Natural Products Expo West is upon us: a time when the country’s biggest wellness brands descend on Anaheim, California, to talk about spirulina and probiotics and debut the healthy products you’ll be seeing this year on grocery store shelves. We tasted and sipped our way through the hundreds of brands at the convention to bring you our absolute favorite brand-spankin’-new products, from apple cider vinegar you can sip on-the-go to puffed chocolate peanut butter snacks. Get your carts ready because it’s going to be a delicious (and nourishing!) year!
The Best Healthy Foods Hitting Grocery Store Shelves In 2018
Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch Dressing
Primal Kitchen founder Mark Sisson is committed to science-backed nutrition, and this new vegan ranch dressing has some of the best ingredients we've seen. There's no dairy, buttermilk, gluten, soy, canola oil, or sugar. With an avocado oil base and plenty of spices and seasonings, this will be your new staple for dipping, topping, or tossing with. $7.16 for one bottle.
PopChips Nutter Puffs
These three-ingredient snacks are, in a word, addictive. Made with PopChips signature "popped" technology, these have the texture of cheese puffs and the flavor of a peanut butter cup. There are three flavors to choose from: the Chocolate Peanut Butter is especially good, but the Classic is great as well. The Classic is made from only peanut butter, yellow corn, and peanut flour. They also have 5 grams of protein per serving. $3.99 for one 4 ounce bag.
Pukka Herbs Turmeric Active
This brand-new product debuted at Expo West—the full launch isn't until September. It's worth the wait, though, with medicinal-grade herbs including turmeric, ginger, galangal, and nettle, designed to help fight inflammation while tasting delicious (we love the faint hint of orange). $5.99 for one box with 20 tea bags.
EPIC Baked Chile Lime Pork Rinds
If you love pork rinds but never thought you could bear the gas station version again (it does feel like the opposite of health food, doesn't it?), this new product, from grass-fed, sustainable, ethical meat product company EPIC will blow your mind. The company says these pork rinds are their way of honoring the animal by using every part of it. They're also baked, not fried, and contain 40 percent less fat than traditional versions as such. $15.99 for four bags.
Purely Elizabeth Vibrant Oat Cups
If you want Instagram-worthy oatmeal stocked with superfoods, ready to stash in your bag and for a shockingly accessible price, Purely Elizabeth has the perfect breakfast ready for you. There are three delicious flavors to choose from (we especially love the bright-blue spirulina-spiked Blueberry Lemon), and each comes with some of the brand's crunchy granola to sprinkle on top. Each little cup has 8 grams of protein to help keep you full till lunch. $2.99 per cup.
Birch Benders Frozen Waffles
These waffles haven't quite hit stores yet (they'll start hitting shelves in April!), but be on the lookout, because they're going to change the freezer waffle game. Birch Benders has a commitment to clean ingredients, and these are no exception: The paleo variety (our favorite) has no sugar, gluten, grains, or dairy and is made from a blend of tiger nut, coconut, and cassava. There's also a homestyle, buttermilk, and protein-packed variety. $3.99 for one box of 6 waffles.
Applegate Naturals Pasture-Raised Cheese
Now that Applegate has revolutionized making high-quality meat accessible to people all over the country, they've taken on a new category: cheese. Their new sliced and shredded cheese line is made with milk from pasture-raised cows that are never administered hormones. In line with consumers' desire to know exactly where their food is coming from, the cheese is made from a traceable milk pool from farms in the Midwest. It's also non-GMO verified. With Italian, Mexican, and Cheddar shredded varieties and six sliced varieties, these are sure to be a new healthy cooking staple. $4.99 per package.
CAULIPOWER Make Whatever You Want Mix
Everyone's favorite frozen cauliflower crust purveyor has changed the food game again, launching the first-ever vegetable-based baking mix that can be subbed one for one for traditional flours in any recipe (yes, you heard that right). There are two versions, traditional and paleo, both with a base of dried cauliflower, with the traditional relying on rice flour and the paleo a mix of almond, cassava, and tapioca. $7.99 for one 16-ounce bag.
