Predicting Food Trends From #ExpoWest 2015

Earlier this month I got the chance to go to the Natural Products Expo West (aka #ExpoWest).  This is the largest natural, organic and healthy products expo in the world with over 2,700 exhibitors.   As a dedicated foodie, Registered Dietitian and former marketing manager, this trade show is one of my favorite events of the year!

Following each #ExpoWest, I share my predictions of future food trends.  

My predictions for 2013 and 2014 weren’t too far off the mark.

My Expo West was short this year but I still think my predictions for 2015 are pretty solid.

ExpoWest, ExpoWest 2015, food trends, natural, organic, healthy

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All About the Paleo

The biggest buzzword at ExpoWest had to be “Paleo”.   It seems that CrossFit has taken over more than just fitness, it’s made to into the lexicon of food developers and marketers everywhere.

Paleo

Paleo is a choice, not a medical condition. “Compliant” isn’t a sexy descriptor for a food product, IMHO.

Last year, the keyword was Gluten-Free but this year the spotlight was on Paleo.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still some major shine on the Gluten-Free apple (more and more products were highlighting their Gluten-Free status) but staying within the strict guidelines of the Paleo diet regimen were much more important to product developers this year.

Paleo, Whole Foods, Expo West, Food Trend, Diet Trend

I saw this at my local Whole Foods just this week!

Vegan-friendly and raw were terms that were bandied about quite a bit at the show but not nearly to the degree of Paleo.  I think the Paleo movement will be with us for awhile but as an RD, I’m don’t believe in eliminating whole grains and legumes in the name of health promotion (unless you’re allergic).

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Green with Matcha

Matcha is Japan’s unique green tea.  Unlike regular green tea whose leaves are steeped in hot water and then removed, with matcha the entire tea leaf is finely ground into powder that is whisked into water to make a bright green and frothy beverage.  High quality matcha comes from very few leaves that are subject to a special process of cultivation, harvest (leaves are steamed and not fermented) and aged before being released.

Matcha, Matcha tea, whisk, antioxidants, Expo West, food trends, 2015

The appeal of matcha powder is its nutrient density and antioxidant power.  Matcha provides vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, trace minerals and an antioxidant, a polyphenol called EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) with a number of possible cancer fighting properties and other health benefits.

Matcha everywhere, Expo West, food trends

Matcha was everywhere – as a powder, drink, yogurts, snack and baked goods.  Watch your shelves in the future, matcha will be most definitely be there.  Personally, I think matcha is delicious and find the whisking process of making the tea very mesmerizing to watch.  I’m not sure I’d have the patience to do it daily though.

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Sprouted Grains

The popular food messages are super confusing right now – from the “no grains allowed” of Paleo to “if you want the healthiest grains, whole grains aren’t enough, they need to be sprouted”.

Sprouted grains, Angelic Bakery, One Degree Organic Foods

Don’t be embarrassed if you’re thinking, WTF are sprouted grains?”?  At the present time, there is no standard definition of what constitutes a sprouted grain but my basic interpretation is below:

Sprouted grains are seeds of plants that have reached the stage between germination and full growth.  This unique growth stage allows for increased levels of  vitamins (vitamin B-complex, C and antioxidants) and more readily available nutrients (calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc) than conventional grains.

Sprouted grains used to be considered inferior and often thrown away but the wave of “going back to old ways of growing food” is a trend that sprouted grains are definitely riding.  ExpoWest had a plethora of products featuring sprouted grains such as nuts, legumes, cereals and breads.  Other alternative grains like hemp, chia and millet were represented but sprouted grains were clearly king.

I’m all for the trend of sprouted grains.  There are so many refined grains available (which require fortification of vitamins and minerals) that opening an avenue to increase nutrient density and availability is almost a no-brainer.

Even picky kids like sprouted grains! I brought home a loaf of sprouted grain bread from one specific vendor and my family fell in love with it.  I’ll share which bread in tomorrow’s post where I highlight some of my brand picks from Expo West.

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Baobab

I was a little premature noting this African fruit as a trend last year but it is slowly gaining momentum as a superfood in the US.  Baobab fruit is a monster of Vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants.

