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3 Food Trends for 2014

Alexandra Williams, MA
pic of Expo West

Natural Products Expo West

For the fourth year in a row, Kymberly and I spent several days at the Natural Products Expo West, sampling delicious (and healthy) food and beauty products, and attending sessions so that we could share the latest news with you.

In this first part of our trend-spotting series, I’ll share three food trends.

1. Products that seemed out of the ordinary a few years ago are now getting even MORE unique – examples of this include calamansi flavored sparkling coconut water from JaxCoco, South Asian-inspired snacks from Zouq,

pic of Zouq snacks

Zouq snacks are my new go-to munchie

wheat free, gluten free, sugar free, all cheese chia seed parmesan crisps from Kitchen Table Bakers , frozen desserts sweetened with monk fruit from Arctic Zero, and even grassfed, organic, bacon cranberry bison bars from EPIC Bar.

2. Parallel, yet not diametrically opposed is the trend toward making healthy food accessible and available to all (especially families). According to Steve Sidwell, founder of Lúvo, the number of lunch eaters has dropped, while the number of snack eaters has risen. Those snacks (and all food) should be good for you, and accessible – including at work, school and airports. In other words, bring the healthy food to the people, not have the people search out the food.

pic of Steve Sidwell

I was trying to steal Steve’s Lúvo jacket.

3. Beverages that are designed to aid your body are so varied and unique, there’s no reason to ever drink a sugar-laden soda or hospital-visit-inducing energy drink. Ever. Teas with chocolate or vegetables added, sparkling, vegan, organic probiotic drinks, (my fave is the new Hibiscus Berry Daily Cleanse from KeVita, flavored kombucha that even non-kombucha people like myself enjoy (try the black currant from Clearly Kombucha), and even different types and flavors of chocolate milk and coffee. Oh, check out Teas of Texas. Not only do they have pecos cantaloupe white tea, they also do limited edition teas for college football teams. Good sense of humor. I even found a skin rejuvenation collagen drink! I thought that was called “water” back in the day. Oh, you heard it here first – Organic Valley has protein shakes coming out in June. You can’t find them yet, but let me tell you – they’re delicious. You’ll see.

pic of Texas Tea at Expo West

Check out these Flavors

Stay tuned for more trends in upcoming posts. In the meantime, let us know your guesses as to what those might be in the comments below. Oh, we also have lots of giveaways coming up too, so keep an eye on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, less than one week (March 19, 2014) until the re-launch of our Active Aging for Boom Chicka Boomers radio showon a bigger platform – Voice America, Wednesdays at 8 am PST live/ 8 pm PST rebroadcast. Up first, author, scientist and personal trainer Tamara Grand, on “Hormones and Menopause.”

We were not paid to share any of these products with you. We did receive press passes and samples at the expo. 

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Natural Products Expo West: Scenes from 3 Days of Food, Natural Products and Friends

Alexandra Williams, MA and Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Natural Products Expo West is the leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry. That means food, skin care, drinks, supplements, ingredients and way, way, way more. We were two of over 60,000 attendees visiting over 3,000 exhibitors.

IMG_2541We’ve only been home a few hours, but we wanted to share a few pictures from the event.

 

 

 

 

You know you’re in for a good experience when the first thing you see in the Press Room is a Gifting Suite!

 

 

Top Left: Alpina USA Greek Yogurt with Granola (We went to an Alpina test kitchen event. More on that in a future post)scenes from Expo West

Top Right: Debbie from Premium Gold Flax

Middle Right: Curtain at the Stonyfield Farm booth made from yogurt lids

Bottom Right & Bottom Left: Extremely unique chocolate from Lilie Belle Artisan Chocolates (yes, that really is bacon in the chocolate, and yes, you should NOT eat this bar unless you like super spicy)

Bottom Center: Daisy from Carmela’s Food Company (her marinara recipe comes straight from her Italian emigrant grandmother, Nana Carmela)

 

 

Expo WestLeft: Silk Soy Vanilla Iced Latte 

Center: Lotus Aroma is a French-Canadian company that makes skin care products that are devoid of crap (and the owner has a great sense of humor)

Right: Organic Valley has come out with even more yummy items in their grass-fed line (sisters not included). They put on a rockin’ 25th anniversary party too!

 

Left: Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA Fitness Journal. She knows food and fitness, oh yes!

Top Right: We met our FitFluential friend Jody of Truth2BeingFit. She is super fit and super fun.

Bottom Right: That is my former UCSB student Will. He now works for CORE Foods. Buy their stuff.Friends Expo West

Day 3 Expo West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: Artists from Hugo Naturals creating soap

Center: We like balance so that’s what we did with Chandra, founder of Drink Chia. We support woman-owned businesses like crazy.

Right: Someone has to win this beehive from Attune Foods, and Alexandra wants to be that someone.

 

Photo Credits: Alexandra and Kymberly’s Instagrams.

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