I heard about Thrive a few months ago through Instagram. It was one of those late nights scrolling through my explore page because I couldn’t sleep, seeing a pretty picture and following their page. I loved the pictures and the idea of ordering my groceries online. Thrive is an online marketplace that sells a little bit of everything. Anything you want, from laundry supplies to bedding, to grocery items. If you need it, Thrive has it.
So, why am I telling you about Thrive?
We recently moved back to a small town. A VERY small town. I knew when we moved back that I was giving up my grocery stores and the ability to drive within 20 minutes of my house to get any ingredient I needed. Guys, I walked away from Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Target! We wanted to make the move anyway, and when I lived here growing up I just drove to the nearest big city and got whatever I needed. Now I realize that getting my 3 year old ready to go grocery shopping over an hour away because I want Goji berries for my granola was absolutely ridiculous. Needless to say, I have been suffering through the limited availability of my local stores for months and was ready to make a change.
Now, let’s talk about Thrive.
It is the change I was looking for. I can now order anything I want and have it delivered to my home within three days with free shipping. I realized that if I carefully plan my menus and shopping trips with my online orders, we can eat incredible food and save money at the same time. I spent a long time looking through all the options Thrive has to offer, and let me tell you the list is impressive. I found everything I wanted and was absolutely thrilled when I saw the final price on my order. The products are organic, brands I know and trust, and the prices were comparable or even lower than store prices. This was my first order from Thrive. I didn’t want to go crazy my first time ordering and had just gone shopping a few days earlier. I usually try to stay away from processed foods and by more fresh foods, but in the winter the produce just isn’t the same. I still buy a lot of fresh foods, but we do stock up on other items just in case.
Here’s the list:
Yellow corn tortilla chips
2 Snap pea crisps (one of my favorite snacks from Trader Joes)
Brown rice cakes, low sodium
Organic black bean spaghetti
Mary’s gone crackers original crackers
Shredded coconut, unsweetened
Flake coconut, toasted
Tazo Green Tea Zen
French Roast Coffee (Whole bean, fair trade)
Mama chia, chia squeeze snacks
Snackanimals chocolate chip individual snack crackers
2 Thai Coconut milk
2 Seaweed snacks
Vega protein powder
Vegan Vanilla marshmallows
This will cover us for prepared food for the next three weeks. I plan on ordering from Thrive twice a month; buying items that I can’t easily find in town and buying the rest from local retailers. I am a convenience gal when it comes to shopping. I don’t want to go to five different stores spread out all through town, especially with my toddler. I also want to save money while feeding my family healthy, organic food and Thrive’s prices will allow me to do that.
Let’s talk about some of my favorite items that came in our order. Coconut Aminos. I am always looking for low sodium seasoning options for my food. Salt is necessary, but in small amounts. I don’t want to eat bland or boring food, but using salt in everything is not healthy. Too much salt can overload your kidneys, causing your body to retain water, raising your blood pressure, and can lead to heart disease and stroke. I had been seeing Coconut aminos pop up in my news feed and was interested in trying them as an alternative to soy sauce. I LOVE soy sauce, but the sodium content is outrageous and it is not something that should be consumed daily.
Coconut aminos are produced from the sap of the coconut tree and are rich in 17 amino acids, minerals, and vitamins and low on the glycemic index. I used it today when I made my vegetable stir fry. I love stir fry veggies with crushed black pepper and loads of soy sauce, but today I replaced it with Coconut aminos and could not taste a difference. It was absolutely delicious. The texture was very similar to soy sauce, and it gave my food the flavor I was looking for without the sodium. I am so glad I tried this and I would love to experiment with marinades, sauces, and other dishes to see what this seasoning can do. Vega protein. Fitness is my life, I am always training hard and need to fuel my body with the proper nutrients to thrive. Protein powder is a great way to get extra protein in your diet, but it can be a process finding one that tastes good. I have tried so many protein powders and they have only tasted a few that I could drink. It’s expensive, everyone says their protein is the best, but how can you decide?
Take it from a girl who has tried enough protein to know, when you find one that tastes great, hold onto it. Vega is the best tasting protein I have ever tried. Nothing compares. The best part? It doesn’t have anything weird that I don’t want in my body. The protein is plant-based, so it is vegan. It only has two grams of sugar in a serving, which is amazing! With twenty grams of protein, and two servings of greens, this protein is a gem. I usually drink my shakes out of a blender bottle on the go, but today I added some fruit and cashew milk and it was amazing.
Vega Berry Protein Shake
1 scoop Vega protein powder, chocolate
1 c mixed berries
1/2 banana, frozen
1.5 c cashew milk
Blend all ingredients until smooth.
I hope you are encouraged to check out what Thrive has to offer. If you aren’t sure, take a look at their website and see what they have. The selection is incredible, and you can’t beat the prices.