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Food Fête Spring 2015: Health & Wellness Showcase Recap!

Cabo Chips Natural Ingredients
An Array of Natural Flavor Ingredients in Cabo Chips (Reviewed Below). All Photos By Gail.

Making the scene at a Food Fête Health & Wellness event is always a good time, because attending one means getting more than a dozen delicious chances to discover ways in which eating smarter tastes fantastic. Check out our favorite products — from snacks to breakfast to meal mainstays — from this Springtime showcase!

Cabo Chips Varieties

We never get bored of new ways to do a tasty Tortilla chip! Born on the beautiful beaches of Baja, Mexico, Cabo Chips 100% whole grain classic cantina style tortilla chips are inspired by the boldly vibrant atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas. A delicious fusion of the old and the new, these all natural chips are cooked the traditional way – cut from fresh tortillas that are batch cooked for a true cantina crunch! Cabo Chips use only real ingredients (see top photo) — no “flavorings” — for authenticity you can taste.

At Food Fête we had the chance to taste the four popular varieties — Original, Blue Corn, Mango Chile Lime and Churro (sweet!) — plus something new.

Cabo Chips Ancient Grains

Watch for Cabo Chips Ancient Grains to hit stores in Summer 2015! Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Kosher and 100% Whole Grain, find out more about Cabo Chips at This Link!

Que Pasa and Qia Snacks

A shared booth from two organically inclined exhibitors showcased Que Pasa Foods organic Tortilla Chips, and Nature’s Path Organic brand’s Qi’a Superfood Breakfast Cereal and Bars.

Tortilla Recipe

Qi’a Chaat (above) is a refreshing snack made with Que Pasa Tortilla Chips topped with a mixture that includes Qi’a Superfood cereal combined with Garbanzos, Sweet Potatoes, Mint Chutney and other flavorful ingredients — really delicious and easy to prepare! Get this and other creative recipes at This Link.

Qia Snack Bar

Need a quick energy boost? Qi’a Bars come in five unique flavor combinations, including Blueberry Cashew Pumpkin Seed. Creamy and crunchy, this “superfood” snack bar features protein-packed nuts and seeds with antioxidant blueberries for a refreshing sweet-yet-tart flavor. They look pretty good, don’t they? Visit Natures Path Dot Com for more information on their family of delicious organic foods.

Navitas Chips and Snacks

Navitas Naturals (“Food For The Modern Life”) is another company promoting a line of “Superfoods” that help keep the body running strong. The mission of Navitas Naturals is to provide the finest organic superfoods that increase energy and enhance health. Their organic, non-GMO products include packaged nuts, seeds and dried fruits, Goji Berry and Acai Berry Powders and a line of unique chip snacks, such as their Coconut Chips, featured at Food Fête.

Navitas Dragon Fruit Chips

And who else is packaging a Dragon Fruit Snack? Answer: No One. Explore the many and exotic offerings of Navitas Naturals at This Link!

Pacific Foods Steel Cut Oatmeal

For on-the-go Breakfast eaters who crave something warm that’s also super convenient, Pacific Foods is introducing the first ever ready-to-eat Steel-Cut Oatmeal. Packaged ready to heat and enjoy, with no need for additional ingredients, Pacific Foods Steel-Cut Oatmeal is cooked in small batches for a homemade taste and hearty texture. Show attendees had the chance to try it for ourselves with variety of toppings, including honey, flax seed, and fresh berries.  This hot cereal tastes as good as slow cooked oatmeal, and blows instant away completely! This product has a 24-month shelf life and is available in a variety of flavors to suit every taste.

Pacific Foods Coconut Water

Pacific Foods also offers an extensive line of non-dairy beverages, including Almond, Cashew, Rice, Soy, Hemp, and super-hydrating and versatile Coconut beverage in Original (sweetened and unsweetened) and unsweetened Vanilla flavors. Find out about Pacific Foods‘ broad range of organic, specialty food products at This Link!

Gerolsteiner Water

Speaking of healthy, natural beverages, it doesn’t get much better for you than pure, delicious water! Gerolsteiner is a premium sparkling mineral water, which has the proud distinction of being the most popular mineral water in Germany — and you know how much we love the Germans! Here’s a bit of the fascinating backstory on Gerolsteiner, which originates from a region in Germany known as the Volcanic Eifel that possesses unique geological character.

