Natural Products Expo West 2011 held at the Anaheim Convention Center March 10-13 showed off the growth of the organic industry by hosting a record number 3,533 exhibits. That many exhibts lets you know just how big the organic industry has become and that no matter what you are looking for, you can find an organic version of each and every product you use in everyday life.
Two of the biggest topics of Expo West this year were homeopathic treatments and gluten-free products. More people today than ever are looking to move away from the typical over-the-counter medicine and with so many alternative medicines today you can make choices that will let you feel better about what you are putting in your body. Gluten-free products were originally used for people with celiac disease, but we are seeing that not only are they beneficial to everyone, but you can also find almost anything gluten-free and most taste amazing.
Redd Remedies introduced two new products, SinuZyme and Throat and Bronchial Syrup to its existing line of natural supplements. SinuZyme is all natural, non-drowsy and stimulant free. SinuZyme is also gluten-free, making it a safe alternative for those with gluten allergies. Throat & Bronchial Syrup, available in honey and berry flavor, is designed to help soothe irritated airways and maintain clear bronchial pathways. After being a little under the weather, I can attest that these products both do exactly what they say and you can feel good about what you are putting in your body.
Energy shots have become one of the hottest products on the market in the past few years, the problem is you never seem to quite know where the energy is coming from in that tiny bottle. That problem is going away as Bazi Energy has created an energy shot that tells you exactly what is giving you that boost of energy. The secret behind Bazi is that is contains eight super fruits, jujube, acai, goji, pomegranate, blueberry, mangosteen, raspberry and seabuckthorn. This combination will provide you with energy, nutrition as well as an energy shot that actually tastes good. If you have not heard of Bazi, you have the perfect opportunity to give this shot a try as they are going to soon be found in 7-Eleven stores all over the United States.
Snacks were one of the favorites of Expo West and many companies were able to show how some of the alternatives to normal chips are just and tasty and yet they are much better for you.
One of the favorite exhibits over the years has always been the Pirate Brands pirate ship. The Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar has long been a huge favorite among kids when it comes time to snack and over the year Pirate Brands has added to its product line to give consumers a wide variety of choices and they did not disappoint this year. To go with your salty snack you need a little sweetness and that is where Pirate’s Booty Chocolate comes in. A combination of puffed rice and corn is blended with Fair Trade Certified™ Peruvian cocoa and Madagascar vanilla to give you a perfect blend of all things sweet. Pirate Brand products are all baked and all natural and while they give you all that great flavor you are looking for, they also have fewer calories and less fat than your everyday snacks. If you are one of the few people left out there not to treasure Pirate’s Booty grab ye self a bag and see what you have been missing.
Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips made their world debut at Expo West and they were a huge hit. These crunchy chips are low in sodium, allergen-specific (free of the FDA’s top 8 ingredients that trigger food allergies), satiating (4 grams of fiber per serving) as well as being a healthy snack (4 grams of complete protein). These chips have a different taste than any other chip you are going to find, you get flavor with every chip you bite into. You can now purchase these chips online at: http://www.beanfieldssnacks.com/where_to_buy.html
Snikiddy Snacks ® are a great snack for anyone, the Baked Cheese Puffs (Grilled Cheese and Mac N' Cheese flavors) give you that great cheesy and crunchy combination that most people desire while watching sports on television or needing to curb that afternoon craving. If you are looking for an alternative to your everyday greasy potato chip, the Snikiddy ® All Natural Baked Fries are a great choice. You have all of the taste you would want in a snack and amazingly these tasty snacks have no cholesterol, 50% less fat than normal chips and they are gluten and wheat free as well as being low in sodium. This is the snack you can put out and anyone can enjoy.
Many of you out there enjoy soda and many of you enjoy it too much. Regular soda hits you with calories and sugar and the diet soda gets you with sweeteners that the more we learn the less of them we should be putting in our bodies. ZEVIA is an amazing alternative that allows you to enjoy soda and not have a bad feeling as you are drinking it. ZEVIA contains none of the chemically processed artificial sugar substitutes, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives found in other diet sodas. The secret is that ZEVIA uses the 100% natural stevia to sweeten its sodas. They have all of your favorite flavors; Cola, Ginger Root Beer, Dr. Zevia, Mountain Zevia and many more.
