Gluten-Free: Best of Expo East 2016

Natural Products Expo East
I was fortunate enough to be a part of the Natural Products Expo East Blogger Team, an elite team of bloggers searching the show floor for the best of the best. While I am submitting only a few selections to New Hope Network, I’ve compiled a list of awesome products I found on the show floor.

First, I’d like to thank the team of Gluten Free & More magazine for being on the show floor, being awesome – as per the usual. I love this magazine and I love being able to meet our advertisers, and sponsors on the show floor at least twice a year at these shows.

Next, thanks to my friends for always being a source of energy when my own is drained, and a shoulder to lean on in times of needs – and mostly just laughs, a lot of laughs.

Natural Products Expo East
I worked to find the best of the best in new products. I’ve tried to break them down into trends and groupings. Keep in mind that this is a trade show, not a consumer show, so some of these items will not be on the market for several months, if not a year.


Top Bath & Beauty 

The Seaweed Bath Co. Detox Cellulite Soap with Arabica Coffee – because I believe even my jiggly thighs would appreciate a good cup of coffee

My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal & Bentonite Clay Toothpaste – their original formula in new toothpaste form paired with clay to make it less messy and even better for your teeth

Mother Dirt Cleanser by AO Biome – think probiotics for your face

Meliora Cleaning Products laundry detergent in lemon, lavender & clove – never seen clove in a cleaning product like this and I would love my sheets to smell like this

Molly’s Suds Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Detergent – their powdered detergent now in liquid form


Top Beverages

Laird’s Superfood Superfood Creamer – algae protein added to a tasty powdered creamer that will make your morning coffee work for you

Suja Drinking Vinegars – drinking Apple Cider Vinegar is easier than ever

Ripple Plant-Based Dairy-Free Chocolate Milk, with pea protein, and  8 grams of protein per serving, it’s an easy way to get plant-based protein

Dry Sparkling large celebration bottles for New Year’s Eve in Ginger an Cranberry

Califia Cold Brew in varietal blends like Single Origin and Signature Blend

Cave Shake – Ketogenic, paleo, vegan, ready-to-eat coconut milkshake that tastes like McDonald’s shakes and a Frosty without all the added crap

The Maple Guild Maple Black Tea – I never knew that adding maple syrup to tea would be so tasty


Natural Products Expo East

New Baking Ingredients

Date Paste by Date Me – no need to de-pit dates and put them in a food processor, they’ve done it for you

Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Baking Flour – made with almond flour, coconut flour, and tapicoa flour to make  gluten-free, grain-free paleo baking easy


Plant-Based Dairy-Free Revolution

Jawea Chocolate Horchata is coconut-milk based ice cream that is gluten-free, vegan, and soy-free

Revolution Gelato in Cardamom Kiss – dairy-free gluten-free frozen dessert now available in Florida

Miyoko’s Kitchen Miyoko’s Creamery Aged English Smoked Farmhouse takes vegan nut-based cheese to the next level

Sonoma Flatbreads Dairy Free Fire Roasted Veggies is a revolution in GFDF frozen pizzas, thin crust, delicious, and a very unique cheese


New Breads/Pasta/Carbs 

Siete Family Foods Tortillas in Almond Flour, Cassava & Coconut (contains pork lard), and Cassava & Chia – sturdy and delicious and grain-free

Follow Your Heart Classic Tortilla – doesn’t crumble, tear, and rip like a traditional gluten-free tortilla, you will not regret buying these

The Greater Knead (formerly Sweet Notes bagels) Everything Bagel – free from the top 8 allergens and now available at CVS across the country

Explore Cuisine Organic Pad Thai Noodles are a new grain-free way of making pad thai

Mikey’s Sliced Paleo Bread will change the world of paleo bread, the best I’ve tasted

Natural Products Expo East Gluten Free Finds
Top Meats or Meats Replacements

The New Primal Date & Rosemary Free-Range Chicken Jerky a top GAPS (animal welfare) score and date sweetens this new jerky

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein supplement in Cinnamon Apple – don’t be afraid to drink bone broth, especially if it tastes like a hot apple cider drink

4505 Chicharrones – think pork rinds, but from pigs that are humanely raised

Bonafide Provisions in Free Range Turkey Broth – tastes just like thanksgiving and a tasty way to get your bone broth in

Hilary’s Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage – tastes like an apple breakfast sausage, only plant-based and healthy for you

