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Monday, October 2, 2023

12 Favorite Product Discoveries From Expo East

 I just got back from traveling to Philidelphia and I am excited to tell you about my trip to attend Expo East. I discovered so many new healthy products and want to share with you my favorite product finds.

 I was in Philadelphia last week as I was attending a huge natural product event. I was at the event to check out new healthy natural products and I had a great time sampling delicious food. I also got to sample the latest healthy beauty products and learn about new supplements.

 While I was at the event, I got to learn about the newest trends in the health and wellness community. I also had the opportunity to taste some allergy-friendly food to help me manage my many food allergies. This is an event that I look forward to attending and I am glad that I got an invite to the event.

 Expo East is the fall natural products show from New Hope Network. This is a huge event for the natural & organic community to showcase the latest products that are available in stores. The event is all about seeing and trying the latest natural food, beverages, personal care, and supplements.

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  I always have fun checking out all the booths at the Expo East. From food and drinks to supplements with everything in between, this is the event to learn about what is hot in the natural food stores. When I attend the expo, I always bring an extra suitcase to bring home all of the samples. Check out these free samples.

While I was walking the event floor, I made some notes about my favorite products and I made a list of my top 10 favorite products from Expo East. So keep reading to see which products I enjoyed from Expo East.

1. Happy Grub Pancake Mixes

Happy Grub makes breakfast fun and easy. Happy Grub is designed to bring families together in the kitchen. The pancake mix ingredients are all natural and organic, so you can be confident in what you are eating too! I just love the cute bottles that the pancake mix is in. The bottles make pancake cooking so easy that even kids can help in the kitchen. Just add water, shake, and squeeze. The squeeze bottles are perfect for making creative pancake shapes. The pancake mixes are available in 4 different varieties.

My teen loves creating pancake shapes with the Happy Grub pancake mixes. You can even squeeze the pancake mix on a waffle maker for delicious waffles. 

2. Verb Caffeinated Energy Bars

 I discovered Verb Caffeinated Energy Bars last March at Expo West but I did not try them until a couple of weeks ago. I was "a drink an energy drink before the gym person" and "enjoy my cup of coffee after the gym person." So I really did not have a need for more caffeine. The Verb Bars just stayed in my pantry in my snack box. 

 Then a fitness influencer told me the facts about exercising without eating breakfast and how it could be hurting my fitness goals. So I ditched the energy drinks and decided to try the Verb Caffeinated Bars for three weeks to see if it made a difference in my gym routine. I was amazed at my increase in energy from the Verb Bars and that helped me to lose 2 pounds! I was hooked on the delicious bars for my before-the-gym caffeine boost.

 The Verb Bars have the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee and it comes from green tea. I had only tried the smores flavor of the Verb Caffeinate bars so I was glad that the Verb booth had different flavors of their energy bars. The delicious bars are available in 13 flavors. These bars are the delicious solution to the 2 p.m. slump. Say goodbye to overpriced lattes, sugar cravings & post-coffee jitters 

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3. Freshe Seafood Meals

 Freshé isn't your typical canned fish – it's a game-changer that fuses the best of wild-caught tuna and Atlantic salmon with wholesome legumes, vegetables, and the richness of olive oil. Freshé introduces a line-up of ready-to-eat small meals that are rewriting the rules of tinned fish. Each meal packs a punch of sustainably sourced protein infused with savory herbs and spices. 

 But what truly sets Freshé apart is its no-compromise approach to quality and sustainability. Their all-natural, BPA-free tins can sit pretty on your shelf for up to four years. But here's the real kicker – Freshé isn't just a one-note wonder. With flavors inspired by global cuisines, from the bold Sicilian Caponata to the exotic Moroccan Tagine, there's a whole world of taste waiting for you. Available in six varieties.

4. Nuzest Plant-Based Protein

 I was so excited that Nuzest was going to have a booth at Expo East. This was their first time at Expo East and I had to stop by the booth to meet the team behind my favorite plant-based protein powder. I have been using Nuzest vegan protein since 2016 and this allergy-friendly protein is always in my pantry.

 Nuzest had samples of their new Protein Greens + Berries and Protein + Microbiotics along with their Clean Lean Protein and Kids Good Stuff. So I stopped by the Nuzest Booth to say hello and to grab a sample of the Clean Lean Protein Powder in vanilla. 

