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IDEA World Nutrition Expo + Sweat Pink Blogfest: What I Ate!

Yesterday I covered what all I got up to over the course of IDEA World Fitness Convention and Sweat Pink Blogfest, today I thought I would give you all a look at the food from the IDEA World Nutrition Expo, Blogfest, and also from my time in LA outside the convention.

IDEA World Fitness Convention Nutrition Expo + Sweat Pink Blogfest Eats: What I Ate and Loved! The best of the IDEA World Nutrition Expo, Blogfest, and LA Live restaurants from my trip to LA. Check out my new favorite healthy foods! http://suzlyfe.com/idea-world-nutrition-expo-sweat-pink-blogfest-what-i-ate/

As I mentioned yesterday, I didn’t take as many pictures this year, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t eat my way through the expo several times over! There was honestly too much to even cover, so I am going to mention those top five that I returned to for more than just one sample 😀

Linking up with What I Ate Wednesday (Jenn), Friday Favorites (Heather), and Friday Five (Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia).

IDEA World Fitness Convention Nutrition Expo

Wilde Snacks whole food savory protein bars are a delicious, high protein snack option for those who want to go beyond the typical! Review at suzlyfe.com

Wilde Snacks Animal Protein Bars—I had tried these previously, but this just made me even more of a fan. I had a Wilde Bar in Peach BBQ (beef) at the Silk breakfast and I got several more to bring home (Sweet Thai Basil? Yes please!) These are DELICIOUS and I highly recommend!

Good Culture Cottage Cheese in Kalamata Olive is a MUST try! Creamy, high in protein, and absolutely delicious. Review at Suzlyfe.com

Good Culture cottage cheese–I had actually come across this at Whole Foods in Chicago, but I’d only seen the fruit flavors, and usually, I’m not too into 4% milkfat products (personal preference).  BUT OMG. The Kalamata Olive flavor is UNFREAKING REAL. It would be amazing as a dip, but I loved it just with a spoon. If you like Mediterranean flavors in any way shape and or form, get on this.

Chocolate Zero—Any time I see “Zero” in the name, I get a little bit apprehensive as it usually means a ton of artificial sweeteners or weird flavors. Chocolate Zero isn’t quite so scary (at least to me!)—instead of adding sugar, they use monk fruit and also add fiber, and I went back more than just a few times for the 50% dark chocolate. It was just the right amount of creamy and dark and I had no GI issues from it. No weird aftertaste either! They also have a 70% dark (the 70% and 50% are vegan) and a milk chocolate.

The new Lacroix Curate Blackberry Cucumber is zero nonsense (no sugar, caffeine or calories) and FULL of flavor! I love this new product! Suzlyfe.com

La Croix—You guys know how I feel about La Croix. So the fact that there was FREE La Croix? UM YES. Also, they had the newest flavors of the Curate, which up to this point, I’ve been kind of meh on, but the new Blackberry Cucumber is amazeballs.

Edited to add: Honorable mention: Steaz now has cactus water, and it is delicious! Trying to hunt it down…

Kellogg’s Breakfast Sandwich and Cereal Bar—Friday and Saturday I hit this up in a big way. I got the “Mexican Chocolate” recipe from the breakfast bar—Special K Gluten Free flakes with soy, almond, or skim milk, cocoa powder, cayenne, and raspberries. I love cayenne in sweet preparations, so I was all about this! The second day, I got a Special K Veggie Egg Sandwich. Quite tasty!

Sweat Pink Blogfest Offerings

Sweat Pink really stepped up their snacks this year! Here was what we ate last year! Beyond what I’m about to mention, there was a veggie selection (MORE JICAMA), and plenty of Truitt Family Farms dips like last year.  I missed out on the breakfast the first day with General Mills and Bell Institute, which was my favorite breakfast last year, so that was a little bit of a bummer….

