This year’s BlogHer conference was at the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. I’ve been attending BlogHer since 2006 when there were only 600 women in attendance. This summer there were over 4,100 attendees!
Many told me they felt that this year’s conference was positive, fun and mellow. Maybe it was the gorgeous San Diego weather and the lovely breezes coming off San Diego Bay. It could have been the beautiful views of the Coronado Bridge. Or maybe we were just energized by working out with Bob Harper from The Biggest Loser, Quaker’s new spokesperson.
The hunt for stevia
This year, I was thrilled to be sponsored by the Global Stevia Institute to talk to other attendees about stevia and to find stevia-sweetened products at BlogHer 2011.
Sadly, there was no Pure Via presence at BlogHer 2011 even though PepsiCo has been a longtime sponsor of the conference. However, they did have a booth where attendees could sample Trop50, which is sweetened with stevia. They featured the Lemonade and the Raspberry Lemonade flavors, which are delicious. However, my favorite is still the Pomegranate Blueberry.
There was only one other stevia sweetened product on the expo floor – nimble by Balance Bar. It’s sweetened with stevia and brown rice syrup, and made especially for women and moms.
There were no stevia packets available at the coffee and tea service areas – just the usual pink, blue, yellow and white stuff. It was the same at the parties and in the local restaurants and coffee houses. This was surprising as the conference offered a variety of healthy, vegan and gluten free meals.
Let’s talk about stevia
While I’m beginning to find stevia packets here in Colorado at hotels, restaurants and coffee houses, I don’t see it in other places I visit. That’s why I always carry packets of stevia in my purse. It’s a great way to start a conversation about the benefits of stevia as a zero calorie, natural sweetener.
When talking with other attendees about stevia, many were very knowledgeable about it, loved using stevia in their coffee and cooking, and even told me their favorite brand. Usually they mentioned Truvia, as the company has done several campaigns with bloggers through various public relation and marketing agencies.
All in all, I can’t wait for BlogHer 2012 in NYC and have already bought my ticket. Hope to see you there! I'll be the one digging the stevia packets out of my purse.
Disclosure: the Global Stevia Institute sponsored my time at the Blogher 2011 conference.