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Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Top 5 Organic Food Products at the 2010 Natural Products Expo East Trade Show

Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market. These are the best organic food products that I came across. SIPP […]

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Last week, I went to the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show in Boston. I just absolutely love these shows. Not only do I get to meet some fantastic people but I have the opportunity to see the newest products on the market.

These are the best organic food products that I came across.

SIPP – GINGER BLOSSOM SODA

I can only describe Sipp’s ginger blossom soda in one word – WOW.

When I first took a sip, I experienced the ginger. Then literally within one second, the ginger vanished and vanilla poured in. It was like Houdini played a trick on me.

The aftertaste was where things calmed down and I could reflect on what was in my mouth. If I could compare it to anything, I’d say this drink tastes like a cream soda. The few ingredients include ginger, lime, vanilla and agave nectar.

I am not a huge organic soda drinker but this beverage was simply outstanding. It was very, very hard to put down. Read more »


Stonyfield Goes Bilingual With Its YoBaby Yogurt Labels – A Very Smart Initiative

Stonyfield Goes Bilingual With Its YoBaby Yogurt Labels - A Very Smart Initiative

When I recently interviewed Gary Hirshberg, President and CE-Yo of Stonyfield, at the US Open tennis tournament, one of the questions that I asked him off-camera was the following: Who was the genius that came up with the idea of doing the YoBaby packaging in both English AND Spanish? Prior to meeting with Gary and […]

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When I recently interviewed Gary Hirshberg, President and CE-Yo of Stonyfield, at the US Open tennis tournament, one of the questions that I asked him off-camera was the following: Who was the genius that came up with the idea of doing the YoBaby packaging in both English AND Spanish?

Prior to meeting with Gary and during my product research at the supermarket, the bilingual labels immediately jumped out at me.

In full-disclosure, anything Hispanic seems to have that effect on me. I speak Spanish, have spent a lot of time in South America, my favorite musician, Gustavo Cerati, is from Argentina, and the list goes on and on and on.

Despite my fascination or passion (some friends of mine would say “obsession”) for this subject, I am very aware that the U.S. Hispanic market is the fastest growing segment in our country and accounts for approximately 16% of the population.

Gary is also well-versed in these statistics and said that its other yogurts would be switching to bilingual labels as well. An exact time frame for when this will happen has not been determined, however.

While there may be other organic brands out there that list their ingredients in these two languages, I have yet to come across them. Read more »


Refrigerated Organic Almond Milk – Groundreaking New Product by Whole Foods

Refrigerated Organic Almond Milk - Groundreaking New Product by Whole Foods

Last month, Whole Foods came out with a brand new organic product – a refrigerated almond milk under the 365 label. The company claims that this is the industry’s first-ever private label, certified organic, refrigerated almond milk and I believe what it is saying. I cannot recall seeing another one. Why is this product so […]

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Last month, Whole Foods came out with a brand new organic product – a refrigerated almond milk under the 365 label.

The company claims that this is the industry’s first-ever private label, certified organic, refrigerated almond milk and I believe what it is saying. I cannot recall seeing another one.

Why is this product so novel?

Well, it is novel in terms of what you can get in the supermarket.

Prior to this product being available, our only option (aside from making it at home) was buying boxes of almond milk, which sit on the shelves in the dry goods aisle.

These boxes are kept at room temperature until you open them. Then, they go into the fridge. The shelf life of these boxes (before they are opened) is approximately one year.

Whole Foods is now offering a much more fresh alternative. Its almond milk is kept cool and has an expiration date of roughly two months.

The taste: Extremely good because of its sweetness and full-body texture. Read more »


Kelp – Making its Way Into My Diet

Kelp - Making its Way Into My Diet

I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late. For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the […]

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I have always been a big fan of sea vegetables. Mostly, it has either been nori or dulse. However, organic kelp is something that I have been digging into a lot as of late.

For those who don’t know, kelp is a sea vegetable. If you’ve ever had sushi, the black edible “paper” on the outside of the roll is actually seaweed – nori.

If you are eating kelp dry and right out of the bag, like I do, then you will find it very, very tough and very, very salty. I mean ridiculously salty. Naturally salty, that is.

When using kelp in soups or stews, it will expand and become much more tender and easily-chewable. Kelp can also be roasted, boiled, sauteed or marinated.

I am adding kelp into my diet because I want to increase the amount of iodine I consume. Kelp is also rich in minerals and trace elements, including calcium, potassium and magnesium, and it offers substantial amounts of some of the B vitamins.

My preferred brand of choice of kelp is Maine Coast Sea Vegetables. Read more »


Organic Coconut Water by Exotic Superfoods – A Fantastic Drink

Organic Coconut Water by Exotic Superfoods - A Fantastic Drink

One of the organic food trends that I predicted for this year was the continued growth of coconut water. There is a product on the market by a company called Exotic Superfoods (great name, isn’t it?) that sells certified organic young Thai coconut water. Why is this so novel? Well, the white young Thai coconuts […]

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One of the organic food trends that I predicted for this year was the continued growth of coconut water.

There is a product on the market by a company called Exotic Superfoods (great name, isn’t it?) that sells certified organic young Thai coconut water.

Why is this so novel?

Well, the white young Thai coconuts that you see in the market are not organic. They are shipped from Thailand in formaldehyde in order to prevent mold from growing on the outside. Yes, formaldehyde. The same stuff they use on a corpse.

Exotic Superfoods gets around this whole mold issue by bottling the water in Thailand and shipping them frozen to the US. When you buy them here, you usually buy them frozen and have to let them defrost before drinking.

Nevertheless, non-organic coconuts are widely used in the raw food world, which generally prides itself on organic food.  Read more »


Coconut Bliss – Video Product Review

Coconut Bliss - Video Product Review

In this video, I review Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss. It is a vegan ice cream that I discovered at the 2009 Natural Products Expo East and have been eating it ever since. At the end of the clip, I show a clip from an interview I did last year with one of the […]

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In this video, I review Luna and Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss. It is a vegan ice cream that I discovered at the 2009 Natural Products Expo East and have been eating it ever since.

At the end of the clip, I show a clip from an interview I did last year with one of the founders of the company, Luna Marcus.

While the company has several different flavors, Dark Chocolate is my favorite. It requires a lot of will power for me not to devour the whole container in just one sitting.

All I can say is that Luna and Larry put out a fantastic, fantastic product. What’s your favorite flavor?