There is something I’ve been meaning to share this with you all for a while, so I felt like there was no better day then today. Well, I was invited to an Editors Showcase for health and nutrition in New York City. The Showcase took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square and was put on my Fast Forward Ventures.
This health and nutrition showcase was the first one I’ve ever attended and was a really educational experience. There were so many brands that attended who have healthy and nutritious products on the market. I was able to learn about these brands, products, and the people behind them.
I was a little overwhelmed at first, but I finally got comfortable and had a really good time meeting everyone. The event itself was well organized, upbeat, and really informative. Fast Forward Ventures really went all out, and put on a GREAT showcase.
I forgot to take pictures of me with all the products, but I got lots of pictures of the displays. I was surprised at how many brands and products are out there that I never new existed. I will go into detail about each brand more as I review their products on my blog. The companies who’s products I didn’t know very well included Abbot Nutrition (they carry Pedialyte, Juven, Zone Bars, Ensure, Myoplex, and many other brands), American Council on Exercise (which I didn’t get to spend any time with because they were being filmed by a TV crew), Beveri Nutrition, The Almond Board of California, Biotta Premium Organic juices, Kamut International, the BRAT Diet, Brenda Watson and Renew Life, Topricin Topical Biomedics, Falafel Republic (some of the best falafel I’ve had), French Meadow Bakery (who were introducing their new gluten free line), Flavor Magic Portion Controlled Sheets, Mountain High Organics, Natrol, Real Goodness lactose free milk, Resvitale, and The National Shrimp Council (which I didn’t even get to because we ran out of time).
And of course there were a ton of brands there that we all know and love. Most of them are pictured, but some are not. There was Myoplex, Laughing Cow, Soyjoy, Naturemade, Honest Teas, Pirate Brands (aka Pirates Booty), Fiber One, General Mills (who was introducing their gluten free products), KIND Healthy Snacks, La Tortilla Factory, General Mills, Tribe Hummus and much much more.
Out of all the companies there, some really stuck out to me. These next few companies had natural, healthy, simple foods, and I loved how they tasted as well as how nutritious they were. Like I said, I will go into more detail about each company and their products in future posts, but I just wanted to show you who they were. These outstanding companies included Metromint and Metroelectro waters, Funky Monkey freeze dried fruit, Kettle Cuisine all natural gluten free soups, Mann’s packaged vegetables, and Sunland all natural and organic valencia peanut butters and nut butters.
I have already written some reviews about the products I was able to try, and you can check them out here:
- Pirate’s Booty Potato Flyers
- Honest Kombucha
- Kamut Korasan Wheat
- Biotta Breakfast Juice Blend
While at the Editors Showcase I met one very inspiring man. His name is Jothy Rosenberg. Jothy is a two-time cancer survivor, amputee, entrepreneur, and now author. He lost his leg to a rare cancer at the young age of 16, then a lung at 19. He was told after 10 months of brutal chemo (early days when doses were double) that he would not survive. In teenage rebellion, he went to Utah and skied for 100 days straight because he “wanted to die doing something he loved.” Now a grandfather, Jothy is alive, healthy and thriving today at age 53. If you didn’t already know, February is national cancer prevention month, and I will be interviewing Jothy about some of his amazing accomplishments and triumphs. He has accomplished a lot during his lifetime including:
- Open water swim between Alcatraz and San Francisco (16x)
- Nearly 200 miles in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge bike race (7x; raised $52,000)
- Double black-diamond skier
- Founded six start-up tech companies; earned a PhD
- Authored of a new book Who Says I Can’t (
- Teaches all he touches to appreciate what we have, use it well, and know our potential
I would say he is a pretty inspiring person-don’t you? I am thrilled he wanted to do this interview with me so I can share his story with all of you.
It was such a pleasure to meet all these companies and the people behind them, and I hope to work with them more in the future. There are some really fabulous products out there that are worth sharing with everyone. It was a long day in New York, but totally worth it, and I went home with a ton of swag which was an added bonus.
Along with doing reviews of the product on my blog, a lot of the companies have agreed to offer my readers some of their fabulous products as well. You know what that means right…..GIVEAWAYS! Yes, I have tons of giveaways set up for the coming weeks, and you will have many many chances to win. So stay tuned!