Shopping at Thrive Market makes it simple and affordable to shop for healthy food
For the most part I enjoy cooking and grocery shopping – especially when life isn’t too crazy busy. But we all know that is not always the case. There have been plenty of times when I needed things to be as simple and streamlined as possible. And now in COVID times, even though our schedule is emptier, I don’t really want to be running around all over the place to find the foods I want and need.
After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis back in 2010, I started learning a lot about how diet effects just about every part of our body including having a huge impact on our immune systems and inflammatory response (both things that are critical to monitor with an inflammatory autoimmune disease.) I became a huge label reader and researcher and began to learn the foods that were super important for me to include in our diets along with those that we needed to avoid.
Some of these foods aren’t too difficult to find, such as fresh organic produce, non-dairy milks, and high quality meats. Other things can prove to be a little more tricky. Add in being extremely cautious about cleaning and personal care products, and it becomes more complicated and expensive to find the things that I prefer to use for our household.
Enter Thrive Market
I started seeing ads for Thrive Market in my newsfeed. Does anyone else just think about stuff and the magic ad fairy starts showing you just what you’re looking for? I checked the website out several times but wasn’t sure I wanted to mess with the membership. However I kept getting drawn back in because they had so many of the items I was using (for searching for) at really great prices. Eventually the lure of convenience and money savings got me and I joined Thrive Market. The fact that carry not only healthy packaged foods, but also cleaning supplies, supplements, personal care items and more was a definite factor in my decision.
Thrive Market carries over 6,000 organic, non-GMO, non-toxic, and sustainable products on the site, so you’re bound to find things you love as wells save time and money. The average customer saves approximately $30 on each order (an added bonus: they often have free gifts when you order). Membership is $60 per year, or just $5 per month, less than a fancy coffee drink. Plus Thrive has a great program called “Thrive Gives”. For every paid membership sold, they give a free membership to someone in need.
I have a lot of favorites from Thrive Market. We generally order once or twice a month; orders over $49 get free shipping so I tend to make sure we need at least that much before I order. There are some staples that I only order from Thrive, so we make sure not to run out. Many things are also available at our local natural foods store, but Thrive’s pricing is great.
Here’s a selection of five of my Thrive Market Favorites
I freaking love this salt. Is that weird? Probably. I honestly have never paid much attention to salt before, but after a friend recommended it, I gave it a try. It’a AMAZING. And I was so happy to learn that Thrive Market carries it. It’s naturally pink in color and has more than 60 trace minerals. A sprinkle of Real Salt enhances the flavor of everything from roasted vegetables to homemade soups to freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. I use it when we make herbal salt….it’s amazing. I’ve also stopped using salad dressings and will sprinkle a little Real Salt on my salad along with a drizzle of good olive oil. YUM.
We made the move away from soy sauce – commercially produced soy sauce is not very flavorful AND not very good for you. Coconut aminos provides the same sweet-yet-salty umami flavor as soy sauce, but offers a big difference when it comes to nutrition. Because coconut aminos is made from the organic sap of the coconut tree, it can have anywhere from two to 14 times the amino acid content of soy and contains 65 percent less sodium. It’s also soy-, wheat- and gluten-free, making it a healthier alternative to soy sauce for those with certain allergies or food sensitivities.We prefer its flavor to soy sauce. Thrive’s brand of coconut aminos is a great price and the quality is outstanding.
Apple Cider Vinegar
We use organic apple cider vinegar everyday. It’s so versatile, it’s worthy of its own post. We order either the Thrive brand or Braggs, both contain the mother and its beneficial enzymes, proteins, and bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar makes amazing marinades and dressings. We use it to ferment foods and make pickles and add it to natural remedies like throat soothing sprays. It is also my go to hair rinse and is great for skin care. It’s one of those products that I make sure to never run out of
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is not a soap but instead is a concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner. It is made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir needle and spruce essential oils (no cheap, harsh pine stump oil), without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives. I’ve used Dr. B’s Castile soap for years (yes, Thrive Market has that as well), but Sal Suds packs a crazy amazing punch for all kinds of cleaning needs. The list of uses is long: all-purpose cleaning spray, reusable wipes, laundry boost, dishwashing, window cleaner, and floors to name just a few.
I love the essential oils used to give it a woodsy, clean aroma. It’s biodegradable too. It’s effective in hard water and works like charm on grease and tough stains. I first bought it not too long ago when we were looking for a natural, effective, and versatile cleaner for Hana to use in the dorms. It’s quickly become my go to and Thrive offers it at the best price I’ve been able to find.
I love DIYs, and the vast majority of my cleaning supplies are created from Sal Suds (see above), my own hand-crafted soaps, vinegar, baking soda, and other simple ingredients. But I’ve yet to find a DIY dishwasher detergent recipe that I was happy with. I tried Thrive Market’s dishwasher powder because it’s incredibly inexpensive and I figured why not. At less than $4 a bag, and with over 700 positive reviews it wasn’t much of a risk!
It’s now my go to. I love the bright citrus aroma and that it’s environmentally safe. I use plain white vinegar as my rinse agent and our dishes are sparkly clean. I generally use more than the half scoop recommended but it’s still super economical. We get around 45 loads out of a bag making it less than ten cents a load.
There so many other products from Thrive Market that we love and order regularly including organic spices, ghee, honey, rice noodles….the list goes on and on. We used their sunscreen this summer and I’ve picked up some great makeup items as well. It’s definitely simplified my shopping and menu planning along with saving us quite a bit of money. Eating a cleaner diet and using safer products around the house has improved my whole family’s overall health.
In my opinion, it’s definitely worth giving Thrive Market a try – and if you don’t save the full amount of the membership back in a year, they’ll refund you the difference! Although as long as you are shopping semi-regularly, I don’t see how you couldn’t save a ton. And added bonus – you’ll get to choose some free gifts with your first order valued at up to $22 AND get a $20 shopping credit! Kick your savings off right!
My top three money saving tips:
Order when you need at least $49 so you get free shipping.
Watch for their amazing free gifts. Sometimes I get items we already love, but sometimes we get to try fun new things.
Check out Thrive Cash. You can shop select products and earn Thrive Cash, which will be applied to your next order. You’ll also have the chance to earn by leaving product reviews.