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The 2016 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

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As we embark on a new year, we look back on the previous year to learn and make progress for the upcoming year. Day by day, people live their lives, some by a set routine, others by thriving on new discoveries and expansions. The human race always seeks to progress culture by devising and adapting new approaches to existing methods. While not all humans share the same interests, all humans at least bear knowledge about food, as everyone has eaten food their entire lives. From the early days of basic meats, vegetables, and grains, food has evolved into a vast range of ingredients, tastes, cooking methods, and presentation. Innovative foods often make headlines as a new discovery, so as a result, many modern chefs tend to experiment more rather than stick to basics. Over time, many food trends surface, giving way to entrepreneurs to capitalize on those growing trends, such as cupcakes, frozen yogurt, and gourmet food trucks. However, many food trends remain relatively undisturbed, known only to the true food fans. Last year saw a rise of food trends as more and more people gain awareness of the food industry. Read on to discover ten food trends to pay attention to this year, since five cannot contain the sheer amount of food news that we can expect in 2016.

10. Local Butcher

With all the hullabaloo over questionable ingredients in our foods, seeing ingredients in its raw form brings peace of mind. If going out to eat does not sound so appetizing, at least visiting your local butcher brings peace of mind in knowing that you get exactly what you see. Visiting your local butcher does mean that you have to cook it at home or have someone else prepare it, but at least it brings comfort to your mind knowing exactly what goes into the finished product. If you do not have access to a butcher, a fine grocery store like Whole Foods or Bristol Farms should have a meat counter that you can shop at.

9. Alternative Proteins

Many nutrition studies have revealed the benefits of a diet high in protein and vitamins while reducing carbs. While we can easily find sources of proteins with many meats, protein exists in many other foods as well. Such alternative proteins include soy, tempeh, quinoa, tofu, and unconventional meats. What constitutes as unconventional meats? Did you know that some cultures incorporate insects into food? While it sounds disgusting, civilization has done this for ages, consuming insects like grasshoppers and crickets. Anyways, you can find sources of protein besides meat nowadays, so keep an open mind when selecting food.

8. Fancy Ice Cream

The days of traditional ice cream have passed. While many of us grew up with simple ice cream such as Thrifty ice cream, today’s youth favors fancy ice cream instead. Wacky flavors like maple bacon or lavender now exist, as well as different ways to enjoy ice cream. Besides the traditional ice cream sundaes and sandwiches, we now have macaroon ice cream sandwiches, ice cream burgers, ice cream pizza pies, alcoholic ice cream, savory ice cream applications, and much more. Millennials want new ways to enjoy traditional things, and they will stop at nothing to innovate the next big thing.

7. Floral Flavors

The previous entry briefly mentioned this, but as we turn to more natural flavors, we look at what else from nature we can consume. We already have fruits and herbs in many foods, but lately we have seen a rise in more floral flavors. This primarily exists in sweet applications, such as with the use of rose water or lavender, but this crosses over into the tea world, and vice versa. Teas derive a lot of different flavors from flowers, and some tea flavors have crossed over to solid desserts, such as Earl Grey macaroons. While floral foods have yet to rise in popularity, 2016 should see a spark in this food trend.

6. Smokey Flavors

True barbecue foods must include smokey flavors. Barbecue foods without the smoke simply cannot measure up to the true smoked foods. Traditionally, this meant barbecue meats such as ribs, brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and barbecue chicken. However, other foods can sit in the smoker to great success. For example, cut oranges can absorb the smoke for a slightly burnt yet caramelized accent to oranges that can go into drinks or sauces. Smokey flavors have such a unique profile that it marvelously impresses people from around the world who have never tried American barbecue before.

