Making dietary adjustments isn’t easy. In reality, it’s a colossal undertaking. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or strengthen your body, it takes considerable time and effort to modify your cooking and eating tendencies, especially if you’re trying to do too much too quickly. You’ll only discourage yourself and fail to make long-lasting changes by doing so. Thus, it would be best to start small and gradually make more significant changes as you go. That said, here are a few things that should help you get started.
Avoid carbonated beverages
It’s easy to take carbonated beverages like soda for granted. However, you must avoid drinking them, as they have been linked to weight gain, insulin, leptin resistance, and even increased cardiac risks. Instead, opt for water or healthier alternatives like turmeric latte mix. Not only will you remain healthier by steering clear of soft drinks, but it’s a dietary change that’s relatively easy to commit to without too much effort.
Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables
Eliminating specific food groups from your dietary regimen isn’t feasible for most people. Moreover, it isn’t necessary unless you have a pre-existing condition that can be aggravated by certain foods. Instead, you can increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables while lessening your meat intake. You can also opt for fish as an alternative source of dietary protein and essential nutrients. This way, you won’t have to give up on the food you enjoy eating.
Lower your alcohol intake
Alcoholic beverages aren’t unhealthy per se. However, it can be if you drink too much. While quitting is always the better option, there are benefits to drinking alcohol, too, such as reducing the risks of dying or developing heart disease. The key is to drink moderately. A glass of wine or a couple of beers a day won’t hurt, and it will still give you the alcohol fix you’re looking for.
Steer clear of raw food
Eating food like tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, and cucumber might appear like a healthier option. However, they require more energy to digest properly. Because raw food tends to burn more digestive energy, it’s better to cook them before consumption instead. This is especially important for those with smaller body frames or who can suffer from exhaustion easier.
Control sugar cravings
Cookies, chocolate, and other sweets might be tasty, but they can impact your health. While killing your cravings might be too much, you can control or limit your consumption of sweets by opting for alternatives like fruits. It might not sound like a significant change, but it will positively affect your health.
They say that we are what we eat, and this statement is true with regard to our health. In today’s fast-paced world, it isn’t hard to take our diets lightly. But because the food we consume affects our health and wellness more than many of us give it credit for, you must start eating healthily. So follow the abovementioned tips and begin your journey to a healthier diet.
Eating better is one of the main ways advised by healthcare providers and medical professionals to ensure good health, which is vital for longevity and happiness. The following article describes how you can both eat healthier and save money. The tips are simple and can easily be implemented, even if you only choose to do one at a time it will go a long way to helping.
Cook extra when you do
If you’re cooking at home, then the best advice that we can give you is to always cook a little more than you will need at the current meal. The idea is to have a small amount of left-over supper that can be translated into the next day’s lunch or lunch for the week depending on what it was. Some cooked food will store better and longer than others, but generally, vegan and vegetable-based meals and pulses will store quite nicely for a few days in the fridge and will go a long way to saving you money and allowing you eat healthier. Part of this process is improved planning, both for grocery shopping and for meals. Know what it is you plan to cook on each day and then buy accordingly.
The aim will also be to waste as little as possible so as you start to implement this tip you may find that you’re eating a meal for longer than you wanted, persevere and simply adjust the amount cooked until you hit the sweet spot, where you cook just enough for a meal the next day or to put in sandwiches just once.
Always take a packed lunch
If you work outside the home, a packed lunch is one of the best ways to save money and eat what you know is good for you and that you know the provenance of. Remember, a packed lunch can be used for more than just in the office. If it’s a family day trip, then pack it up in individual burger boxes to give each person what they like and an individual meal that’s easy to eat. Make sure that whatever receptacles you use they are reusable and friendly to the planet.
Think diversity and colors
The more diverse your diet the better it is, yes, there are some basics that perhaps you favor and that the family likes, so pastas and rice, beans, lentils and all the greens, these are staples and should be included on a regular basis. However there needs to be diversity in the additions to the staples to make each mealtime exciting and fun as well as healthy. A trend has been to keep eating colorful, healthy eating can be made a lot more fun if a wide range of colors are used to prepare meals. This will naturally include a variety of food into your diet and therefore be healthier than a monochrome meal
Cooking in the home can be a huge money saver and as such is a useful exercise in itself. Home cooked food is also, by its simpler nature, a lot healthier.
