Have you heard of Thrive Market yet?
It’s like Costco meets whole foods online. Their mission is to make nutritious food more accessible to everyone, and they’re doing a great job!
Much like Costco, there is an annual membership fee ($60). Also much like Costco, you make up the cost of the membership fee in savings very quickly. It’s free to use for the first month, so you can try it out with no risk.
I didn’t think that Thrive would have much to offer me at first, because I eat primarily veggies & meats, which are perishable, and thus not readily available for purchase online. BUT I went ahead and tried it out, and I’m glad I did! I’ve received tons of value from it.
Here are my favorite things to get from Thrive Market:
Dark Chocolate Almond Bars from Primal Kitchen. These bars are my favorite, hands down. They’re made with collagen (an awesome source of protein that we usually don’t get enough of), and sweetened with a bit of honey and monk fruit extract, so they’re low-glycemic. They are chocolatey and carmely and delicious, but they don’t spike my blood sugar the way some other bars do (lookin’ at you, Larabar.) They normally cost $36 for a 12 pack, but at Thrive Market you can pick them up for $27 (25% off.) Whoo! I carry one of these bars in my bag at all times in case I’m starving and I don’t have access to good GF food.
Avocado Oil Mayo from Primal Kitchen. I had been making my own mayonnaise for the past several years because all of the store-bought mayo I found had junky ingredients like canola or soy oil. Enter: Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo. My life is forever changed. Thanks, Mark Sisson.
Chipotle Lime Mayo from Primal Kitchen. Take all of the wonderful things about the mayo listed above, and add delicious spicy lime flavor. You will literally want to dip your vegetables in this stuff.
Ok basically everything Primal Kitchen makes is wonderful, and it’s all available on Thrive. Moving On…
Wild Planet Tuna and Safe Catch Tuna. Both are wonderful, responsible companies that use sustainable fishing methods. Their tuna is wild caught, and has a lower mercury content than most other brands.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips are my go-to chocolate chip when I’m too lazy to make my own. They’re dairy-free and soy-free, and they come in various sizes. The mega-chunks make amazing chocolate chip cookies, and the mini-chips are perfect for my paleo cookie dough ice cream sandwiches. I also like using the dark chocolate chips when I want to cut down on the sugar content.
Dark Chocolate Bars. So many chocolate bars. I am partial to Theo’s, because they use high quality ingredients, sustainably sourced cocoa, and no soy lecithin, but there are a lot of good quality options on there. I often dream about buying one of each and hosting a dark chocolate tasting. Anyone want to come?
Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking Mixes. So these definitely aren’t “paleo” because they contain some grains and sugars, but they are hands-down the best gluten free baking mixes on the market. (Trust me, I have done extensive experimentation.) If you want to splurge and make a gluten-free birthday cake (or brownies, or pie crust, or bread, or muffins…) that nobody else will realize is gluten-free, go with Pamela’s brand. You can thank me later.
Redmond Real Salt. I get the big pouch and refill my little shaker with it. This salt is the real deal, full of naturally occurring minerals that nourish your cells and keep your sodium levels in balance.
Palm Shortening. This is a must for paleo baking. My primary use for this is making Danielle Walker’s Real Deal Chocolate Chips Cookies. (For real though, if you haven’t tried those cookies yet, get on it.)
Collagen and Gelatin. My favorite brands are Great Lakes and Vital Proteins. They usually carry both of these, but Vital Proteins is intermittently unavailable. Both brands source their gelatin from grass-fed animals. I like using collagen in my smoothies (it doesn’t gel), and gelatin for homemade jello, gummies, and marshmallows.
FatWorks Duck Fat, Tallow, and Lard. These are amazing fats for cooking with. (Duck fat fries, anyone?) Plus, they are made from pastured, grass-fed animals. Delicious and nutritious!
Earth Paste. This is my favorite toothpaste. No fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfates. It’s made with simple ingredients and leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh.
Dr. Bronners Organic Soaps & Body Products. Dr. Bronner’s products are awesome because they are made from pure, organic castile soap and essential oils. No funky ingredients that will mess with your liver.
You can also search the site based on what type of diet you follow, like Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw, etc. This allows you to browse around for new products without having to filter through all the foods that you’re not interested in.
AND their customer service is great.
Bottom line–I’m loving my Thrive Market account, and I highly recommend signing up!