When I heard that the annual FNCE nutrition conference would to be held in Nashville this year, I was all in. As if country music and barbecue weren’t enough, I was sure I’d bump into Nashville star Rayna James and we would become immediate BFFs. Although Rayna and I neither met nor bonded, I did pick up some nutrition know how, and as usual, got a peek at what’s new (at least to me) on the food scene. Here are some of the standouts:
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At last, a banana chip that isn’t fried in oil or coated in sugar. In fact Bare Snacks’ chips have just one weensy ingredient: bananas. Nicely done!
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I always like seeing what Bob’s Red Mill has cooked up since last year. These oatmeal cups might come in handy as a more wholesome option to some of the typical supermarket packets, though you can always do up your own using this recipe here.

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I didn’t get a chance to sample this healthier mac cheese, with a whopping 7 grams of fiber and 16 grams of protein per serving, but I’m going to keep my eye out for it .

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If you haven’t discovered the Better Bean company yet, I suggest you do. They truly taste like homemade, are beautifully seasoned, and the folks behind the brand are the real deal.

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This is the first I’ve seen of Wild Planet’s tuna in packets rather than cans. The bigger news is what I learned at a nutrition talk about fish and mercury. The safety of seafood is looking up, something I’ll be writing about soon. Stay tuned!

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Whoa! Watermelon seeds. This is a first. They’re super tasty — like pumpkin seeds — and thus far haven’t caused me to grow a watermelon in my belly. Fingers crossed. 

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I’ve been underwhelmed with salad kits to date, BUT, these ones from Smart Moves have me rethinking things. They’re plainly tasty, obviously convenient, and nutritious. 
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This is a new one for me — a2 milk. It’s regular milk only from cows that produce milk with a2 protein. Apparently, some folks who normally can’t tolerate regular milk, can drink a2 problem-free.


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Regular Girl is a a pre- and probiotic powder marketed to women with a wink and a smile. Made with pure ingredients, the idea is to keep gut bacteria healthy to help us gals stay regular.

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News Flash: The United Nations declared 2016 the Year of the Pulses….and for good reason since beans, lentils, peas, and chick peas are affordable, mega-nourishing and tasty. Keep your eye out for Year of the Pulses-inspired recipes coming down the pipeline.

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Is it possible to have a crush…on yogurt…because I’m super smitten with Maple Hill Creamery. It’s organic, from grass-fed cows, and lick-the-bowl-clean creamy. It’s not everywhere yet, but I bet it will be before long.

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And in case you were worried that it was all work and no fun in Nashville, not a problem.