Thanks to the special combination of carbonic acid from prehistoric volcanic activity, and dolomite rock — known for its rich mineral content — a Mineral Water of the highest quality evolves. As the water finds its way through the various layers of rock, every drop of Gerolsteiner becomes naturally carbonated. This is an important process, as the carbonic acid allows the water to absorb the precious minerals and trace elements from the dolomite rock. Fascinating! We sampled a bottle of chilled Gerolsteiner and it is indeed very heavily carbonated with a clean, refreshing taste. We think it would be ideal also for making natural sodas by adding a syrup like Ribena! Get hip to Gerolsteiner at This Link!

So Delicious Booth
(Note: the Popularity of the Humble Coconut as a Booth Decoration)

It seems like we are seeing So Delicious Dairy Free at many food shows these days, showcasing innovative new additions to their already impressive roster of non-dairy foods. Lactose-free living never tasted so amazing.

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With delicious memories of its Winter showcase still lingering in our minds and tummies, we excitedly made our way to Food Fête’s Spring 2014 Health & Wellness media event, held on April 8th, 2014 in New York City. Exhibitors included a few of our longtime favorite products as well as hot new discoveries. Check it out!

Krusteaz Flatbreads

Krusteaz was there, showcasing its newest products: a variety of Gluten Free Baking Mixes and Flatbread Mixes. Krusteaz’s Flatbread mixes are available in Italian Herb, Garlic & Onion and Whole Wheat flavors. These mixes are extremely versatile and are great for quick and easy pizza dinners, to serve with hummus or to make delicious appetizers, such as the fresh Caprese snack seen in the photo above.

Krusteaz Baking Mixes

Krusteaz’s Gluten Free Line includes: Buttermilk Pancake MixBlueberry Muffin Mix, Honey Cornbread and Muffin Mix and  Double Chocolate Brownie Mix. With extensive experience with so many baking categories, the brand wants to provide consumers with a variety of gluten free options that are easy to bake and taste just like their traditional counterparts. Both Mix lines will be available at most major grocery chains starting in August, 2014. Look for future reviews here on The Gig!

Hemp Hearts

Manitoba Harvest, makers of Hemp Hearts — the Hemp Seed kernel product with the delicious, nutty flavor and wide variety of uses — was on hand to promote their line of Hemp Protein Powders.

Hemp Protein Powder

Packed with nutrients, each Hemp Pro variety is not only high in plant-based protein (which makes them vegan friendly) but also rich in omegas, delicious, convenient and easily digestible. Find out more about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Food products at This Link.

Barbaras Cereals

I have been eating Barbara’s Cereals for years and their Peanut Butter Puffins Cereal is my absolute favorite! At Food Fête, Barbara’s was all about their Multigrain Squarefuls Maple Brown Sugar Cereal – heart healthy, whole grain squares sweetened with real Maple Syrup — and Organic Snackimals  – the first cereal in the natural and organic aisle with fun animal shapes, including lions, elephants and panda bears! Snackimals is an ideal healthy breakfast choice for children because it not only has a yummy chocolate taste and appealing crunch, but the little animals shapes are delightful. Even I wanted to play with them!

BelGioioso Cheese

BelGioioso Cheeses impressed me with a line of products that represent some of the most seriously delicious cheeses I’ve ever tasted – and I know my cheese! BelGioioso has just launched its 50 Ways to Leave Your Butter campaign – with 50 ideas on how to use Mascarpone cheese besides its traditional use in Tiramisu. I did sample the Mascarpone and will enthusiastically agree that with its creamy texture, mild, sweet taste and less than half the calories, this spreadable cheese is a tempting substitute for butter.

BelGioioso also offered samples of its Fresh Mozzarella Snacking Cheese – convenient 1 oz. packages of Fresh Mozzarella cheese, perfect for a convenient, light snack at only 70 calories per ounce. Good stuff!

BelGioioso Cheese

Step One Foods Display

Making its debut at Food Fête, Step One Foods impressed with a line of heart healthy mixes and snack bars. Step One Foods is the first-of-its-kind line of physician-formulated foods specifically designed to solve the dietary side of heart care. Developed by practicing cardiologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, all Step One Foods contain scientifically-proven levels of the four critical nutritional building blocks for heart health: phytosterols, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

The Step One Foods product line includes dark chocolate bars, cranberry nut bars, oatmeal, a smoothie mix, a pancake mix and an anytime sprinkle — and samples of each were given out at the show. Every product is pre-portioned and comes in a single-serve package requiring minimal to no preparation. The Cranberry Nut Bars have a surprisingly tangy, fruity taste that other, granola-based snack bars don’t have, so that was a great surprise. Also, I made the pancakes for my breakfast this morning and they were easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. I would like to add that both Dr. Elizabeth and her associate, Barb, were super nice ladies. I wish them the best of luck with this line of excellent products.

