Never heard of quark? That just might change this year. The German-style soft cheese is now making its way to the U.S. and should attract consumers because it delivers a calcium and protein profile similar to Greek yogurt but has a milder flavor. Think cottage cheese with a smoother, creamier texture. Elli is also GMO free and made with rBST-free milk.
These dried bananas come as soft, chewy slices—not the usual hard chips. And rather than being harvested when they’re still green and then chemically ripened, these bananas are picked at their flavor peak. This translates to perfectly sweet, sticky rounds ripe for smoothies, cereal or eating straight from the bag.
By offering sophisticated flavors such as Cinnamon Spiced Beet, Carrot Ginger and Sweet Potato Pie, Veggie-Go’s fruit leathers are sure to appeal to both small and big kids. In addition to being tasty, the certified-organic, non-GMO, sugar-free strips offer a healthy dose of fiber.
Earth Balance dips its toe into an entirely new category with four flavorful, certified-organic, non-GMO, vegan popcorn and popped snacks. Be sure to try the P.B. Popps, which uses the company’s salty-sweet peanut butter to cover fluffy kernels of corn, which are then rolled in crunchy gluten-free oats. The inventive combination is surprisingly tasty and completely addictive.
Even the most dedicated chocoholic won’t know what’s missing from these truly decadent truffle-like treats. Available in eight gourmet flavors including our favorite—Mint, Lime, Sea Salt—each is gluten or dairy free, free from refined sugar and made with carob—yes, carob. Wonderfully smooth and creamy with a surprisingly rich chocolaty flavor, the three-per-pack squares just taste like a guilty pleasure.
Get a sneak peek into the food products we're most excited to see on the Natural Products Expo West 2013 show floor.
Photos by Carmel Zucker