Siggi's nonfat Skyr Icelandic Yogurt, veggies, bars, and coffee--everything that you need snack wise to power through the afternoon! Reviews at suzlyfe.com

Siggi’s – You already know that I love and adore Siggi’s, and not only were they a sponsor for Blogfest, but they also were on the expo floor, where I finally got to try the Strawberry Basil flavor, which was good but needed more basil! But for us, they put together a great parfait bar, and you know that I was all about that after my flight and being up early etc. You get more of an after picture because I was too damn hungry!

Loved this green smoothie made with Silk Almond Milk and topped with Love Grown Foods granola for the smallest smoothie bowl ever! More eats from Sweat Pink Blogfest on suzlyfe.com

Silk Breakfast—The second day started off with breakfast provided by Silk Almond Milk and their new non-dairy yogurt. I got a Tropical Trip smoothie that they blended up for us and topped it with Love Grown Foods Sweet Cranberry Pecan for the smallest smoothie bowl ever. The yogurt was smooth and creamy delicious, but a bit high in sugar for my taste.

Morningstar Farms Lunch with new Recipes—Lunch the second day of Blogfest was provided by Morningstar Farms and Kellogg’s, and was actually quite delicious, though meat free! I went with the Pepper Stir Fry made with Chik’n Meal Starter strips, the new White Bean Burger, Chik’n Bahn Mi, and then I made lettuce cups with the Pineapple Thai Beef. I was pretty impressed by the mouth feel of the meatless proteins (though they were a bit squeaky), and I thought this was a better choice for us than last year’s Lean Cuisine, lol. Also, they had tiers of cookies and brownies that were awesome.

New Pure Protein products! I've loved the protein crisp balls so far! Find out more at suzlyfe.com

Pure Protein Lunch Salad Bar—After my travel, being on multiple time zones, and having eaten a lovely Siggi’s parfait in the previous session (I was too hungry, lol), I was hoping that we would have something fresh and healthy for lunch, and Protein Bar obliged with smoothies and a salad bar (jicamaaaaaaa) and some amazing grilled chicken that I went back for more of. Hit. The. Spot. I also grabbed some of their new products to take with me!

Truitt Family Foods—I mentioned them last year, I will mention them again. These dips are so stomach and tastebud friendly and they travel so well. And now they have snack packs that are APPROPRIATELY SIZED. Big. Fan.

Beyond the Convention Center

This is getting long, so I’m going to keep this a bit shorter, but eats from beyond the convention center are as follows:

Rosa Mexicano LA Live Los Angeles Shrimp (Camarones) Ceviche

Rosa Mexicano—Delicious, but OMG they took forever. Our waiter was NOT a star, but the food didn’t disappoint. Chips and salsa and tableside guacamole that comes in a pig 😀 and that I had way too much of because our waiter was… elsewhere. I got the shrimp ceviche like last year, and it was delicious, even if I was already full (YOU KNOW ME AND CHIPS). Also, margarita. Delicious. Necessary after waking up at the asscrack of dawn.

Tom’s Urban Kitchen—Avocado Shrimp Salad and Sweet Potato Fries with Cajun Ketchup (didn’t get too much Cajun from this, but whatever). The FRIES WERE AWESOME and my salad hit the spot. After a long day of eating a lot but also working out and being at the expo, I needed veggies and protein and a beer and a bit of fun, and this was the perfect solution.

Yard House—This was our last dinner, and it was fun, but they messed up my salad and had to remake it, and by then I was too hungry to wait for a picture, but I wish I had taken one because it was great. I got the Chopped Salad, add shrimp, and I HIGHLY recommend it. So many of my favorite veggies chopped up and covered with fresh avocado. And definitely add the shrimp. It is the way to go. #trust

Airport food—I got a Greek Salad (pretty good, actually), and had Lorissa’s Kitchen jerky (they were at the expo! and if you follow me on IG (if you don’t, you should) and then finished it off with Rhythm Superfoods Kool Ranch Kale Chips and bulk candy (THANK YOU LAX).

