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Thrive Market Faves

Hey hey! How’s the day going? We’re just hanging out and looking forward to the weekend. Madre and Nana fly in tonight and we CAN’T WAIT to see them. 

Recently, I was asked to put together a list of my Thrive Market faves for those who were considering trying it out. Just a head’s up that this post isn’t sponsored or anything like that, but my referral link is included in this post. When you sign up, you get your own referral link to share, which helps to gift memberships to low income families.

When I first heard about Thrive Market, I could quickly see it becoming a *thing* that wasn’t worth its value, so I was on the fence. (For example: Costco. I used my membership about once a year, when it was expired and I had to pay again. Aka, it was not worth it even though they have a lot of good stuff… and cheap wine.) When I found out we’d be moving to Valdosta, the Thrive Market lightbulb went off. Last time we were here, organic and pantry essentials were limited and very expensive, so I figured it might be worth a whirl. I gave it a try in Tucson, and we’ve all loved it ever since.

Some details about Thrive Market:

It’s a wholesale shop, featuring many of my favorite brands. You can find food, to cleaning supplies, supplements, and skincare/beauty products. They have a LOT. I think of it like shopping at Whole Foods, but with my pajamas on and a glass of wine. Plus, the prices are better and random items are a little less likely to jump into my cart.

When you sign up, you get 15% off your first purchase and a free 30-day trial. By the end of our free trial, I knew we’d want to keep doing it. We’d already saved a significant amount on pantry essentials and vitamins, that I knew it would be worth the $59.95. The $59.95 membership is for an entire year, and with your membership, you are also giving membership to a low-income family through Thrive Gives. 

Thrive Market always has good deals and freebies -a couple of weeks ago I got two bottles of Primal Kitchen dressing as a free gift- and shipping on orders over $49 is free. Everything is packaged with care, and it’s all easy to recycle.

The best things I’ve found there, which are in the usual rotation:

Best things to buy at thrive market

Snacks:

-Lime Sea Snax. The lime flavor is awesome and the girls go crazy for them. Something about watching them crunch on seaweed makes my heart abnormally happy.

-Plantain chips. We love these dipped into salsa or guac.

-Eating Evolved sea salt chocolate bars. These are my favorite chocolate bars right now. They’re not too sweet and have the perfect hint of sea salt. Necessary: get at least two bars. 

-Safe Catch tuna. All of their tuna is tested for mercury and they only purchase fish that meets their purity, quality and sustainability standards. I love tuna salad for lunches, and this is by far my favorite brand. It’s kind of hard to find -I was the weirdo with a tote bag full of tuna when I saw it at the IDEA conference last year- so I was stoked to see it here. 

Whey protein

Supplements and bars:

-Protein powder. I mentioned before that I tried this protein and really liked it. I ordered another batch, and after I finish this one, I’m going to try the Moon Juice brand and see how it fares. 

-Prenatal multivitamin (not preg; just always take a prenatal. I like the Garden of Life brand) and DHA. The prices for these are much better than they are at Whole Foods, and these are the brands I’ve been taking for years.

-MCT oil. This one is in a huge bottle, and is fantastic in coffee.

Four Sigmatic products. These are AMAAAAZING. I know mushroom supplements are kind of creepy, but I had heard so much about the benefits that I wanted to give it a try. The cordyceps and chaga coffee is amazing and I especially love the hot cacao reishi on the rare nights I don’t have wine. 

Mushroom coffee

For the kiddos:

-Smarty Pants vitamins. Liv is obsessed with these, probably because they’re coated in sugar, but I’m glad she asks to take them. 

-Earth Best cereal bars. Both of the girls go crazy for these. 

-Resuable snack bags and lunch containers. LOVE the fun prints (we have the monkey bags and quite a few of the horse print lunch items)

-Mamma Chia squeeze packs. Ok, I love these, too. 

Healthy homemade single serving bone broth soup

Pantry and baking:

-Bone broth. There are a few brands of bone broth that I’ve tried and loved (Kettle & Fire, Pacific, and Epic) and I’ll order Epic bone broth from Thrive Market because it’s a large jar at a great price. I love the flavors, too- the jalapeño beef and the turkey, cranberry, sage are my favorite flavors.

-Simple Mills baking. This stuff is the BEST, especially if you want to make something quick and/or have an eager kiddo ready to help. If I crack the eggs, Liv can make almost all of the boxed mixes by herself, and the ingredients are spectacular (all gluten-free, dairy-free, no weird gums, flavors or additives). We’ve tried a lot of these, and they’ve all been huge hits.

-Organic maple syrup. We’ll get the giant jug, because we got through quite a bit of maple syrup.

-Brown rice flour <— Thrive Market brand

-Primal Kitchen dressing. These dressings are so flavorful, and have great ingredients. I love that they don’t contain inflammatory oils, and they’re almost as good as making your own. P is obsessed with “dip dip” right now (<— any kind of dip or dressing she can use to dip) and if I give her the Primal Kitchen ranch with her morning egg, she happily dips and eats the entire thing. (Otherwise, she feeds the entire egg to the dogs.)

