nuts at home, and I wouldn’t even want to try.
The locally grown and produced large, crunchy almonds are wood-smoked, non-GMO, vegan, and made with in-house blended herbs and spices — no refined sugar or artificial flavoring here.
Recently, I’ve been trying to be a better “Suzie Homemaker” and make more creative dinners for the hubs on weeknights. However, after a long day at school, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. I want a tasty, exciting dinner, and I want it fast.
Alexia’s frozen potato and veggie bags are a huge time-saver. They’re pre-seasoned with natural herbs and spices (no artificial flavoring or added sugar here) and frozen at the peak of freshness so you don’t have to worry about losing nutrients (nutrition fact: frozen veggies are just as healthy as fresh).
As a sweet potato addict, this blend is by far my fav. Toss it with some black beans or chicken and a side of quinoa and you’re good to go!
When I approached the Ancient Harvest booth at Expo West, my ears immediately perked at the sound of one phrase: “healthy mac + cheese.” Sold. Nuff said. Who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese? No one. A person like that doesn’t exist.
With Ancient Harvest’s new pasta, you can now have your mac + cheese — with a dose of fiber, healthy whole grains, and plant-based protein. The pasta is made from organic lentils and quinoa, so it’s gluten-free for my celiacs out there, it’s low in saturated fat, and it tastes incredible.
Angie’s has been around for a while now and I’m guessing you’re familiar with their adorable pastel packaging.
I’ve enjoyed their tasty, low-cal kernels for ages but this year at the Expo I got a special treat. I got to meet the woman behind this fantastic brand.
At about 5′ 2″ and sporting a bright pink A-line dress and ear-to-ear smile, Angie is just as adorable as her packaging. She told me the story of developing the brand in her garage with her husband as a way to earn money to send their kids to college. Now, with both her children earning their degrees and a booming business, she gives back to the community by helping teach children about sustainable farming.
BOOMCHICKAPOP is a delicious, healthy snack, that you can also feel good about getting behind.
One word: WOW.
You should have seen my eyes light up when I tried these for the first time. The flavor and crunchy flabulosity of these chickpeas is off the charts. Chickpeas are such a great snack because they’re high in protein and fiber and will help keep you full between meals.
They come in a ton of tasty flavors, but Rockin’ Ranch is my fav!
I haven’t been a huge supporter of the multitude of “exotic waters” on the market these days. A lot of them are high in sugar or just taste funky (sorry aloe – not a fan). So I was a bit hesitant when I first heard of CaliWater. It’s made of prickly pear cactus extract and cactus puree.
I tried it for the first time at the Expo though and was immediately like, “Where have you been all my life my sweet desert friend?!”
I should have known having grown up in the desert that I would naturally bond with this beverage. It’s so refreshing, subtly sweet, and totally free of added sugar. In fact, there’s a mere 2 grams of sugar and 10 calories per bottle yet tons of electrolytes and antioxidants called betalains. Cheers.
Stop the presses, I’ve got breaking news — well, not breaking actually since these eggs don’t come in a shell. Ok, I’ll stop with the lame jokes and get to the point.
Follow Your Heart’s new VeganEgg is the first egg replacer of it’s kind. Unlike others that are used solely for baking, this one can be used to make legit, soft, chewy, yellow scrambled eggs. Hallelujah, I may be able to go vegan one day after all (well, once they make a top notch salmon sashimi replacer).
I tried these at the Expo and can vouch that the taste and texture are on point.
You may have seen this drool-worthy Jambalaya on my Instagram recently. Let me tell you — it’s just as amazing as it looks.
Steel cut oats at dinner time may seem like a strange concept, but I’ll bet you thought zucchini noodles were weird once too. Neither are, both are bomb — get on this grain train asap!
Not only are these sides so yummy and nutritious, they are also a huge weeknight time saver. I mixed mine with some sautéed shrimp and veggies and had an awesome dinner and days of leftovers in under 30 minutes. Score.
Teff is a fine, tiny grain that comes in a variety of colors and is predominately found in Ethiopia. It has a mild, nutty flavor and the nutritional profile of a superhero. It’s gluten-free, packed with vitamins and minerals, and is considered a complete protein (meaning it has all nine essential amino acids).
Use the brown teff grain for hot breakfast porridges or the teff flour for healthy baked goods.
