Best of ExpoWest 2013

Natural Products Expo West, one of the largest trade shows featuring all the latest and greatest in the natural products industry can be seriously overwhelming. It would literally take you all three days of the show to see everything. My original strategy was foiled when I missed my flight on Friday, leaving me only a day and a half to try to hit all the vendors I wanted to see, so here is my round-up of the best vegan products that hit my radar.

There will be a chance for you to win one of four prize -packs with my favorite products at the end of this post!

Aside from endless rows of stuff,stuff and more stuff,Expo West was also a fun opportunity to connect  with internet friends,like Jackie from Vegan Yack Attack and Jill from VeganCuts. I’m guessing a lot of the cool swag they discovered here will end up in future Vegan Cuts snack boxes.

And then I ran into Chris and Jon from The Vegan Zombie and Jason Wrobel!

Okay, so let’s get down to business.I asked my Facebook friends what products they wanted me to review and the big answer was vegan CHEESE.

Daiya introduced spreadable cream cheese in three flavors- Plain, Chive & Onion and Strawberry (my fave). Provolone, Swiss and Cheddar made their debut in Daiya Slices. Both the cream cheese and the new slices taste very distinctively Daiya.The Plain cream cheese had the most prominent aftertaste. I don’t think the Provolone or the Swiss are very convincing in flavor comparison to the “real” dairy counterparts but the cheddar slices will come in handy if you want to mack down with a grilled cheese sammie. If you really want a solid Provolone,take the effort to make the recipe in the Artisan Vegan Cheese Cookbook and you won’t be disappointed. My  favorite new additions to the Daiya line are the Gluten-free Pizzas in four flavors: Cheez Lover’s, Margherita, Fire-roasted Vegetable, Mushroom and Roasted Garlic. The crust was thin, the sauce had a nice tang and I would happily make room for a couple of these vegan pizzas in my freezer. As always, Daiya products do not contain the top eight allergens: casein,whey,lactose,soy,gluten,eggs,peanuts or tree nuts(excluding coconut).

Follow Your Heart introduced the new Vegan Shreds in cheddar and mozzarella (soy-free,gluten-free,non-GMO). I loved both the taste and the melting properties in the grilled cheese sandwich I sampled.

But what really made me happy was…Vegan Bleu Cheese Dressing! I’ve been obsessing over a Buffalo Cauliflower recipe and this dressing is exactly what I needed to complete the dish.The dressing has a slight sweetness to it that will pair brilliantly with the hot n’spicy of the Buffalo sauce. Bleu cheese dressing isn’t really something I use for salads,I tend to reach for it as a dipping sauce for fried food or slathering on wraps. (Available for retail in mid-April)

There is such an incredible variety of plant-based cheeses on the market now. Teese is my go-to when I want a mozzarella I can use for Caprese salad. I prefer my Teese vegan cheese sliced very thin,nestled among heirloom tomatoes and drizzled with a good balsamic. The nacho cheese flavor comes in as a close second and melts great at high temperatures. They’re changing the packaging, so you’ll see the new labels on the chubs in stores soon. (soy-free,gluten-free)

I didn’t find Mr.Dewie’s booth until late on Sunday but I’m glad I finally did. This almond milk ice cream was divine (mint chip gets my vote!) only six ingredients and also gluten-free,dairy-free,soy-free. No weird after taste, very pleasing mouth-feel,two thumbs up!

I am a self-admitted Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup addict. The cups are perfect little discs of vegan friendly sweet chocolate love. Well guess what? They now come in single-serve packs! (Available in May)

If you have the misfortune of missing your flight to ExpoWest and find yourself stranded in an airport for hours you will be so stoked that you remembered to bring along these little packets of nut butter. There’s going to be a nifty Justin’s prize pack in my giveaway to share the nut butter love.

Numi Savory Tea- Someone made the comment, “Isn’t it just like vegetable broth?” Well, yeah kinda. But where else can you get  Broccoli Cilantro,Tomato Mint,Fennel Spice, Spinach Chive or Carrot Curry broth in these super convenient single servings? My plan is to use these for tea-smoking and other culinary applications but they are also delicious to just sip. I will definitely be stocking my pantry with these savory teas.

After rushing through the show for 6 hours, I needed a pick me up. Teeccino is a caffeine-free herbal coffee with a deep,rich flavor. I’m down for the Mediterranean flavored blends like buttery hazelnut enriched by golden-roasted almonds, slightly sweetened by dates & figs but try the Maya flavors if you want a bolder, unsweetened cup.

Teechia is a new “super seeds” cereal made with chia,flax,amaranth,quinoa,pumpkin and ramon seeds (gluten-free and no sugar added). I like this as a topping for coconut yogurt,sprinkled on a fruit parfait or added to a smoothie to bump up the protein. I don’t care for sweet cereals,so I really enjoy the earthy taste of Teechia. You’re going to get a chance to win some in my giveaway below!