Last year I saw baobab in one or two products but this year, it was in quite a few including a drink powder (Bumbleroot Foods), a prebiotic (fiber vs a probiotic which have live bacteria – Kaibae) and snack bites/bars.

Baobab, Kaibae, Bumbleroot,

Baobab (bay-oh-bab) might be the coconut of 2015.  We’ll have to see.

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Chickpeas

Oh chickpeas, I love you and I’m not the only one!  Every form of chickpea you could imagine – from roasted snack, to falafel, chips, hummus and yes, pasta could be found at ExpoWest.

Banza, Chickpea pasta

 

Chickpeas have been present at every ExpoWest but this year, it felt like you couldn’t go down an aisle without some finding some version of chickpea.  For the record, I prefer the term “chickpea” versus “garbanzo bean” because garbanzo sounds too close to garbage for my taste (pun intended).

I could eat chickpeas everyday so this trend certainly works for me!

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Specialty Drinks

Plain water just doesn’t cut it for everyday hydration anymore.  We want our drinks to be fancy in every way we possibly can.  From elegantly packaged and interestingly flavored waters (both sparkling and still) to vitamin, electrolyte and fiber added fitness waters.

From what ExpoWest shows, juices now need to be cold pressed, kombucha should be artisinal, coffee sourced from exotic places (and fair trade!) and coconut water has a tipping point for ultimate nutritional harvest.

Drinks, ExpoWest, Wanu, Unliv, Bzzz Coffee, Sipp Soda, kombucha, Expo West 2015, food trends

Yup, water can be boring and who doesn’t want their palates tantalized with drink as well as food?  Alcohol has cornered the market on dress-up for years and now other beverages are stepping up to the plate.

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 Yogurt

The Greek yogurt trend definitely revolutionized the yogurt industry a few years ago and now there are more and more types of yogurt purveyors out there – many with their own unique twist on their product and branding.  Yogurts with all different types of milk (cows, goat and vegan alternatives) were fully being showcased.

Siggis, skyr, yogurt

Personally, I‘ve been open about my love for Chobani yogurt but I’ll admit that I’ve become a Siggi’s Icelandic skyr convert in the past year.  Siggi, himself, was at ExpoWest and I was too embarrassed to ask to be introduced.  I just picked up a Siggi’s in Mango Jalapeño yesterday and I’m dying to try it.

Siggi's Mango JalapeñoIf breakfast yogurt isn’t your thing, tomorrow’s post might include a yogurt for you.  Hint:  The developer of the yogurt is from a farm that was just nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Honorable mention:  Snack Bites

Looks like I’m not the only one who likes to snack more than a full meal.  Tons and tons of healthy bite sized snacks were made available for every type of foodie – paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, sugar-free etc.  Brands were fun and loose with what they called their snacks: from protein balls to truffles but sweet and savory sphere-like snacks were hot!    I’ll share my favorite one tomorrow!

Lucky 7 (or 8 is great with the bonus) in the trend department.

Let’s see if what I saw at ExpoWest as trends will take off in 2015.

Which food trend is most interesting/scary to you?  Do you have a prediction?

#GoReIn 2015 – 1st Quarter Check-In

Welcome to the

1st Quarter #GoReIn2015 (Goals/Resolutions/Intentions 2015) Check-In and Link-Up*

*For original link-up details, see here.  To link-up with your progress, go to the end of this post.

#GoReIn2015, Goals, Resolutions, Intentions, 2015

Nearly one whole quarter of 2015 is gone so we’re checking in on our #GoReIn2015 progress so far!

My progress on my original list hasn’t been so fabulous but since it’s time to check-in and possibly reevaluate, I’m ready to share.

Here’s where I am on my original list:

*Professional*

1.  Finally launch my vision of a Women’s Health focused Nutrition Private Practice:

  • Not yet.  Thank goodness, I didn’t say I was doing this by 1Q2015 because I haven’t truly made as much progress as I’d like in this area.  I’d like to have a soft launch by 2Q2015 so I need to get crackin’!

