This past weekend I attended FNCE, which is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. The conference includes dozens of lectures per day along with an expo that features new products in the world of food and health. The expo is my favorite part of FNCE because I love trying all these products and finding new ones that I can recommend to my clients. Here are some of the top finds this year.
La Colombe Coffee
La Colombe has a line of draft lattes which manage to stay frothy even though they come in a can. They are a perfect on the go option if you need to grab your coffee and head out the door. The issue with most “coffee in a can” is that they are loaded with sugar, but these are actually reasonable. The coffees have about 4-5g of added sugar (just about 1 sugar packet) and since they’re made with milk boast 7g of protein. They’re also lactose free so those with lactose intolerance can enjoy them too! I tried the chai tea latte and the pure black and white and both were delicious, but they also come in other flavors such as pumpkin spice and mocha.
Rhythm Beet Chips
These beet chips are literally just beets- nothing else. While nothing can replace freshly cooked or raw vegetables, these come pretty close nutrition-wise with 3g of protein, 5g of fiber, and 15% of the daily value for potassium. If you like crunchy snacks, these are for you.
RX Bars for Kids
I’ve been a huge fan of RX bars for a year now (I actually discovered them at FNCE last year!). They have only 4 ingredients- egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates and the full sized version has 12g of protein. These kids ones have the same ingredients but are a little smaller which are perfect if the full sized version is just a little too much for your snack.
Enlightened Roasted Broad Bean Crisps
Beans are one of the best sources of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals that people are seriously lacking in their diets. If you’re not a fan of beans on their own, these Broad Bean Crisps are a great way to get your servings in. Each 100 calorie pack has 7g of protein and 5g of fiber!
High Protein Pastas- Banza, Explore, and more!
High protein pasta was all the rage at FNCE. While I love regular pasta just as much as the next person, it doesn’t have a ton of protein in it. Yes, you can always add chicken or beans to the pasta, but the meal will be much more filling if the pasta has some protein too. The Explore and Banza pastas are made from beans and/or legumes such as edamame and chickpeas. The Organic Edamame Spaghetti from Explore is crazy high in protein, with 25g per serving (for comparison, 3 eggs have 21g) and 11g of fiber!
Biena Dark Chocolate Roasted Chickpeas
For reasons to eat more beans, just look above. I’ve known about Biena roasted chickpeas for a while now, but these chocolate roasted ones are out of this world! It’s a chocolate treat that’s truly good and good for you.
Nature’s Path Organic Pumpkin Seed and Flax Granola
So I’ve actually known about this granola for years, but kind of forgot about it! I typically make my own granola but this one is just so good! A lot of granolas are very high in sugar, and at first glance this one looks like just another sugary cereal. The serving size is actually much larger than other granolas though at ¾ cup. This serving has 10g of sugar compared with 6g of sugar in 1/3 cup serving of Purely Elizabeth’s granola (which I consider one of the lower-sugar varieties). That means that cup for cup, the Nature’s Path granola is over 4g less.
Amazin’ Raisin Flavor Infused Raisins
I may be the biggest raisin fan in the world, so you could give me the plain ole’ Sun Maid variety and I’d be happy! These flavor-infused raisins take it to the next level though! I tried the orange, raspberry, and pineapple flavor and all of them were super juicy and tasty! Honestly I think they taste like candy and could eat them straight out of the bag, but they’d be great in muffins or tossed into salads.