Our Thrive Market review shows that their prices are slightly lower than competitors most of the time and dramatically lower some of the time.
Overall, we found that the savings substantially outstripped the annual membership fee. But that’s not why I ended up loving it.
Thrive Market does one thing so well that it’s hard for other sites to compete. More details on that below.
Getting the Best Prices on Organic Items
Shopping to get high-quality organic food at a reasonable price isn’t easy.
One of my personal hacks is to do a lot of comparison shopping for any packaged goods our family eats.
Fresh and local fruit, vegetables and meat form the staples of a healthy diet. But we use farmer’s markets, CSAs and local grocers for that portion.
Getting the very best deals involves some time and diligence, so I’ll show you how we do that below.
For the packaged goods, I’ve been testing out a newer website called Thrive Market and comparing it to other online grocery store options we use.
The standard ones we use most frequently are Vitacost and Amazon, so these are the ones we’ll compare in this Thrive Market review.
10 of the Best Organic Products You Can Buy at Thrive Market
Why I Like It
Nature’s Path Honey Oat Crunch Granola Bars
Certified organic dark chocolate chips with whole grains and gluten-free oats
Primal Kitchen Mayo
Made with no junky oils like soy, corn or canola
Thrive Market Ghee
Clarified butter; one of the best-selling items on Thrive Market
Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
Processed without the use of chemicals
Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Syrup
Lightly sweet, amber-colored and smooth; great alternative for sugar
Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams
Made with organic whole grain wheat; non-GMO
Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup (Grade A)
Straight from wild grown maple trees harvested in the Green Mountain state
Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar
One of the lowest glycemic index sweeteners
Clif Kid Organic Fruit Rope
Made with organic fruit pureé concentrate and apple juice concentrate
Alive & Radiant Foods Kale Krunch
Dairy-free despite the cheese flavor
Vitacost has an extensive selection of both online grocery and other household items. We typically only order from them when there is a decent promo of 15%+ off running. Their site and ordering process can be clunky compared to others and you usually have to order quite a bit at once to get free shipping, so we often combine orders with friends or tag along on each other’s larger orders. They do have some items that aren’t easily found elsewhere and on certain items we use, they reliably have the lowest prices.
For Amazon, we have a Prime membership, which I highly recommend for many reasons but especially if you shop for groceries online. Without Prime, shipping fees can add up. Also, with Prime, the shipping times are truly blazing fast. They are currently running a special that allows you to try it free for 30 days and I think that’s worth doing.
Thrive Market Review
The new entrant is Thrive Market. Thrive Market is focused on natural and organic foods and household products, so it’s more niche than the other two, but we use a lot of those products in our household. Thrive Market has taken $159 million (!) in venture capital funding, so they are very serious about becoming dominant in their niche.
A Thrive Market membership is a bit different than the other two; it is more like Costco than Wegmans. Here are the pros and cons of using Thrive Market:
Thrive Market Pros:
Generally low item prices, sometimes dramatically lower than competitors
Decent selection of foods chosen for their healthiness
Stocks some otherwise hard-to-find items
Free shipping over $49
Have their own branded items that can’t be found elsewhere
For every paid membership, donates a free membership to a family in need
Attempting to reduce carbon footprint in their shipping practices
Thrive Market Cons:
There’s a cost for being a member
Shipping isn’t free under $49
Shipping can be slow
The selection is somewhat smaller than other vendors (but appears to be expanding very quickly)
As you can see above, there are definite pros and cons. The fact that shipping isn’t free under $49 doesn’t bother me because we don’t order in small quantities so it never comes into play. In that way, it’s similar to how we use Vitacost.
Thrive Market tries to save on shipping both for financial reasons and to be more green by packaging everything into as few boxes as possible. This means there’s more variability in the shipping speed. I’ve gotten orders as quickly as 3 days and as slowly as 2 weeks. So you have to think further ahead when shopping at Thrive Market than Amazon, but the savings to the planet of the reduced packing materials and carbon footprint are no doubt real. It just depends on what you value, and as I said, we make use of all three of these options.
