From March 9 to 13, the annual Natural Products Expo West showcased the latest trends in all-natural, non-GMO, organic, and/or gluten-free products. More than 3,000 companies and 70,000 attendees filled the Anaheim Convention Center in California, representing the industry’s healthiest brands. Amid the bonanza of food booths, our editors taste-tested and scouted out the newest, most intriguing and unique flavors, ingredients and products in sports nutrition, including new fuel items from popular household names such as Clif Bar and GU, protein bars made with cricket powder, several variations of meat bars, and more!
Clif Bar Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar
Clif Bar will be releasing their newest fuel item, a nut butter bar that's softer than the original bars, with a gooey nut butter filled center.
GU has moved beyond its offering of energy gels, chews and hydration powders and tabs, to its first waffle packed with 20mg of caffeine and 75mg of sodium per serving. Flavors come in salty caramel or wild berries.
Organic Prairie Mighty Bar
Organic Prairie's Mighty Bar has 9 grams of protein made with 100 percent grass-fed organic beef.
iwon! Protein Chips
These gluten-free chips with 20 grams of protein per bag, are a good alternative to a post-workout protein bar or shake.
Chapul Protein Bars
For the more adventurous, this bar contains ground up crickets that provide a more sustainable source of protein. Plus, crickets are high in iron and B12 as much as a whole cut of salmon. Flavors include peanut butter and chocolate, dark chocolate and coffee, coconut, ginger, lime, and a new matcha flavor.
Pick Pocket Dips
An on-the-go packet of shelf-stable, non-refrigerated hummus makes this a good snack to pack on long trail runs and ultra races.
Everything is better in a pouch when leading an active lifestyle. These Nomva pouches contain cold-pressed juices from whole fruits with healthy probiotics good for digestion issues. They're best refrigerated, and therefore a good nutrient source after a hot summer run.
Bearded Brothers Energy Bars
These bars contain only raw ingredients with 270mg of chia seeds that will keep you full and energized either before or during a run. The fabulous ginger peach flavor made with organic dates, walnuts and peaches was our favorite sampling.
Each Simple Square contains just five ingredients of nuts, honey, sea salt, vanilla and spices for a paleo-friendly bar.
Wild Zora Meat and Veggie Bars
Meat bars are becoming increasingly popular as a substitute for wholesome protein bars. As the "original meat and veggie bar," Wild Zora is grain, gluten, nut and soy free, made with 100 percent grass-fed meats. Also another friendly option for runners on a paleo diet.