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.