Honorable mention to Starbucks, for providing me with my decaf Americanos and breakfast 2 on Sunday.

SO MUCH FOOD. Lots of old friends, some new finds, and so much good stuff. Also, I need to mention that Vital Proteins was there, though I didn’t take advantage of their offerings. But I did have one of my green protein smoothies with the peptides Sunday night. After dinner and froyo. Because it was just necessary, ok?

Check out what @suzlyfe ate in LA--new finds, old friends! #Blogfest #IDEAworld #sweatpink Click To Tweet

What are some fun food finds that you have made of late?

Do you go sample crazy at expos like me?

I would like to say that though I was provided with samples by all of these companies and that while several of them did sponsor Sweat Pink Blogfest, all opinions are my own, and I decided which products to include.

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94 Comments

  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    So much food this weekend! I feel like I would be okay if I didn’t see yogurt for awhile. Lol!

    July 19, 2016 at 6:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As I have my 2nd of the day…

      July 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    All the food!! That salad and the sweet potato fries I’m in heaven. Ok you have convinced me to try the cottage cheese with olives. I hate cottage geese with sweets it just taste to much like cheese for me but the olive combo sounds amazing. Must get to whole foods soon!

    July 19, 2016 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      GET THEE TO WHOLE FOODS

      July 21, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    …….tiers of cookies and brownies…….:)

    July 19, 2016 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Sarah

    LaCroix is my go to anytime of the year, but especially in the summer. Something about it is perfect after a long run. I love the blackberry cucumber too! I also love taking any flavor of sparkling water and adding a touch of the 15 calorie Minute Maid. Yummy mocktails!

    July 19, 2016 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mmmmm yes. Mocktails for the win!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life

    I’ll take that whole meal from Tom’s Urban Kitchen! The fries look heavenly. I just tried the Wilde snacks but my stomach wasn’t a big fan (although my stomach is pretty damn picky so I’m not a great judge). Wait, tell us more about cactus water! What the heck is that?

    July 19, 2016 at 7:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When are we going to share a meal? THAT IS WHAT I WANT TO KNOW

      July 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    I’ll take all those sweet potato fries please and thank you. I haven’t had jicama in years but now I need to buy some again – it’s so crunchy!!

    July 19, 2016 at 7:37 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    The blackberry cucumber sounds delicious I need to find that flavor. Have not tried cottage cheese in years wonder if it’s worth a try again? Something about the texture always bothered me.

    July 19, 2016 at 7:39 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think you would like this–it is more creamy than other cottage cheeses. If nothing else, use it in a recipe!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Emily

    ALL OF THIS looks so good. I love the varieties. I think they do such an amazing job of just … making the options so varied. That Yard House salad? I LOVE loaded salads. ANd I heard Mr. Siggi’s was there too?

    July 19, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes! Siggi was indeed there! I’ve met him several times now, and he is one of the most genuine and sweet businessmen I’ve met!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Looks like I missed out on lots of yumminess- sad I couldn’t be there this year!

    July 19, 2016 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I missed you and our run!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply kerri mcgrail

    Mmm lots of good eats! I have never actually had any fake meats- they always kind of weird me out, but I’m sure some day I’ll try them tho. I am the queen of samples- I always get a high from getting lots of free stuff lol. I need to try jicama- can’t believe I’ve never had it!

    July 19, 2016 at 7:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      First of all, start with Primal vegan jerky. I LOVE it. And it is fabulous. Next, get jicama. NOW.

      July 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    So much delicious food! I think I would attend just for the food alone! 😉

    July 19, 2016 at 8:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      you know that I would!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:52 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    I have never even tried jicama!

    July 19, 2016 at 8:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WHAT
      It.
      Is.
      My.
      Favorite. In Mexico, I eat an entire a day.

      July 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    Yummy looking food. Although I remember being sad last year that so much of it wasn’t available in Canada.

