Natural Products Expo West brought together organic vendors from all over the United States to share an amazing number of products that allowed consumers to see just how easy it is to live an organic lifestyle. The weekend was highlighted by the 6th Annual VIP Dinner hosted by the Organic Center.
The Organic Center’s 6th Annual Dinner took place Friday night and the evening turned into a huge organic celebration. The event featured an interactive science exhibit that let everyone see the amazing impact that organics are having on the earth and what the future holds for organics. This evening also gave people a chance to meet with some of the leading scientists in the world, who are working on ways to improve the organic industry. After a delicious organic dinner prepared by celebrity chef Domenica Catelli, the energy and festivities were just beginning. There were speeches, donations, music and after dinner a video message from the Prince of Wales was played and it was very inspiring as he echoed how organics can really change the future of the earth. If you are looking for one event to ignite your organic fire, next year this dinner is a great place to start.
You might not be ready to make the switch to an entirely organic lifestyle, but the “ Mission Organic 2010” goal is to have organic food sales reach 10 percent of overall food sales. This means you only need to buy organic one out of every ten items that you purchase and by doing this, you help reduce pesticides in drinking water, animals will be treated more humanely, you will help capture 6.5 billion pounds of carbon in soil, you will help restore degraded soils and finally on a personal note, you will be getting 25% to 30% higher levels of basic nutrients by eating organic fruits and vegetables. This is really just scratching the surface of the benefits of using organic products.
Expo West showcased so many amazing organic products that if you are looking to make a difference, if you would like to find out more about organics or if you already are trying to live organic but would just like to find some new and different products; this is the place to be. One day is not enough, you really need to make an entire weekend of this event. A few of the more noteworthy vendors:
Udo’s Oil – If you are looking for something that gives your body an edge, Udo’s Oil will do that. This product has 20 years of research and two different studies to document that it lowers body fat, improves skin condition, provides you with more energy, it improves sleep and concentration as well as your overall health. This is really just scratching the surface of what Udo’s Oil does for you. Udo’s Oil gives you the ideal 2:1 ratio of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, providing you with the good fat your body needs. Whether you are an athlete or just looking to feel better in your everyday life, Udo’s Oil is a true wonder product and in addition it is a certified organic, sustainable and fish-free blend of plant-sourced oils. For more information on Udo’s Oil, visit: www.oilthemachine.com
Crofter’s Superfruit Spreads – If you are going to spread something on your toast in the morning, you might as well make it tasty and adding that it is organic and provides you with an antioxidant punch, well that is certainly a nice bonus. Each jar contains one pound of premium organic fruit and it is sweetened with fair trade sugar. Crofter’s Superfruit Spreads are going to make you forget about using jams or jellies or anything else that tries to pass itself off as a fruit spread. Listen to these flavors; North America Superfruit is cranberry and blueberry, South America Superfruit is an exotic blend of Maqui berry and passionfruit, Europe Superfruit is pomegranate and black currant and in my opinion the one that packs the most flavor and got me hooked was the Asian Superfruit, which contains a bright blend of yumberry and raspberry. You really can’t go wrong with any of these spreads, and I would suggest you give them all a try. For more information, visit: www.croftersorganic.com
Salba Smart - A great way to snack, Salba Smart provides organic and all natural food products that are also rich in Omega-3 essential fatty acids as well as rich in flavor. If you need to snack on some pretzels or tortilla chips, Salba Smart is the only way to go and the salsa recipe they have come up with is addicting, once you try it you will be putting it on all of your food. The mild is great and if you are looking for a little kick, the hot organic salsa will give it to you while also providing 160mg of Omega-3 fatty acids. For more information, visit: ww.salbasmart.com
Bionorica - They have come up with a great alternative to the typical over-the-counter medication that contains, well likely a lot of things that you don't want in your kids. Sinupret for Kids, a natural remedy for healthy sinus, respiratory and immune support has finally come to America after years of study and a long track record of safety in Europe and around the world. For more information, visit: www.bionoricausa.com
Everlast Nutrition - A name that has long been associated with boxing, Everlast has ventured into the world of nutrition and had their new product line on display. Seemingly whatever supplement you are looking for, Everlast has it. They offer; vitamins, energy, recovery, focus and defense to go along with an edrenaline energy shot and one of the best tasting nutrition bars on the market. www.everlast.com/nutrition
Boiron - founded in 1932, they are the world leader in homeopathy. From a normal cold to normal aches and covering the entire body, Boiron likely has a medication that will help you. If you are looking for an alternative way to cure something, Boiron is a great company to look into. For more information, visit: www.boironusa.com
EcoDrink – not only have they come up with two daily powder drinks that top-to-bottom are better for you than the leading vitamin enhanced waters or energy drinks on the market, but the best part is they give you a reusable bottle to mix your drinks. One of the biggest issues with landfills is how many plastic bottles are going into them, 22 billion last year alone, this is a huge problem that needs to be addressed and EcoDrink is doing just that. EcoDrink will be on sale at Costco in the Los Angeles area starting this Monday. For more information, visit: www.sgnnutrition.com
O Organics - they offer a large line of organic products and the best thing about O is they are in the mainstream, you can find their products in Vons, Safeway and a number of other stores.
Coleman Natural - America’s leading processor, marketer and distributor of fresh and prepared natural and organic poultry, beef and pork products, for more information, visit: www.colemannatural.com
Barbara's Bakery - they offer a variety of cereals and are also introducing a new line of all-natural snack mixes with 61% less fat than natural potato chips, for more information, visit: www.barbarasbakery.com
QAI - Quality Assurance International is the leading provider of organic certification services worldwide. For more information, visit: www.qai-inc.com
For more information on the Organic Center, visit: www.organic-center.org
Tumaro's - offering organic, whole wheat, gourmet tortillas, for more information, visit: www.tumaros.com
Crunchies - fruit, veggie and organic snacks, for more information, visit: www.crunchiesfood.com
Flax USA - introducing flax sprinkles which offer the benefits of Omega-3, for more information, visit: www.flaxusa.com
Vitalicious - a wide assortment of breakfast products that provide maximum nutrition while not loading you down with a lot of calories, for more information, visit: www.vitalicious.com
For more information on Expo West, visit: www.expowest.com
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