Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2019

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Exploring at Expo West 2019

Every year the It’s Jou Life team count down the days to an epic week of discovering innovative, responsible, delicious, fun, and functional wellness products at the Natural Products Expo West. In its 39th year, Expo West continues to be the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event, and the 2019 gathering surely delivered the goods.

Another record-setting year, we were among 86,000 attendees perusing 3,600+ exhibitors at this multi-day event. As healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and serious snackers, we’re always on the growl for natural products, learning about upcoming industry trends, and connecting with brands that have mindful missions.

We’ve been attending Expo West the past four years and love how alive the entrepreneurial spirit is and their focus on education and innovation. We met many humble founders who share the same goal–to create products that help others create a healthy, natural, and nutritious lifestyle.

6 notable trends at Expo West 2019

BACK TO BASICS: Clean, simple ingredients is what you want. It’s becoming clearer and widely noticed by brands that you are conscientious with ingredients you eat and use on your body. You tend to buy organic when you can and are concerned with foods that are made with artificial colors, preservatives, parabens, and products tested on animals.

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Daktoritang Korean Spicy Chicken Stew Recipe

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A Spicy Chicken Stew Worthy for Winter

Winter time calls for warm stews. This Korean spicy chicken stew is braised in a spicy red sauce mixture along with potatoes and onions. Served over rice, it always hits the spot.

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What we’re currently snacking on…

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Getting our Noms Snacking On

As much as we enjoy eating whole foods, we are human and do enjoy chips and sweets. Our philosophy is not denying the foods we crave, but really all about that balanced lifestyle and eating in moderation. We select brands that use quality ingredients and are just as delicious.

We’ve discovered loads of brands at the Natural Products Expo, as part of the #NewHopeBloggerBox program, and always perusing the aisles of grocery markets. This is what we’re currently snacking on… organized by stores we shop at (Costco, Sprouts, Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods).  Continue reading

Healthy Muffins Blender Recipe

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My Favorite One-Blender Baking

If you’re a fan of one-pot meal recipes, this healthy blender muffin recipe is for you. I call this one-blender baking. You toss all your base ingredients and blend it together, pour the batter in the muffin tins, top it off with your favorite fruits and nuts (and chocolate chips), pop it in the oven, and then enjoy when they’re ready. It’s that easy!

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The ultimate guide to my favorite birthday freebies 2018

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Celebrate with loads of birthday freebies

Birthdays are synonymous with party gatherings, being one year wiser, and of course, free stuff! The cherry on top is celebrating with birthday freebies from your favorite dining and shopping establishments. I can’t believe I scored a free brow wax sculpting service, a free Sugarfish sushi meal, a free 18″ pizza, free beauty goodies, (lots) of desserts, and many more.

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Top Trends at Natural Products Expo West 2018

Exploring Natural Products Expo West 2018

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Made it to the Natural Products Expo West 2018 – the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event (aka the mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products)

Last month, we had the delightful opportunity to attend the 38th Annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event. As always, we excitedly countdown the days to this mecca of whole foods and healthy lifestyle products. We were among the record-breaking 85,000 attendees perusing 3,521 exhibitors, including more than 600 first-time exhibitors. We sure logged in some serious miles during this multi-day event packed with tasting delectable foods, getting our learn on with educational seminars, and meeting innovative brands and their founders during March 7th-11th at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Top 10 healthy snack swaps

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I’m a serious snacker

Those that know me can attest that I’m a serious snacker. As much as I praise healthy food choices I do crave chips, cookies, and chocolate. Oh, do I LOVE sweets! I’ve come to realize it’s not about denying myself certain foods, but really all about that balanced lifestyle. So instead of cutting them out entirely, I enjoy them in moderation.

Ideal situation? Find healthier alternatives to your favorite junk foods that are made with quality ingredients, high in nutrition, and are just as delicious.

My top 10 healthy food Discoveries from Natural Products Expo West 2017

Driven by the consistent growth of consumers demanding natural, healthy, and eco-conscious products, it’s no surprise that this mega-industry has a plethora of new products emerging every year. Here are my top healthy snack dupes that replace my favorite junk foods.

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Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie Recipe

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It’s not common to mix vegetables into desserts, but this Guilt-free Avocado Vegan Brownie recipe calls for the green stuff and it tastes divine. The secret ingredients are avocado and coconut oil–and it’s healthy! They provide a rich texture and dose of healthy fats.

However if you want to go the extra mile, these are perfect fresh out of the oven topped with your favorite scoop of vanilla ice cream. I also enjoy packing these in a baggie and enjoying it on the road.

This is my go-to dessert for parties because it’s the healthier version for fudge-y brownies. I love telling everyone they’re not only decadent, but they’re guilt-free and vegan!

Skeptical? You gotta try it to believe it!

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Top 10 trends at the Natural Products Expo West 2017

Exploring NATURAL PRODUCTS EXPO WEST 2017

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A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the 37th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products expo. I was among the record-breaking 80,000 attendees perusing 3,100 exhibitors, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors, at the Anaheim Convention Center and extending into the Hilton and Marriott ballrooms. I excitedly counted down the weeks for this multi-day event packed with delectable tastings, educational seminars, and meeting innovative companies. As a healthy lifestyle and skincare enthusiast (and serious snacker), I’m always scouting out new natural products, learning about upcoming trends, and chatting with brands that have a mindful mission. As my sophomore year attending, thank goodness I came prepared with a good night’s rest, comfortable shoes, and a big appetite because I logged some serious miles and ate to my heart’s content.

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