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These plant-based meat alternatives put a new spin on time-tested ingredients like vital wheat gluten and soy.

Historically, the motivation for going vegan included a desire for improved health, an opposition to poor factory farming conditions for animals and the chance to reduce environmental impact on the planet. Given the plethora of new plant-based proteins exhibiting at Natural Products Expo East 2017, we can now add taste and thrill of discovery to the equation!

Here, New Hope Network editors Jenna Blumenfeld and Jessie Shafer share their favorite vegan finds on the show floor.

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About the Author(s)

Jenna Blumenfeld


Jenna Blumenfeld lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she reports on the natural products industry, sustainable agriculture, and all things plant based. 

Jessie Shafer, RD

Director of Influence & Health Education, New Hope Network

Jessie Shafer, RD, is New Hope Network's director of influence and health education. In this role, Jessie curates opportunities and appropriate partnerships for New Hope's health and wellness influencer audience, as well as health practitioner and nutrition expert audience. Jessie is a Northwestern University graduate, registered dietitian, and long-time health journalist, having worked for more than 17 years at four major publishing houses on consumer-facing health brands, including Meredith Corporation and August Home Publishing and holding the role of editor-in-chief of Delicious Living for four years. Jessie and her husband relocated from Iowa to Colorado in 2015 where they enjoy riding their bike, hiking in the mountains and being mom to a cute and curious toddler. 

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