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Favorite Products from Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition 2016!

Among Friends Booth Display
Among Friends Hand-Crafted Baking Mixes Introduced Three New Varieties at the Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition Event

It’s been a few weeks now since we attended the fantastic Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square — our first big food show coverage of the year! Health and Nutrition was all about showcasing brands that not only exemplify healthy eating and personal care, but also bring fun and convenience to the table. From fresh fruit and supplements to baking mixes and beverages, let’s check out some of our favorite brands and new products!

Among Friends Brownie Mix

Among Friends gluten-free, hand-crafted baking mixes introduced three new mixes: Cora’s Honey Cornbread (a savory selection), Papa Toms Perfect Pancake (made with wholegrain sorghum flour, almond meal and hint of cinnamon), and Alec’s Awesomely Fudgy Brownie (seen above) — which goes from bag to baked in under 30 minutes! Homemade without the hassle! Find out more about the Among Friends product line at Among Friends Baking Mixes Dot Com !

Wonderful Halos

Wonderful Halos brand easy-to-peel Mandarin Oranges are perfect snacking for the spring and summer weather. At Editor Showcase, these tiny, sweet and juicy fruits were part of a delicious Mandarin Chia Pudding Parfait that we all had the chance to taste and enjoy.

Wonderful Halos Parfait

This low calorie dessert is made with assorted fresh fruits, coconut, pistachios and chia seeds – very healthy! Get this and other delicious and easy recipes, and find out more about Wonderful Halos at Halos Fun Dot Com!

Saffron Road Signage

Its always nice to get reacquainted with our friends at Saffron Road and check out their new products. Featured wholesome snacks include new Baked Lentil Chips and certified Halal Lentil Crackers, organic Crunchy Chickpeas and Bean Stalks crunchy snacks, which come in a variety of popular flavors like Cheddar Cheese and BBQ.

Saffron Road Booth Display

Saffron Road is also a leader in gourmet frozen entrees featuring the cuisine of India, South America and Asia. Learn more about this fine brand at Saffron Road Food Dot Com.

Sara Lee Artisano Bread

Sara Lee, a brand you know and trust for decades now, has a new Artesano Bread, which brings an indulgent quality to every sandwich on which it is made.

Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Made with Sara Lee Artesano Bread

For those who enjoy the texture and soft golden crust of white bread, but also appreciate the heartiness and flavor of an Italian bakery bread, Artesano strikes a favorable balance. We think that Sara Lee Artisan-style Bread really elevates a grilled cheese sandwich, and would be ideal for making delicious French toast! Visit Sara Lee Bread Dot Com for recipes more information!

Whole Fruit Frozen Juice

Frozen fruit juice treats are ideal for cooling off in the warmer summer months, and if they can be all-natural, even better! Whole Fruit Organic Juice Tubes are a new line of convenient, on-the-go snacks made with 90% organic juice! Similar to the “push-up” treats enjoyed from the neighborhood ice cream truck, each tube is fat free, only 60 calories and 100% delicious!

Whole Fruit Frozen Juice Samples

These treats are great for an after-school snack as well! Get the skinny on the Whole Fruit product line at This Link!

Ocean Spray PACt

Another trusted and favorite brand that’s staying on-trend is Ocean Spray, who has introduced its PACt Cranberry Extract Water. Unlike most extracts, which remove and utilize only the flavoring component, the cranberry experts an Ocean Spray have found a way to extract and preserve the unique, health-promoting elements inside the cranberry, which are called called PACs (proanthocyanidins). PACt extract offers more than flavor; it offers the unique cleanse and purifying health benefits of the cranberry. PACt is currently available nationwide and also on Amazon.com. Visit This Linkfor more information!

Dave's Killer Bread

Dave’s Killer Bread is a superior quality line of organic wholegrain breads that we were first introduced to in 2014, at another food show. The company, which is family owned, has a fascinating backstory that you can check out at This Link.

Dave's Bread Avocado Toast

At Editor Showcase, Dave’s Killer Bread was promoting their White Bread Done Right, created from an ‘old family recipe,’ made with quinoa, rye, spelt, millet and barley, and the absence of high fructose corn syrup or bleached flour. All varieties of Dave’s Bread have a moistness combined with a nutty, wholegrain texture that is just irresistible. Explore the world of Dave’s Killer Bread at This Link!

Boulder Chips Summer Flavors

To get you really excited for summer, Boulder Canyon introduces Backyard BBQ, three new flavors of  their premium kettle cooked potato chips, each inspired by one of our favorite summer foods! We personally taste-tested the Peach Cobbler, Grilled Brats and Sweet Corn kettle chips, and can attest that these crispy, super flavorful chips are a delightful treat that taste remarkably like what they are meant to! These chips should be available in stores closer to summer. Keep an eye out for their arrival at Boulder Canyon Foods Dot Com!

Disney Packaging

Crunch Pak is the industry leader in fresh sliced apples. Founded in 2000, Crunch Pak is committed to providing the highest quality organic and conventional sliced apples in the market. Their products include Foodles, in a Mickey Mouse-shaped packaging, which contain healthy snacks such as sweet apple slices, cheese, pretzels or other fruits or vegetable combinations — a great take-along snack for kids!

