Food Finds at Fnce: Year Three

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:

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!

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.


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 .


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.


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!


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. 


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. 

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


10.30.2015 at12:52 AM #

Kristin Dickerson

So that’s why you went to Nashville! I thought you were visiting the Grand Ol’ Opry, one of my old favorite haunts. These food offerings you wrote about looked very interesting, even exciting! I have been craving more beans lately, so the Year of the Pulse will be just in time.
Looking forward to hearing more about the safety of seafood, as we are trying to eat more fish in our house. Thanks for this cool post!

10.30.2015 at12:52 AM #

Katie Morford

Stay tuned on seafood Kristin 🙂

10.30.2015 at3:15 AM #

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

Thanks for sharing all of your discoveries! I love seeing what’s new in exciting in the healthy food world.

10.30.2015 at4:46 AM #


Thank you Katie! I’ll be ordering up a care package of items for my girl who is away at school…so appreciate your research and expertise:)

10.30.2015 at4:46 AM #

Katie Morford

Aww…glad to inspire a healthy care package. Nice to hear from you Kelly

10.30.2015 at7:37 AM #

Rachel @ Delicious Balance

All of your finds are so great! I’m intrigued by the banana chips!! I used to love getting banana chips on the salad bar in college until I realized they were deep fried 🙁 So happy to see these healthy alternatives! I totally think I would be BFF with Rayna too…this season is SO good!

10.30.2015 at8:53 AM #

Liz - Meal Makeover Mom

Love your post. I too am totally wowed by those sprouted watermelon seeds. I have a pouch in my fridge right now and have been eating them by the handful since FNCE.

10.30.2015 at7:06 PM #

Jessica @ Nutritioulicious

Great rundown of the food finds at FNCE. I def missed some of these new items -esp those watermelon seeds. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for them. Great meeting you in person btw!

10.30.2015 at7:06 PM #

Katie Morford

I comb every aisle at that expo, but I’m sure I missed some goodies, too. Great to meet you, Jessica! Always my favorite part of fnce.

10.31.2015 at5:42 AM #

Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition

Nice roundup–I was really impressed by so many of the products. Seems like companies are doing a good job of going back to basics. And I really think we should consider taking our rock band on the road.

11.01.2015 at6:14 PM #

Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition

I’m following you around the expo at FNCE next year! Looks like you’ve found some interesting and tasty foods. I love the new oatmeal cups from BRM and am so intrigued by the watermelon seeds!

11.02.2015 at10:12 AM #


I love posts like this from FNCE so I can learn what I missed! I have never seen watermelon seeds packaged like that! So cool! I’m glad to hear you haven’t had one start growing in you yet! 😉

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