Last weekend I attended the Naturally Good Expo, a trade-only event for businesses interested in natural food, therapies and goods. I, of course, attended as a private practice dietitian to 1) know what are the market trends that my clients might be exposed to and 2) try products that I can recommend to my clients and/or use myself.
I tried a multitude of Bounce®-type energy balls, raw/protein bars, alkaline water, turmeric products, chocolate bars, plant-based protein powders and greens powders. To be honest, I think those product categories are reaching saturation point and it’s hard to differentiate between brands.
The most interesting products I personally came across were:
- Goat milk chocolate bars: yes, you can taste the milk so maybe not your cup of tea if you don’t like it
- Camel milk: surprisingly mild in flavour, it’s meant to be well tolerated by people with sensitivities to cow milk, and has a good nutrient profile (lower fat and lower carb than regular cow milk)
- Protein bars made with egg whites: the Australian version of Rx® bars
- Sauerkraut crisps (chips) with probiotics (seriously!)
- Fermented dairy-free dips from the makers of this sauerkraut
One trend I was pleased to see is bone broths in different presentations (liquid, powdered, in a paste for reconstituting), as well as collagen and gelatin products. These natural jellies were pretty awesome, too.