What’s with the negative reviews?
One of the reasons it took me a while to try out Thrive Market was that I read online reviews. Nearly every Thrive Market review has some pros and cons in it. It appears to be a service you either love or hate.
There are quite a few very negative reviews on Thrive Market out there so I spent some time sifting through them. They mostly seem to fall into two camps:
“I didn’t know there was a membership fee.”
“It’s hard to cancel.”
Thrive Market runs a lot of promotions, often touting free products. However, their free products come with a trial membership and once it expires they will bill you for the annual fee.
This is how almost all subscription services work, going all the way back to the Columbia House Records deals from my youth. I don’t actually expect to get anything for free so this isn’t a turn off to me, but beware; if you accept their offers they will bill you after the trial period.
The other one is that the membership is hard to cancel. I have started it, canceled it and restarted it without any real issues. Like most subscription products, they try to talk you out of leaving when you express that intent. Again, I expect that so it doesn’t offend me to jump through the hoops to leave when that time comes.
Let’s Talk about the Membership Fee
The part of the Thrive Market membership that will make most people balk is the fee. It’s a little unusual to pay a fee like that for a grocery store (unless you use Costco or BJ’s). And to be honest, it initially rubbed me the wrong way so it took me a while to give it a try. However, I now think it’s one of those things that at the end of the day makes no serious difference.
The reason I say that is that using Amazon frequently means you’ll need to buy Amazon Prime, which is another membership fee. Amazon’s annual fee is 50% higher than a Thrive Market membership. However, it’s a higher value fee as the selection at Amazon is nearly limitless and it includes a streaming TV membership that can make Netflix blush. But it is a membership fee. Also, Amazon doesn’t carry some items that we look for (hard to believe but true).
Vitacost and other online vendors also have free shipping over a certain order size and we make heavy use of their coupons, but the per item prices are often somewhat higher. So there’s no up-front membership fee but it all comes out in the wash because, at the end of the day, shipping costs money and these are low-margin products.
The BEST Feature of Thrive Market
What makes Thrive Market amazing isn’t the fact that their prices can be somewhat lower than other stores. The best (and my favorite) feature is the filtering of their products on the site.
By that I mean everything is categorized into any conceivable diet or concern you might have about food.
Need to see just low FODMAP foods? No problem.
Just certified biodynamic foods? No problem.
Only plastic-free products? Again, no problem.
Here are the specific diets you can filter for on Thrive Market:
But it doesn’t stop there. You can filter for 11 different certifications and awards like kosher or GAP Animal Welfare certified.
You can filter for 34 health and ingredients labels like peanut-free, yeast-free and soy-free.
You can also filter for 32 environmental and social certifications like ethically-sourced, made by hand, and woman-owned businesses.
Seriously. No matter what your concern is, Thrive Market can show you just the products that meet your restrictions.
THAT is the unique genius of Thrive Market.
Thrive Market Coupon Codes
The way Thrive Market promotes their service is through semi-constant sale promotions. There’s pretty much always a sale going on at Thrive Market. It’s often free samples of popular items; other times it is a percentage off of your total purchase. We’ll keep the most recent promo codes and offers on this page to make it easy. Be aware that taking advantage of any such promotion will mean that you are signing up for a Thrive Market annual membership fee.
Current Thrive Market Promo:
Get an Extra 25% Off Your First Order
A Sample Trip to Thrive Market
Another thing I want to do, to demonstrate some of our own comparison shopping, is to show all the goods we bought from a given shopping trip and compare the prices with other online grocery store options where you can get the same products. We might not have gotten the best deal we could have, but these post-purchase comparisons are important to help us make the best choices down the road.
One difficulty with this is that there aren’t a lot of places to source the goods we use. I’ll explain why I buy each item below because there’s always a reason.
We’ve recently updated and expanded this Thrive Market review and item list for 2020. Click on any price below to view the item at the site indicated. For Thrive Market private label items, they can’t be purchased elsewhere so we chose an equivalent item for comparison at the other two sites.
