I recently took close to 60,000 steps in just two and a half days. That’s how many strides I needed to cover the floor at Natural Products Expo West, a trade show in Anaheim, California, featuring up-and-coming foods from nearly 3,000 exhibitors. Many food companies emphasized the need for healthy food that also tastes good. But of course, I didn’t want to take their word for it; I made sure to taste anything and everything to make sure the promises held true. (You’re welcome.) Look out for these favorites of mine on your supermarket shelves soon:
1. Allergen-Free Options
According to Food Allergy Research & Education, 1 in 13 children in the United States has a food allergy. The eight foods that cause 90 percent of allergies are soy, wheat, eggs, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. Many new foods on the market are made without some or all of these eight foods. Here’s a sampling of some I loved:
— Dairy-free yogurts from Kite Hill are among the company’s plant-based alternatives to beloved traditional dairy products. Kite Hill cultures nut milk in order to create a smooth and creamy texture. New yogurt flavors include key lime, pineapple, caramel and vanilla.
— Bob’s Red Mill’s egg replacement can be used for pancake, muffin, cake and waffle recipes. It’s made from soy flour, wheat gluten and algin (from algae).
— Organic Coco Aminos by Big Tree Farms is a soy sauce replacement made from coconut blossom nectar, and is free of gluten and soy. It has nearly half the sodium of traditional soy sauce.
— Sunflower butter by SunButter is perfect for those allergic to soy and nuts. It also comes in single-serve cups to tote to work or pack in a