#Chicagomarathon Expo, A Dietitian Runs the Aisles

I love sports and nutrition expos with all of the latest and greatest products. You just have to be careful on what and how much you sample. Here’s my dietitian’s review on new products from start to finish. 20161008_115318

20161008_104107Kashi launched three new products all dark cocoa based: Go Lean Dark Cocoa Power Plant Powered Shake (that’s a mouthful just in the title), Go Lean Salted Dark Chocolate & Nuts bars and Dark Cocoa Karm cereal.  I didn’t get to sample the new shake but it sounds like a gut to muscle loving potion provided it doesnt’ violate the top 3: 1) great taste 2) no after taste and 3) doesn’t clump. It contains:

  • 21 grams of plant protein with greens, beets, sprouted legumes
  • 1 billion CFU probitoics Bacillus coagulans
  • Gluten free, vegan, and non-GMO Project Verified
  • Two scoops contains 180 calories
  • Clean ingredients

The Go Lean Salted Dark Chocolate Bars shares the Kashi Non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, multi-source plant protein trademark with 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per bar.  It’s a nice mix of chewy and crunchy due to pea crisps, nuts and seeds. The new Kashi Wheat Biscuit, Dark Cocoa Karma was fantastic. I could snack on this stuff.  It’s organic, has 8 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber per 180 calorie serving. Get this minimalist ingredient list: 1) whole grain wheat 2) dried cane syrup 3) cocoa 4) chocolate extract 5) cinnamon. Count me in!


SmartyPants Vitamins are gummies. The dose is six per day for 50 calories and the first ingredient is organic cane sugar. This made me think of how my dentist said his child had to have her stomach pumped because she ate Flintstone vitamins like candy when she was in pre-school.  That said, keep these and all medications out of the reach of children.  The female version is missing calcium and iron which I prefer as an athlete but it does contain fish oil which is nice for heart health and reducing inflammation.

Curate is brought to you by Abbott Laboratories, a solid nutritional supplement line well trusted in the healthcare arena for supplying patients with liquid nutrition to recover and repair. Their six snack bars boast real ingredients you can find on grocery stores like chia seeds, Mission figs, Marcona almonds, quinoa and balsamic vinegar (That’s a new one!)


While I’m not big on the name, the flavor profiles are pretty well curated pardon the pun:

  • Dark & Tempting: Balsamic fig and hazelnut, orange citrus zest and quinoa.
  • Harmonious Blend: Marcona almond, apricot, lemon, vinegar, quinoa and honey.
  • Irresistible: Chocolate, strawberries and pistachio with toasted oats, quinoa and almond butter.
  • Indulgent: Dark chocolate and hazelnuts with chia seeds, almonds, and sweet vanilla.
  • Salted Decadence: Dark chocolate and almonds, hemp seeds, quinoa and sea salt.
  • Sweet & Tart Berry Bliss: Wild blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and cranberries with almonds, chia seeds, quinoa and a sprinkle of flax seeds.

They range from 4-7 grams of protein which is kind of low for 190-200 calories and 10-12 grams of sugar per bar.  The ingredients are all very clean AKA recognizable.

20161008_110837 20161008_111654Chia seed beverages, collagen based protein from grass-fed, pasture raised, marine and beef liver were amongst the unfamiliar that need further review.

Real foods like nitrate rich beet juice, protein and monounsaturated rich nuts, avocado and anti-inflammatory cherry juice were sadly absent. Perhaps their athletic benefits are already well enough known by runners everywhere?

Hydrating staples like Gatorade Endurance and Nuun were fully present and readily enjoyed by all!


I appreciated the final reminder by this lively crew that handwashing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of infection and germs. This ia an important message post run when your immune defenses are down.  Remember, good health is in your clean hands…and fleet feet!



Have a great run!

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