More New Products I Liked From Expo West
by, 04-30-2012 at 02:00 PM (529 Views)
You can imagine that with over 5,000 vendors at Expo West, the natural products trade show, I saw and tasted a lot of stuff. Last month I shared some of the new ones with you and I have some more for you.
I'm a huge fan of systemic enzymes like they used to have in Wobenzyme, but they were bought out by Garden of Life recently and I felt like I wanted to find a higher potency
combination. I was thrilled to find Arthur Andrew Labs and their formulas at the show. This is a small, family-run company that is using enzymes for human health and also for dogs and horses. They offer a variety of enzyme formulas to address various health needs. Their Syntol product actually attacks Candida too!
Another supplement company I met with was Redd Remedies http://www.reddremedies.com/index/ and their Founder and CEO, Dan Chapman. Dan has created very thoughtful formulations for a wide variety of health conditions. I've often shared on the forum that one of the best-kept secrets for resolving a UTI is d-mannose. Dan's UT Soothe formula is one of the few things I've found with d-mannose AND synergistic support nutrients AND probiotics in it. I was thrilled with what I found in each of his formulas!
Now let's talk about food! You all know I looooove spicy! Two Salsa's really made my day -- Casa Martinez and White Girl Salsa. Casa Martinez is a family run business founded by an adorable young lady who is making amazing salsas! Their habanero chili was just the right mix of heat for my palate. White Girl Salsa was developed by a gringa in Colorado who was invited to her neighbor's events and they were all surprised that her salsa was better than theirs. I have to agree with them -- YUM! I also loved the new line from The Gracious Gourmet, they make tapenades and pestos which I got to sample. Hatch Chile Pesto was a chipful of heaven!
Last year I shared that Q Drinks makes a non-HFCS tonic water and now they are getting ready to release a wonderful cola and gingerale. I met Brook Eddy with Bhakti Chai and I fell in love -- with her (she's awesome) and with her real chai drink (wow -- real chai is so much better!) I was just about to leave the lower floor when I ran across Back To Roots mushroom growing kit. What started as a college project has turned into a business, it's a carton that recycles coffee grounds which, when you water it, grows over a pound of oyster mushrooms -- sometimes you can even get two harvests from a recyclable container. I was starting to get a bit hungry when I noticed the Mt. Vikos booth where they were making Grilled Halloumi cheese -- wow is that tasty! Just a little oil on the saute pan and a few seconds on each side with a slice of cheese -- perfection.
Now two non-food items I found were Molly Mutt which makes cute unstuffed dog beds. They encourage you to recycle old clothes, blankets, and towels as stuffing for your pet's bed. They've also become equal opportunity pet duvet suppliers -- they've just added a line of cat beds too!
And finally, after three long days I was making my way out of the show and happened up on a crowded booth with people lying on the floor all around it. That seemed odd. Then I saw what they were lying on and it was even odder! I had to see what the fuss was about. It was a matt with little hard plastic disks attached that had lots of points on them -- youch when you touch them. It's called the Spoonk and even though it looks like a torture device, when you lay on it it's like an acupressure massage...and you can even get your scalp in on the action. Check it out!
There really is a bit of everything at this show and I've only scratched the surface but I've shared some of my fav's with you. Try 'em out too and let me know what you think!