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Monday, March 4, 2024

What Is Expo West All About?

 Expo West is the largest trade show in the natural, organic, and healthy products industry. This is the event where everyone who is in some aspect of the natural products industry comes to network, learn, and have the best time.

 Expo West is a once-a-year event in Anaheim California which is all about natural, organic, and healthy products. This is the event that shapes the healthy living industry and helps buyers decide which products they want to sell in their business. Expo West provides an invaluable opportunity for folks to connect face-to-face with retailers, investors, business leaders, influencers, and more.

 Expo West is a huge five-day event with more than 65,000 registered attendees and 3,000 exhibiting companies showcasing the newest natural products in foods, beverages, supplements, and more. This is a trade show event with opportunities to learn and connect with other people who are passionate about living a healthy lifestyle.

Can anyone attend Expo West?

 Expo West is not open to the public and only those with a connection to the natural and organic industry can attend. Attendees at Natural Products Expo West are people from all over the industry, which includes: Retailers ~ Distributors ~ Industry members ~ Health practitioners ~ Foodservice, and Press.

 Since I write about health and fitness on Mom Knows Best, I can attend this awesome event as part of the press. Expo West is an event that I look forward to attending every year. As a person who is passionate about healthy living, this event is like the Disney experience to me. I get to connect with like-minded people and learn about new products. I get to sample food, drinks, and healthy products. This is also the place where I meet new brands and learn about the latest trends in the health and fitness industry. 

Expo West is more than a trade show

 Beyond the huge trade show, Expo West is also dedicated to educating people about the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Expo West offers so much more than just visiting Expo booths. From morning fitness events to nightly concerts, the fun never ends at this healthy living event.

A typical day at Expo West starts with a morning yoga class before the exhibit hall opens. Not into yoga? Then one can attend a community breakfast to connect with others. Then the many exhibit halls open and it is a busy fun time. From sampling healthy food to talking to the brands, you will walk away with so much knowledge. 

After a busy day of being on your feet all day, this event offers nightly concerts to help you relax and unwind. These concerts are also a great way to meet and connect with others in the healthy product industry. 

How Expo West benefits me

As a member of the press, Expo West has many benefits for me. I get to sample and taste so many products to help you decide what to buy when you go shopping. I gain so much information from this event about healthy products, so I can educate my readers about the best products to use for everything from supplements to cleaners. 

 Expo West has also helped me in my food allergy journey. When I attended my first Expo West event in 2022, it helped me learn about delicious products that were dairy-free and soy-free. 

 After going through my first phase of allergy shots for seasonal allergies and detoxing from mold sickness, I discovered that I was also allergic to wheat. When I attended Expo West in 2023, I thought that I would not be able to enjoy eating the samples as wheat is in everything. I was glad that I was wrong as Expo West had so many products that were dairy and wheat-free. This event has shaped the food allergy industry and has helped so many brands create delicious products that are safe for those with food allergies.

Meet some of my favorite brands at Expo West

Over the years, I have discovered so many wonderful brands at Expo West. Many of these brands are ones that I continue to purchase. These are healthy products that are allergy-friendly foods that I enjoy and natural supplements that have helped with my asthma and mold illness. I have also discovered healthy cleaning products that are effective and safe to use. 

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Below are some of my favorite products from Expo West

1. Pickle Juice I love Pickle Juice and this is my go-to product for muscle aches and cramps. Pickle Juice is different from the pickle brine in a pickle jar. This is a supplement that provides instant relief from muscle aches and cramps. This functional beverage has a delicious taste and has 15x the electrolytes of common sports drinks.

When I over-exert my muscles at the gym, Pickle Juice takes care of the body aches. I love the small pickle shots as they are easy to drink. Pickle Juice comes in its original flavor and Chili Lime. They are USDA Organic certified and contain no sugar, gluten, or caffeine. Grab the Pickle Juice Here

2. Quantum Energy Squares These energy bars are amazing for my morning gym workouts. Quantum Energy Squares are loaded with nutrition and caffeine. So my body gets real energy for my vigorous workouts. These delicious bars are made with real whole foods and caffeine from organic green coffee beans. So I get 100mg of organic caffeine ( equal to 1 cup of coffee) and balanced macronutrients for smooth steady energy with no jitters or crash. 