    July 19, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Silly Canada, get your act together!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Lesley

    I was at a bbq this weekend and we all kinds of foods, including stuff for nachos. That was dangerous, but the queso was so good.

    July 19, 2016 at 8:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oooooo a nacho bar? Those are so amazing. One of our friends had one at their wedding!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm
  • Reply Ellie

    I would totally try all the things! At race expos, I do the same thing 😉

    July 19, 2016 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Michelle

    Everything looks amazing. I love trying new things.

    July 19, 2016 at 9:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      One day I’ll have to take you for all the samples

      July 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    Yum! Ive been wanting to try out the silk yogurt because i cant have dairy. I love free samples!!
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    July 19, 2016 at 10:52 am
  • Reply sarah@creatingbettertomorrow

    I sooooo wanted to go this year but couldn’t…this makes me want to go even more!!! So many good eats!

    July 19, 2016 at 11:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope to see you next year!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    Mmmmm all that food. I want some more of those brownies.

    July 19, 2016 at 11:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They were seriously amazing.

      July 21, 2016 at 1:46 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    I’ll take it all. Except maybe the olive thing, because I just kinda can’t do olives. 😛

    July 19, 2016 at 12:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They have other flavors. And I will take yours

      July 21, 2016 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Carmy

    Kinda wish I was there just so I can eat the food haha

    July 19, 2016 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They sell tickets just to the convention expo!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Alyssa

    I want to try good culture cottage cheese! I saw it at the whole foods the other day- I have to pick it up next time! I love siggis so much. It’s becoming my favorite over greek yogurt! Glad you had such a good weekend Susie! <3

    July 19, 2016 at 12:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely get it. And Siggi’s is totally my favorite!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Alaina @ The Simple Peach

    That is the biggest La Croix EVER! Yum!

    July 19, 2016 at 12:50 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish it was as big as it looks!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers

    I 100% go sample and swag crazy. I usually bring an extra duffel bag to pack stuff to bring home, lol.

    July 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I considered doing just that, but I didn’t want to deal with checking a bag, lol

      July 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    I REALLY hope I’m able to make it to Vegas for BlogFest next year! It sounds like this year was better than last, so I’m bummed I missed out.

    Also, LaCroix is the shizzzz.

    July 19, 2016 at 3:48 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, next year in Vegas, it is going to be a THROW DOWN.
      And yeah, I am obsessed.

      July 21, 2016 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Cassi

    Everything else but the Silk sounds like yummy stuff to try.

    July 19, 2016 at 8:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The Silk was a little high in sugar, but still was great!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    I can’t believe I had to miss Blogfest this year. It was for a great reason but still. I wish I could have gone. So many great eats! I’m off to Fitbloggin this weekend to make up for it.

    July 20, 2016 at 2:43 am
  • Reply Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    All of the food looks amazing! I love events like this where you get to try out new things. I do enjoy Siggi’s but I’m too cheap to pay for it full price!

    July 20, 2016 at 6:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree with you there. Thus why I went crazy there!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood

    I don’t even know where to start with all of this goodness!! That cottage cheese? Need in my life. And I love the idea of that chocolate – totally want to check it out! But I mean, I keep coming back to those sweet potato fries…

    July 20, 2016 at 7:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      What about chocolate and sweet potato fries 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply kat

    The LAX airport has some of the best food ever. The last time I flew [like 5 years ago haha] I got a veggie & egg quesadilla that I split with my mom. That was the first “health food” that my mom actually liked, and she’s mad me re-create it for her multiple times since then!
    Seriously you got to try so many good foods [most that I haven’t even heard of!]. I’ve gotta get my hands on that LaCroix drink flavor!

    July 20, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Get that La Croix. It is amazing. Can I say that my highlight was the candy bar lol?

      July 21, 2016 at 1:37 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    What a great combination of foodie goodness! I really hope to make it out there one day for the conference! I was a little jelly this weekend seeing all the photos!!

