My Top 50 natural foods and products from Expo West 2023Mar 30, 2023
Here are my Top 50 Natural Foods and Products from the largest food show in the world Expo West! 2023 was hands down the best year yet. Over 67,000 people attended and there were over 3,000 exhibitors, meaning almost every single brand you see at Wholefoods was in attendance. It gives consumers and buyers a chance to enjoy their favorite brands booths that are filled with life, creativity and product samples. Expo West was also attended by celebrities and notability this year Gal Gadot, Kris Fade and NBA champion John Salley.
Needless to say I live for this event each year, and so does every other passionate health foodie and natural product enthusiast. It is a dream come true kind of place for us. A tradition I do each year, and this was my eleventh year attending is to gather the top products, foods and trends and share with you. My top list is not paid, these are genuinely what I find to be the best products at the show.
To define best includes:
- Are Regenerative Organic Certified
- The products are USDA organic certified or non-gmo
- Are made with more natural wholesome ingredients and are an upgrade from conventional products
- Provide us with nutritional value and contains healing properties
- Has a lot less or no carcinogens and neurotoxins than conventional products
I am excited for you to dive into these fifty products and learn how they can add to your life, perhaps they can add some delicious flavors, some nutritional benefits and even some healing by reducing the chemical load in your body and your home. These are foods and products that help change our lives for the better, they are made with natural ingredients which are better for supporting our immunity, healing, beauty and also much better for the environment.
My favorite way to take the powerful compound sulforaphane aka broccoli sprouts is with Broc Shot! Broc Shot is a ready-to-shoot wellness shot that is made with 100% pure broccoli sprout powder and filtered water. They are shelf-stable so you can travel with them. Broc Shot is a quick and effective way to get your daily dose of sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is clinically proven to heal gut lining, detoxifies and acts as a prebiotic feeding the good bacteria in the gut. They are the new gut health shot!
Blue Stripes is delicious. My favorite is the chocolate hazelnut. The texture, consistency, flavor; everything is perfection. You just have to try it - it’s as simple as that. Made without emulsifiers, no dairy and sweetened with coconut sugar. I love their booth, it is always fascinating seeing the actual cacao pods. Yes, they had an abundance of football-sized cacao pods from Ecuador. One of the top 10 things that helped me heal my tumor and health issues was cacao, I write about cacao in all of my books and its healing potential. Cacao is chocolate in its rawest and purest form before it's made into chocolate. You can eat this type of chocolate every day because it is a functional food. People who get it, get it. Blue Stripes are the only chocolate company in the world at this stage that uses the entire cacao pod, nothing goes to waste.
I also want to highlight their cacao waters! It’s like coconut water but even better - more vitamin C and antioxidants. With a refreshing fruity taste that really grows on you, it’s easy to become addicted to these refreshing drinks.
3. Remedy Drinks - Superfood Shakes for an epic breakfast solution!
Remedy Organics superfood shakes is a great ‘breakfast solution’ and anytime meal replacement. These tasty shakes are all formulated with the highest quality, certified organic, plant-based ingredients and gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. The breakfast pack consists of a convenient 12-pack available on their website below with 2 of each Matcha Fuel, Cacao Essentials, Berry Immunity, Super Chai Fuel, Blue Essentials, Golden Mind. Remedy Organics is a female founded company led by Cindy Kasindorf. The inspiration to start Remedy Organics began right in Cindy’s home kitchen with the mission to make functional nutrition accessible to all. She is a certified nutritional health counselor and is big believer in using food as medicine and natural remedies for healing and prevention. In addition to these delicious wellness shakes, Remedy Organics has also recently launched their immune-boosting wellness shots. It can be taken every day to support wellness throughout the year and when feeling run down.
