I went to the Natural Foods Expo East last weekend. All I can say is…wow. What an amazing experience speaking with the developers and creators of so many different products. I could have spent the entire day on the exhibitor floor but had only three short hours to get it all done. Needless to say, I missed out on a lot, but what I did see was pretty fun. Being a natural foods show, the trend I spotted most was the *free* trend — almost every product was free something — dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, wheat free, nut free, soy free, etc.
My favorite highlights were the energy/snack bars. I discovered a few new options for you to add to your repertoire.
These Simple Squares are right up my alley. What I love most is they aren’t sickly sweet or fake tasting. They’re clean. They’re made using just five ingredients: organic nuts, organic honey, organic vanilla, sea salt and organic herbs. Of course they’re also free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugars. I was also able to test their newest flavor…coffee. It was quite perfect.
These 22 days bars were also a pleasant surprise and I was psyched to find them at my Whole Foods this week. If you’re looking for a little something different in terms of flavor, these organic bars are great. I really liked the gojimate firecracker and got to taste their newest flavor, pineapple chocolate chip cookie, which was amazing! A few of their flavors have 10 grams of protein (and still taste real) and of course they’re gluten, dairy and soy free. I think these are a great mid-day snack to keep you going until dinner. Check them out here.
And finally, these cute as can be Delights from Kur Organic Superfoods. These little bites — and they are literally just a bite at about one inch round — were so fun. I loved the idea that it was just a taste, since sometimes you don’t want to eat an entire bar. These are also raw, vegan and organic with no added sugars, so it’s just like you made them yourself. Might be perfect to have these on hand in your desk drawer instead of M&M’s?
If you’re looking to try these bars you might have to shop online, as they aren’t mainstream…yet. But they can be if you just ask your grocer to stock them! 🙂