In a world where drive-thru hamburger joints and $1 pizza slices outnumber farmers markets and grocery stores, eating healthy can be a challenge. Even when you make up your mind to resist deep-fried temptation and go for a salad, you too often end up in sticker-shock.
Trust me, I know how this goes - I've been that person in shock at checkout. A small bag of jerky or green juice shouldn't cost 7 times the cost of french fries!
Luckily, a good friend of mine told me about this cool new online market called Thrive. Thrive Market sells the awesome food that I love at MUCH lower prices than other health food stores and it's all online. You don't even have to get out of bed to go grocery shopping. Genius!
Yes....this is real life. I'm not joking. Now, I buy most of my supplements, snacks, protein powders and much more on Thrive instead of other health stores.
Thrive is kind of like Costco meets Whole Foods but no need to buy in bulk. For less than $5 a month ($59.99 a year annually) members can shop 4,000 of the highest quality food, supplements, home, personal care, and beauty products from more than 400 of the best brands on the market, all delivered straight to your door at 25-50% below retail prices. Woohoo!!!
And hey, guess what? If the membership fee seems like a big commitment, never fear: Everyone can try out Thrive Market with a free one-month trial before you start paying the annual fee.
Check out some of the Thrive items I can't live without!
Organic Grass-Fed Ghee - $10.95 :: Ghee is a natural source of the anti-carcinogen CLA. Ghee from grass-fed cows contains the cancer-fighting fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) which aids in weight loss and has been shown to slow the progression of some types of cancer and heart disease. Great for cooking at high temperatures.
Organic Raw Goji Berries - $7.49 :: I add these to my kale smoothie every morning. They add a little bit of sweetness without all of the sugar that normal fruit adds. Goji's are also extremely rich in antioxidants and have even been shown to increase athletic performance, sleep and weight loss.
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - $8.95 :: I LOVE coconut oil! It's like a miracle food and beauty product mixed into one. You can cook or bake with it, add it to your coffee, use it as lotion after a shower or even put some in your hair as a deep conditioning treatment!
Kale Chips - $4.25 :: I'm totally obsessed with these. They are perfect for a road trip, movie night or just to have on hand when you're in the mood to snack. It's hard to believe that they are raw, free from sugar and full of fiber and healthy fats.
Probiotics - $32.95 :: I take these every day because they are so healing for your digestive system. When your body is full of good bacteria it will digest food better, decrease bloating, and help you absorb all of the nutrients from the food that you're eating. That's just the beginning of what probiotics can do for you so I'm a big fan!
Organic Raw Cashew Butter - $12.49 :: I love cashew butter as a healthy, full fat snack. Cashews provide tons of gut healing fats that will keep you full and also stave off a little sweet tooth but without any sugar. I'll just eat a spoonful if I'm in the mood for a snack, add some to my smoothie in the morning or mix in a few goji berries with a tablespoon or two for a sweet little dessert.
Pizza Flax Seed Crackers - $3.95 :: These little crackers are the perfect snack, great for when you're on the road running around all day and they really do taste like pizza! They are full of fiber and healthy fats from all of the healthy seeds in the ingredients.