expo west 2011 findings

Welcome to the crazy world of the Natural Products Expo West. There were many new and notable products – ranging from food, drink, body/cleaning products, supplements and crazy other products that aren’t even categorizable.

I must say that Expo is a completely different experience when walking the show rather than being at a booth.

(And I must admit that it was rather nice and much less stressful.)


Here are some of the Notable Products that I found:

  • Go Picnic: adorable, healthy snack packs for kids or adults!

  • Stonyfield Greek Style Yogurt: thick and creamy with more protein than regular yogurt, but less tartness. I’m still a sugar-hater in yogurt but this was delicious. :)

  • Larabar Blueberry Muffin: I’ve heard nothing but good things about this variety but I wasn’t a huge fan. Maybe calling it a “Blueberry Muffin” threw me off a bit…

  • So Delicious No Sugar Coconut Ice Cream and Coconut Greek Yogurt: I sadly was not a fan of either of these products – the ice cream tasted like sugar alcohol and the yogurt was not thick like a greek yogurt. I’ll continue to buy the Coconut Milk Ice Cream that is sweetened with agave. :)
  • Jamba Juice & Zola Superfruit Shots: A quick swig of vitamins and antioxidants in delicious juice – perfect for kids.

  • Cakeheads Whoopie Pies: These were amazing (and adorable) with flavors like brown butter and pumpkin. I want some for my wedding. Seriously.

  • Two Mom’s in the Raw: Almond Butter Cacao Truffles – raw, vegan, organic, gluten-free and handmade. They explain themselves and tasted amazing.
  • Wafu Ginger Carrot Dressing: You know that dressing served at sushi restaurants? This is it. I can’t wait.

  • Three Twins Ice Cream: Organic, creamy ice cream with flavors like Dad’s Cardamom and Strawberry Je Ne Sais Quoi (a splash of balsamic vinegar adds a special little something) sold me!

  • Lunch Skins: I reuse my plastic baggies, but using these will eliminate them! (And they are much cuter!)

  • AcroYoga: Absolutely amazing – they were performing with a dreaded dj at the Aura Cacia booth.

Whew – that was a lot of eating. :) I can’t wait to start seeing these products in stores. Hope you enjoyed my Expo West findings!

expo west 2011

Today I head to California for the Natural Products Expo West show. Sun, warmth and natural food! It will be a wonderful week obviously!

I’m not working in the booth this year, just walking the show, which makes for a much less stressful trip. :) I’ll be sure to update you on the newest and greatest in the Natural Food world again! I may even make another video to give you a peek at what Expo is like. (It’s pretty hard to even imagine and words just don’t do justice!)


Coming Soon: I’m finally getting a juicer! My friends at CSN Stores are helping me out – they’ve got everything from you could ever need – tagines to juicers to a pan set.  All-you-can-drink green juices are finally in my future!



Before I get to New York, I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day! I know half the world hates it, but like I told the kids at Camp – single or not,  it’s a perfect day to think about what you love about YOURSELF!

The Taster and I celebrated last night with an amazing dinner at Alma, one of our favorite restaurants in Minneapolis. Everything was utterly delicious, as usual.

Now to New York! My trip to New York City was successful, fun and very quick!

Wednesday morning I had a chance to bum around a bit, but I must admit, it was so cold that it was hard to be outside. Yes, I live in Minnesota, but that doesn’t mean I’ll ever like the cold weather. So I walked around Times Square for a bit, stopped in for a bagel with lox cream cheese spread and then cabbed it to Columbus Circle.

A chewy, white flour, REAL New York Bagel is always a must. It was wonderful. :)

I found a nice mall (read warm) to walk around but decided to head back out, brave the elements and walk around Central Park. It’s not as charming in the Winter, in fact it reminds me a lot of Wisconsin…

Next up – I needed to head back indoors – was the Whole Foods Market Columbus Circle. It was a beautiful store.

Rows of fresh flowers, fish, colorful produce, and oh look! It’s French Meadow Bakery! :)

I could seriously live in this store.

Babycakes was the only real bakery we had time for and then it was time to prepare for the show. After a successful show, an amazing dinner at Hundred Acres with the PR ladies and a short night of sleep later; it was time to head home to the much quieter, much darker and much smaller city of Minneapolis.

But for those two days, I pretended I was a big city girl. ;)