 

2.  Change things up on the blog:

thevalentineRD

 

 

  • Tuesdays > Mondays: OK.  The Tuesday Tune-Up series has been working out pretty well.  Not writing on the weekends has improved my stress levels a bit.  Believe it or not though, these round-up posts aren’t that easy to write.  I am going to keep doing them though.
  • A New Monthly Series – Nerdy Nutrition:  #Fail  Many ideas just not a lot of execution here.  Even though I missed a 1Q2015 opportunity, I’m going to make this a quarterly series until I can get myself ahead.

Nerdy Nutrition

  •  Continue but alter Friday’s Featured Female series:  Definitely falling down on the job here.  Writing consistently has been difficult for me this quarter (my posts have been spotty at best).  Every day life demands have left me with little motivation to put my efforts into writing but my heart hasn’t left blogging though.  I’m better at talking than writing (but don’t worry, there will not be any YouTube videos in my future) so it’s more of an effort for me than some other bloggers (many of those people are actual writers, unlike the term “runner” which is appropriate for anyone who runs, “writer” is not appropriate for everyone who blogs.  However, I actually do a lot of my thinking in possible blog posts to write so I know that I’ll get myself back to more consistent writing once things get a little less hectic in my world.  I have some plans for next quarter to insert a little more calm into my life and hopefully, more writing.
  • Increase blog functionality:  Success…sort of.  If you call adding a much needed search bar to my blog “increasing functionality”, then I guess I can check this off….for now.  The blog still needs number of additional upgrades but they will need to come in time.
  • Collaborate with people, brands and services to provide information, education and interesting stories to write about and share.  Improvement needed here. Lack of writing means lack of interacting with people, brands and services.  My trend predictions from the 2015 Natural Products Expo are coming soon but I already have one collaboration I’m excited about and I’ll be attending the SoCal Bloggy Bootcamp in Temecula in May so I’m sure that will be energizing as well.  I’m a little bummed that I can’t attend the Today’s Dietitian Symposium in May but maybe next year.

 

3.   Architect the Professional 5 Year Plan:

  • Avoided even looking at my RD Continuing Education Learning Plan.  My Professional Development Plan (PDP) is due on June 1st (see below) so if this isn’t a huge check-off at the next check-in, I’m in big trouble.

CDR, Commission on Dietetic Registration, PDP Learning Plan

4.  Work the calendar each week for a better Blend:

  • Work the plan and the plan works.  Still loving my At A Glance Plan/Write/Remember Weekly/Monthly calendar but I actually need to use it more.  In the beginning of the year I used this tool well but with all of the chaos that’s been going down in my life lately, it got pushed aside.  Perhaps if I use it more often, things wouldn’t feel as hectic.  I need to start my weekly and monthly again.

*Personal*

Life

5.  Prevent the cycle of injury/recovery with a commitment to incorporating both strength training and Pilates into my fitness regimen.

  • Hello back injury….again.  I was hoping that this would be the year of no injury but after 2 months of Physical Therapy, I’m finally making a bit of progress.  I’m beginning Mat Pilates and exploring the strength training that I need.

 

6.  Complete a half marathon.

  • No sleep ’til Brooklyn, baby!  That’s right, I signed up for the Brooklyn 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Saturday, October 10th.  I don’t care if I have to walk this course because I’m going to complete this race come hell or high water (Mother Nature, I’d prefer no high water though, please!). This race is in the park that I used to run in often.  I need to make sure that I conquer my half marathon curse in the place that is still home in my heart!

 

7.  Finish the list of things that really need to get done, divide the list and do a specified number of tasks per quarter. 

  • I made the list but definitely didn’t get all of the things done that I planned this quarter.  I do need to make this list more visible (the back of my calendar doesn’t cut it).

 

8.  Read 15 books.

  • As usual, I’m behind.  I originally said that f I read 6 books (1+5), I’d call it a win.  I’m up to 2 books.  I haven’t been keeping up with my Goodreads account.  I don’t know why but this site confuses me instead of keeping me interested.  The last good book I read was Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel*, a sad book with tons of references to my old Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood.  I’d definitely recommend this book.

Reconstructing Amelia, Kimberly McCreight, Brooklyn

 

9.  My secret goal:  I can’t tell you!

  •  The “Secret Goal” is still under consideration.  This stays quiet until the end of the year.