Crunch Pak Star Wars Packaging
“May the Snackers Be With You”

Evidently, Yoda is also involved. Visit Crunch Pak Dot Com for more information!

Blueberry Council

The US Blueberry Council was also on hand to educate us on our Blueberry Basics, such as how to buy, properly store, and freeze fresh blueberries — all things that you need to know! They made a tasty Blueberry and Grains Salad to share as well!

Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Visit Blueberry Council Dot Org for lots of recipes and tips on how to cook with Blueberries, and even grow your own!

Natrol Supplements

And last, but not least, we must give a shout out to Natrol, makers of fine Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements. At Editor Showcase, they were promoting three of their most popular products: Melatonin (a natural, drug-free nighttime sleep aid), Biotin (promoting healthy hair and strong nails — we take it every day!), and 5-HTP, a natural drug-free mood enhancer that also helps control appetite.

Natrol Biotin

Natrol gave out a fantastic swag bag containing full-size samples of all three supplements, plus a ton of cool travel accessories including a nail care kit, pill box, comfy slipper socks and a sleep mask. So awesome! Visit Natrol Dot Com for more information on their complete line of products!

Editor Showcase Brands


Editor Showcase Health and Nutrition 2015: The Recap!

Ambrosia Apples Display
The Ambrosia Apples Booth Gets A Bonus Shout-Out for Having the Most Beautiful Display at the 2015 Health and Nutrition Editor Showcase! (All Photos By Gail)

Despite the fierce winter chill, Food Bloggers and Journalists flocked to the Marriott Marquis in Times Square last week for the first Editor Showcase event of the year. Even with the show’s focus on the theme of Health and Nutrition, we were surprised and pleased to see such a variety of fresh foods and produce mixed in with the usual offerings of (albeit delicious) yogurt, chips and gluten-free products that are the staples of most food shows. Here are a few of our favorite products from the show!

Kind Arthur Almond Flour

Here’s a couple of product that home bakers will rejoice over: King Arthur brand Almond Flour and Coconut Flour. Based in Vermont, King Arthur is America’s oldest flour company and their dedication to innovation in the realm of baking ingredients, recipes, tools and educational opportunities unparalleled.

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Kind Arthur Coconut Flour

With the rise in popularity of gluten-free consciousness, these flours are absolutely ideal and they make everything you bake taste like it came from the fanciest bakery in town. We know, because look at the delicious treats they brought to the show:

King Arthur Snack Display

That chocolate cake you see in the photo above? It was just insane. Be a Baking Superstar and find out more about King Arthur Flour at This Link!

Appethyl Signage

A new product that intrigued us is Appethyl, an all-natural, vegetable-based appetite suppressant that may be just what you are looking for to help you take off that extra 5 pounds you put on over the holidays (raises hand). Made from 100% spinach, Appethyl is patented and clinically tested (very important).

Appethyl Appetite Suppressant

Appethyl increases the body’s feeling of fullness by slowing down its absorption of fat and glucose. The product comes in easy to use, individually wrapped packets, so there is no measuring involved. You can take a few packets with you on the go, to your office to wherever. Just mix the Appethyl powder in with soup, a smoothie, or a drink with your meal, and you have a convenient, safe and effective way to curb cravings. Find out more at This Link!

Blue Diamond Nut Thins

Over the holidays, I was introduced to Blue Diamond Nut-Thins crackers and fell completely in love with their terrific taste and seductive crispiness. The Almond Nut-Thins taste like delicious popcorn, so good! Just add a bit of cheese or salami and you have the most delicious snack you can imagine. Good enough for company, even!

Blue Diamond is a trusted brand name everyone should be familiar with for their quality almonds and almond products. But did you know that the 105-year old cooperative is owned half the state of California’s almond growers, who produce over 80 percent of the world’s almond supply? Wow! No wonder they know what they’re doing.

Blue Diamond Almond Milk and Nuts

At Editor showcase, we not only had a chance to try bold new almond favors – such as Wasabi Soy Sauce and Habanero BBQ – but we also sampled the brand’s tasty non-dairy, almond milk beverage, which is called Almond Breeze. Find out more about Blue Diamond’s exciting line of products at This Link!

Lundberg Family Farms

Lundberg Family Farms are famous for their sustainable rice farming practices that conserve water resources, build soil integrity and support a healthier ecosystem. And doesn’t it feel good to support a company that makes delicious foods while also taking care of the Earth? Sure it does!

Lundberg has just introduced a line of packaged Whole Grain Quinoa and Rice Side Dishes in a variety of savory flavors. These healthy and convenient sides offer the perfect complement to any homemade meal.

The Elvis Rice Cake

Rice Cake fans should also check out Lundberg’s Thin Stackers, which pack a burst of nutty, whole grain flavor into a rice cake that is compressed for a denser and more satisfying bite than most. At the show, we were invited to add our own toppings from a Rice Cake bar, and I made this little snack, topped with with peanut butter and banana chips, which I call the Elvis Rice Cake! Please also note the rice cake’s square shape, which is awesome.