Important Note: Family Fitness Food is an affiliate of Amazon, Vitacost and Thrive Market but we actually use and can honestly recommend all three. The prices actually vary quite a bit because they are frequently updated on the respective sites. Because prices fluctuate frequently, the comparison should be considered a snapshot in time. Frequent price changes are why we don’t list Thrive Market prices right on the page, but we’ve created a link that goes to that exact product and opens in a new page to make it easy.
We use these for treats in the kids’ lunches. They don’t contain any low-quality oils like soy or canola and they have flax seed for extra nutrition. They also don’t contain any nuts. Our kids aren’t allergic to nuts but they can only take things to school that are nut-free and this qualifies. They are sweeter than I’d like, but they don’t taste sweet compared to other more conventional granola bars.
This product is difficult to find but it’s one of only two mayos I could find anywhere that isn’t completely stuffed with poor ingredients. This one is made with no junky oils like soy, corn or canola. It contains no sugar. It also uses avocado oil, which has many health benefits. On top of this, it’s also delicious, like real mayo should be.
This is an interesting one. Ghee is clarified butter, which is easy to make at home. It isn’t much harder than making ice, though it is a bit messier. But, folks buy bags of ice every day, and like ice, this is a purchase of convenience.
I may be in the minority in my thinking because it’s one of the best-selling items on Thrive Market and it’s easy to see why.
I had to do some math to create directly comparable prices here, so what you see below is different than what you’ll see when you visit Amazon and Vitacost. The Simply Ghee product is the closest comparison to this Thrive Market brand grass-fed ghee, but it comes in a 9 oz. jar as opposed to Thrive Market’s 14 oz. jar. Because of this, you can more easily compare apples to apples with the Thrive Market price.
This is another food we use as a treat for the kids. Again, not the healthiest food choice but it is made with organic whole grain wheat, it’s non-GMO, and it doesn’t taste as syrupy as similar conventional options. Sometimes you need a quick snack that can easily be packed into a lunch and this one fits the bill. I like to buy items that don’t taste as sweet because it trains our kids not to expect as much sweetness in their foods. Note: Amazon only offered this as a 12-pack of boxes at the time of this writing so the price below is the per box price based on that quantity.
It was particularly difficult to do a direct comparison on this one. Vitacost also carries a private label version that is “grade A dark” which is what they used to call grade B so I used that. Amazon only carries two options right now so I chose the cheaper one, which is also grade A dark.
We try to keep sugar intake to a minimum but when we splurge we often go for maple syrup. As sweeteners go it’s a wholesome option, particularly this organic version.
I should note that grade A vs. B in maple syrup is really a flavor distinction rather than a quality distinction. I actually prefer the deeper flavor of grade B so I’ll probably buy this from Amazon in the future and save a few bucks.
Coconut sugar is fabulous (as sugars go) because it’s low on the glycemic index and produces a slow release of energy. It is also high in nutrients compared to other sugars. Coconut sugar is often mixed with other, less beneficial, sugar so make sure you choose a pure one like this version from Big Tree Farms. This one is also fair trade, which is nice.
Again, this is not a health food per se, but a replacement for what “other kids” eat and our kids want to try. We very rarely go to a theater but if we do or if we watch a movie at home and want to give the kids a rare treat, we give them these as a substitute for brands like Twizzlers. Twizzlers are of course so full of refined sugars, dyes and GMOs that they are hardly a food at all.
I will say that these don’t taste like Twizzlers at all really, they just kind of look like them. They don’t taste worse than Twizzlers, just different. They are actually sweeter to my palate than Twizzlers. They are also stickier and have less of a waxy texture. It’s still candy, but the ingredients are FAR better than real Twizzlers. Note: This is an add-on item at Amazon; to get free shipping it has to be tacked on to a larger order.
Here’s one you probably don’t think about. We are big sushi eaters in our household; even the kids love it though they eat veggie-only sushi. Conventional sushi ginger has tons of added chemicals. This organic sushi ginger has wonderful, pure ingredients. It’s more expensive than the free version that comes with the sushi of course, but if you eat it frequently I think it’s a worthwhile upgrade.
I like to buy organic spices when possible. They’re free of fillers, chemical preservatives and pesticides. This is especially important for spices like turmeric that come mainly from regions with fewer regulations than we have in the US (not that those are fantastic either).