 

10.  Meet Simon Le Bon on the next Duran Duran tour.  

  • Who knows?  The band is in town next week and rumblings about possible future dates have been heard.  I’m certainly crossing my fingers that this one is something achievable!

 

 There’s my #GoReIn2015 progress so far.  

Add your link or comment to join share what’s been going on in your 1st Quarter of 2015!

 

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Good Things

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran

 

Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

Yup, I’ve been posting inconsistently again.  I hate that it’s happening but sometimes it can’t be helped.  I’m making strides toward more content in the 2nd quarter of 2015 (can you believe that we’re nearly 1/4 through with the year already?!) and I hope you’ll bear with me as I work out the kinks.

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

This past week I was invited to the opening of the newest outlet of the SoCal chain, Greenleaf Chopshop in Hollywood.  Greenleaf is not a steakhouse (as “Chopshop” might imply) but instead, an organic, fast-casual gourmet style restaurant and bar.

Greenleaf, fast casual, organic, healthy, restaurant, LA

Greenleaf does have 4 other SoCal locations but Hollywood is being presented as a place to see (Hollywood and Argyle is midway between two major performance venues, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre and the Fonda Theatre) and be seen (like after Barry’s Bootcamp and/or SoulCycle – rumored to be opening April 2015).

This little oasis on the edge of a developing area of Hollywood is a modern yet rustic place with take out service and a fast casual restaurant with sleek design, exposed wood beams and an outdoor seating space complete with a fireplace and heat lamps (it’s cold in California if it’s below 70 – I’ve always been a weather wimp and LA has made me worse).

Greenleaf, fast casual, gourmet casual, healthy, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, allergies

The bar area at Greenleaf Hollywood.

The visible herbs adds a bit of “farm charm” to the trendy atmosphere.  Greenleaf not only makes you feel good walking in the door but their seasonal menu offers delicious and healthy options (many being vegetarian and vegan friendly).  There are also gluten free options available at Greenleaf but unlike vegetarian and vegan choices, they are not clearly marked on the menu (servers are usually quite knowledgable though).

The event offered samples of lunch/dinner items – the Wild Mushroom and Truffle and Turkey Sausage and Romanesco pizzas were both hearty without being too filling:

Greenleaf pizza

The Turkey Melt Sliders on pretzel buns were my favorite (although I was eyeing the Ahi Tuna Farro salad on the menu):

Greenleaf Turkey Sliders

The Skinny Margarita was refreshing and helped me float home on my return train ride.

One thing that I love about Greenleaf Hollywood is that they offer brunch Friday – Sun until 3pm!  As a breakfast/brunch devotee, I’ll definitely be back.  FYI to LA locals, the Hollywood and Vine Metro stop is just a block away!  Great find for a pre/post theater/workout meal!

Fitness, FitFluential, SweatPink, BurnThis, Tuesday Tune-UP

Fitness has been an area of progression.  In addition to some mat exercises, I have 3 stability ball exercises that I’m doing on a daily basis:

  • Clocks – sit on the stability ball with feet firmly on the floor, pull abdominal muscles in tight and with hands at sides or in prayer position, use hips to make a small and controlled circular rotation in a clockwise x 10 and then reverse x 10.
    • Relatively easy with concentration on controlling the circumference of the circle
  • Marching – sitting on the stability ball as above, alternate lifting knees keeping hips level x 10 for each leg.
    • If doing this with good form would be required as a sobriety test, I’d fail most days.  Continuing to be challenging.
  • Superman – laying facedown on stability ball resting front of hips on ball with hands and feet on the floor, on an exhale (pulling abdominal muscles to spine), lift alternate hand and leg off the floor keeping the body in a straight line x 10.
    • Some days this exercise goes well, other days I wobble a ton.  Coordinating the breath, movements and alignment isn’t easy.

Can’t you see how sexy it is to use a ball for exercise?  (Sorry, but I thought this was hilarious).

Seriously though, standing for longer periods of time and walking longer distances is getting easier.  I’ve spent much more time without being achy.  PT will start progressing into Mat Pilates this week.  I have my eyes on a few upcoming fitness events so I’m hoping to be stronger very soon!