If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love a good tasty firestorm.  I felt like cheating on Sriracha,so I gave  Start Hot Curry Sauce a try. It’s not as vinegary as Tabasco,is mild to medium on the heat  scale and the curry kick will perk up any dish. I sampled Start on a piece of pineapple and have been dreaming about making a Hawaiian pizza with Start in the pizza sauce base-YUM! (gluten-free,non-GMO,no MSG)

If you’ve been dying to try my KimChi Fried Rice Balls but are not up for making your own vegan kimchi,Wildbrine has some delicious vegan kimchi and fermented foods. I liked the Korean and Japanese kimchis best. Compared to the other vegan kimchis on the market, the price point on Wildbrine is great, about $8.99 here in Hawaii. I have seen other brands as high as $23.99 for a similar sized jar- yikes!!! Try the dill & garlic sauerkraut too, it’s just begging to take a ride on a Reuben sandwich.

Sencha Naturals Green Tea + C is probably my new favorite drink. Just add the packet to water and you get an effervescent dose of antioxidants from sencha and matcha green tea, vitamin C  from acerola cherries, and electrolytes from water-extracted purple sweet potato and coconut water. The sugar-free sweetness comes from monk fruit, with no after taste. Green Tea + C is available in three flavors: Original,Tropical Mango and my personal favorite,Dragonfruit.(vegan,non-GMO) If you don’t want to drink your antioxidants, you can freshen your breath and get the health benefits of green tea in Sencha Green Tea Mints. I’m a sucker for packaging and the green tea mint tubes fit perfectly in my little purse.

The Green Tea + C will be available for retail in June but you get a chance to win a box of Green Tea + C and Sencha Green Tea Mints in my giveaway!

Natural Vitality supplements were a life saver during this show. Last year, I got really sick after the Expo. My immune system just couldn’t fight off all the germs from the food samples,hand shaking and hoards of people. So when Natural Vitality offered to send me Vitamin C,B12 and and Energy 28 Whole Food Energizer for review, I said I would give the products a go and see if I could dodge the flu bullet while traveling. Three weeks,six cities and four airplanes later…I did not  get sick! I had already started using the Magnesium Calm as part of my Mandarin Mimosa Mocktail to help with muscle pain but I am now a fan of and believer in the other products too. The Vitamin C and B12 come in vegan capsules,while the Energy 28 is in a liquid form. Let me be honest and tell you that I don’t particularly care for the taste of the liquid vitamins,but with a glass of juice as a chaser, I can get it down.

I sampled a new product,Plant Sourced Minerals,at the show. It contains naturally occurring humic and fulvic acids, polysaccharides, lipids and other valuable nutritional cofactors. I haven’t tried this long term to see if I notice any health benefits but I’m curious to know if it will give me super powers. And yes, you’re going to have a chance to win some!

The Giveaway: April 5th-April 19th…Win one of four prize packs (This giveaway is now closed,winners announced in the comment section)

  1. Justin’s Nut Butter– $50 worth of product
  2. Sencha Naturals– One variety box of Green Tea Mint tubes (retails at $35.40) and a variety box of Green Tea +C (will retail at about $15.00).
  3. Teeccino– One 10-ct Tee-Bag box of one of our Dandelion Teeccino flavors,  11oz bag of one of our other Teeccino flavors, a 6 serving bag of TeeChia, and a ceramic mug.
  4. Natural Vitality– One bottle each of Vitamin C and B12, Energy 28 Whole Food Energizer and Plant-Sourced Minerals Supplement

To Enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this blog post letting me know which prize pack you’d like to win and that you’ve completed all 3 steps to enter.
  2. Follow Justin’s, Sencha Naturals, Teecino and Natural Vitality on Facebook,say “Hi” and let them know Veggietorials sent you
  3. Subscribe to my Veggietorials YouTube channel
  4. I will select (4) Four winners to receive the different prize packs on April 19th and contact them via email. Please be sure that your comment on this post is linked to a valid email address.You will have 48 hours to respond with your shipping information or an alternate winner will be chosen.
  5. Winners must have a U.S. shipping address

Good Luck!

*Disclaimer -I did not receive any compensation to write the reviews. I reached out to the companies for the giveaway so that you could enjoy some of the awesome ExpoWest swag.The products have been generously donated for the giveaway but I do not promise favorable reviews.My opinions are always 100% honest.

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  1. I would enjoy the Teeccino or Justin’s prize pack. I did the all other steps to enter the giveaway

  2. Angel Boord says:

    Hey there! I have completed all three steps listed above. I would love to win any of the packages but the Justin Nut Butter is my fav.

  3. Wow, this has got to be the best ExpoWest roundup I’ve seen yet!
    I’d LOVE to win that Justin’s prize pack!

  4. Sandra Simkins says:

    Giveaway # 4 is my fave!