5. Filipino Pastries

Most people undeniably have a sweet tooth, which causes them to feel a bit more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods. When it comes to desserts, people willingly try new things, as opposed to regular foods that may turn people away. Unique desserts come in many forms, but Filipino pastries take the trophy for the most unique flavors around. Pastries can come as desserts, such as flan, or savory food, such as empanadas. Few other cultures can mimic Filipino flavors, such as ube, so when Filipino pastries come around, people flock to them like crazy.

4. Poke

Nutritionists have explained to us the value behind a diet rich in proteins and vitamins, especially lean and clean proteins. Fish oil has also become popular with the health benefits behind it. How can one gain all the benefits of the aforementioned nutrients? Why with Poke of course! This raw fish, generally ahi tuna or yellowfin tuna, comes loaded with lean protein, fish oil, and its unique flavor that only it has. When people eat this fish, they immediately recognize the poke flavor since nothing else can replicate it. Health and taste collide with poke, which has led to the major poke craze that recently surfaced.

3. Farm To Table

Corporate restaurants have come under a lot of scrutiny because of people revealing what goes on in their kitchens and factories. Customers would greatly appreciate not receiving extra questionable ingredients in their food, and would like to keep the number of preservatives and other artificial ingredients low. Preservatives merely slow down the decaying of food, so those that want fresh food without preservatives look to farm to table setups. As the term suggests, ingredients come straight from their origin to the kitchen to your plate with no other middleman. This ensures the freshest of foods with absolutely no preservatives.

2. Seaweed

Every year, the food industry shines a spotlight on some vegetable that makes it the vegetable of the year. Going back a few years, we have seen green beans, cauliflower, kale, and Brussels sprouts represented as the food trend of their respective year. For the year 2016, expect to see a lot of seaweed in stores and restaurants. Whether enjoyed as an ingredient in dishes or straight up (such as seaweed strips sold at Costco), seaweed has come up as a natural plant source high in fiber and complete proteins. This makes seaweed not only a versatile ingredient, but a great alternative protein, as covered above.

1. Wearable Gadgets

Technology has come so far over the past decade. Ten years ago, cell phones started coming up with no mention of smartphones for a few years. Once smartphones arrived on the market, they started replacing our other devices like laptops. Next, tablet computers arrived as glorified smartphones. Recently, tablets have slowly phased in favor of wearable gadgets, such as optical head-mounted displays and wrist wearables. These wearables track physical activity, sleep quality, food/calories consumed, and more. Wearables have changed the way people eat since it counts nutrients and calories, which could lead to a food revolution.

The 2015 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo returned this past weekend to it new location at the Los Angeles Convention Center. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Los Angeles within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. Compared to last year’s convention, about half of the vendors returned, while the other half consisted of new vendors. The Idea World Fitness Expo focuses more on health and wellness, whereas another big fitness expo that takes place in Southern California (coming next month) focuses more on training and athletics. Regardless, numerous demos and exercises took place, ranging from dance to cross-training to controlled movements and more.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

The 2015 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo moves to the Los Angeles Convention Center this week. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world will travel to Los Angeles this week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos will take place for registered attendees to participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo will open up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo can enter for free. This expo contains numerous vendors who will all exhibit the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends. Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should  register for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo will yield great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.

The 2014 Idea World Fitness Convention & Expo came to the Anaheim Convention Center last week. As one of the world’s largest fitness conferences, visitors from all over the world traveled to Orange County within the past week to check out this convention, full of workshops, speakers, demos, competitions, vendors, and more. From Wednesday through Sunday of last week, various seminars, sessions, workshops, and demos took place that registered attendees could participate in and gain valuable knowledge, or further their athletic career. From Thursday through Saturday, the Fitness & Nutrition Expo opened up to the public, and anyone who registered online for that expo could enter for free. This expo contained numerous vendors all exhibiting the latest in sports equipment, wellness services, new technology in sports, and food trends.