If you are looking for something to change up your nightly menus, Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea line of Gaea olive oils, barrel-aged vinegar, tapenades, cooking sauces and spices are a great to introduce yourself to the Greek culinary culture. A recent study showed that eating a traditional Mediterranean-style diet is associated with a 25 percent reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, which makes these products and even better choice. Gaea made history in 2009 becoming the first extra virgin olive oils in the world to be certified carbon neutral. These are amazing products to use in your everyday cooking and the tapenades make for a perfect pairing with crackers at a party or just when you are looking for a healthy snack.
There a few licorice names that dominate the shelves in your local stores, but once you get a taste of Natural Vines Licorice, you will realize they all pale in comparison. A simple ingredient list and containing an all natural plant based glycerin, these black and strawberry vines are extremely soft and easy to chew but the best part is the flavor. Whichever flavor you prefer you will notice a difference compared to other licorice, the strawberry leaves with just that, strawberry, no aftertaste, nothing else getting at your taste buds, just pure flavor. If you are a licorice junkie, these are a must for you.
Food might have been the centerpiece of Expo West, but there were plenty of items beyond eating organic that were of interest to everyone in attendance. Landfills are being are being overrun with plastic water bottles and Takeya USA was in attendance to help stop this problem. Takeya has a beautiful reusable Glass Water Bottle collection that are stylish so you won’t mind walking around with one of these bottles in your hand, but the bottle leaves with a fresh taste and so you don’t have to worry about breakage, the bottle comes in a non-slip grip silicone jacket. One of my favorite new products at Expo West came from Takeya and it is the Fruit Infusion Jug. The product is made from AcraGlass™ which doesn’t stain or hold odors after usage. The Fruit Infusion just works by just filling it with water then you add in sliced fruit. This allows you to create your own fruit infused drink that simply comes down to water and fruit, a perfect low-calorie and refreshing drink.
One of the other best products featured at Expo West was the Spoonk Space Acupressure Massage Eco-Mat. Expo West was actually the perfect setting to try out the Spoonk Mat, as after hours of walking what better test could you find. My tired feet and sore did not take long to recover after walking on and laying on the Spoonk Mat. The small spikes on the mat stimulated my feet and literally brought them back to life and then they hit the perfect pressure points in my back and I was back on my feet and ready to go. If it can pass that test, it certainly can help you in everyday life. The Spoonk Mat is so fabulous you might run into some imitations, but stick with the real Spoonk. The Spoonk™ Acupressure Massage Mat is an all-natural product. It consists of a 100% cotton cover, recyclable non-toxic ABS plastic spikes, and natural foam created with Variable Pressure Foaming™ technology. That means you don't have to worry about what you are putting your body next to or what your product is doing to the environment. A great company and a great poduct!
A few of the other products of note at Expo West included Bing Energy Drink, a great cherry flavored low-calorie alternative to typical energy drinks. Sensible Portions, a product line of snacks that gives you the perfect portion to pack in your lunch while providing you with a wide assortment of healthy chips. The Veggie Straws are so good you are going to have a hard time being sensible when eating these crunchy sticks. Terra Chips have been around a while, but if you have not tried them be warned, once you do you will be addicted. You get some interesting choices you won't find anywhere else with chips such as Exotic Vegetable Chips and the great alternative to regular chips, the Sweet Potato Chips. To make you feel better about snacking, each one ounce serving of the Vegetable Chips provides one full serving of vegetables.
There are so many organic products on the market today that might not be aware, take some time and search some of them out. Just changing a few products that you use everday to organic will not only help you personally but it will impact the earth in a very positive way.
For more information on Snikiddy Snacks, visit: www.snikiddy.com
For more information on Natural Products Expo West, visit: www.expowest.com
For more information on Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea, visit, www.catcora.com
For more information on Natural Vines Licorice, visit: www.naturalvineslicorice.com
For more information on Pirate Brands Snacks, visit: www.piratebrands.com
For more information on Takeya products, visit: www.takeyausa.com