    Done all likes Love to win!

  5. The vegan cheeses look good although I am now making my third batch of the vegan cheddar cheese from the book Artisan vegan cheese by Mikoyo Schinner. It’s a favorite with my husband and me. I also made the vegan brie which was excellent. I must admit I have the time to experiment. Check out our site for making tempeh at home. We have been working on a tempeh incubator for the restaurant market and now need to find someone to take it to the next level making the prototype and then manufacturing the appliance. We have now been involved with tempeh in all forms since the early 80’s when we produced Betsy’s Tempeh for 9 1/2 years in Michigan.

  6. LOVE Sencha Naturals and the green tea mints – such funky flavours!

  7. Theresa R. says:

    Prize pack #3 is my favorite, but I would love to win any of them!

    I have completed all three steps. 🙂

  8. I would love to win the Natural Vitality pack!

  9. Justin’s Nut Butter! I’ve been wanting to try it for ages.

  10. I’d honestly be happy with any – they all are great! I’ve never tried Justin’s though, despite hearing so many good reviews. So I’ll go with that one.

  11. Howdy, we’d be interested in winning the Natural Vitality gift pack, and we completed all 3 steps to enter.

  12. I did ALL the steps 🙂 I can’t decide which prize pack I’d like most though, so how about any of them?! Thank you for the great review and all the links!

  13. I would LOVE the Justin’s nut butter prize pack. I’ve completed all 3 steps to enter 🙂

  14. Chanelle says:

    “Liked” all of them, already subscribe to your channel, because, duh!, and I’d love to try the Sencha, though I’d be happy with any of them. I’m a Justin’s addict, too 🙂

    I was pretty sad that I didn’t see you in the Vegan Harlem Shake video 😉 lol

    • Ha!I’m the old lady that was getting a Chinese foot massage while all the hipsters were doing the Harlem Shake.

  15. Wowzers! This is an amazing haul! I have enjoyed your pictures on IG and now this post! It’s a little nugget of gold 🙂

    I would love to win the Justin’s prize pack. Of course, I live in unknown-ville so they are a little bit limited in my region! The only thing I have had and tried was the “Maple Almond Butter” which I loved! Great giveaway, madame 🙂 Sadly this is the most I can do, this girl here doesn’t have Facebook!

    Thank you for sharing your reviews. I suddenly feel hungry again 😉
    Take care, doll!


  16. Linda Hohensee says:

    The Natural Vitality gift pack is my choice

  17. Shannon says:

    I am a newly converted vegan as of 2 months ago and am so fascinated by all the new recipes to make and what foods I need. Giveaway #4 would be perfect. I need to get the B12 that I’m missing as well as the other vitamins because I’m an opera singer and I need all the help with staying healthy that I can get!

    • Congratulations Shannon!You won the Natural Vitality prize pack :)And Congratulations on being a new vegan!!! I’ve sent you an email requesting your contact info

  18. Shannon says:

    ^ yes I have completed all 3 steps!

  19. Hi… I have completed all 3 steps and I am interested in the Teeccino prize pack

  20. Stephanie Divita says:

    Hi! I completed all three steps and I really would love to win any of the packages but my favorite package is the Teeccino package and the Justin’s package 🙂 thank you sooo much for doing this giveaway and I love your YouTube channel! <3

  21. Brooke T says:

    Justin’s Nut Butter, definitely! We love the product here at our house, wish we could have it more often!

    I liked each page and subscribed to your youtube! :’)

    E-mail: 0brooketaylor0[at]gmail[dot]com

  22. I’d love the Teechino one! I was also excited to see a review of new vegan cheese products.

  23. I would love the chance to win all this!! I have not ever heard of these products and would love to have a chance to try them!! Thank you so much!! <3 <3 <3 🙂 Really praying for this!!

  24. Erin Bricker says:

    Justin’s Nut Butter…finger’s crossed and praying for this…thanks!

  25. Jeri Hay says:

    Item number 3 Teecino’s Tea looks great to me…they all do but I believe that is the one I would most enjoy. All of the sites interesting. Thanks for the info.

  26. Melinda K. says:

    I would love to win #4 and I did all 3 steps. 🙂

  27. I love Justin’s Nut Butter (and the peanut butter cups!)

  28. Frankly, I’m in between the Justin’s (they rock and are from Boulder, CO, where I was recently a student of the musical arts and lived off this stuff at times) and the “sencha naturals”, since I’m something of a tea lover (leaning in the direction of the nut butters since the house would dig such nuttyness. Later

  29. it’s sooooo hard to choose which prize pack i’d most love to win, because i am a legit tea addict, as well as a legit nut butter addict. i think in this case the creamy, healthy-fatty goodness of justin’s wins out… but i’d be THRILLED with either the green tea or the teecino/herbal coffee as well.

    i liked all the FB pages, commented on all the walls, and subscribed to your channel.

    thanks for hosting this opportunity! expowest looks like it was a delicious blast!