House Foods’ Go Umami Baked Tofu Bars – yes they’re sticks of tofu, but with savory flavors reminiscent of actual meat sticks


Eat Your Veggies

Farmhouse Culture Fermented Organic Vegetables in Curry Cauliflower – double the benefit of eating your veggies

Veggie Fries’ Veggie Tots Broccoli and Sweet Potato Tots – easily hides veggies in a tasty tot


Top Chips and Crackers

Jackson’s Honest Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips – new flavor that reminds me of winter baking

Jica Chips in Cinnamon Sugar – all the benefit of jicama in chip form

Enjoy Life Foods Plentils in Thai Chili Lime and Moroccan Spice – these new flavors will blow you away, and watch out for the spice in the Thai Chili Lime! It’s addictive!

Mustache Munchies Cheddarish organic, vegan, gluten-free baked crackers – The cheese comes from nutritional yeast with added benefits of kale and chia powder


Protein Friendly Sweets

Cappello’s Double Chocolate Cookie Dough – grain-free paleo-friendly and made from almond flour. It’s okay to eat a tube at a time.

Thrive Tribe – Sweet Cinnamon – these paleo nut-based cookies are nutrient dense and filling, but also pretty tasty

Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites – available in four flavors, these balls contain protein while still fulfilling your chocolate craving


Top Sweets/Candy

Enjoy Life Foods Snack Packs: Dark Chocolate Morsels  and Semi-Sweet Chocolate – same chips now available in to-go, lunch-bag friendly (or trick-or-treat) size packaging

Wholesome! Organic Strawberry Frosting – it’s NOT pink, no artificial colors!

Simple Mills Organic Frosting – available in vanilla and chocolate – coconut oil based better-for-you frosting

The Maple Guild Organic Maple Cream – churned maple syrup aged in oak barrels make this butter like syrup a delicious topping on anything


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Comments: 42

  1. Becca Z September 28, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply

    i am excited for the Laird’s Superfood Creamer because I love being able to add something to coffee, oatmeal, etc. that makes them creamy but is also giving me all kinds of nutrition.

  2. Vik September 28, 2016 at 6:09 pm Reply

    The snack packs from Enjoy Life bc I love their stuff.

  3. Casey the College Celiac September 28, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply

    Those Enjoy Life protein balls sound AMAZING – especially the sunbutter one!

  4. Margaret Clegg September 29, 2016 at 5:44 am Reply

    I really want to try those Mustache Munchies!

  5. MsLindz September 29, 2016 at 6:04 am Reply

    I think it might be Mustache Munchies. I miss cheese-type crackers (gluten and dairy free here!). But, man, there’s so many that look good!! I want to try one of everything please!

  6. Patty September 29, 2016 at 9:46 am Reply

    As a tea junkie, I’m excited to find The Maple Guild’s tea; it’s been ages since I’ve had a good maple tea!

  7. Naomi A. September 29, 2016 at 9:51 am Reply

    If I win this will be for my son whom is celiac attending college!

  8. Nicole Rivera September 29, 2016 at 10:33 am Reply

    Thank you for taking the time out to bring us all these reviews. You’re dedication to the Celiac community is truly appreciated!!

  9. Karla B. September 29, 2016 at 11:16 am Reply

    That organic maple cream looks awesome!

  10. Lori Williams September 29, 2016 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Jackson’s Honest Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips! Because I LOVE Sweet Potatoes AND chips AND cinnamon AND maple so all together they are going to be so delicious!! PLUS Sweet Potatoes are so good for us!!

  11. Allison September 30, 2016 at 9:57 am Reply

    I’ve been craving cheese crackers my whole pregnancy but couldn’t find any that were vegan and gluten free. AND THESE ARE SHAPED LIKE MUSTACHES!

  12. Michelle P October 1, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

    I don’t typically buy so many of the items listed. I might go out of my comfort zone with the Cave Shake. My favorite company right now is Enjoy Life Foods, I might try the ProBurst Bites.

  13. Katie October 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm Reply

    I am looking forward to Miyoko’s Creamery Aged English Smoked Farmhouse. I hope it is around here. It is so hard to find great tasting gluten free vegan cheese! I have even considered trying to make some myself.

  14. Caitlin A. October 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm Reply

    Mikeys Paleo bread/english muffins–so excited for these they sound and look delicious dont know the last time ive had an english muffin

  15. Amanda Kiernan October 3, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I am looking forward to trying the enjoy life protien balls!! Perfect snack size pick me up for those super rushed work days!