This is a brand (Simply Organic) that you can get pretty readily at many grocery stores but I often find better deals online.
Note: This is an add-on item at Amazon so free shipping will only apply if you combine it with a larger order.
We’re big on probiotics and fermented foods; anything that is healthy for your gut. Bragg is a leading brand in this regard so it’s not too difficult to find this at a local health store. However, it’s also just the kind of packaged product on which you can get a better deal if you shop online.
This is a seasoning, essentially a salt replacement. I’m not really convinced that sea salt is bad for you, but this seasoning adds some flavor and nutrients that you wouldn’t get from sea salt.
Sometimes when you’re cooking you need the consistency that gelatin provides or a good binding agent. It’s not for the vegans, but this gelatin is derived from beef and provides the collagen that helps with joint issues. It’s also said to be good for your skin.
Collagen has increased in popularity due to its claims that it can improve/strengthen hair, skin, and nails and help reduce bone and joint pain. Studies conducted to determine the effects of collagen in reducing joint pain or arthritis come up with mixed results. So, there is no real evidence or strong studies to back up these claims at this time. However, collagen is typically seen as safe so there are no serious side effects that would arise from taking collagen. However, a few people have reported rashes or diarrhea.
Those on keto or paleo diets will love this, because it is pure protein. And this is a cut-and-dry case of much better pricing at Thrive Market.
Everyone probably gets that I’m not a huge fan of seafood that comes in a can. However, it’s a very common way to eat fish and this canned salmon is still a healthier option than many choices on the market.
The closest comparison is Wild Planet’s products because they are also sustainably caught in the wild. This Thrive Market brand salmon is labeled prominently as “Non-GMO” though I would assume that’s true of all wild-caught salmon.
We use a lot of apple cider vinegar. It’s great for recipes, home remedies, and just as a daily tonic. I take a couple teaspoons in my water as soon as I wake up every day.
This is another tough direct comparison because Thrive Market’s private label version comes in an unusual 16.9 oz bottle. The comparison product is the most common brand, Bragg, and prices are calculated to be equivalent to Thrive Market. That means the prices below are all for 16.9 ounces.
Turmeric has many health benefits and is a flavorful addition to many dishes. It’s a product that I consider critical to buy organic though, because it can otherwise contain a lot of pesticides otherwise.
To make a direct comparison I scaled all the prices to be based on 1.45 oz. like the Thrive Market version. The others come in a bottle rather than a bag but that’s irrelevant to me as I wouldn’t pay extra for packaging. As usual, there’s a big advantage to buying in larger quantities with turmeric. If you bought a one-pound bag you could cut all these prices in half. It just depends on how much turmeric powder your household uses.
Choosing a better toothpaste is an easy way to cut down on your exposure to toxic chemicals. This one from Dr. Bronner’s uses natural non-GMO and vegan ingredients. It has no fluoride (a good thing) and uses no sweeteners.
I’ve used non-fluoride toothpaste for years without any issues. The job toothpaste needs to do is pretty limited. If I didn’t mind the flavor I’d just use some baking soda and be done with it.
Another great way to cut toxic chemicals out of your life is by changing your deodorant. When I was in college I went to the doctor with rashes under my arms and he told me that he hadn’t used deodorant in 20 years and I should stop too.
I wasn’t quite comfortable with that so I went out and tested a variety of them, landing on one that kind of worked and was natural. These days there are many options but this is one of the best in my opinion. I’ve been using it for years and specifically like the lemongrass scent version. A lot of people have to apply natural deodorants twice a day, but that’s a small price to pay to avoid slathering yourself with aluminum and other toxins.
We love this soap and use it for showering mostly. Here’s the thing about this soap is that it clogs. It gums up the reasonably large hole in the cap, so putting it in a dispenser is out of the question.
However, if you can put up with that minor annoyance you’ll get a soap that smells good, cleans well and has very natural ingredients. It also comes in a large container that lasts a while.
My husband LOVES this stuff. It’s the only hair gel he’ll use now. Like most personal care products, hair products usually contain a lot of toxic chemicals. They’re probably worse than most personal products in that regard.