5. EQUII Protein Bread

 I am always looking for ways to get my teenage son to eat more protein as he is an athlete and does not eat meat. So I was happy to discover a bread that had 10 grams of protein per slice. My son loves peanut butter sandwiches so I knew that he had to try this wheat bread.

 EQUII Classic Wheat Bread has 10 Grams of Complete Protein and all 9 Essential Amino Acids in each slice. Equii uses a special fermentation process to produce high-quality protein that is easily absorbed by the body. This bread also has 50% less sugar and 30% fewer carbs than other breads. EQUII bread is a game-changer for health-conscious consumers, athletes, and those on meat-restricted diets.

6. Gimme Seaweed Snacks

I was happy to see my favorite seaweed snack company at Expo East and I enjoyed tasting all the different flavors. Gimme’s umami-rich roasted seaweed snacks are USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, only 30 calories per serving, and an excellent source of vitamins B12 & K and iodine.

  Gimme’s product line includes Big Sheets, Sushi Nori, and Roasted Seaweed Snacks, which are now available in eight flavors including their newest flavors Chili Lime and Non-Dairy White Cheddar. They also now have Grab & Go (tray-less) roasted seaweed snacks in top-selling flavors. My favorite flavor was Chili Lime.

7. MALK's New Holiday Nog

 I discovered MALK plant-based milk last year and loved this nut milk for its clean simple ingredients. This is a creamy, 100% organic vegan milk is made solely with filtered water, organic almonds, and vanilla.

This year MALK debuted its new Holiday Nog. This delicious nog is 100% organic vegan milk that is made solely with filtered water, organic almonds, organic maple syrup, organic nutmeg extract, and Himalayan pink salt and contains only 60 calories per serving. This limited-edition holiday product will be rolling out to stores in October and will be available throughout the holiday season while supplies last. MALK’s Holiday Nog will be available at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Erewhon, select Kroger locations, Fresh Thyme, Fresh Market, Earthfare, MOM’s Market, and other locations. 

8. Pickle Juice

 I love drinking Pickle Juice after a sweaty workout. This hydration+ drink has a great taste and has so many benefits beyond hydration.

 Pickle Juice (not to be confused with pickle brine) is the only product on the market scientifically proven to stop muscle cramps, prevent dehydration, and aid in recovery. It uses a proprietary grain and blend of vinegar that blocks that nerve signal being sent from brain to muscle, and a blend of vitamins and minerals for immediate muscle recovery. Whether you are missing something from your diet, exhausted from exercise, wake up in the middle of the night with foot cramps, or are dealing with poor circulation, Pickle Juice can provide a source of relief.

9. Jack & Friends Jackfruit Jerky

 Most plant-based jerky is made from mushrooms or soy protein and those with food allergies to either of these ingredients miss out on eating jerky. Since I am allergic to soy and mushrooms, my craving for meat-free jerky has not been satisfied. I was so excited to discover Jack & Friends Jackfruit Jerky.

 This jerky is made from jackfruit and pea protein and is so delicious. I love that a serving has 15 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. It even has the same texture as meat jerky. I might just be enjoying this jerky for breakfast and I am thinking that it would be great to use in a vegan BLT sandwich. 

10. Zeroe Plant Based Caviar

 This past summer I tried caviar for the first time and I was not impressed at the taste. Then a week later, when I watched a video on how they harvest caviar, I was glad that I did not like real caviar. Most people know that caviar is fish eggs but they don't realize the disgusting and unethical way that caviar is made. 

So when I saw a booth at Expo East sampling plant-based caviar, I just had to try it. The taste of Zeroe Plant Based Caviar was amazing! This caviar is 100% Vegan and sustainably Sourced and no fish were harmed in the process. It is made from seaweed off the coast of France. The texture of Zeroe is also amazing and it will go great with my Vegan Smoked Salmon on my homemade gluten-free bagels.

11. Scotts Protein Balls

These delicious protein balls are plant-based and allergy-friendly. So they are the perfect snack for me since I have multiple food allergies. I like that Scotts Protein Balls are made with superfood ingredients and they are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and contain no preservatives. These protein balls are made with fresh ingredients so they have to be stored in the refrigerator. 

