I recently attended the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. While there, I found that with this year's healthy trends, there's a little something for everyone.
If you love cereal, there were loads of options at the Expo, many emphasizing ancient grains, less added sugars, or more protein. If you’re a nut lover, there were seeds and nuts in the form of low-carb granola, wrapped nuts (roasted with the skin still on), as well as snack blends and new nut butters.
For those who like nutrition bars, products came in all shapes and types. There were squares, rectangles and ball shapes, and they ran the gamut of high protein, high energy source, high fiber, omega-3 fortified or just healthier snacking. Yogurt is still a big player in nutrition, and the trends showed the more protein and less sugar, the better (there was even high-protein gelato and Quark). The Expo also boasted lots of plant-based waters, turmeric-flavored water, and bug-based protein, as in "cricket" nutrition bars.
If you follow the Paleo Diet (which apparently now has 3 million followers), you might be relived to know it hasn't lost any steam. Its presence at the Expo was evident in the many food offerings that referenced this diet (bars, meals), and the gluten-free label found pretty much everywhere. Seaweed prod