Last weekend, I attended the yearly Registered Dietitian National Conference meeting in Denver. At this 4 day conference, you can attend what they call the “EXPO.” At the expo, aisle after aisle of food manufacturers and food companies are in attendance trying to sway the RD’s of our country on their products. With the countless samples, I could have easily eaten breakfast, lunch and dinner and left stuffed. Although most most of the serving ware were toothpicks, many companies oohed and whooed us with plates full of food. I can guarantee, many RD’s left the expo floor with upset and full bellies. I will now walk you through a small piece of the experience as I ate my way through the booths. The pictures represent about 1% of what you could have sampled. Let’s start with the treats …(I categorize treats as somewhat “healthy” samples that a RD would have no problem recommending as a nutritious food.

Strawberry Board Blueberry Board

Not necessarily a new food for most nutrition experts, but the berry board didn’t want us to forget the small source of a big antioxidant punch.

Get Your Egg Kabob

That’s right, get your egg on a stick. You could also get a cheese and egg omelet at the Egglands Best Booth, but these hardboiled gems were from the Egg Board.

The Other White Meat

Honestly, most Americans get enough meat, so do they really have to advertise? Now, if it was Fresh Gatherings Cafe advertising their pork, they would have showcased the farmer that produced your pork, and provided posters on the how and why we should look into buying locally raised, animal friendly pork. That is the type of information that could be useful to hundreds of RD’s…not the nutrition information for a 3 oz pork chop.

Beef Council

Yes, you could an “appetizer” sized tenderloin beef salad as you perused by the beef booth. Wish I had the beef booth’s budget! Now I will share some ” tricks ,” or foods that I am sure I have never incorporated into a meal plan for my clients…

Healthy Chips?

Sure they might be made with a “healthier” oil, but they are still fried chips.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Kudos on that new grilled chicken, but healthy items make up about 1% of KFC’s menu.

M&M's MAX

Hum…M&M plus the word MAX? Not sure that sounds like a healthy concoction.

My Favorite Booth

I won’t lie, I might have asked one of the dietetic interns to snag me another sample from the “Orginal Cakerie” booth.

Hershey's

You wouldn’t believe all of the chocolate samples available, thank you Hershey’s for supplying my trick or treaters candy.

Concession Stand

Hungry for a hot Super Pretzel yet?

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.