Natural Product Expo

Recently I attended the Natural Products Expo, an industry event which highlights trends in food, beverage, supplements and personal care products.  4 levels of the convention center filled with 1,450 vendors and attended by 28,000 people can be overwhelming; having only one day to see these products was impossible.  My goal was to talk with as many vendors as possible, focusing on product offerings for the Celiac/Gluten Sensitive Community.  I have put a list together of some of the products that I felt would be “Celiac Kid Friendly”.  Many of these products are available through Amazon, but others will need to be purchased through the company, or retailers such as Whole Foods, Mom’s Organic Market, Sprouts, or The Vitamin Cottage.

Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free:  This company produces Fresh/Frozen Lasagna Sheets, Gnocchi, Fettuccine as well as Pizza, and Vegan Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Ginger and Lemon Zest Cookie Doughs.  Products contain a short list of natural ingredients and all products are gluten and grain free.

Bonafide Provisions:  All natural Bone Broth that tasted almost as good as my homemade broth.  Use the “Find Bone Broth” in the menu bar to locate a retailer in your area.

Keep Healthy Low Glycemic Bars:  These protein bars are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, Kosher and most importantly many of there bars are safe for those who have Type 1 Diabetes.  The Sea Salt Brownie Bar (Diabetes safe) has 12 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber.

Siete Almond Flour Tortillas:  These are probably the best grain free tortillas I have tried, flexible enough to roll without breaking into a million pieces.  These tortillas are Paleo (grain free), Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Dairy Free.

Raw Wraps:  An alternative to tortillas.  These gluten free wraps are also corn, soy, nut, egg and dairy free.  Made from fruits and vegetables these 9.5 inch wraps are soft and pliable.  Loaded with vitamins (A,C,K), antioxidants, minerals, fiber, polyphenols and flavonoids but packed with flavor. Bonus: they do not require refrigeration.

The Greater Knead:  This company is producing gluten, dairy, soy, egg, nut, and sesame free bagels.  I did not try these because they contain Sorghum, but they looked good.  Note: that their website is not yet up and running.

Buddha Bread:  Gluten Free Cheese Bread that comes frozen and is ready to bake (no thawing required).  Rolls and Garlic and Basil Breadsticks that are also soy, nut, trans fat, sugar and high fructose corn syrup free.  Made in a dedicated gluten and nut free facility.

Mediterra All Natural Snack Bars:  These would be great to pack for lunch, or as a grab and go snack.  All of their bars are gluten free and they have savory and sweet versions.

Thrive Tribe Bites:  This was very similar to Granola, but has a softer consistency.  All of their products are gluten/grain free, Non-GMO, Preservative Free, and contain no refined sugars.  Along with the Thrive Bites they produce high quality cookies and coconut chips.

Bounce Balls:  Lunch boxes or grab and go snacks that are gluten and grain free.  I tried the Lemon Macadamia at the Expo.  9 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and free of additives and preservatives.

New Primal Jerky:  Great selection of jerky, snack sticks and snack bites that are not dry and flavorless.  All of their products are gluten free, soy free and refined sugar free.

Blissful Baking:  This company produces child friendly gluten free cookies.  Chocolate, Vanilla and Cinnamon flavors and shapes like Space, Ocean, and Magical Adventure.  These cookies are Certified Gluten Free and Non-GMO Verified.  The company also uses not artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and the manufacturing facility is gluten free, peanut free, tree nut free and lactose free. (Please note that these cookies are corn flour based).

Artisan Tropic:  Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Non-GMO and Paleo; these snack strips are crunchy and flavorful and have a short list of ingredients.  Great for dips!

Kiwa products are a favorite in our house.  All of their products are gluten free, Non-GMO, and 100% Organic.  All ingredients are harvested through Earth-friendly practices and bought directly from small farmers who work with sustainable agricultural practices.  They make a variety of chips including:  Casava, Plantain, Andean Potato, Parsnip, Beetroot, Sweet Potato and Vegetable Mix.

Hippeas:  Chickpea Puffs in a variety of flavors with 4 grams of protein per ounce and 3 grams of fiber per ounce.  Their products are Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher, contain no MSG, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic.

Seely Mint:  The family have a mint farm in Washington State and produce quality Gluten Free Mint Teas (great for upset tummies) as well as Mint Candies.  They also make candy canes seasonally that are absolutely gorgeous!

Eating Evolved:  For those who are chocolate lovers, Eating Evolved is a favorite in our home.  Their Organic and Fair Trade Products are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, and sweetened with Coconut Sugar.  They make a variety of treats including Chocolate Bars, Coconut Butter Cups, and Chocolate Spreads.

Unreal:  This company produces gluten free candy made without artificial colors and fair trade cocoa.  One of the reasons I like these chocolates is that they are lower in sugar.   Candy Coated Chocolates (think M&M’s), Peanut Butter Cups (smooth and crispy varieties) and available at Target, Whole Foods, Sprouts, or online.

The Grandpa Soap Company:   My favorite products are their Epsom Salt Soap, Thylox Soap and Charcoal Soaps which are free of Gluten, Phthalates, Sulfates, Paraben, EDTA, Animal By Products, and Artificial Fragrances/Colorants.  These soaps are wonderful for those with  gluten rashes or Dermatitis Herpetiformis.

Molly Suds:  Gluten Free Laundry Detergent free of harsh chemicals.  They have powders, liquid, wool dryer balls and even a Dog Shampoo.  They were offering a coupon code “SIMPLY25”, so if you place an order use the code for a discount.

Piggy Paint:  For those who have little girls, or for Momma’s who are looking for non-toxic, hypoallergenic, water based, gluten free nail polish.  There are no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone.

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