|Better Bean – Keith and Hannah Kullberg
It was a pleasure to meet two Bean Advocates at Natural Products Expo West – Keith Kullberg, Founder and his co-founder and daughter Hannah Kullberg from Better Bean.
From taste to versatility to a health standpoint, beans are one of my favorite foods. So I was pleased to find the Better Bean booth. Beans can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They can be part of a appetizer or made into a dessert. The possibilities are endless. From dips to bean burgers to brownies (very good by the way), beans are one of your food friends.
For people, who don’t have time to cook, bean and cheese tacos or quesadillas couldn’t be quicker or easier. They are also healthy. Just warm corn or flour tortillas and fill with beans and shredded cheese. To melt the cheese, pop them in the microwave. For more veggie power, top with salsa and guacamole. Delicious!
Better Beans are sold nationwide in a tub in the refrigerated section. They have baked beans, skillet refried red and black beans, three sisters chili, roasted chipotIe red beans, southwestern pinto beans, Tuscan white beans, and Cuban black beans. I am looking forward to trying them.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, CA, and I still haven’t finished my bags of goodies. I always enjoy experiencing trendy, new foods and snacks at the Expo. After spending six exhilarating hours walking up and down row after row upstairs and downstairs, I think that I saw at least half of the 2,700 exhibits.
It seemed like mostly snack items with the usual coconut waters, organic chocolate, yogurt, nut butters and gluten-free foods. A couple of interesting products this year included camel milk and snack bars made with cricket flour. I was told that crickets are similar to shellfish, so people with a shellfish allergy may need to avoid products with crickets.
There seemed to be a lot of flavored popcorn this year, which is good news. I love popcorn. It’s a whole grain and relatively low in calories. I also saw more ancient grains, raw vegan products and flavored olive oils. Flavored olive oils are popular in Spain and Italy and are spreading to the US.
I had some favorites with tasty, unique or interesting flavors.
- Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Unfiltered, made with fresh ginger – ginger is so healthy!
- LifeIce – freeze and eat natural bite-sized ices – little bursts of flavor!
- GR3EN energy from GR3EN.org. It’s made with green tea, guarana, coconut water and kale – refreshing and delicious!
- Immaculate Brownie Scratch Baking Mix. Wow. Hard to not eat too many!
When I was on my last leg, I ran into the man himself – Siggi from siggi’s yogurt!
Looking forward to next year and another great tasting experience.