    July 20, 2016 at 8:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      As well you should be 😀

      July 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    So many great snack idea! I enjoyed all those on your Instagram this week! 🙂

    July 20, 2016 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want to go back and eat them all again!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply GiGi Eats

    It was good to see you for about 5 seconds. But hey, SHORT AND SWEET is always best, amIright?!

    July 20, 2016 at 8:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know it ;D But next time…

      July 21, 2016 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Melissa @ Mango About Town

    I HAVE A BLACKBERRY CUCUMBER IN MY BAG RIGHT NOW! It’s like I was meant to read this post. So sad it’s the last one from my trip to the states – I can’t seem to find the curate ones in Canada!

    July 20, 2016 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG it is amazing. AMAZINGGGGG

      July 21, 2016 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Mikki

    Wow! So much great stuff. I love a lot of those products!! And those sweet potato fries… yum!

    July 20, 2016 at 9:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m always on board for more sweet potato fries!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm
  • Reply RFC

    Sooo…this post made me hungry. HA! The sweet potato fries in particular are speaking to me right now…

    July 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      When AREN”T they speaking to us!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Whoooa those Wilde Snack Bar flavors sound crazy. I wouldn’t be trying the olive yogurt though…. definite non-olive fan over here.
    Your tummy and taste buds must have been dancing with all the new stuff!

    July 20, 2016 at 7:18 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The Wilde Snack bars are AMAZING. But the cottage cheese is soooooo gooooooood

      July 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    When bloggers and food lovers get together I guess there HAS to be awesome food, right?!

    And um… who doesn’t love free things? Unless it’s weird free things…. then no thank you 😛

    July 20, 2016 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I have been offered some weird free things before. And I agree–that would be a nooooo

      July 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    i love attending these expos mainly…for new foods. seems like you had a wonderful time 🙂

    July 20, 2016 at 9:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      How could I not with all the food!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Christina Bauer

    So jealous!! What amazing eats – obviously they treated you all well!!

    July 20, 2016 at 10:08 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      They definitely did!

      July 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I think I would have gained 10lbs from eating ALL of the samples. Great choices!! I’ve been thinking about trying Lacroix….you recommend huh? 😉

    July 21, 2016 at 8:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely recommend. It can be a little bit of an acquired taste, but you just have to find the flavor that you like, and drink it cold! Kind of like having diet coke for the first time. Then you will be HOOKED.

      July 24, 2016 at 5:50 am
  • Reply Jayne

    I love love love expos and trying new foods also chatting with the reps is fun too! AWESOME! Bulk candy yes please!

    July 22, 2016 at 12:36 pm
  • Reply shawna

    ummm as if i wasn’t already obsessed enough with La Croix (the only things i can always count on being in my fridge are eggs, organic bbq sauce and that drink), that cucumber blackberry flavor sounds AMAZING. I NEED THAT.

    July 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YOU MUST GET IT IT IS AMAZING

      July 23, 2016 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Christina @RunTravelAdventure

    Sounds like so much fun! I also love Siggi’s. Siggi’s and Noosa are what I splurge on for yogurt.

    July 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Noosa is pretty delicious. I love when they have it after races!

      July 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Farrah

    Aughhh! I would so love to go to blogfest someday. Maybe I can just request vacation next year for around that time next year, haha. (That’s pretty much the only way it’d ever happen. ._.) I’d definitely go sample-crazy! 😛

    I love Siggi’s! I need to go restock, haha.

    July 22, 2016 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think that you should! It would be worth the trip. And allll the Siggi’s! I get so much of it when it is on sale.

      July 23, 2016 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    UM it all looks awesome. And free siggis’s and LaCroix?! #fomo

    July 23, 2016 at 11:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was basically heaven.

      July 23, 2016 at 2:04 pm
  • Reply Jamie King

    Um, girl, I EAT ALL THE SAMPLES. I LOVE SAMPLES and snacks.

    July 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This is why we are friends D:D

      July 28, 2016 at 2:30 pm

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