Luna Bar Display

Luna Bars are a healthy snack bar geared specifically towards the nutritional needs of Women. Luna is the perfect on-the-go-snack; being both nutritious and deliciously decadent!

Luna Lemon Bar

The Lemon Zest variety was my favorite, with its appealing balance of tartness and sweetness and a creamy/ crunchy texture combination. Luna Bars are gluten free, a good source of protein and are made with 70% organic ingredients, while also offering 3-4 grams of fiber per bar! Find out more about Luna Bars at This Link!

Ambrosia Apples Display

And here we are, circling back with Ambrosia Apples, whose booth enthusiastically embraced the essence of spring by including several varieties of fresh flowers, cheerful product reps dressed in keenly accented, coordinated outfits (not pictured) and lots of these gorgeous, fragrant apples to sample and learn about.

Ambrosia Apples Display

Ambrosia is a relative newcomer on the American-grown apple landscape, after being discovered as a chance seedling in an orchard in British Columbia, Canada. The taste reminded me a bit of a Golden Delicious apple, with creamy flesh and a sweet, honey-like flavor. The flesh is also slow to brown, which makes it ideal for baking. Find out more about this, versatile, tasty, non-GMO fruit at This Link!

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps

Good Natured Selects is introducing two varieties of their new Baked Vegetable Crisps: regular and Ranch (which are lightly dusted with a ranch dressing seasoning). These light and crispy chips have a wonderful vegetable taste with the appealing texture of a Ruffles Ridged Potato Chip — which, you know, makes them good for dipping!

Good Natured Vegetable Crisps

All Good Natured Selects products are gluten-free, made with no artificial ingredients or added preservatives and contain zero grams of fat. But what’s most important is that they taste great!  Find out more about Good Natured Selects Baked Vegetable Crisps and other products at This Link!

Texas Grapefruits

When I think of Wonderful Brands, I remember how they managed to license Psy’s ridiculously popular “Gangnam Style” for a commercial about their line of Pistachios, with the tagline “Get Crackin’ ”  — because that was just brilliant. Wonderful Brands also represents a variety of fresh produce, and at  Editor Showcase they were showing off their delicious Sweet Scarlett’s Texas Red Grapefruits as well as their Halos Mandarin Oranges, in addition to a variety of their more popular flavors of pistachios, such as Sweet Chili and, my favorite, Salt and Pepper!

Wonderful Brands Halos

Wonderful Brands is, in fact, the fastest-growing brand in America’s produce aisles and has become a trusted household name for delicious nuts and fruits that not only tastes great but are also a smart, healthy choice for use in recipes for everyday snacking. Get more information about Wonderful Brands at This Link!

Lifeway Kefir Beverage

You’ve read about the Lifeway Brand Kefir beverages and snacks here on The Gig before, and it is always a pleasure to see what they have to offer in the way of new products. Lifeway Kefir Beverages are a high calcium, high-protein, yogurt-style beverage that tastes great and offers an endless list of health benefits with its 12 life and active probiotics.

Lifeway Kefir Beverage Display

These drinks are not too sweet, and are perfect to take on-the-go, or for a satisfying afternoon snack. Their newest variety contains oats as well – which makes it ideal for a quick, convenient breakfast!  Find out more and sign up to receive money saving coupons from Lifeway at This Link!

National Onion Association

It was fun to see the National Onion Association team up with U.S. Apples for a shared booth that was all about not only the great taste. versatility and health benefits of each variety of produce, but also provided some fantastic recipes using both products, and samples of some tasty recipes, such as Apple Onion Jam, and other treats combining the flavors of each.

US Apples

Visit US Apple Dot Org and Onions USA Dot Org to get your hands on some tasty and innovative recipes!

Skinny Girl Bars

The Skinnygirl Daily brand has expanded far beyond its ambitious Margarita Mix beginnings to now include a line of Tasty Nutrition Bars in decadent flavors like Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Multi-Grain Pretzel and Chocolate Peanut Butter with Sea Salt, each containing only 150 – 170 calories per bar. Skinnygirl Daily is all about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle while allowing yourself to indulge in life’s finer things. Sign up for Skinny Girl’s online newsletter and get 10% off your first purchase at Skinny Girl Daily Dot Com.

Egg Nutrition Center

Not that anyone needs to advertise to get me to eat eggs — because eggs are awesome — but hey, free Deviled Eggs are always a good thing!  As part of the American Egg Board, the Incredible Edible Egg TM offers information to consumers about all things eggs, including recipes, cooking techniques, nutritional benefits and much more. The Egg Nutrition Center, also part of the American Egg Board, serves as a credible source of nutrition and health science information and is the knowledge leader in research and education related to eggs. Egg-citing!

Green Deviled Eggs

We also enjoyed snacking on these  Deviled Green Eggs and Ham — which were actually more of a turquoise color — topped with bits of bacon. And…

Mexican Deviled Eggs

Mexican Deviled Eggs with Chorizo, yummy!

That wraps up this Editor Showcase Recap. Until next time, snack healthy!