Before you head out for a hike, are you reaching for more natural foods snacks like trail mix and nut bars rather than salty chips or big brand chocolate? You’re not alone. Millennials and Generation Z are buying products that are better for our health, and our planet. Products that are more health conscious, sustainable and involved with a cause have more purchasing power.

Why else would leafy greens like Kale creep its way into viral dessert recipes if they didn’t taste half as good as rice cakes?

We are happy to the core that brands are committing to cleaner, healthful, better tasting health foods. One growing trend ParkVisitor has seen is new options for health conscious drinks that are sweeter on the palate- minus all the sugar.

First up, BlackMP Living Water


This sugar free sports drink serves up electrolytes in Alkaline water to fuel a faster recovery while neutralizing acidity levels.  It also promotes digestive health with its added probiotics and 77 trace minerals. What’s more- it is free of gluten, artificial colors and is even Vegan and GMO free.


Clif Bar & Company is better known for its very filling carb-heavy energy bars, but they are also offering hydrating drink powders for the active lifestyle consumer like this berry flavored drink mix that contains all 5 electrolytes. For heavier workouts, this chocolate flavored recovery drink mix helps athletes with quicker muscle recovery. At 0 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein, this lean drink is a safe choice for both those looking to pack on muscle or tone down.



Other brands, like Nooma, have simply taken natural foods (or a natural drink, in this case) and made them more appealing and convenient. Their assortment of fruit flavored coconut water is all organic with natural sea salt and no sugar added. It’s a great portable drink on its own or can be used as a full flavored smoothie base.

Food brands are also diversifying their product line by offering healthier twists on traditional foods.


Chobani Greek Yogurt has been growing in popularity, even landing a spot on McDonald’s new menu aimed at serving healthier options. Their product line is growing, serving other options like Yogurt based drinks and a variety of yogurt based veggie dips, perfect for a delectable natural foods afternoon snack with only 1g of fat per serving.

Chobani Mezé™ Dip flavors include Roasted Red Pepper, Three Pepper Salsa, and Smoked Onion Parmesan. Don’t let these savory flavors fool you, they include no preservatives, artificial colors, and are all GMO free.

Stay tuned for our upcoming blog covering some of our favorite foods from this year’s Natural Products Expo West.