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Last week, several of us decamped to Baltimore to attend Expo East, AKA healthy food heaven. With over 1,000 brands in attendance, Expo East is the place to discover what trends will be taking over Whole Foods and beyond in the coming year. All the heavy hitters were there (Annie’s, Justin’s, Suja Juice), but hundreds of smaller companies doing innovative things in the wellness space had booths, too.

Having major FOMO right about now? Check out the five coolest things we scouted at Expo East.

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Cacao Juice
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Cacao Juice 

Cacao Juice was unveiled at Expo but has yet to hit the shelves. Despite its name, this tropical fruit drink doesn’t taste like chocolate—cacao juice tastes different than cacao beans, which is what’s used to make the sweet stuff everyone’s familiar with. Sourced from Ecuador, literally the only ingredient on the list is cacao juice, maximizing the amount of antioxidants you’ll drink down (and giving you a major serotonin boost). 

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Birch Benders Sweet Potato Pancake Mix

This micro-pancakery (totally a thing) has several amazing mixes that only require adding water (a current best seller is its Paleo mix, made with cassava flour, coconut flour, almond flour, eggs, and monk fruit), but the Sweet Potato mix, which is exclusive to Target, definitely stands out. Super easy, super simple ingredient list, and super buzzworthy. 

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Gaia Golden Milk

Golden milk lattes are the new matcha—and Gaia’s mixture makes it easy to whip up, even at work. Made with turmeric, dates, cardamom seed, ashwagandha, vanilla bean, and black pepper fruit, it’s just sweet enough and a delicious way to fight inflammation. Their pro tip: make a nightly ritual out of savoring your cup before bed, mixing it with almond milk, curling up with your favorite book, and stashing your phone away.

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Epic Bison Apple Cider Bone Broth

PSA: Epic is launching a special holiday edition bone broth—perfect for sipping as the temperatures drop. The bison broth is infused with the best fall flavors: apple cider, onions, carrots, celery, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, and lemon. Is there a more satiating way to get your protein?

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Avoke Avocado Spoonable 

Ready for this? The first-ever portable smoothie bowl debuted at Expo, so soon you’ll be able to get your fix by popping in the grocery store (and not hunting down a specialty smoothie shop). Half an avocado is used as the base for the four different flavors (Berry Mint, Greens & Ginger, Spicy Carrot, and Coconut Curry), and each bowl comes with toasted quinoa to sprinkle on top. Genius, right?

Want more snack ideas? Here’s what in-demand fitness trainers keep in their gym bag for pre- and post-workout fuel. If you have snacks covered and it’s dinner that’s your downfall, check out these healthy meals, which can all be made in 15 minutes or less.

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