 

Family

 

We are a family divided a lot this month.  Between our many visitors and Jay being away for a week long cruise, there’s been a lot of child duty juggling going on at our house.

Parenting

thedailyquotes.com

All of you solo parents (by choice or by necessity), my hat is off to all of you.  Parenting alone is ridiculously hard work – mentally, emotionally and physically.  Those of you with multiple children and single parenting duties, you people blow my mind!

My kid is nearly 8 and I can’t believe how busy things have become just to keep up with his extracurricular activities (read – sports)!  I can’t wait to see what life becomes when the homework demand goes up (as it is rumored to do significantly in 3rd grade).   No wonder it feels like the first 3 months of 2015 have sailed right by!  Sheesh!

Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

Yesterday, DDHQ (Duran Duran Headquarters – yes, it’s a real thing) announced that the new album is finally finished!

Those of us who actually thought #DD14 meant an album in 2014 are eagerly awaiting #DD14 as the 14th album release and tour to accompany the work!  We wait.  We wait.  We wait. (semi-patiently)

If you follow me on Instagram or if we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve already seen this proof of my Duran dedication:

Duran Duran, Walk of Fame, star, Capitol Records

Yes, my hand is actually touching the pavement on Vine Street.  A very nice gentleman took pity on a crazy person trying to take a selfie at night and gave me a new decent looking avatar (except for the #crotchshot – which is all I can see now when I look at the photo).  I did visit the star over a year ago but I never thought to take a selfie at the time.

 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.  

What kind of good is happening in your life right now?!

Bonus:  If today’s post title makes you think of a 1989 song by a 3 word named band, we’re soulmates.  I can’t get the song out of my head.

(If you’re dying to know the band and song, here it is)

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Disclosure:  I was invited to the Greenleaf opening event but under no financial or business obligation to give my honest review.  Also, this post may contain affiliate links (noted with *) which may generate a few pennies for me to add to the Duran Duran Tour Fund, if you buy anything after clicking said affiliate links.  Many thanks!

In Susie’s Kitchen: Review of Flavor Flours with Alice Medrich

New Frontiers in Flavor . . . with Flour!

Flavor Flours, Alice Medrich, gluten free, flours, baking

I’ve always been a big fan of baking expert Alice Medrich. A businesswoman who founded a chain of chocolate shops in the San Francisco area called Cocolat in the 1970’s, she went on to write a number of terrific books covering everything from chocolate to the art of baking cookies.

Several years ago Medrich published the fascinating PURE DESSERT*, which explored baking with unique flours and sugars. The book was very popular (and yielded possibly my favorite shortbread recipe ever, bar none!) Now she’s taken those experiments a step further in FLAVOR FLOURS*, which uses alternatives to traditional wheat flour to create amazing cakes, cookies and puddings.

These recipes are gluten-free—but that’s almost beside the point.

As I baked my way through this book, I knew that, regardless of personal need, this was a book that would’ve been on my shelf no matter what.

For a baking nerd like me, the intro notes are not to be missed (and really, they bear careful reading as the information they contain is pretty important if you want good results for your recipe!)  Medrich explains—in exhaustive detail–the differences between wheat flour-based baking and GF baking; why a blend of flours is nearly always necessary for best results; why resting batters or doughs can be necessary for hydration of certain flours for best texture before baking, and more. I spent days reviewing this section before moving on to the recipes.

And what a trove of recipes there is! Chapters are arranged by flour (not counting the recipes for pancakes, waffles and crepes in the introduction.)   This makes it fairly easy to decide what you want to bake, based on what kind of flour you happen to have on hand (and if you are a Passover baker, the section on nut flours will seem like gluten-free manna.)

I did bake a lot of things, had some interesting surprises crop up.  Desperately missing traditional pound cake, I jumped into the book with the oat-and-rice flour Ultimate Butter Cake

Ultimate Butter Cake,

The batter was gorgeous, the same sunny yellow as my old standard pound cake, and it smelled so buttery-good while baking I could hardly stand the wait! (I didn’t have to—luckily, a little edge broke off when I flipped it from the pan onto the cooling rack. Cook’s privileges and all that, you know.)