SO Dairy Free Foods

So Delicious Dairy Free Foods — their name says it all — returned to Food Fête with some exciting new products, including a coconut milk based whipped topping and two new varieties of their flavored coconut milk beverage.

Coco WhipSO Pumpkin and Nog Coconut Milk

Read more about the So Delicious Dairy Free line of products — and download money saving coupons — at This Link.

Enjoy Life Foods Display

It’s always great to see the folks at Enjoy Life Foods, whose Crunchy Flax Cereal and Soft Baked Bars have previously received much love from The Gig. Enjoy Life Foods has added Dark Chocolate Baking Morsels to its’ #1 selling Allergy Friendly Baking Chocolate line. Featuring 69% cacao and clean ingredients of unsweetened chocolate and natural cane sugar, it is the only gluten-free dark chocolate morsel on the market that is also dairy, nut and soy free. See what else Enjoy Life Foods has to offer at This Link!

Arnold Bakery

Arnold®, Brownberry® and Oroweat® Premium Breads won the hearts of all the vegetarians at the show with their tiny vegetable sandwiches made on Arnold Whole Wheat Bread and Sandwich Thins. Cholesterol free with zero grams of Trans fat and no high fructose corn syrup, Arnold Whole Wheat Bread is fresh and soft with a delicious whole grain taste, while the Sandwich Thins are super versatile and very low in calories while not skimping on great taste!

Vegetable Sandwiches

Dr. Praeger Veggie Burgers

Celebrating 20 Years in Business, Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods has a line of Veggie Burgers that will tempt even a devoted meat lover like myself. I was able to sample the Asian, Black Bean and Kale varieties and despite an admitted “fear of Kale,” I must admit it was quite tasty and not scary at all! There are no fillers or egg products in these burgers, just a fresh vegetable taste “where you recognize all the ingredients.” The California, Bombay, Tex Mex & Italian Veggie Burgers are also certified Vegan.

Dr Praeger's Black Bean Burger

Thanks for reading and be sure to visit all of these great companies online!

Highlights from the Winter Health & Nutrition Editor Showcase

Editor Showcase Signage
All Photos By Gail

One of our favorite food-related trade shows, Editor Showcase, kicked off its 2014 series on February 20th with an eclectic mix of Health & Nutrition products at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. As both manufacturers and consumers raise their consciousness towards living a healthier lifestyle. I can hardly contain myself at these trade shows, walking in  for the first time and seeing all the Teardrop Flags with the different products to try, it’s exciting to see what new products come onto the market and how well-established brands adapt to changing consumer demands. Here are a a few of our favorite products and displays from the show!

Veggie Blend Ins

Green Giant has partnered with author Jessica Seinfeld (famous for her cookbook on how to Trick your Kids into Eating Vegetables) to promote its new product, Veggie Blend Ins. Each box of Veggie Blend Ins contains three pouches each of pure Carrot, Spinach and Butternut Squash purees which you can add to a wide variety of foods to add nutrition and fiber without necessarily altering the taste of the dish. This is a great idea, even if you enjoy eating vegetables. Green Giant demonstrated a delicious and practical use for the carrot puree by adding it to seasoned taco meat and serving scrumptious Mini Tacos at its booth!

Veggie Blend Ins Tacos
Bite Size Beef Tacos Featuring Veggie Blend Ins!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches Sign

No one needs to do anything to convince me to eat an Avocado, because they are delicious. But the Fresh Hass Avocado Board (#LoveOneToday) were on hand to remind us that Avocados are about so much more than just amazing Guacamole. Their booth served a delicious and surprisingly satisfying sandwich of Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh sliced Apples on Seven Grain Bread. So Good!

Avocado Apple Feta Sandwiches
Avocado, Feta Cheese and Fresh Apple Sandwiches!

Planters Preanut Variety

Mr. Peanut may still be the Planters Nuts Mascot after all of these years, but did you know that Planters Peanuts now come in tempting and trendy flavors such as Chipotle, Salted Caramel and Cocoa? I had no idea!

Garden Lites Veggie Muffins

Garden Lites is a terrific brand that I always enjoy seeing at these shows. At Editor Showcase they were promoting their excellent frozen Veggie Muffins that mix traditional favorite muffin flavors with vegetables for added moistness and nutrition. These muffins are also lower in calories, higher in protein, gluten free and all natural. Very highly recommended!