The yummy bars are made with fruits, nuts, and seeds. Each bar has 10g of protein & MCT Oil. They are also Certified Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy-Free, and Soy-Free. The better-than-energy drink bars come in 6 delicious flavors ~  Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Pink Himalayan Salt, Salted Peanut Butter Crunch, Caramel Almond Sea Salt, Banana Nut Butter Crunch, and Caffe Mocha Almond Chip. Spend $50 at Quantum Bars and get a free giftGrab the Quantum Energy Squares Here

3. ResBotic Prebeet Beets have amazing benefits for energy and ResBotic created a supplement with beets that offers even more benefits. This naturally sweet beet powder drink mix has benefits like Caffeine--Free Energy, Bloat Defense, Daily Poops, Skin Health, and Heart Health. So I can supercharge my energy while loving my skin and heart. I also love that it helps me stay regular. 

 This delicious drink is made from real beets and contains no artificial sweetener or colors. It is also non-GMO, gluten-free, Vegan, Low Sugar, Low FODMAP verified, Keto and Paleo Friendly, dairy-free, Caffeine-free, and soy-free. I love mixing this beet powder in my daily smoothie.

Grab ResBotic Prebeet Here

4. Setton Farms Pistachios One of my favorite snacks is nuts and I love eating pistachios. Setton Farms Pistachios is a brand that I love. This family-owned business is the second-largest pistachio grower-processer in the United States. Setton Farm Pistachios offers in-shell and kernel pistachio products. I just discovered their Tajin Clasico Chile Lime Seasoned Pistachios and they are so delicious! They also just came out with a new Pistachio Pub Mix.

 I love how big these pistachios are and the pistachio shells are always open. Setton Farm pistachio products are non-GMO project Verified, Certified Gluten-Free, Organic, and Kosher. These are the best-tasting pistachios! Grab the Tajin Clasico Chile Lime Seasoned Pistachios Here

5. Mary Gone Crackers These gluten-free crackers are so delicious. I just love all the seeds and gluten-free grains that are in the crunchy crackers. These crackers are also dairy-free and soy-free so I can enjoy them. They are also nut-free, certified organic, gluten-free, Kosher, and non-GMO.

Mary’s Gone Crackers fits a variety of dietary needs with its health-conscious ingredients and addictive flavors. The Mary's Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers are my favorite but Mary Gone Crackers also has Kookies and dairy-free Cheeze crackers. Grab the Mary's Gone Crackers Super Seed Crackers Here

6. Ridgecrest Clear Lungs I discovered Clear Lungs many years ago at a conference and this supplement has helped me manage my asthma naturally. This amazing lung formula is adapted from an ancient Chinese traditional remedy and it really works. This supplement keeps my airways open and helps with the mucus. I take Clear Lungs in the morning and within minutes I am coughing up the mucus that seems to build up when I sleep. 

 Every time I forget to order more Clear Lungs, my asthma attacks start happening more frequently. Once I start taking Clear Lungs again, I have fewer asthma problems. These vegan capsules contain no animal products, corn, dairy, gluten, GMO, soy, wheat, or yeast. Grab Ridgecrest Clear Lungs Here

7. Olbas Inhaler This is another product that has been a huge help for my asthma attacks. This pocket-size herbal inhaler is my natural asthma inhaler. When I have an asthma attack, I use the Olbas Inhaler to open up my airways. This natural inhaler contains pure essential oils that help open up the airways.

 I have several of these inhalers and stash them in my purse, gym bag, car, and bedroom. So they are always nearby when something triggers an asthma attack. I have way too many asthma triggers from smoke to fragrance to food allergies so Olbas Inhalers are a must-have product for me. Grab Olbas Inhaler Here

8. Nuzest Plant-Based Protein This is my favorite protein for so many reasons. Nuzest is the best allergy-friendly vegan protein. I have multiple food allergies so having a protein powder that has no dairy, soy, or whenat is important for my health. I love that Nuzest Nuzest Clean Lean Protein is routinely tested for allergens. 