    • Congratulations Megan,you won the Teeccino prize pack!I’ve sent you an email requesting your contact info

  30. I’ve done the steps! I’d love the Sencha pack, but any one would be grand!!!

  31. I did all the steps and I know I would enjoy the Teeccino. However, since the Teeccino is the only one of the products I’ve tried I would love to win any of the prize packs. 😉

  32. Rin Matcha says:

    Hey, all the prize pack are amazing!!! I wouldn’t mind with any of them 🙂 my fav one probably the Sencha Naturals since I love green tea 😉
    I also have completed all 3 steps to enter!
    Thank you for the giveaway! you surely had tons of fun at the expo!

  33. Hey! I would love the Justin’s nut butters, I completed all the steps and I love your youtube channel, and website. I have the chili orange spice sweet potatoes in the oven now!

  34. I would love to win the Justin’s box! I followed each company on Facebook. 🙂

  35. Wow You got a lot done for just a day and a half. way to work it lady! I would love to win #4 🙂 following and commenting, and crossing my fingers!

    • (Followed and commented, check check)

      ps the Follow Your Heart ‘cheese’ shreds look delish!! I always had a texture issue with the consultancy of plant based cheese, it’s gotta melt yanno! But this looks like it will be amazing with my tomato soup 🙂 thanks for the info!!

  36. Hi! I”m so excited about your contest! I completed all four steps and my first choice is the Teeccino prize pack (but they all sound wonderful)! Thank you :]

  37. Rebecca Cormier says:

    I would love to win the Teecino! I followed all the requries steps.

  38. Thank you for the generous giveaway! it’s so exciting to see that healthy eating is becoming more of a “norm” in blogs and I wholeheartedly support the cause. I’d like to win the Justin’s Nut Butter prize pack. I liked and commented on each of the pages as Elena Vo and subscribed to your youtube channel

  39. Jessica Chester says:

    I would like the natural vitality and did all of the steps! I love your blog! Super insightful!

  40. Almost felt like been there at the expo too without leaving my room, it was a great reportage, thanks for sharing what’s new and healthy AND yummy!!! Well, me would use some more energy booster, I am mom and a kids yoga teacher… Something to catch up with the little yogis. LOL Therefore #4 sounds fabulous!

  41. I have completed all steps and I would love to try the Justin’s. I just started on the Organic lifestyle and I am feeling so much healthier! Thank you so much for the chance to win this product to add to my healthy lifestyle!

  42. Firstly, I can’t believe it took a RT for me to find your blog, it’s amazing! And your YouTube channel is my new favorite thing and I’ll be streaming all your videos. I did everything as instructed and my personal choice would have to be the incredible tea products. My family is huge on drinking tea and we’ve been struggling with finding a brand to stick to. We’ve bounced between Numi, Yogi, Tazo, and basically any other brand you can find at the market. We love them, but we’re always seeking the “one” brand. You know, much like Frodo’s “one” ring, we need our “own” brand to rule them all. The special “one” we’ll stay loyal to and never stray away from. And personally, I’ve been wanting to try a green tea that isn’t swimming in Starbucks foam!

    • Congratulations Rebecca!You are the winner of the Sencha Naturals Green Tea Products prize pack. I’ve sent you an email requesting your contact info.Thanks so much for participating and I am so glad you enjoy my videos 🙂

  43. Yum, I would love to win the Justin’s pack!

  44. Alyssa Parker says:

    I would love to try the teechino. All of the products sound great! Thanks for the opportunity!

  45. Neha Dalmia says:

    Dear Cobi.. I am the one who keeps leaving replies on your youtube videos nowadays 🙂 (the manchurian gal ;)).. I would like to win either prize pack 1 or 3 or 4 .. No. 1 would be Justins and then Natural Vitality and then Teecino in order of preference…. I told all the brand fb pages a hello and tagged your fb page in it.. telling them you sent me! And I am obviously subscribed to your youtube channel 🙂

    • Congratulations Neha!You won the Justin’s Prize Pack 🙂 I’ve sent you an email requesting some contact information.Mahalo for being a supporter of my YouTube channel.I am determined to work out a good cauliflower manchurian recipe for you

  46. I would love to win prize pack three, the Teeccino. I have completed all the rules! My Facebook is Selena MClark. Thank you for this giveaway!

  47. Beth Mickens says:

    Would love to win the Justin’s or Teecino pack!! Both are great products! Did all three steps!

  48. Glad to be part of the roundup! For anyone wanting to try out our Sencha Naturals Green Tea Leaf Mints we’re having a 20% off Mango blends in Mango May! Visit our site and the discount will be automatically applied in your cart.

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