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Checking out vegan products at Natural Products Expo Anaheim

Reporting Live from the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA

Today I’m reporting live from the Natural Products Expo West, ok almost live. I’m here to check different products and foods and gather some insights for items you can look for in the future when you visit your local health food store. Here are a few highlights from the expo…

Macro Greens
Macro Greens offers a whole green food supplementation product which is hypoallergenic (no dairy/wheat/sugar), is sweetened with stevia- balances blood sugar, contains 18.5 billion probiotics and has 5 extra digestive enzymes. These features help balance blood sugar, boost brain function, support your endocrine system, clean kidneys, and many other benefits. It’s also raw, vegan friendly, and certified organic.

Tip: An important thing to keep in mind is that just because our bodies crave food and we feed it, it doesn’t mean we’re getting the right nutrients. Foods that are high in nutrients will not only fuel the body but curb unnecessary cravings.

I use this green product in my smoothie. I also drink it in water to curb my sweet cravings at night.

Larabar– natural raw bar
I typically like Larabar for a quick emergency snack, this year they have a new chocolate line. I’m not excited about the extra sugar in these bars. I would stick with the original flavors.

Energy Bar Vendors
There are plenty of energy and protein bar vendors here today selling products that are supposedly good for you. Even though this is a natural products expo I’ve seen plenty of artificial flavors and sweeteners in some of these bars. These bars claim to make you muscular and strong (they even have to have models to promote it!). But don’t believe the hype! Steer clear! This just reiterates that you really do need to read labels.

I spoke with Rob Cheeke at the Vega booth. Looks like he is Brendans right hand man.
Vega has a new sports line of products. They have a pre workout energy drink with ginger, ginseng, yerba mate, green tea, rhodiola, kombucha all for quick and sustained energy. They also have a post work out drink that contains 5 different kinds of protein and is a great workout aid!
This guy is sure energized! I want whatever he is having! He is a great representative of a plant based diet and what’s a person is capable of. Not everyone aspires to be as lean and ripped as he is but we can definitely appreciate what it must take to get there.
Growing Naturals
Growing Naturals produces a line of allergen-free, GMO free, raw (under 120 degrees), vegan, whole grain bio-available rice-protein drinks. It’s the only whole grain rice protein on the market right now. I didn’t know this but other brands only use parts of the rice and not the entire brown rice. This gives them the advantage of added key nutrients and amino acids that are found in the protein bran.

What’s interesting about this company is that the processing that happens to create the protein concentrate is an enzyme process and it’s heated under 120 degree which keeps the rice protein in a more natural state.easy-veggie-meals-ebook

I had an awesome time at the expo! I can’t wait to share more product reviews with you in my next video.

dsc094011Kardena Pauza,
Author of Easy Veggie Meal Plans, 90 day vegetarian weight loss program

I even met John Grey! (author of Men are from Mars women are from Venus)

17 Comments Leave a Comment

Comment by Jayne
2010-03-21 20:50:58

Thank you so much for sharing all of this. Your blog is my ‘go to’ area for inspiration and information.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-03-27 00:39:42

Excellent, I’ll keep putting the information out here for you.

Comment by David Robbins
2010-03-22 00:09:09

Hi Kardena,

I’m interested in and looking for the best possible vegan protein for my buck. I’ve been doing my own searches into pea/brown rice protein powders. I’d really appreciate your input on what you think is the best for a guy who works out really hard (I’m doing Craig’s ‘300’ workouts)and is very proud of the ripped physique at 47 years old.
And watching your expo video makes me want to say “hurry up with the next one!”
Thanks so much for your time and devotion.


Comment by Inogen MacKenzie
2010-03-22 01:30:52

Thank you for the great service that you give – it used to be so hard to be vegetarian, never mind vegan! People like you bring a vegan world closer.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-04-05 16:19:08

You are welcome! I love sharing my passion with all of you 🙂

Comment by jesse
2010-03-22 02:06:10

Hi Kardena,

I loved the video. I would like to see more video’s like this. I can’t always go to these events and if you could and are willing to share what’s good/bad I think that would be great. So, share more of whats emerging and what’s good and bad etc.

Thank you.


Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-04-05 16:20:42

I’m glad you like it. Keep an eye out for my next post – “The Good and Bad of Health Food Products” coming soon…

Comment by Selene Vega
2010-03-22 02:53:49

Thanks for a peek at the Natural Products Expo! Looks like a lot of fun!

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-04-05 16:29:34

You are welcome! I really had a great time checking out all of the products and then sharing them with you!


Comment by vivian
2010-03-22 04:53:00

thank you Kardena for your email,realy its very usefull for me cause i have bloodpressure,god bless you

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-04-13 00:28:26

Hello Viv!
You are very welcome. This information is powerful and could change your life. When you change your health, you change your life.
Peace and love,

Comment by Tonja
2010-03-22 09:34:31

I thought SunWarrier was also a brown rice protein, and also raw. I’ve been very happy with it.

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-03-27 00:41:39

Sun warrior is raw also. I didn’t find them at the expo but I recommend it also!

Comment by Mark
2010-03-23 04:45:07


Thanks for all the great tips. I have a question though, which has prevented me from purchasing some of your e-books. I have made the switch to a vegetarian diet with the eventual desire of moving to vegan. This is mostly due to health reasons as I can’t digest meat protein (it sits in my stomach and make me feel very ill), I’m lactose intolerant, and gluten intolerant. I’ve purchased your EVMP 2000 plan in the past, but I noticed that there is dairy and wheat items in there. What advice can you (or anyone else) offer me with all the restrictions I have (plus, I’m 5’11” and 138 pounds and trying to gain weight which is even more of an issue).


Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-05-12 00:52:39

Hello Mark,
In the actual food plan I created it for vegan and vegetarians. I have put very little dairy like maybe once a week. If I put dairy in, I also give a vegan option so it is compatible for vegans and vegetarians.
there are very few wheat dishes in the plan but really there are over 250 recipes portioned out for you so you can easily replace one meal with another or just replace the wheat with another gluten free grain.

My suggestions- Make sure you eat consistently through out the day.
Also you can assist your body in digestion so you are maximizing the absorption of nutrients so your body can balance out and gain healthy weight by taking high powered digestive enzymes. check out http://www.1inhealth.com

All the best,

Comment by Patrick
2010-03-25 17:28:09

Wow this video is so cool. Thank you for sharing the Expo with us. My life has greatly improved with all your recipes and helpful health tips. You are so Awe inspiring!

Comment by Kardena Pauza
2010-05-12 00:53:00

Thanks Patrick! I’ll keep it up!

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