 This protein powder is also free from lectins. Lectins are "anti-nutrients" found in plants, especially legumes (like peas) that can cause digestive discomfort and interfere with the absorption of minerals. So Nuzest does not give me bloating issues. Nuzest comes in many delicious flavors like strawberry, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, caramel, and even plain. I love using the plain flavored Nuzest in my oatmeal for extra protein. Use my code MOMKNOWSBEST15 to save15% on Nuzest 

9. Kates Real Food Bars One of my favorite snack bars is Kates Real Food Bars. These delicious bars are made from wholesome ingredients and taste so good. Kate's Real Food Bars are organic and have protein-packed nuts, fiber-filled seeds, and nutrient-dense fruits.  

These energizing bars pack in 3 to 4 grams of protein per serving. All of Kate’s Real Food products are made with certified gluten-free oats, making them a good choice for those with gluten allergies or intolerance. These delicious bars come in many yummy flavors like Oatmeal Cranberry & Almond, Dark Chocolate Cherry & Almond, Dark Chocolate Mint, and Lemon Coconut.

Grab Kate's Real Food Bars Here

10. AWAKE Chocolate These delicious chocolates are another favorite gym energy product. Each delicious bite of dark chocolate contains the same amount of coffee as a half cup of coffee. They are also perfect for the mid day slump at work.

What is not to love about a chocolate treat with energy. The Awake chocolates have no bitter coffee taste and is available in 7 different flavors. The dark chocolate and the mint dark chocolate are both dairy-free and gluten-free. 

Grab Awake Chocolate Here

Those are just a few brands that I enjoyed checking out at Expo West in 2023. I will be heading to Expo West 2024 in less than a week and I am so excited to see all the new products. Stay tuned for the next post!


AiringMyLaundry said...

I love expos like this. You can find so many cool things to try. It looks like you did.

Kathy said...

Sounds like an amazing event. I love going to expos. They are always a lot of fun.

Christy G said...

This sounds like an amazing event. I have not been to an expo or trade show in so long. I get they come to the DFW area. I’ll have to check.

Gust si Aroma said...

It's incredible to think about how many like-minded individuals and companies come together to share their passion, innovations, and vision for a healthier future. The opportunity for networking and learning from leaders and influencers in the field sounds invaluable.

Laura JL Books said...

This sounds like you had a wonderful time at the expo. I can say that i haven't went to one. But i would love to in the near future. I could be a lot of fun as well

Monidipa said...

Wow, thanks for such a comprehensive rundown of Expo West and all the amazing products you've discovered there! It's like a treasure trove of healthy living finds. I can feel your excitement about attending this event—it truly sounds like a paradise for anyone passionate about health and wellness.

Your detailed descriptions of the various products you've encountered at Expo West really bring them to life. From Pickle Juice to Quantum Energy Squares, each item seems carefully curated to cater to specific needs and preferences. And I love how you've highlighted their allergy-friendly and natural qualities, making them accessible to a wide range of consumers.

It's also fantastic to hear how Expo West has been instrumental in your own health journey, particularly in managing food allergies and finding products that suit your needs. Events like these can truly be life-changing, both personally and professionally.

Your post not only serves as a guide to some incredible products but also reflects your genuine passion for promoting healthy living. I can imagine your readers eagerly awaiting your next post to discover more gems from Expo West. Keep up the fantastic work, and here's to another successful Expo West adventure in 2024! 🎉

Marysa said...

I would love to go to a natural products expo. So fun to discover some new products to try!

Beautiful Touches said...

Your insights on Expo West were invaluable and it looked like you had a lot of fun! Your firsthand experience helped shed light on the latest trends and innovations in the natural products industry.

Lady In Read said...

such a fun expo to visit and explore the amazing products there. all the stuff you featured look great.. especially loving those bars and the chocolate at the end

Unknown said...

Those food bars look good. They would be a great snack to have, for sure. -LYNNDEE

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