Hi friends! Last week I had developed the pleasure of going to the annual Food and Diet Expo and Conference (FNCE) in Washington, D. D. FNCE is the annual dietetics conference and in addition to the best-of-the-best education sessions covering every area of nutrition, it’ t also a massive food celebration.

Companies, each established and new, get together to share their offerings and RD’ s get a glance of food trends plus items to be on the lookout for. Consider it Expo West, but simply for dietitians.

With my Plant-Based Juniors partner, Whitney English, discovering the Expo.

Use of plant Eating

Plant-Based/Plant-Forward eating is not going anyplace, especially if the companies at FNCE are to be believed. I’ ve been attending FNCE meant for 8+ years and have never ever seen such a focus just before on plant-based, vegetarian plus vegan foods. It makes our heart therefore happy. Lastly, we are seeing a change from both the consumer and   popular food companies.

I lost rely at how many dairy-free products there were. Oatly, Mooala, Califia Farms, Pacific Foods & other’ s were presenting their latest plant-based drinks and I couldn’ t obtain enough. I’ ve utilized Califia and Pacific Food items beverages for years, but Mooala was new to me. Their own regular milk was tasty and I’ m capable to report that they are planning to include calcium to it by earlier 2019.

We were  also introduced to some new-to-me company, Sunflower Loved ones that makes textured vegetable proteins out of sunflower seeds! Great, huh? While I have not a problem eating TVP from me llaman, I love that there are allergy-friendly choices out there. I didn’ big t get a chance to try their particular samples, so let me know in the event that you’ ve had this particular before.

Excited about this particular new product, Sunflower Hache! Offers anyone tried it?

Healthier Kid-Food

You know who wasn’ big t at FNCE? Any of the brands that are usually dragged with the mud around this time of year. McDonald’ s, Pespi, Coca-Cola, Frito-Lay were all absent, that i think is a good thing. I recognize some of the RD’ s who else work with those brands, yet I think overall dietitians possess a hard enough time educating the general public that all of us are the types with credentials, degrees as well as a national certifying exam plus not nutritionists (of which usually, you don’ t require anything to call yourself a single. )

This particular argument is harder in order to win when reports associated with McDonald’ s sponsoring the particular conference are in headlines designed for weeks to follow. I’ meters not sure if this was a mindful decision by the Academy, yet I’ m glad to find out other, more niche manufacturers in their place.

Maybe it’ s mainly because I’ m a new mother and therefore my attention provides shifted, but I saw several brands offering healthier children snacks. Sprout was right now there showcasing their baby products; and we use their products usually. While I like making my very own food for Vander usually, that’ s impossible to complete all of the time as a working mother in 2018. Therefore , prepackaged snacks to the rescue. Carrot Manga quinoa puffs, Broccoli Curlz, Crispy Chews and their own pouches are our faves.

World associated with Chia was another brand name at the Expo, and many were delicious. Their chia jams contain just fresh fruit, chia seeds and a small agave nectar. I know that individuals can make chia jam on this own, but again– comfort can be a positive. The blood was my favorite!

KIND was also there presenting their newer pressed bars and I think they are a fantastic snack for kids several. Made from just fruit and vegetables, they are the kind of bars you would get yourself if you had a few hrs and a dehydrator.

Alternative Grains

While you will have to pry my wheat pasta through my cold, dead hands– I understand that most of the entire world is shifting towards additional grains. And, that’ ersus a good thing. While I don’ t like vilifying food items for no reason, I actually do understand that many people cannot endure wheat and therefore having other available choices is only a positive.

Banza chickpea pasta is probably the best-tasting chickpea nudeln on the market. I serve attempting to Vander as it’ s a great source of metal and the whole family enjoys it’ s chewy structure. Modern Table was also generally there showcasing it’ s lentil pasta’ s and different dinner kits. We’ ve attempted these before, but it’ s been a while given that I’ ve bought all of them.

Here’ h where I admit that will I’ ve never attempted sweet potatoast before… until this conference! Indeed, I know that it’ h simple to create as you actually just put a piece of fairly sweet potato in the toaster. Caulipower debuted it’ s most recent product, par-boiled sweet spud slices that are ready in only a minute or two in the toaster. They will served them warm along with almond butter and amazing, was it delicious. Think about me officially on the sugary potatoast bandwagon.

Bottom Line

I hope the focus on a lot more plant-based foods only proceeds. For dietitians, I highly believe that we can help press this message for much better health and for the planet. Like a dietitian, a mom and a consumer, I was overall therefore happy to see these new items that are already on the market.

For those of you who furthermore attended FNCE, what products/trends stood out to you? In a few days I’ ll be spreading a full recap of the Use of plant Juniors event that we managed at FNCE!

See also: FNCE Recap 2016 , FNCE Recap 2015