I’ll admit that Day One, I was a little underwhelmed. The cake did have a nice buttery, toasty undertone while not tasting “different,” but the texture seemed a bit off to me. I wrapped it up and figured I’d overbeaten or underbaked it. When I tried it again a day later, it seemed the rest had worked a bit of magic—the texture was spot on what I would have expected from a pound cake! Now, this could also be because of my beastly oven, so while my plan is to bake and rest this cake for 24 hours next time, you certainly don’t have to. This cake also toasts up beautifully, if you’re into that whole toasted pound cake thing.

ISK - Ultimate Butter 2

I baked the Molasses Spice variation of the Ginger Cookies, and just loved the spicy, sugar-crackled flavor.

ISK - MolassesSpice

 

Again, though, I found the texture much crisper than I would have expected—perhaps a standard side effect of GF baking, but a dunk in milk softened them up and only enhanced the spice, so who am I to complain?

The Dark and Spicy Pumpkin loaf, made with rice and buckwheat flour, is so good I see no reason to ever make another version again. My only tweak was to substitute cloves for the nutmeg, since I don’t love nutmeg (then I felt guilty and grated a bit into the batter anyway.)  

ISK - Dark and Spicy

This batter can also be baked in muffin cups—perfect if you like pumpkin muffins for breakfast.

The Bittersweet Teff Brownies made a perfect SuperBowl party dessert—all teff flour here, and no one realized they were GF—they disappeared before I could take a photo!  Finally, I decided to try one of the book’s savory recipes (I needed a break from all the sugar!) and made the Walnut and Buckwheat crackers.  These were easy to put together, baked up very quickly, and tasted fabulous with cheese.

ISK - Walnut and Buckwheat

In fact, they had such a deliciously wheaty flavor that I honestly wouldn’t have known they were GF if I hadn’t baked them myself.

This is a great book for anyone who wants to expand their baking horizons, gluten-free or otherwise. Even if you’re not on a GF diet, it is worth trying out these flours to see what kind of flavors you can work into your baking. I’ve got a bag of corn flour sitting here destined to become Crunchy Corn Fritters. Who’s coming over to sample?

Connect with Susie on Twitter or Instagram or check out other books by Alice Medrich here*.  

What kind of flours do you cook/bake with?  What’s your go to baking book right now? 

Disclosure:  There are Amazon Affiliate links (noted by *) within this post.

The Tuesday Tune-Up: Being Conscious

Tuesday Tune Up, Weekly Check In, Food, Fitness, Family, Duran Duran

 

Hey there!  How are you?  What’s been going on with you in the past week?

The Tuesday Tune-Up is where we can have a weekly virtual coffee date and catch up a bit.

I was sick last week, had another friend in town and a week of only 1 post.  Bad blogger!!

I really am working harder to post more regularly in the near future.

Food, Tuesday Tune-Up

Natural Products Expo, (aka #ExpoWest) one of my favorite conference/trade shows of the year was held last week.  Due to my crazy schedule, I only spent the equivalent of day onsite but I did get to see Lindsay@FitandAwesome (this lady just had a baby 10 weeks ago and worked this show like a champ!).

A full post with my predicted food trends and interesting foods for 2015 is forthcoming but as a preview, I give you EXO Cricket Flour Protein Bars (complete with the equivalent of 40 crickets per bar):

Exo Cricket Flour Protein Bar, cricket flour, 40 crickets, protein bar

My predictions for the food trends for 2015 from Expo West 2015 is coming soon.  My prediction powers aren’t half bad – here were my Expo West Prediction Posts for Top 10 in 2014 and Top 3 in 2013.

It was also National Registered Dietitian’s Day on March 11th which is part of National Nutrition month.  I was sick as a dog and wasn’t able to write the post I had planned to honor my fellow RD’s.  It didn’t matter because Linsday@TheLeanGreenBean wrote this fabulous post (and created the image below) supporting two professions I love most:

Lean Green Bean, Lindsay, RD, Registered Dietitians

I also got the chance to connect with 9 Los Angeles based Registered Dietitians (including Caroline@CarolineKaufmanNutrition, McKenzie@NourishRDs, Sharon@SharonPalmer, Vandana@VandanaSheth, @CarolBergSloan @AndreaNGiancoli, Ruth@RuthFrechman, Melissa@SuperKidsNutrition over dinner at the delicious Barbrix in Silverlake (I had the Arancini Balls in Smoked Mozzarella, the Grilled Octopus and a few bites of the Honey Lavender Panna Cotta).