 They have 8 grams of protein per serving and are available in ten flavors, including Cinnamon Bun, Peanut Butter Cup, Pumpkin Spice, Peanut Butter Cacao, Mint Chocolate Chip, Brownie Batter, Confetti, Snickerdoodle, Java Peanut Butter, and Red Velvet. My favorite flavor was Peanut Butter Cacao.

12. Once Again’s Sunflower Butter Graham Cracker Sandwiches

I was happy to find gluten-free graham crackers filled with sunflower butter! These delicious snacks will be perfect for when the granddaughters visit. These allergy-friendly treats fit all the boxes for both my food allergies and my daughter's food allergies. I am allergic to dairy and wheat and my daughter is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

Once Again Sunflower Butter Cracker Sandwiches are the perfect snack for those seeking a healthy and delicious treat. They are certified gluten-free and certified organic, plus vegan. The graham crackers are made with a blend of organic sorghum flour, oat flour, and cassava, while the filling is made from sunflower seeds. I like that they’re individually wrapped and easy to take on the go.

Other products that I liked from Expo East

 There were so many products to see and taste at this natural product event. From healthy snacks to natural beauty and cleaner products with so many other products that I could not taste everything. I am so glad that I was able to take products home. That way I can try them. The photo below is just a few of my favorite products that made an impression on me. 

From the left top corner to the right top corner, ~ then bottom left to right left are the following products.

~ Vital Zing Flavor Drops ~ So many delicious flavors

~ Fillo's Walking Tamales ~ Just heat in the microwave and so delicious

~ Bone Sucking Hot Honey ~ This had a kick of heat and I will be using this on my pizza

~ Fillo's Bean & Lentils ~ They are ready to eat

~ JamBar ~ Gluten-free and plant-based and so yummy! The daughter of the guy who made PowerBars created these.

~ Hamptons Raw Probiotic Brines ~ I grabbed these to brine my cucumbers

~ Safe Catch Seafood ~ So good and low in mercury

~ Rind Remix ~ Dried fruit, nuts, and other delicious ingredients

~ Ocean's Halo Purple Rice and Noodles ~ Purple goodness

~ Vocoa Vegan Lemon Loaf and Omega Cheez Blend ~ These are dairy-free and gluten-free

~ Verb Caffeinate Bars ~ My new pre-workout 

~ 7th Heaven Dairy Chocolate ~ So creamy

~ Lakanto Sweeteners and Candied Nuts ~ My favorite baking sweetener

~ Cleanery Plant-Based Powder Cleaners ~ Just add them to a bottle of water

~ Dr. Bronners Plant-Based Chocolate ~ So delicious

~ Sunwarrior Hydration Mixes ~ Great for after the gym

~ Trek All-Natural Insect Repellant ~ These smell good and will keep the mosquitos away


AiringMyLaundry said...

Ooo I am intrigued by some of these. I need those caffeinated bars for sure.

Claudia said...

Ooh. Caffeine energy bars? That is something I MUST have in my life!

Marysa said...

I am only familiar with Nuzest and Gimme. Both great products! I will have to try to find the others to try out.

Lavanda Michelle said...

From Happy Grub Pancake Mixes to Zeroe Plant Based Caviar, your recommendations span a wide range of categories, and I can't wait to try some of these myself.

Melanie Edjourian said...

It sounds like you discovered some great items. I like the sound of the seaweed snacks. They sound great.

Karen said...

Those energy bars look like they could be interesting. I usely have a coffee before workouts so maybe I will try this.

Monidipa said...

Your Expo East product discoveries are fantastic! Thanks for sharing these gems. I've already tried a few and they're amazing. Can't wait to explore more from your list. Keep those awesome recommendations coming!

LisaLisa said...

Wow looks like you found some interesting products, I would love to try out the Freshe Seafood Meals.

Zab Zaria said...

Thanks for sharing those essential items. Thank you for sharing this information with me.

Gust si Aroma said...

Oh my goodness! How many new interesting products! I should try them as I see here a lot of plant based products!

Anonymous said...

I will have to check those fresh seafood meals. They sound good! -LYNNDEE

Anonymous said...

So many great products here and I am loving those Freshé products.... look so good and good for you and I also love the results of you using those VERB protein bars! Very cool and will look for them. both!

Laura JL Books said...

The pickle juice sounds so interesting, and healthy too. thanks for sharing.

Marie Gizelle said...

So many items to choose from - the seafood meals look yummy!

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