Those in the fitness or wellness industry definitely should have registered for the full conference, gaining immense benefits towards their business, or towards their training. For everyone else, attending the free expo yielded great returns in terms of content, networking opportunities, and all the free samples of protein goodies. I attended the expo on Saturday only, and as I approached the convention center, a competition took place outside. While the movements resembled crossfit movements, the equipment did not match, so this appeared as a generic athletics competition.

Once inside the convention center, I entered into vendor land, a scene all too familiar with me. Luckily I had entered from the north side, where all the food vendors set up to give out samples.

Yoplait handed out samples of their Greek yogurt line. Not to complain, but other yogurt vendors nearby had better-quality yogurt.

Thanks to GNC for the free shaker bottles, plus all the protein powder and protein bar samples.

Daiya provided dairy-free and gluten-free samples of their products with cheese. Their pizza had just arrived fresh out of the oven. Give them a try – their products seriously taste just like regular cheese.

As a general rule of thumb, minimize carbs unless anticipating a cardio workout within the next 24 hours. Otherwise, those carbs convert to fat if not properly burned. Maple syrup may help some athletes, as long as they utilize all the energy provided by the syrup.

About Time sells instant protein powder, bottle included. Basically, you get a clear plastic bottle with a scoop of whey protein in it already, and you simply add water and shake for a dose of protein. Personally, I pre-scoop my own whey protein into a shaker bottle and keep that with me wherever I go in case I need to protein up.

Ah Krave Jerky, I run into you all the time at various locations, such as Artisanal LA. I like that they have a new flavor out now – black cherry barbecue pork.

As the name implies, Two Moms started as two mothers wanting to create healthy snacks. At least their truffles taste like real chocolate truffles!

Turning the corner, we find GO Veggie! They make food substitutes with vegetables, such as dairy-free cheese. The look & feel resembles cheese, but as far as taste goes, real cheese has it going on.

Kefir Milk has such a vast amount of health benefits that could fill up an entire book. Although it costs a pretty penny, if you strive to get into better shape, look into purchasing Kefir Milk for yourself.

A vendor claims that chocolate milk has plenty of health benefits, especially to active people. As specified above, it helps mainly to those expecting a cardio workout within the next 24 hours. Unfortunately for those not expecting that, chocolate milk has way too much sugar per serving. I would not recommend anyone drink chocolate milk, and even if you intend to complete a cardio workout, better methods of absorbing carbs exist.

Well hello Navitas Naturals. I have not seen you since Seattle last year.

Howdy Quest Nutrition. Thanks for the free protein bar and protein chips samples. I had no idea protein chips existed until I discovered this booth.

I currently own a jar of Dymatize ISO 100, and it works terrific, better than most generic brands. It tastes more sweet and less chalky than most other brands too.

The Fitness Cue bar serves to help balance the body, in terms of grip, posture, and stretching.

The ActivMotion Bar represents a typical barbell, but clear and with steel ball bearings inside. This helps with balance when carrying a barbell for the power-lifters out there.

In the back, something happened with dogs around this small course. I never got a chance to find out the vendor’s name.

Slackline Industries brought these balancing bands, where everybody tried different things such as hand-balancing or squatting.

The Tabata workout generally consists of a high-intensity movement over a certain interval of time followed by a small rest period, then starting it up again. For example, a group can do push-ups for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, then repeat for X amount of minutes.

Big Mike’s Fitness had a deal going on where anyone who completed ten pull-ups could spin the wheel for the prize shown.

Spartan Race held a demo in front of their booth, challenging anyone to complete 30 burpees in under a minute. I can barely reach 20 in a minute, so I opted not to participate. I never discovered what the winners received.

The Idea World Fitness Expo opens their doors to all demographics of all ages, not just those in the industry or those who work out frequently. Fit people love this expo because they can keep up with latest trends and news in the fitness industry. Casual visitors like this expo because they can learn the right ways to get fit, as well as feel motivated after seeing all the fit people around. When an expo like this comes your way, consider attending to see what it truly takes to stay fit, and gain first-hand experience from people who know how to stay fit.