Los Angeles, Registered Dietitians, dinner, networking, Barbrix

We did spend some time discussing this NYT article about Kraft Singles receiving the Kids Eat Right label (above) from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

RepealTheSeal, AND, Registered Dietitians, RD

I’ll be honest, I’m not thrilled that this is the product that the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chose to designate with their first KER label and it looks like I’m not the only one.  Yesterday, a group of RD’s set up a petition asking the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics #RepealTheSeal.  If you’d like to sign this petition (Registered Dietitian or not), you can do so here.

 

Fitness, FitFluential, SweatPink, BurnThis, Tuesday Tune-UP

Starting to utilize the exercise ball, I got last week.  They are not fun to blow up but I’ve gotten some new exercises from my PT to help strengthen my core.  Even the exercises that seem simple, aren’t on a ball.

It’s a lucky thing when 2 fitness events are happening at the same location, right?  Last week I got the chance to attend the trade show for IHRSA (International Health, Racquet and Sports Club Association) and LA Marathon Expo.  

IHRSA is really geared toward those that manage or work in a health club setting.  There were fitness classes (that I couldn’t attend) and education classes (I attended one) but the Expo is all about seeing the types of equipment, foods and technology available to make your fitness facility top notch.  I did get to watch one of my BBB’s (Best Blogger Buddies), Jill@TreeFitness, shake it with Beto, the developer of Zumba in a live class:

IHRSA, Zumba

Zumba live class at IHRSA

Jill and I also made it over to the LA Marathon Expo.  My love for Health and Fitness Race Expos has been documented and this expo had one thing I had never seen before – a booth focused on mindfulness and meditation by Lululemon.

Lululemon, Run Self Consciously, LA Marathon

Yes, Lululemon has definitely had some bad press in the past but I recently had the opportunity to meet with the LA Maven (Area Manager), Colleen Angeles and became very interested in giving Lululemon a chance with their community outreach efforts.

I loved that this high end retailer wasn’t selling clothing at the Expo but was instead allowing attendees to experience two different guided meditations and providing literature to runners to incorporate mindfulness during the marathon (or any future running).

Run Self Conscious, Lululemon, LA Marathon

 

The booth offered pillows to sit on, headphones to borrow and a flat screen to enhance the guided meditation experience. Mindfulness is definitely hot in the health, fitness and wellness sphere of influence.  I think this booth might be seen at future Expos!

Family

My family bought me a bike from Priority Bicycles for my birthday and Jay and Wild Boy recently put it together for me.  I wasn’t really supposed to be riding it yet but WB and I couldn’t resist taking a Mom-Son ride around the block (he was on his own bike, not pictured here).

Priority Bicycles

Basketball season has ended and baseball has started.  Wild Boy has moved up a level in baseball and will soon be having twice a week games.  Our busy schedule continues!

Duran Duran, music, 80's music, New Wave, Tuesday Tune-Up

It seems that my man Simon Le Bon was in Katy’s Kafe over on duranduranmusic.com (exclusive to members only – taking this screen shot reminded me that I need to renew my membership which is up on 3/19).

Duran Duran

I haven’t listened to the Kafe yet but the girls from DailyDuranie.com gave a good summary right here.

In other 80’s related music news, have you heard about the Lost 80’s Live Tour concert featuring a whole slew of New Wave artists (Gene Loves Jezebel is spelled wrong on this header).  The website is pretty lousy but you can get updates about the tour on their Facebook page (which seems odd).

Lost 80's Live, new wave music

No LA dates announced yet so we’ll see….

 So that’s a summary of what’s been going on in my world this week.

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What kind of message do you receive seeing the Kids Eat Right label on a package of Kraft Singles? 

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I was given a complimentary pass to the IHRSA Trade Show but was under no obligation to write about my experience.  All opinions expressed here are my own.