-Gluten-free rolled oats. A large bag was $9 at Publix, and is $5.45 at Thrive Market. 

This spicy Paleo mayo. It’s so delicious in wraps, on top of eggs, and with turkey burgers.

-Cacao nibs <— Thrive Market brand

-Turmeric coconut wraps. I’ve written about these a couple of times here on the blog, but these are lunchtime staples. They’re a delicious thin wrapper, and perfect for protein, salads, and eggs. I like that they have a super milk coconut flavor; it’s not anything too intense, and it pairs well with a variety of flavors and add-ins.

Candle

Fun random extras:

-Nail polish. I’ve been trying to reduce the amount of toxins in our life, especially with food and skincare products, so nail polishes were a huge one. (This was also important to me because the girls love to get their toenails painted, and I wanted to make sure I was using safe products on them.) Thrive Market has a ton of nontoxic nail polishes, and we’ve used and love the No Miss and ncLA brands. 

Lavender candles. These ones make the house smell fantastic and are scented with essential oils. The only bummer is that they burn fairly quickly, but they’re a good price point.

So tell me friends: how do you save on healthy foods? What are some of your must-have staples, or new brands/products you’ve tried and loved?

xoxo

Gina

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14 Comments

  1. julie @ peanut butter fingers on June 1, 2017 at 4:39 am

    I think Chase would live on Earth’s Best cereal bars if we let him! What is with kids and those things!?!?

  2. Christina @ montessoriishmom.com on June 1, 2017 at 4:43 am

    I love Thrive Market and am excited to try some of your faves! I love getting the Thrive brand coconut oil, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc…the basics 🙂

  3. Traci on June 1, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I have yet to try Thrive Market but it seems like the prices are fair and that they have an awesome selection of stuff I’d use! I just haven’t convinced myself to try it due to the membership fee, but we’ll see. The turmeric coconut wrappers, candle, bone broth, etc would be right up my alley though!

    To save money, I *always* meal plan. Then I go shopping at Trader Joe’s for mostly everything (Stop & Shop for a few items they don’t carry) and that seems to work great for us for for sticking to our budget. We try not to add too many extras we really don’t need and that helps too.

  4. Emily @ Pizza and Pull-ups on June 1, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I have checked out Thrive, but not tried it yet. It has pretty good pricing, but it seems like I can usually find a lot of the items I would by on sale for the same or cheaper in town. I do a lot of TJs shopping, and get oats and other ingredients in bulk from Sprouts, which can save quite a bit.

  5. Stephanie Prause on June 1, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Thanks to Thrive, we discovered Ruby Rockets vegan yogurt. My daughter has a little dairy intolerance and I was so jealous of all the parents giving their kids yogurt – such an easy snack/side for breakfast. RR is so delicious!!!!

  6. Kristen on June 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve been so tempted to try Thrive but haven’t yet! There isn’t a lot of selection where I live for organic or whole foods. Curious why you always take a prenatal? I’ve thought about it because it seems to have all the good stuff in it but not sure if it’s weird to do when not pregnant!

  7. Amanda @ CheerstotheWeekends on June 1, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I wish I could say I try to save on organic products but I buy almost everything from whole foods (insert screaming face emoji). I do try to stick with their organic 365 brand, so hopefully that’s a little savings!

  8. Bethany on June 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I love these ideas! Unfornationaly Thrive Market does not ship to APO address so I use Vitacost. I am going to have to those Mamma Chia pouches and some MCT Oil. I keep saying I am going to order the oil but never do.

  9. India on June 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of Moon Juice protein. Haven’t tried Thrive yet, but I hear you on Costco. I only go a few times a year for the basics (especially toilet paper).

  10. Lainey on June 2, 2017 at 3:14 am

    How do you use the cacao nibs? I bought the thrive brand ones and don’t enjoy eating them straight from the bag but I enjoy the crunch.

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      i like them in smoothies, energy bites, and oatmeal 🙂

  11. Carrie on June 2, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Mushroom coffee say what??? I’ve heard of thrive, but never tried them! I love finding new and unique foods though and it seems like you found a ton of them!

  12. kelli @ hungry hobby on June 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I was just telling my husband I want to start shopping more at the normal grocery store (Fry’s here) because they’ve expanded their organic section and natural goods so much, sometimes they are cheaper than the natural grocery store. However, they don’t have everything I bet I could just make up the difference by using Thrive Market!

  13. Tony M. on June 2, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Yes, the protein powder is essential. Protein keeps me full for longer and helps me to not overeat. I am looking for a cleaner protein because the one I am buying has alot of other things in it that I don’t believe are all that healthy. Protein powder is the way to go though since taking in adequate levels of protein without it can be rather costly. Thanks for the blog! It is very helpful!

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