Nature Box Snacks

NatureBox (one word) is a cool company that offers monthly subscriptions to receive boxes of assorted wholesome and healthy snacks delivered right to your door. NatureBox snacks are an ideal alternative to junk foods and it goes without saying, but you can see that I am about to, that they all taste delicious. Find out more about NatureBox at This Link.

Urgent RX

Urgent RX Fast Powders are a convenient way to keep quick relief from some of life’s most annoying minor maladies handy at all times. No water is needed to take the powders as you simply pour them from their stay fresh envelopes onto your tongue and swallow. These are great to keep in your drawer at the office or in your purse to treat a sudden headache or upset tummy. Each single dose envelope is about the size of a credit card, so they are easy to stash in a wallet or card case also. Visit the Urgent RX website and find out where you can buy them at This Link.

Vemma Energy Drinks

Vemma is an acronym for Vitamins, Essential Minerals, Mangosteen and Aloe — ingredients in their line of Liquid Antioxidants, and refreshing Verve brand Energy Drinks. They also promote Chris Powell’s bod-e weight loss and fitness program, so you know they mean serious business when it comes to being the best You that you can be. Vemma handed out generous gift bags of their products at Editor Showcase and I am looking forward to trying their drinks at home.

Uncle Matt's Juice

We want to give a special shout out to Uncle Matt’s Organic Juice and Lemonade just because it is delicious and the folks working their booth were super friendly! Congratulations also to Uncle Matt’s on their 15th Year of growing organic produce!

Eggland's Best Organic Eggs

I’m sure you are thinking that there is no way to improve on the perfection of the simple egg, but Eggland’s Best is here to gently prove you incorrect. Eggland’s Best are like “Super Eggs” in so many ways including the fact that each large egg has 25% less saturated fat, 10 times more Vitamin E and Double the Omega 3s of the average egg, to name but a few of its superior qualities. Plus, look how cute their Mascot is:

Eggland Egg Mascot

Crazy Adorable.

Eggland's Best Quiches

They also served these delicious little quiches in their booth. Mmm…mini quiche.

Simply Protein Crunch Snack

Everybody loves crunchy snacks that taste like fruit, am I right? Simply Choices offer a range of snacks including Bars, Chips and the Simply Protein Crunch you see pictured above, which is made with real fruit, has a popcorn-like texture and is a snack that makes you feel full because of its high whey protein content (Source: http://www.wellwisdom.com/ultimate-grass-fed-whey-protein/). Simply Protein Crunch comes in outrageous flavors like Banana Caramel Cashew Nut and Raspberry Coconut, so you it’s going to satisfy all of your crazy sweet cravings while also being good for you. Worth checking out at This Link!

Nature Made Vita Melts

We all know that we should take our vitamins, and supplements but no one likes taking them. I’ve been taking Nature Made VitaMelts Zinc tablets – which melt away under your tongue and taste like delicious lemony candy –  for a year and I’ve never had a cold since I started taking them, truth! At Editor Showcase I picked up samples of Nature Made’s two newest VitaMeltsHair*Skin*Nails with Biotin (which totally works, trust me) and a new MultiNature Made also comes in Gummy form for those who like something to chew.

I hope that you will be inspired to try out some of these brands I’ve reviewed in this post. Thanks to Formula PR once again for providing access to the show!

Free Mammograms Available in NYC December 16th, 2013

Pink Ribbon on Breast

The Office of New York State Senator Brad Hoylman is sponsoring an afternoon of Free Mammograms, available to women age 40 and over who haven’t had one in the past year.

Please note that the date has changed from December 2nd to the the 16th. If you previously made an appointment, Project Renewal will call you to confirm the new date and time.

Time and Location Details are:

Monday, December 16th, 2013
1:30 – 4:00 PM
at Project Renewal’s Scan Van
First Avenue between 16th & 17th Streets

Please note that these services are By Appointment Only and space is limited. Please call (800)564-6868 to make your appointment. Again, these mammograms are Free for uninsured women 40 and older. All insurance plans accepted, and Co-payments and deductibles are waived.

Co-Sponsored by:Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney ∙ NYC Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn
Borough President Scott Stringer ∙ State Senator Liz Krueger
State Senator José Serrano ∙ State Senator Daniel Squadron
Assembly Member Richard Gottfried ∙ Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh
Councilmember Gale Brewer ∙ Councilmember Dan Garodnick
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