  16. Sarah V. October 3, 2016 at 7:54 pm Reply

    I think I’m most excited about either the Date Paste, because I’ve always been too intimidated to make my own, or the Capello’s cookie dough, because…cookie dough! 🙂

  17. Melinda S. October 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm Reply

    Cave Shake sounds like the perfect fit for me! I love shakes and cave shake is right up my alley.

  18. Susan Blommer October 3, 2016 at 11:40 pm Reply

    Jackson’s Honest chips….oh my gosh….sweet potato with cinnamon and maple. Sounds divine!

  19. Natalie H October 4, 2016 at 7:19 am Reply

    I am super excited for Sonoma Flatbread!!! They are amazing, the best gluten free pizza out there!!!

  20. Elisa Bosley October 4, 2016 at 7:54 am Reply

    Cool to see Mikey’s Muffins with a new paleo bread! I can’t wait to try it, as well as Bob’s Red Mill paleo baking blend — genius. And thanks for permission to eat Cappello’s cookie dough by the tube. Not that I’ve done that already….

  21. Karolyn K. October 4, 2016 at 7:58 am Reply

    I really like the idea of the Enjoy Life travel packs. What I want to try the most is Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein supplement in Cinnamon Apple. It sounds yummy and intriguing.

  22. Rana Durham October 4, 2016 at 8:08 am Reply

    the veggie fries because i want a better alternative to fries.

  23. DJ October 4, 2016 at 8:22 am Reply

    The Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites. I love Enjoy Life products. They are one of my favorite companies.

  24. Carrie Dushey October 4, 2016 at 8:30 am Reply

    SO much great stuff to be excited about! Can’t wait to try all the new Capello’s cookie dough flavors! Also really excited about the Simple Mills frosting and Suja drinking vinegar!

  25. Chelsea Walters October 4, 2016 at 10:26 am Reply

    Veggie Fries’ Veggie Tots Broccoli and Sweet Potato Tots and Sonoma flatbreads. Love the idea of a healthier tot and I make a lot of flatbreads.

  26. Merissa October 4, 2016 at 10:37 am Reply

    I’m excited about the Simple Mills Organic Frosting — I’m always a little grossed out to buy Pillsbury (even though it’s GF), so it’s great to have other options!

  27. CJ October 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm Reply

    I think Miyoko’s. Oh, no. Definitely Miyoko’s. CHEEESE.


  28. Jordan D. October 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply

    The Farmhouse Cutlure fermented veggies sound right up my alley! So many yummy products, I wish I was there!

  29. Karol October 4, 2016 at 10:48 pm Reply

    The Organic Maple Cream…it sounds delicious, and I love maple syrup.

  30. Tifany N October 5, 2016 at 7:31 am Reply

    Ooh – so excited for Veggie Tots. Their broccoli fries are delicious!

  31. Karen Adams October 5, 2016 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites is what I am most excited about

  32. Julie n. October 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply

    The Wholesome! Strawberry 🍓 frosting … it’s tough to find a quick flavored frosting . And it’s pink ! And no artificial stuff! Win win

  33. Jeffrey October 9, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply

    I’m excited about the date paste to use in baking and the Jackson’s Honest Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Chips because I’m a snacker that loves sweet potatoes!

  34. Christina Smith October 9, 2016 at 6:32 am Reply

    I am most looking forward to the Wholesome frosting. It is a true true I haven’t had in a long time and it’s nice to remember that Gluten Free People want options and flavors other than chocolate or vanilla or snickerdoodle!

  35. Kim Ledford-Burley October 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Enjoy Life Foods ProBurst Bites sound great and filling

  36. Serena Hale October 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm Reply

    Simple mills organic frosting seems yummo. I love frosting.

  37. Gen October 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm Reply

    The paelo baking flour looks interesting!

  38. Elizabeth Graf October 10, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

    The greater knead. I’m been craving bagels and so far nothing tastes right. I hope these do.

  39. Melanie Hill October 10, 2016 at 8:04 pm Reply

    The Bobs Red Mill Paleo baking flour! I can’t wait to try it!

  40. Todd Bliss October 11, 2016 at 7:37 am Reply

    The cave shake sounds delicious

  41. Ashley October 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Interested in trying the Suja drinking vinegars!

  42. Steph October 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Excited to try bone broth!

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