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A few weeks ago, I traveled to Chicago for the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo, fondly known as FNCE. In addition to attending scientific sessions and hearing from thought leaders like CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, Kimbal Musk, co-founder of The Kitchen, and Dayle Hayes, MS, RDN from School Meals that Rock, I wandered through the Expo hall tracking innovative new food products and exciting nutrition trends. On this week’s show, trends tracker and fellow dietitian, Janet Helm, MS, RDN joins me to dish about her favorite food finds, my top picks, and mouthwatering innovations making their way to a supermarket near you.
Janet’s blog is called Nutrition Unplugged, and she’s my go-to resource for food trend news. I always love hearing about her insights at FNCE, which is why I invited her to chat with me on today’s show. Overall, these were the biggest themes we noticed at the show:
> What’s Old is New Again: New food trends are fun to track, but sometimes those tried-and-true favorites make a comeback. Cottage cheese anyone?
> The Power of Probiotics: With so much buzz about the health benefits of good bacteria, it was no surprise probiotic foods were everywhere.
> Plant-based Milks: From almond and peanut milks to milks made with pea protein, non-dairy milks were a big hit at the Expo.
> Plant-based Diets: Beans and lentils are having a moment!
> Allergy-free Foods: Gluten-free was all the rage for the past few years, and now we’re seeing lots of products free from the top 8 allergens.
I’ve provided links below to many of the food products we talked about on the show, and I’ve also shared links to blog posts written by other dietitians who were also at FNCE. It’s fun to read their insights and hear about their favorite food finds.
“It is so encouraging to see the industry listening to consumers in the good food movement.” – Janet Helm
- Janet shares her personal history and what she finds so interesting about food trends.
- Plant-based foods are the trend! Learn ways to eat less meat without giving up your favorite flavors.
- Everyone is nuts about nuts, even with the rise of allergies.
- Why natural food producers are now coming to FNCE.
- Our favorite healthy convenience foods and snacks.
- The pros and cons of home food delivery services.
- Probiotics are everywhere. Healthy guts rejoice!
- Bigger companies and mainstream food producers are responding to consumer demand for clean labels.
- Smaller brands are turning to Amazon to get their products to the world.
- Old-school foods are getting a new look and feel.
- Sorghum is on the rise, and quinoa is here to stay.
- Focus on the farmers, the inspired Ocean Spray cranberry bog, and technology that allows food to tell its story.
Links to FNCE food trends posts from fellow dietitians:
#FNCE Food Trends: Trendspotting at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo – Janet at Nutrition Unplugged
Trend Spotting: 7 Top Food Trends – Dawn at HuffPost
The Best of FNCE 2017 – Sharon at The Plant Powered Dietitian
Friday Food Finds: FNCE Edition – Danielle at Food Confidence
FNCE 2017 Finds – Mandy at Nutrition Nuptials
Thursday Things – Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean
The Talk of the Town: 10 Trends fro FNCE 2017 – Jaime at Ketchum Blog
5 Trends from the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo – Hemi at Fooducate
The Next Big Food and Nutrition Trends – Elena at Huffington Post
FNCE 2017 Recap: Favorite New Food Products – Edwina at Edwina Clark
What’s Trending in Healthy Food – Toby at Food Network Healthy Eats
18 Brand-New Healthy Foods That are Totally Worth the Hype – Jennifer at Reader’s Digest
10 Healthy Food Trends you Need to Try: Chrissy at The Daily Meal
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Food products discussed:
Muuna Cottage Cheese
Campbell’s Well Yes! Soups
Lifeway Kefir Cups
Blended Burger made with Mushrooms
Bolthouse Farms plant-based milk
D’Animals from Dannon
NOW Foods Q Cups
Biena Chickpea Snacks
Rachel Paul’s Healthy Bars
V8 Green Juice
National Honey Board
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