Califia Farms Probiotic Yogurt Drinks
The makers behind one of the cleanest ingredient (and most delicious!) nut milks around are revolutionizing the plant-based game again with the addition of almond milk yogurt drinks. Each serving contains 10 billion live, active probiotics and can be drunk on its own, or used for yogurt. It comes in four flavors—super berry, strawberry, mango, and unsweetened—and while they're all delicious, the mango tastes just like a mango lassi. The single serving bottles are also perfect for on the go! $2.69 for a single-serve 8 oz. bottle.
AvoLove Avocado Chips
Chips made from avocado. We repeat—chips made from avocado. AvoLove dries fresh avocados at low temperatures until they're crispy and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. They have three flavors: sea salt, chile and lime (the classic avocado-toast combo), and sriracha, which has a fiery heat to it. They just debuted at Expo West and aren't in stores quite yet, so stay tuned to find out more! $4.99 for one 1.5 ounce bag.
The Coconut Cult Single-Serve Cacao Cream Coconut Yogurt
We were pretty obsessed with The Coconut Cult's original yogurt, which is as much a gut-healing probiotic supplement as it is a delicious treat — so you can imagine our excitement when the brand debuted its new chocolate flavor. One of the biggest hits among influencers like Rachel Mansfield and Shut The Kale Up, this creamy chocolate pot tastes like a tangy pudding, but packs a serious gut punch, with 100 billion medicinal human-strain probiotics in every 4 ounce jar. The single serving makes it easier for everyone to try the product, or take it on the go. It's also made of very simple ingredients—no emulsifiers to be found—and the coconut base makes it accessible for all of the non-dairy folk out there. The chocolate flavor will be in stores in a month or two, and the single serve jars will follow shortly thereafter. $5.99 for one 4-ounce jar.
Growing Roots Snack Bites & Clusters
Growing Roots is an organic, plant-based snack brand with a cause—half of all profits support Unilever's urban farming initiative (urban farming helps bring access to healthy food in many previously underserved communities). The snacks are made from organic ingredients, with four flavors to start: Cocoa Chipotle, Pineapple Coconut Rum, Maple Bourbon, and Coconut Curry. They're all gluten-free and are made from ingredients like fresh corn and coconut. You can find them in ShopRite stores in the Northeast now, although they plan to expand nationally imminently. $3.99 for one 4-ounce pack.
The Republic Of Tea Apple Cider Vinegar Single Sips
These powder packets instantly dissolve in hot or cold water, making it easy to experience the digestion-boosting benefits of apple cider vinegar on the go. They also contain hibiscus, cranberry, and vanilla for a warm, sweet flavor, and they're sweetened with just a touch of monk fruit. They're also caffeine-free, making them perfect for any time day or night. $19.99 for a canister with 14 packets.
RXBAR Nut Butter
Fresh off their Kellogg's acquisition, RXBAR is launching their first new product (beyond their uber-popular bars): nut butter. The single-serve packs will come in three flavors: peanut butter, peanut butter honey cinnamon, and almond vanilla. They also feature some of RXBAR's staple ingredients, like dates as a low-glycemic, whole food sweetener, and egg whites for additional protein (they have 9 grams of protein per pouch!). Look for them in a store near you in the next few months! $1.39 to 1.99 for one single-serve pack.
Evolution Fresh Probiotic Smoothies
You might recognize Evolution Fresh from your local Starbucks. The high-pressure processed juice brand is ubiquitous and makes it easy to grab a green juice at your local coffee shop. Now, they're adding gut-friendly probiotics to their new smoothies, upping the ante on the digestive benefits. Each bottle contains probiotics, prebiotics (the important but oft-forgotten food for the probiotics), protein, and fresh-pressed fruits and veggies. We especially love the kale and spinach Organic Greens version. $4.99 for one 11-fl-ounce bottle.
Perfect Bar Mocha Chip
Perfect Bar's refrigerated protein bars are a staple at mbg HQ ("it tastes like cookie dough!" is often heard in marveling tones) and their two new flavors, debuted at Expo West, are welcome assets to the rotation. They released Chocolate Walnut Brownie earlier in the year, and just added Mocha Chip, which is made from house-blend coffee and cocoa, organic almond and peanut butter, 20 organic superfoods, organic honey and Fair Trade Certified™ dark chocolate chips. The coffee adds a bit of caffeine, perfect for those looking for that extra shot of energy. $2.99 for one bar.