Over two years ago my life changed for the better when I learned about Thrive Market. The best way to describe it is an online version of Coscto that sells healthy food and lifestyle products that aren’t in bulk. I learned about Thrive when we opened the Center for Functional Medicine and I started working for Dr. Mark Hyman. He raved about Thrive and promised that it was the best way to purchase healthy, non-perishable foods. It turns out he was 100% spot on. As a consumer of Thrive and a dietitian, I have become one of their biggest advocates (second to Dr. Hyman, of course). Through ordering from Thrive I have found certain foods that I cannot scoop up in health food stores without breaking my bank. Find out my top 10 food purchases from Thrive!
Two of the biggest obstacles that prevent people from stocking up on nutritious foods are lack of accessibility and cost. Our society is not conducive to an eating environment that makes healthy food accessible at the grocery store, especially in rural areas. When it is accessible, healthy food has more $$$ (in the case of whole foods, whole paycheck), making it difficult to value the accessibility. Thrive has figured out how to solve these issues, providing a way to sell good quality food that is affordable and SO much more convenient than going to 10 grocery stores (it literally shows up on your door step!!).
When I was in grad school I studied public health nutrition and spent a semester at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. While at CSPI one of my mentors in nutrition policy, Margo Wootan, said to me…”In order to help people improve their diets on a large scale we need a two pronged approach that includes both education and access. Without access to nutritious foods it doesn’t matter how many nutrition facts you have in your brain and without education, no one would choose the nutritious options over junk food”. Thrive Market very clearly identified the same issues and has committed to improving our food environment. Ordering through companies like Thrive is not just about grocery shopping, it’s also a way to vocalize the need for a healthier food environment.
As they say, the most powerful vote you have is your fork! Dig into my top 10 favorite products from thrivemarket.com, all of which are gluten-free and dairy-free!
1. Tolerant Red Lentil Pasta: $3.45 (Save 31%)
Lentil pastas like Tolerant’s Organic Red Lentil Pasta are changing everything about the way we think of pasta! Most gluten-free pasta companies are made from corn and rice and have an unimpressive fiber and protein content. This Red Lentil Pasta has a much higher nutrient density with one serving providing 16 grams of dietary fiber and 18 grams of protein! Checkout my Arugula Lentil Pasta Salad for one of my favorite ways to prepare this pasta!
2. Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccini: $3.75 (Save 25%)
My other favorite gluten-free pasta-alternative is the Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccini which is also packed with 11 grams of fiber and 22 grams of protein! This product is also stacked with potasium–36% of the daily value which is especially good for lowering blood pressure. Between this and Tolerant Lentil Pasta, I eat bean or lentil pasta a few times per week because it is so fast, easy and nutritious!
3. Jilz Gluten-free Pepper & Sea Salt Crackerz: $5.25 (Save 25%)
Jilz Crackerz is a gluten-free, paleo cracker company made from nuts and seeds (aka the best invention ever). It’s the perfect solution to a crunchy snack that is not loaded with empty calories and refined carbohydrates. My favorite is the Gluten-free Pepper & Sea Salt flavor–especially for dipping in guacamole or hummus! Their ingredients are nutrient-dense and include the following: Organic Sesame Seeds, Organic tapioca flour, Almond flour, Organic sunflower seed flour, Organic chia seeds, Organic flax seeds, Organic apple cider vinegar, Sea salt, Coarse ground peppercorns.
4. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise: $7.45 (Save 25%)
Primal Kitchen is rocking the avocado oil products that are exceptionally rich in healthy fats. Their Avocado Oil Mayonnaise is basically heaven on earth. Instead of using vegetable oils that are higher in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fats, the company uses avocado oil! Avocado oil is one of the most nutritious oils because it is a monounsaturated fat which means lots of heart-healthy, inflammation-fighting benefits. Avocado oil also has a high smoke point which means it is safe to cook at higher temperatures.
5. Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce: $6.95 (Save 31%).
The only thing that beats homemade marinara sauce is Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce. After buying Rao’s Marinara I cannot buy other brands because they do not compare to the amazing flavor. The other thing I love is that they have a very clean ingredient list: Imported italian tomato, imported olive oil, fresh onions, salt, fresh garlic, fresh basil, black pepper, oregano. Get in on this secret sauce!
6. Safe Catch Elite Wild Skipjack Tuna: $2.75 (Save 27%)
Tuna can traditionally be high in mercury and for my patients that have heavy metal toxicity they cannot eat fish high in mercury. Safe Catch Elite Wild Skipjack Tuna is the perfect solution for all the tuna lovers because they test the level of mercury in all of their fish. Their mercury limit is 10 times lower than the FDAs so they guarantee that their tuna does not lead to high mercury exposure. They also are non-GMO certified and certified Paleo. Genius!
7. Mighty Leaf Organic Green Dragon Tea: $5.95 (Save 35%)
Thanks to Mighty Leaf I have become a huge tea snob. One of our other dietitians turned me onto Mighty Leaf Organic Green Dragon Tea and warned that I would not be able to drink other brands of green tea after drinking Mighty Leaf. TRUTH! You can’t go back! This organic green tea is my favorite way to start my morning.
8. Numi Turmeric Three Roots Tea: $5.45 (Save 32%)
Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects and what better way to consume it than through tea?! The Numi Three Roots Turmeric Tea blend of organic turmeric, organic ginger, organic licorice, and organic rose is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. I drink hot tea throughout the entire day, especially in the winter because I find it to be soothing on my stomach.
9. Sprouted Organic Popcorn: $3.45 (Save 51%)
Corn gets a bad rap because of GMO’s and because it’s more starchy than other vegetables. While I understand those concerns, homemade popcorn has always been one of my favorite snacks. I grew up with my parents and grandparents making popcorn on the stove from a Whirly Pop and this is something that I have continued to make for myself. You can imagine my excitement when Thrive started selling their digestive-friendly Non-GMO Sprouted Popcorn that I cook in coconut oil and top with himalayan salt and sometimes hot sauce!
10. Simple Mills Almond Flour Pizza Dough Mix: $7.55 (Save 26%)
Simple Mills is another stellar company that provides creatively nutritious and tasty crackers and pizza dough. I love making their Almond Flour Pizza Dough Mix and topping it off with Rao’s Homemade Marinara and fresh veggies! They have a super clean ingredient list and only 12 grams of carbohydrates per serving. Their ingredients speak for themselves: Almond Flour, Arrowroot, Flax Meal, Cauliflower, Baking Soda, Organic Oregano, Cream of Tartar, Organic Garlic.