I had the good fortune to attend Natural Products Expo West last Saturday in Anaheim, California on Saturday for one day. It was too short, as I had imagined, but I managed to visit a number of vendors.

A short list of exciting news is here, though there is much much more, I wanted to get this out before the week gets away from me.

Cybele Pascale has launched a new line of allergy friendly, allergen-free, gluten-free cookies! Called Cybele’s Free-to-Eat, she had three different cookies to sample at her booth. After knowing Cybele all these years only “online” it was great to meet her in person. She has Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chunk Brownie, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Check out her web site here.

Enjoy Life Foods launched a new chip line made from Lentils called PLENTILS. Their dairy free pizza flavored PLENTIL chip is divine. There is PLENTIL one chip that is called ‘garlic & parmesan’ but has NO MILK in it.  Wow, that’s what I call culinary magic. The chips are made from Lentils so those with legume allergies (count my family, but not me, in there), but they are delicious. There are 6g of fat, and 3g of protein in each serving (a large bag has four servings).

NAMASTE Foods has launched a new line of Gluten Free (and free of the top 8 allergens including white potato) shake and bake ingredients utilizing Flax Meal as its main ingredient. We’re unsure about flax meal for our allergic kid, so I think I’ll call our Allergist for a discussion. If you’re unsure of your allergens, either talk to your board certified allergist, or call the manufacturer for more information.

Angie’s Kettle Corn
has launched a new savory product called BOOM CHICKA POP. At 35 calories per cup and three ingredients (corn, sunflower seed oil, and sea salt), it’s dangerously flavorful, guilt-free and gluten-free. Angie’s Kettle Corn is free of the top 8 allergens and has one of the best allergen statements in the food business.

And finally there’s Matt’s Munchies. In my Healthfully Organic Delivers post, I had mentioned Matt’s as a line of fruit snacks that I wanted to research. Well, I got to meet Matt, as well as his dedicated parents (family run business). I took home a handful of their gluten-free, vegan and allergy friendly snacks. They’ll be making snack packs for kids available soon.

Overall, I’d say it was a very exciting convention with lots of good information, great vendors – too many to cover in one blog post obviously. More soon.

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