The other day I told you about my trip to California, and I shared some of my favorites here: Cool Stuff from Expo West — Part 1. Today I want to show you some MORE of the cool stuff we saw at Expo West, the largest natural products/organic food show in the world.
My Expo West favorites, part 2…
- One of my very favorite “goodies” to bring home from the expo was this little USB essential oil diffuser from Florame. (You can ‘like’ their FB page at that link, so you’ll know when it’s available in the U.S.) The lavender oil that came with it has been such a nice, relaxing treat as I work at my computer! Ann Marie & I enjoyed chatting with these two guys, who are brothers.
- As you know, I’m learning more and more lately about essential oils and homeopathy after a lifetime of being stuck in the conventional ways of doing things. So at Expo I loved meeting the people from Boiron and learning more about this solid company. I’ve found their products at my local Meijer, but you could also order online. For those of us who are still ignorant about homeopathic remedies, finding these products is such a relief because you just read the box! “Take at the first sign of flu symptoms” (Oscillococcinum), or “allergy symptom relief”, etc.
- If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know that I’m not one to promote boxed foods. I still wouldn’t tell you to buy them if you can help it, but sometimes we can’t help it, and instead of reaching for the phone to call for take-out pizza (something we still do from time to time), this product would be a better choice because of how they’re made: Blakes frozen dinners. (Where to find Blakes meals.) I sampled one and loved how the chicken hunks weren’t in perfect factory cut pieces, because he said they actually pull the meat off of the bone. The broth is real bone broth, no bouillon cubes or MSG! Doesn’t this one look interesting? I guess this meal is popular in the South…
- We met the founder of Rapunzel at ExpoWest. He was super nice. We asked about the Rapunzel brand sugar called Rapadura which we haven’t seen on the shelves for a while. Apparently they thought the brand name was confusing, so they changed it and started calling it “whole cane sugar”. We told them that we liked the Rapadura name, because we knew what it was. They said they’ve heard the same thing from their other customers — and it sounds like the name Rapadura might be coming back. Stay tuned! (p.s. Find more Rapunzel products here.)
- It was fun to see Tru Roots there, since I often buy their germinated rice and love it! They have other great stuff, too, like pasta, sprouted quinoa, sprouted lentils, etc. It’s nice not to have to worry about soaking for those times (all the time!) when I forget to start thinking about dinner earlier in the day.
Photos are from Cheeseslave.