4. Food Earth - Ready-made plant-based meals, perfect for Indian food lovers!
Food Earth is one of the booths where I did my book signing this year. They have ready-made plant-based meals. They are nutrient-dense and delicious! These shelf-stable, organic, pre-packaged meals are amazing for busy days. They taste great! They are great for on-the-go. I have even traveled with them in my carry-on luggage. I know some of you will say, eating from a microwave is not good, and I agree it is never ideal, however eating hotel food that is cooked with a microwave is worse than eating food cooked in a microwave. Sometimes we have to choose the least worst thing when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle! These are so tasty, the Split Lentil Curry with steamed rice is one of my favorite go-to’s. They have a new vegan butter chicken coming soon - I cannot wait!
5. SunButter - The organic jar!
There is just one ingredient: roasted organic sunflower seeds. Incredibly tasty and nutritionally superior to peanut butter and almond butter. It was created as a solution for nut allergies but now it’s the chosen one because of its flavor and versatility. You can eat it as a snack with some dried mango, or an apple, or on toast, and in so many recipes as well! The organic SunButter was used at the show was used to make Chocolate Sunbutter Cups, Thai Chicken Pizza, Chicken Tacos, and Sunbutter Superfood Overnight Oats. Their booth is always so bright and cheery, featuring a beautiful sunflower field. Also, check out their SunButter Chocolate which is 80% less sugar than Nutella and is dairy free. You actually get protein and fiber from this rather than eating pure sugar like Nutella.
6. Explore Cuisine - Plant-based protein pasta!
Explore Cuisine has incredible pasta products that are high in plant-based protein, gluten-free, and grain-free! They have the largest variety of gluten-free ingredients out there, which aligns well with The Earth Diet. Each variety is made from just one-three ingredients like edamame peas, black beans, or chickpeas. Explore Cuisine pastas are tasty, healthy, and super easy to make. Simple swaps have a big impact on our lives and are perfect for people with busy schedules. Checkout this Edamame Mung Bean Fettuccine which is mind blowing tasty and has 42 grams of protein per serving!
7. Primal Kitchen - New WHIP is like Miracle Whip but better!
Primal Kitchen's new Whip Dressing & Spread is perfection! It’s whipped to absolute perfection and it’s delicious! It’s made without cane sugar or corn syrup. It’s also free from eggs, soy, or canola, so you can get the zingy flavor you crave, without compromise. Made with the cleanest whole ingredients. They also have a variety of sauces and dressings and use real, high-quality ingredients so you can enjoy your favorite classic sauces, dressings, condiments and pantry staples with confidence. Their Buffalo sauce is blowing up right now - if you love Buffalo sauce this will be your new favorite! It’s the tastiest that exists - and it’s a bonus it’s made with clean ingredients.
Authentic Italian gluten-free cauliflower pizza crust that tastes like a legit crust! It’s also vegan. Each crust is hand-stretched and stone-baked delivering a truly traditional style pizza. They only use extra virgin olive oil when making their delicious gluten-free crusts and hold taste and quality to the highest of standards. Oggi strives to create the best frozen products that are delicious, nutritious, and allergen-free. Their gluten-free crusts are the only ones in the industry with rising air pockets. By combining Italian traditions and modern innovation! You can really taste the difference and it’s obvious that this crust was designed by Italians!
9. Olita - A sunscreen made with organic ingredients.
Olita is an epic sunscreen company that is certified organic, reef safe, and EWG certified. (The Environmental Working Group is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability.) It is so light-weight and easy to rub in. It doesn't even feel like sunscreen! They offer a few different varieties including, the original mineral, a baby sunscreen, and tinted. They also make a product called, After Sun which is great to hydrate the skin after a long day at the beach or for a daily moisturizer! Made with a coconut oil base and also contains aloe, the After Sun is not sticky and makes a great upgrade for the Aloe Gels on the market today. It’s not often you find a sunscreen made with organic ingredients. If you are looking for a clean sunscreen, this product is for you!
