Natural Products Expo West 2014: Dead-Blogged by Crabby!

By Crabby McSlacker

So, you know how reporters and bloggers go to an exciting event like the Natural Products Expo West and they "live-blog" it?  Readers can virtually experience the happenings themselves as they see pictures and impressions scroll by in Real Time.

Well, sorry, but "live-blogging" is SO not Crabby McSlacker!  That would require flexibility, multi-tasking, and a focus on something other than "where is the next free snack and how many samples can I take home with me?"

A Huge Crapload of Samples, Yay!

However, since the expo is now over and it's too late to "live blog" it, how about I Dead-Blog it instead?

That's right, I'll start with some initial impressions, and then, LIVE throughout the day, I'll review and photograph some random stuff as I scarf it up. Bonus: this will allow me wander away from the computer to go to the gym and tackle dirty laundry and do Important Coaching Things like forgetting to invoice people and see what's going on at other blogs, yet to come back and add more stuff so I don't feel all guilty that I haven't managed to crank out even one simple blog post yet.

All this will be in totally random order, btw, because that's way easier!

Sound like a plan?

(All times Pacific Daylight Time, even though my brain is still on Pacific Standard Time):

8:57 PM:

Time to call it a night!

I am actually going to test a product called "Easy Up" that claims if I take it tonight I will wake up Easier and Alert tomorrow morning.

Let's see how that goes, shall we?

BTW, thank you all of you who had the patience to put up with this weird-ass Dead-Blogging.  Cranky Fitness readers rock. More products to discuss at a future date!

8:53 PM:


Many, many more "how did that happens?"  Best not to document with photographic evidence, I'm thinking. It wasn't pretty.

Must seriously reconsider policy of toting home 978,458 calories of tasty treats and rationalizing that because it was free and "natural," eating only 46,327 calories of it in any given day doesn't really count.

2:06 PM:

Oh crap. How did that happen?

That package was unopened a couple minutes ago!

Curse you, VitaTops!

And seriously I am now going on a walk FOR REAL. In the outdoors! Away from all these tempting snack foods.

(Taste: a little artifically-flavored on first bite, but grew strangely more and more appealing and my hopes to eat just a few bites and walk away were dashed.  100 calories, 4g protein, 7 sugars, 8 fiber, some natural ingredients, some fake, and annoyingly vitamin-fortified but I guess the name is kinda a clue that's gonna be the case).

12:40 PM:

In a shocking turn of events, Crabby contemplates sampling yet another convenient chocolate flavored snack product...

and yet instead opts for some defrosted home made chicken soup made with, at this point, strangely unfamiliar ingredients like "chicken" and "mushrooms" and "asparagus" fortified with... nothing!

She is thinking she may even go OUTSIDE for a WALK!

However, the siren call of tasty, packaged, almost-justifiable snack items is becoming audible again so stay tuned...

11:15 AM:

What is a natural foods conference if you can't put your hand on the ass of a Giant Ginseng?

11:12 AM:

Crabby discovers that her pal Jody has blogged, tweeted, FB'd, and instagrammed the expo, shared photographs with other bloggers there that Crabby never ran into and told her readers all about great new products. On the other hand, consolation prize: no clear evidence that Jody molested any giant vegetables.

10:55 AM:

Crabby remembers that she hasn't tweeted for ages and even throws in an #expowest2014 hashtag.

No one cares.

10:19 AM:

Beans in your breakfast cereal?

Sorry for the blurry photos, but the cereal was pretty darn good if you're feeling like a chocolate crunchy, less-junky alternative to cocoa krispie type offerings. 100 calories per serving, made mainly from beans, lentils, brown rice flour and sugar,  though not a nutritional powerhouse at 3 grams protein, 8g sugar, 2g fiber.

9:21 AM:

Crabby samples a couple of the power bars she took home, neither of which will be replacing her beloved Quest bars any time soon:

The supreme had a reasonable calorie/protein ratio (180/15g), and was very sweet tasting, almost like a conventional candy bar. Some would like this but it was too sweet for me, and I have a sweet tooth. They could have cut down on their 12 grams of sugars.   

The Nii tasted kinda blah, had 13g of sugar and only 8 grams of protein for 240 calories, but on the plus side, had only pretty natural sounding ingredients on the label.

9:04 AM:

Crabby refelcts on how thankful she feels that the Lobster is not just the worlds most patient spouse and Unofficial Blog photographer but that she has a Real Job so that Crabby can do things like Dead-Blog a trade show.

9:07 AM:

A low Cal Ice Cream featuring lots of Algae! Was it tasty? Crabby tries to remember... yes it was! What was it called? Damn!

But how many Algae ice creams could there be?

9:02 AM: Crabby suddenly remembers she's going to try to do some follow up on reader giveaway opportunities but wonders what the hell she did with all business cards she collected.

8:54 AM: Crabby remembers trying a Chapul chocolate thingy without paying much attention to the nutritional benefits--turns out it had an interesting protein source: Crickets!

Tasted fine though!

And didn't look particularly Crickety.

More to come as the day goes on... Feel free to comment on any damn thing, relevant or not to natural foods or blogger laziness/greediness or the experiment in Dead Blogging!

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