If you want to get a sense of the state of the food and beverage industry in 2022, there’s no better place to do it than Expo West, an annual trade show held in Anaheim, California. which featured thousands of new food and beverage brands. I walked over a dozen miles over the course of two days tasting hundreds of products, and these 10 stood out from the pack because of their innovation, taste, and nutrition. Read on to find out what they were, and for more Expo West coverage, don’t miss these 7 food trends we saw at Expo West 2022.
These were from afar my favorite product that I tasted at the salon. The hype is real about these healthy new macaroni and cheese. They taste exactly like your favorite macaroni and cheese, but packed with 14 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber from chickpea and wheat protein, and 21 nutrients extracted from organic vegetables like broccoli, chickpeas, kale, potato sweet, mushrooms, etc. Take one bite and you’ll never go back to Kraft again. It is definitely a product that you will never regret buying the monthly subscription for.
Cappello’s really does offer these fresh frozen almond flour ravioli that are stuffed with five cheeses, butternut squash or spinach and cheese. Holding itself to high quality standards, the brand uses cage-free eggs and omits things like modified starches, wheat, corn, rice, legumes, and soy. I will definitely be stocking my freezer with these weeknight-friendly pantry staples.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to miss my salt and pepper seasoning (sometimes I add a little lemon) on my chicken. Sure, dry seasoning mixes can spice things up, but they don’t come nearly as close to these flavor-packed liquid-based seasoning sauces from A Dozen Cousins. Not only do they take your protein and homemade rice to the next level in terms of taste, but they also transport you to different cuisines that you may not know as well, but will now crave on a regular basis. A few flavors include Jamaican Jerk, Peruvian Pollo Ala Brasa, and Caribbean Coconut.
Trust us. These may seem weird at first, but once you try them, you’ll never know how you lived without freeze-dried snacks. Traditionally aligned with backpacking or emergency foods, freeze-dried fruits and vegetables are now available in a variety of fun and exciting flavors thanks to the team at Sow Good. These freeze-dried sweet potato chips melt in your mouth while retaining that signature crunch you associate with traditional potato chips. There are just seasoned flavors, but I was drawn to this dill flavored bag, and I don’t even like dill.
If you’ve avoided cheese balls after discovering that they’re made with a variety of vegetable oils as well as artificial colors and flavors, take comfort in knowing that your days of popping those bright orange puffs aren’t. completed. The executive chef behind Beyond Burger, Dave Anderson, has done it again by creating a delicious and nutritious dairy-free cheese ball. These contain 4 grams of protein and 20 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B12, which is especially scarce in plant-based diets since animal meat is one of the only sources of this nutrient.
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Everyone loves oatmeal, right? There’s probably nothing better than waking up in the morning with breakfast already prepared for you. But do you know what’s better than making your own oats overnight? Buy them. And that’s where MUSH comes in.
This ready-to-eat cup of mixed berry flavored oats of the day comes conveniently served in a yogurt-style container, making it easy to rotate with your cup of regular Greek yogurt. I’m particularly obsessed with the clean and simple ingredient label: just coconut milk, oats, dried and pureed fruit, and salt. Yes, that’s it. No added sugars, no weird preservatives, nothing you won’t find in your own kitchen. And the result is a pleasantly sweet, nutrient-dense cup of rolled oats that isn’t mushy at all – the thick oatmeal maintains a chewy bite that makes this breakfast both substantial and delicious. Although the Mixed Berry flavor is only available at Whole Foods, you can shop MUSH’s other offerings below.
The plant-based meat industry has made leaps and bounds in recent years, with newcomers like Daring completely revamping less-than-appetizing products that only vegans would dare to eat. Those days are over. Anyone interested in eating plant-based — or not — will appreciate these first-ever certified gluten-free, plant-based chicken cuts. These breaded chicken bites pack 4 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein per serving and taste, dare we say it, like chicken. They have a chewy interior but retain that crunchy, crunchy breading that makes chicken nuggets so incredibly irresistible. These made me a plant-based chicken convert.
I’ve struggled with midday depression for as long as I can remember, so you know I was excited to try this new line of clarity tonics from one of my favorite kombucha brands, Rowdy Mermaid. With 200 milligrams of beta-glucans, a fiber derived from Lion’s Mane mushrooms, these nootropic-rich tonics aim to help fight brain fog. Beyond the benefits, these drinks just taste really good. My favorite was probably the Asian Pear Elderflower with its delicate balance of herbal elderflower and fruity pear.
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I’m a condiment lover and you know I’ll be adding this jar to my fridge ASAP. Mother Raw makes a line of all-plant-based organic aioli dips that are made with ingredients so clean you’ll only find these dips in the refrigerated section. You’ll find them in three flavors, but I was immediately drawn to the chipotle flavor, which is easily dipping and spreadable. The company also offers chilled salad dressings made with EVOO (not canola oil), plant-based queso, and other organic plant-based dips.
Although I didn’t grow up with hot pockets – the horror stories of burning my mouth from the first bite really put me off trying them – I’m delighted with the launch of Snow Days, a new brand of bites of healthy pizzas. These grain-free bites are made with all organic ingredients, even chicken and cheese. You’d never guess they were gluten free because they retain the same crunch and chewiness you expect from traditional pizza bites and they have the perfect flavor and spice of buffalo sauce making them a perfect snack. at noon, a dinner or a party. aperitif.
Acid League has to be one of the most innovative food brands to hit stores in the past couple of years. The brand emphasizes live and fermented ingredients that retain the organic acids and live cultures naturally present after fermentation. Some of their offerings from their new Living Pantry include things like Bourbon Barrel Apple Cider Vinegar Living Vinegar, Red Wine Vegetable Entree, and Caramelized Fish Sauce. I tried their Shio Ramen broth which is made with flavor bombs like roasted garlic vinegar, fancy molasses and kombu at the show and was blown away by the depth of umami flavor paired with the flavor and brightness of the vinegar notes. Highly recommend updating your ramen game.