10. Dirt don't hurt - Activated charcoal detox products
Dirt Don't Hurt is a 3 Sister owned All-Natural Oral Care + Beauty & Body Care Brand focused on detoxification. All of their products are 100% Earth + Plant Based, Vegan, and Cruelty-Free! Taking a more natural approach inspired them to start making their own products with clean, pure, and earth + plant-based ingredients. They incorporate activated Charcoal, earth clays, essential oils, and herbs into their beautiful products. The smell of these products is divine! They have a real gift! If you feel like nourishing yourself and tearing your skin to the most divine natural scents and minerals then get this! Your skin will feel invigorated all day long. It’s a different feeling. It helps you to glow! And because it’s made so healthy you can’t help but feel good about yourself. Start with the detoxifying mineral mask and then complete yourself with the nourish & glow body oil.
Ancient Nutrition is an amazing superfood company that provides whole food nutritional products their Super Greens Alkalize and Detox powder is Packed with 25+ cleansing, alkalizing superfoods, and probiotics so you can get your greens + the gut & body balance you crave. Founded by Dr. Josh Axe and Jordan Rubin, their products are created from the wisdom and principles of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I take Ancient Nutrition supplements daily and recommend this brand to my clients.
Dr. Bronners is one of the OG health brands. They are known for their amazing soap that has 18 uses in 1. And they make delicious chocolate! My favorite is the Cool Peppermint Cream Chocolate Bar. This chocolate bar is divine! It is 70% cocoa, all vegan, sweetened with coconut sugar, and perfectly blended! There are lots of different flavors to choose from. Highly recommend!
13. Bobs red mill - Gluten Free Flour
Yumy Candy is really yummy natural candy! It is the healthier, plant-based candy that offers guilt-free indulgence for the whole family with only 3 grams of sugar per bag!
16. Clean Logic - Exfoliating bath and body essentials
The Clean Logic line is non-toxic bath & body essentials that are carefully curated to fit your everyday needs and your lifestyle. From body exfoliators to skin and facial care products, their collection of sustainable bath products is designed to help you feel your best and look your best. They offer high-quality bath brushes, exfoliating towels and other sustainable bath products.
17. Boody - Underwear
Boody is underwear that is quality, sustainable, everyday basics to relaxed essentials all crafted in organically-grown bamboo. So beautifully soft and comfortable!
18. Feelgoodz - Flip Flops
Hello! I'm ugly started because of the growing problem of food waste. They prevent food waste by upcycling ugly fruit and transforming it into healthy dried fruit snacks. The cherries, OMG! delicious. Better than candy. And just one ingredient.
Shouldn't a handful of popcorn only have a handful of ingredients? Well, Lesser Evil has three: organic popcorn, extra-virgin coconut oil, and Himalayan pink salt. They make it with minimal processing for maximum snackability. They air pop the most tender butterfly popcorn, making it lighter, fluffier and lower in fat and calories.
24. Never Better Foods - Vegan cheese
Never better foods make vegan cheeses and oh my, they are tasty! Made from a proprietary blend of sustainably grown and sourced pea protein and sunflower seeds gives their cheese the richness, creaminess, meltability and flavor of dairy cheese without the extra saturated fat and salt. It's lower in cholesterol and contains absolutely NO lactose, allergens or GMOs.
25. Sukin - Vegan skincare
Sukin is my favorite natural vegan skincare from Australia and incorporates natural ingredients such as the Kakadu plum. Their Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub is packed with green ingredients like Kale and Spirulina, as well as natural Jojoba Beads and Bamboo to polish the skin. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types! The smell of this product is amazing!
26. Edward and Sons - Miso
27. PHresh Greens - Alkalizing Superfoods
PHresh Greens make raw alkalizing superfoods. Their powder can go in almost anything like a green drink or juice, added to a salad, or smoothies! This powder is so helpful and convenient for getting your green drink in. It contains a variety of organic greens including broccoli sprouts, alfalfa grass and sprouts, barley grass, chlorella, kale powder, spirulina, spinach, and more! In my book, Cancer-Free with Food, I share how broccoli sprouts are the #1 anti-cancer food! This is the easiest way to alkalize your body and it's non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, free of pesticides or herbicides, and no preservatives.
