This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim! I was like a kid in a candy store on my breaks!
I was working for a company I started working with later last year, Natural Value. They are based in Sacramento, and are a company I can really get behind!
They have a super wide range of products – from sustainable recycled paper products, organic groceries in BPA-free cans, to pole and line caught (one fish at a time) tuna – the white meat for humans, and the red meat for kitties! Meow!
And it doesn’t hurt that I get to work with some very lovely people!
Here I am with my new friend Tanya, a sweetheart aesthetician and model in Portland! She’s also big into fitness like me!
And here I am with Neda, a friend from Milwaukee who was hired to do the same thing as me, but in the Midwest! This was at our training in Sacramento back in January!
During the breaks, I went and checked out A TON of booths! Many were giving away free gifts and samples, so I got a lot of great stuff, as you can see here!
The Bobble Presse I got for Tommy, which he says works fantastically:
Or the Vital Proteins grass fed liver pills I got!
Or, finally (and sorry if this is TMI), the Lunette Menstrual Cup (Use coupon code ExpoW3016 between now and 3/31/16 for 30% off!) I got – no more tampons and carbon footprint for that from me! 😉
Let’s get to the highlights, shall we?
One of my favorite things I tried (but have not yet purchased) was Spoonk! Check out this video I did:
Another favorite product was this buzzing lip balm – I think I need it!
One overall brand that has me pumped is Dr. Tung’s! They have a whole suite of products to amp up your dental hygiene. Check them out!
Yes, the vast majority of the products I have tried or am trying are from the Health & Beauty department as opposed to the food department. While I definitely snacked on some tasty stuff, like Arctic Zero ice cream and A LOT of Greek Yogurt (Chobani is coming out with full fat whole Greek yogurt soon – YAY), and was working for a food company (with no questionable ingredients), a lot of what was there was food PRODUCTS. Not real food, but products.
One such company of products is one I took advantage of often in a pinch – Quest Nutrition. However, the other day, Tommy and I were studying the ingredients further on some of the bars, and we saw “sucralose” on the list! Not familiar? It’s also known as Splenda! And that’s recently been in the news for confirmed health problems – surprise surprise! Another fake sugar causing trouble – when will we learn?
I asked about it in the Quest booth, and though the girl I spoke to was very cavalier about the presence of sucralose in the bars, she was also pretty helpful.
Did you know that when there’s a swirl (like on the top label here), that means it’s part of the “natural” line, which doesn’t have sucralose!
Isn’t that interesting?
I also had the delight of meeting Bob, from Bob’s Red Mill, who was such a sweetheart! He had a marching band that went through the show and played every morning! I will definitely be loyal to his brand when I am choosing almond flour, coconut flour, flax meal, and/or potato starch!
As you saw from the pic in the beginning, I have a TON of products to try! One I am excited about is a seaweed scrub I made at this booth:
Last night, Tommy and I tested out the Charcoal Detox masks from Dermae… They work great!
If anything else is remarkable, I will either update this blog or write a whole new one about the product! 😉
I am so excited to go to Expo East in September and try even more new things, and see the friends I made at Expo West!
What is something new you have tried and loved?
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