I’m a tea fiend. After my morning cup of joe — it’s all tea, all day. Lately I’ve been getting bored of my tried and true green blend, so I was so excited to try Numi’s new turmeric line at this year’s Expo.
In case you hadn’t heard, turmeric is so hot right now. Research shows it has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and may be beneficial in the prevention and treatment of diseases like cancer.
This blend is particularly exquisite with a mix of ginger, licorice, and rose.
But this tea isn’t just tasty and good for your bod, it’s also good for the planet. As a part of their H2OPE campaign, Numi is building 22 wells that will provide clean water to more than 3500 people in turmeric farming communi’teas in Madagascar.
Mmmm butter. There’s nothing quite like it. Well, there wasn’t until now. Nutiva’s new Buttery Coconut Oil has all the melt-in-your mouth, rich flavor of butter, but it’s made from coconut oil.
This luxurious spread is organic, non-GMO, vegan, and tastes incredible on everything from popcorn to stir-fried veggies.
It also looks a bit like butter with it’s yellowish tint and solid state, but doesn’t use any junky chemicals for color.
My hubs is a HUGE (like imagine Donald saying it) fan of smoked salmon. Breakfast buffets beware — he will shut your salmon station down.
A lot of the salmon out there is a little sketch though, and if not, it’s super pricey. So I don’t buy it too often.
Salty Girl is neither of these things. All of their seafood is wild, sustainably harvested, and sold at a fair price. The Smoked Salmon is also totally portable so it makes a great high protein, on-the-go snack.
Fyi, you can scoop these up at stores like Lassens, Bristol Farms, Grow LA, Clarks, Wolfes, and Vicente.
Yogurt is a staple in my diet. But I won’t eat just any yogurt. I like my yogurt to be the cream of the crop. Tillamook has been making delicious, wholesome yogurt for over 100 years as a farmer-owned co-op and uses all natural ingredients.
Their newest product is a greek yogurt with gluten-free honey oats from Bob’s Red Mill. Despite two opportunities to lace this container with sweetness (the yogurt and the granola), this snack only has a few grams of added sugar in addition to the natural stuff from the lactose in milk.
I’ve been a dedicated Vega user for a while now. Not only does their plant-based protein powder have an impressive protein to calorie ratio, but it’s naturally sweetened with stevia.
So how did this trusty old favorite make it on to my new discoveries list? They’ve reformulated their recipe.
The new powder has all the benefits of the old blend with an added bonus of tart cherries (shown to decrease muscle soreness), turmeric, and probiotics. And — hard to believe because it was awesome to begin with — it tastes even more delicious now.
I’ve never met a granola I didn’t like. A granola that meets my expectations of whole food quality though? Those are few and far between — which is why I was thrilled to try Viki’s.
This golden goodness is made from gluten-free oats and contains 100% natural ingredients like nuts, coconut, dried fruit, seeds, and organic honey. Viki’s is low in sugar compared to its competitors, a big plus.
And that’s the list. So let’s get to the good part! Today I’m giving away a massive amount of swag to 15 lucky readers.
This awesome Expo West Prize Pack includes:
- 1 full size bag of AgStandard Smoked Almonds (Ranch)
- 3 bags of Alexia Southern Sweet Potato Blend
- 2 boxes of Ancient Harvest Protein Powder (Mac & Cheese + Red Lentil)
- 1 large bag of Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP (Sea Salt)
- 2 bags of Biena Chickpea Snacks (Rockin Ranch + Sea Salt)
- 1 case (12 bottles) of CaliWater (Peach + Cactus)
- 2 samples of Follow Your Heart VeganEgg
- 2 bags of Grainful Steel Cut Sides (Jambalaya + Madras Curry)
- 1 bag Maskal Teff Brown Teff Grain or Teff Flour
- 1 box Numi Turmeric Tea (Three Roots Blend)
- 1 jar Nutiva Buttery Coconut Oil
- 1 package of Salty Girl Seafood Smoked Sockeye Salmon
- 2 containers of Tillamook Greek Yogurt
- 1 box (12 packages) Vega Sport Performance Protein
- 1 full size bag of Viki’s Granola
Enter to win using the Rafflecopter below. Next Friday, I will randomly select 15 winners. Good luck friends!
*This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. No purchase is required for entry.