28. Mark's Pesto - Vegan Pesto
Mark's Kitchen Pesto is made with the finest ingredients available. They use their own Vegan Parmesan (raw cashews, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic), the freshest basil (grown under the sun in Hawaii) or for the dandelion greens superfood pesto, organic dandelion greens from Lady Moon organics, baby arugula, first pressed virgin olive oil from a small family farm in Lucca, Italy, domestic grown garlic, fresh squeezed domestic lemon juice, fresh pine nuts, and sea salt. While Mark's kitchen pesto costs more than other pestos on the market, one taste of their product will show you why. Absolutely delicious pesto! Pairs divinely with Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Spaghetti.
29. Simple Mills - Gluten-Free Products
Pri Manuka honey is 100% sourced from New Zealand and Australia! Aside from jars of honey, they sell other products including chocolate and skincare made with honey. Manuka honey is antibacterial and bacteria-resistant. It is great to use on skin for acne and cuts, but also just as great to eat! They also have honey chocolates sweetened with nothing else but Manuka honey. They come in multiple flavors such as salted caramel, coffee, raspberry, mint, ginger, and orange. So delicious!
31. Redmond - Red Rock BBQ salt
A sugar-free version of the succulent barbecue flavor you love, Redmond Real Salt Red Rock BBQ Seasoning will keep your grilling game on point without compromising your clean values. Through a carefully sourced combo of organic spices and unrefined ancient sea salt. Redmond is known for its amazing Real Salt and Bentonite Clay, both sourced in America in Utah. Their salt is 100% pure salt sourced straight from the cave. Similar to that of Himalayan Salt but a much better option for us here in the U.S. to purchase since it is local to the U.S.
32. Viv - Tampons and Pads
Viv was created by eco-conscious menstruators who knew the way the world approached eco-conscious period care needed an overhaul. Each traditional pad takes roughly 800 years to break down, a startling fact that sprung the Viv founders into action. Armed with the knowledge of how harmful period care is on the environment, they made it their mission to place earth-friendly and toxin-free products into the hands of every menstruator.
33. Chi - Vegan “pork” Made from Sacha Inchi (Imlakesh).
Chi resembles a pork texture and has a delicious flavor. This is the first plant-based meat on the market I have seen that is certified organic and has CLEAN & real ingredients. They are certified organic and high in protein. I love that they are using the ancient superfood Sacha Inchi which I call the new "peanuts." The benefits of Sacha Inchi include improving cholesterol levels, aiding in weight loss, improve gut health, and they are far more sustainable to grow than nuts. They are also healthier than soy so I am stoked to see Chi use a more progressive ingredient for the base of their new plant-based meat.
34. Ming Bings - Plant powered pockets
Made from Organic chocolate and it is Vegan! They have partnered with Miyokos which is an award-winning European Style Cultured Vegan Butter. Organic and Fair Trade candy should be delicious & these are! These candy bars are beautiful inside & out!
38. Evive - Yogi the ultimate green smoothie
Carbone is the only brand I have seen on the market that sells real, traditional tomato sauce that also uses non-GMO ingredients. It's new Rao's- but better because it is non-GMO verified! The brand originated at their award-winning restaurant in New York City, which now has a location in Miami. The flavor profile of all four of their flavors is out of this world. It pairs so well with plain pasta or in a delicious pasta dish. Their four flavors include Marinara, Arrabbiata, Tomato Basil, and Roasted Garlic.
43. Crave Brutal - Plant protein puff snacks
Crave Brutal plant-protein puff snack, it comes in three amazing flavors, protein-packed, delicious and light. 'Chocho' lupin bean, a variety of lupin that grows at an elevation of 11,000 to 14,000 feet, in the Andean region of Ecuador, brutally superior in nutritional value, and environmental impact. The harsh environmental conditions of the region where 'chocho' grows, contributes to its survival superpowers, and one of the main reasons that make it the highest protein content compared to all other lupin varieties, and a highly efficient and regenerative crop, basically waterless as it only needs rain to grow.
44. Rind - Dried fruit