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5 Favorite Food Finds from FNCE

Posted by ReganJonesRD
October 24, 2015
Featured in: Ingredient Spotlight
A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

by Regan Jones, RD

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo hosted by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I was provided free registration as a member of the media, but also as a speaker. 

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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Along with Anne from fANNEtasticfood and Danielle of FoodConfidence, I presented a session on SEO and Google Analytics. If you are a registered dietitian and were unable to attend FNCE, I hope you'll consider downloading and watching our session (as soon as they're available. Follow ReganJonesRD on Twitter to be notified when it's ready) since it was packed with so much good info! 

The thing about FNCE, for those of you who (like me) don't fall into the traditional tracts of dietitian practice, is it can look at a first glance like it's not the conference for you. But FNCE really does have a lot to offer beyond the sessions that are clinically focused. For one, every year the Academy continues to add "alternative" sessions like the one Anne, Danielle and I presented. I've presented on Visual Communications in the past and for the three years prior to this I have co-hosted a pre-FNCE workshop on photography. 

There's also increasingly more and more concurrent media/blogger events happening in the host city each year, some hosted with the conference and some separately. In either respect, going to the conference provides you an opportunity to not only attend the sessions that do fit in your scope of practice, but also preview new products or innovations by brands that you might not otherwise know until after it's yesterday's news. 

Lastly, FNCE is unequalled in terms of the cross-section of networking opportunities in the dietitian-based world of food. It's an amazingly exhausting event if you try to fit everything possible into your schedule, but it also can send you away with new ideas for stories, business opportunities and collaborations... or at least that's what it does for me. 

It also feeds my love of new food discovery. And here are my 5 [new to me] Favor Food Finds from this year:

Pamela's Gluten Free Graham Crackers

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

If you've tried other gluten free graham crackers you know how thick, dry and crumbly they can be. These were amazing. I couldn't tell the difference between them and regular. I wouldn't hesitate for one minute serving them to my kids (who are notoriously picky about gluten free substitutes that I buy for my husband.)

In general, I'm really impressed with Pamela's entire line of products for a couple of reasons. 1) Pamela is a real person who still tests everything herself and comes up with new recipes and products. That personal touch clearly influences quality as evidenced by the products I sampled on site. 2) Many gluten free baked goods use cornstarch as a part of their flour formula. Most of Pamela's products do not. This is especially important around my house because my husband is as sensitive to corn as he is to gluten. So we really look closely at ingredient lists to find hidden sources of corn. 

Tessemae's Honey Mustard

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

You know how you go to a restaurant and order a salad with honey mustard and find that it's homemade... and you think, "Gah... I wish the bottled dressing I buy in the store tasted like this." Well now it does. This dressing is hands down the best bottled salad dressing I've tasted in a long, long while. And if great taste weren't enough, this entire company's line of dressings are made with minimal ingredients. In the case of honey mustard, it's simply Honey and Mustard. Shocking, right? But seriously. It's so good. Buy some. Trust me. 

Bare Snacks Banana Chips

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

I was familiar with the Bare brand of apple chips, but these banana chips were new to me. And I will admit... I was skeptical. When the Bare team asked me to stop by and sample, I thought "Sure. I'll try them. But how much better can they be than regular banana chips?" The answer -- so much better. First up, they're baked with no oil added. Oil on banana chips is one of those realities I've always accepted, but never liked. I'm no fat-phobe, but it just never seemed needed. Whatever baking method Bare is using to produce their chips without oil is spot on for deliciousness. And bonus -- the flavor of the cocoa dusted is just enough of that chocolate/banana combo to be terribly satisfying as a snack. 

Kura Smoothie Powder

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

If you follow my @ReganJonesRD account on Instagram, you know I had the chance to sample Kura before FNCE and shared my Tropical Cheesecake Smoothie there. But while in Nashville, I also attended a private media briefing breakfast hosted by Kura, which included not only an overview of the story behind the company, but a sampling of some amazing smoothie creations. The smoothie shown above -- Snicker's Smoothie made with their chocolate powder and sweetened with dates -- is one of the ones I tasted and it was knock your socks off good. What I like about Kura is that it was developed with families in mind. It's not overloaded with weird ingredients or artificial ingredients, but it does include some extra benefits -- like Omega-3 fats and prebiotics.

Starkist Kid's Creations Honey BBQ Tuna

A recap of 5 new food finds from the annual conference and expo of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Full disclosure, all the foods mentioned above I tried myself. I sampled them. I loved them. This food is one I didn't have a chance to try (I discovered it as I was rushing to the airport), but I love the idea of it. Getting kids to eat more fish (something we all should be doing) is hard for many families, and especially when you're trying to incorporate more than just fish sticks. The minute I saw this I thought "Yes! That's how you get kids to eat more fish. Serve it in a way they're familar with -- as a BBQ slider." I hope to try this soon and test it with my kids. If you've tried it, let me know what you think. 


For my fellow RDs -- What food discoveries or nutrition news did you take away from FNCE. Tell me in the comments below!   


Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including,, and
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