My Expo East reviews have been a long time coming (okay, so only 1.5 weeks). There was just so much to catch up on last week after the trade show and conference! Plus I didn’t want to just start posting products without having tried them and there are only so many times to eat in a day!
It was my first time at the expo so I was obviously very excited. There was so much to take in that after two days I was spent! I don’t know how people are there for 4, especially those in booths -cheers to you!
I was thrilled that I purchased the Superpass which allowed me into extra educational sessions on Thursday and Friday. The keynote speakers had such energy and enthusiasm. They were so optimistic about our food system and the environment in a time where many people feel like giving up. Thursday’s keynote was given by former MSBNC host and current sustainability entrepreneur Dylan Ratigan – really cool and motivated guy! Friday morning’s keynote was given by Joel Salatin, a farmer and author who was featured in Food Inc. Even more interesting and enlightening were the small sessions I attended where I heard former Stonyfield CEO and current driver of the Just Label It campaign, advocating for GMO labeling in the US. The first session he spoke in was led by Colin O’Neil from the Center for Food Safety and in addition to Gary, a panel updating on national and state legislation included Marni Karlin of the Organic Trade Association and Tara Cook-Littman of Citizens for GMO labeling. Hearing them speak provided clarity on some of the confusion surrounding the state legislation on GMO labeling as well as updates from other states. After this session, while some of the information was repeated, I stayed to hear Gary’s next session “The Reason we need GMO Labeling”. For all he is doing for the perceived “food fight”, he is SO optimistic and really inspires me to focus my energy in what I want to promote more of rather than on topics I am against. This relates to all areas of my practice, not just the tiny bit where I educate on the food system.
Enough from the neRD side of me (more sessions to be covered in another post) – let’s talk about the foodie side! Here are a few of the products that caught my eye on the floor. I’ll share some others that I have more review type info on in posts in the next couple of weeks!
We will start with spice! While I love the Organicville sriracha brand to pour all over everything, having it already in hummus def makes life easier (even though I like to make my own hummus every week). Or you can pick up BAO Fermented brand hot sauce. Spicy and good for my gut? Woohoo! They have delicious Kombucha too!
When the holidays hit in a few month, these are the peppermint patties you need in your life. Ditch York and pick up Seely’s mint patties or even more pure and my style, Eating Evolved brand mint coconut patties. The only ingredients are: Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Cacao Butter, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Peppermint Oil. KJRD Approval is a NO BRAINER!
A couple of fun products are below. The first is a coconut spread made out of just coconut oil and coconut sugar. SO delicious and can be added to anything that you want a hint of sweetness on. The second picture below is Baobab fruit. Yes, that is a fruit and yes it was even the first time I saw it! Out of it they make a powder which I found similar to maca root powder. It does contain a large amount of vitamin C but the current “superfood” claims are that its antioxidants are energizing, support the skin, support immune health, and detox the liver. We will see what research has to say about that in a few years! In the meantime, it can be a flavorful addition to smoothies I suppose.
Finally, my favorite convenience meal on the floor comes from Sweet Earth brand. Typically I am not a fan of frozen sandwiches and burritos but these vegan or vegetarian convenience meals (or veggie burgers and meat alternatives) are made with simple ingredients and are not packed with sodium! YAY! While I don’t recommend eating the products everyday, it can be a good emergency breakfast after a weekend away or when you’re low on sleep and need every last minute in the morning.
Now for some recipe inspiration!
Yesterday I was throwing together a quick stir fry w/ the typical garlic, onion, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, edamame and spices that I always use. It was also over quinoa which you can’t even see in the photo below cause I prefer all the veggies! I decided though to pull out the Temple Turmeric beverage (with anti-inflammation spices) I had gotten at expo and use it for some flavor, nutrition, and to replace water to keep the veggies from sticking to the pan. While I don’t my calories daily, I am not one to drink them, so 185 for a beverage is a lot for me. This was a great way to use about 1/3 cup of the product – now I need to add it to other dishes to use the rest of the bottle!
After making the stir fry I still had cabbage left over as well as the fresh broccoli stalks. I figured a new slaw would be fun so I grabbed some carrots and walnuts, got out the food processor and this recipe was born!
Creamy Broccoli and Cabbage Slaw (GF, V, DF)
2 broccoli stalks
1/3 medium purple cabbage
2 med-large carrots
1/4 cup walnuts (preferably roasted)
3 Tbsp tahini
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
Pepper and salt to taste
-Add the cabbage, broccoli stalks and carrots to your food processor. It is helpful to chop them slightly beforehand and depending on the size of your machine, 2 rounds may be necessary.
-Pulse until you have fine shreds of the veggies
-Add vegetables to a glass bowl
-Drizzle tahini, vinegar, and honey over the top of the minced veggies
-Stir with a rubber spatula well until all of the vegetables are coated
-Chop walnuts finely and mix in with black pepper and salt
-Serve as a yummy side dish or afternoon snack!
Purple Cabbage is a great source of antioxidant anthocyanins and sinigrin, both researched to have anti-cancer properties. For vitamins, you receive a great amount of A, K, C and B6. Manganese and potassium are among many minerals cabbage provides. Overall there is a great anti-inflammatory and gut health benefit from cabbage too, due to not only the antioxidants but also the fiber this food provides.
Broccoli Stems/Stalks contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits and are a good source of fiber. You’ll also receive calcium, magnesium and potassium from this part of the veggie.
Carrots are most known for the role in eye health. This is because they have a high content of Vitamin A and other phytochemical carotenoids which not only support your eyes but also skin, hair and antioxidant systems. They are also high in Vitamins C & K and the mineral potassium.
Walnuts have been pinned as the most heart healthy nut by many researchers due to their high omega-3 content (discussed here at walnuts.org) and their vitamin E and antioxidant phytochemical content. Omega-3′s support heart health by helping to regulate inflammation, Vitamin E is heart healthy by protecting cells and fatty substances in the body, and the phenols present are thought to support a healthy metabolism and healthy blood vessels.
Due to its natural sugar content honey is a great sports nutrition aid as discussed in this Runner’s World article. When purchasing real nectar or clover honey, especially local to your region, honey is also great for the immune system. And your mom didn’t add honey to tea when you were sick for no reason; it is an excellent cough suppressant. See more on its nutritional benefits at the National Honey Board. *Be careful what you purchase though as a report revealed most store bought honey isn’t real honey and the pollen, which has immune benefits, is removed (more info here).