This one feels fairly light going on but holds well and has the unusual benefit of making your hair appear darker than it is. My husband has salt and pepper hair but when the gel is on it looks about half as gray as normal.
We’ve been buying this for years and usually when we have a good discount code we’ll buy ten at a time. At this quantity, I know our target price for this item is between $5-$6. I’ve gotten it as low as $5.25 but sometimes had to pay $8 because of limited availability. Thrive Market’s normal price is in my target zone though, which makes this a slam dunk for them.
Here’s one I bet most people don’t think about–baking sheets. What surface does your food touch while it bakes? Hopefully it’s not a non-stick surface, which guarantees you some toxins with your baked goods.
Many other products contain either toxic chemicals or metals that you’d be better off not consuming with your freshly-baked cookies. As usual, you have to read the labels, but I have and so I use this particular baking paper. It’s a quality baking paper and is created with a mind toward not imparting toxins to your food.
Thanks for reading our Thrive Market review! Are there other products you’d like to see? Give us feedback, we’re happy to swap these out for more popular items or even review some more Thrive Market private label items if you’d like. Tell us what’s in your pantry and we’ll review it. Let us know in the comments!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who owns Thrive Market?A: Thrive Market is a venture-funded start-up company that has taken on a lot of funding. This typically means that the company’s founders and employees own a minority stake and that most of the company is owned by the investors.
Q: Where is Thrive Market located?A: Thrive Market is not a physical storefront but an online-only store, much like Amazon. This usually means there are multiple distribution centers from which they ship products. However, the company is headquartered in Marina Del Rey, California.
Q: How does Thrive Market make money?A: They make money the same way Costco does. They charge a small annual fee, but most of their profit comes from selling products for more than they pay for them. It’s the same business model that every retail store has.
Q: What products does Thrive Market carry?A: Their product set is broad and growing. Most of the products are food, but they also sell personal hygiene items, supplements and some durable items like essential oil diffusers. In all, their product set is similar to any large grocery store, just focused on healthy products.
There are plenty of reasons to buy food online. New delivery services like Instacart send out people to shop for you according to your online selections and deliver groceries to your door the same day. But if our local grocery store doesn’t have the selections you want, the experience can leave you feeling unenthusiastic about future purchases.
If you want to buy high-quality meat online, your best bet might be to go with a specialty online seller like GTA Meats that deals strictly with meats. There is no reason why high quality and specialty meats cannot be transported safely. It’s only a matter of transporting it properly, which means it’s likely to be more expensive.
Is Buying Meat Online Safe?
When it comes to buying perishable food online, there’s no such thing as a risk-free venture. But there are ways to optimize your chances. The first thing you should do is to go with a reputable online vendor. Omaha Steaks or Butcher Box, for example, are good places to start.
You want to go with a company that uses flash freezing, packs their products properly, and ships promptly. If you can’t find this information on their site, you can try looking up online reviews, or call the company yourself.
There may be quantity restrictions, especially during pandemic conditions. But the vendors mentioned above are well known and have a good reputation. They would be a decent standard of quality to compare to as you continue your search.
Is it Expensive?
If you were to use a service like Instacart to hire a shopper/driver to collect your selections for you, the price won’t be much more than what you would normally pay. This is a good service to use if you’re stuck at home for health or other reasons.
But if you’re looking to buy high-quality, prime cuts or hard to find meats, your best bet is to go with a premium service like the ones mentioned above. In this case, you can expect to pay as much as $20 for a single high-quality steak.
That is about par for the course no matter where you shop, which means these companies have done a good job of absorbing the shipping costs.
The Pros & Cons of Online Meat Shopping
Whether you will be best served by buying meat online or going to your local butcher or grocery will depend on your situation. So it’s helpful to cover all of the pertinent virtues of online meat shopping. I think you’ll find that the list of pros stacks up rather well.
Pro: Unbeatable Convenience
It doesn’t get more convenient than delivery right to your door. In some rural locations, front door delivery might be hard to find. But when it works, it works famously.
Pro: More Choice
With a popular, high-quality vendor like the ones mentioned above, you’re going to have an excellent list of selections to choose from. This not only means that it will be easier to match your tastes, but it will also be easier to find high-quality cuts.
Pro: Higher Quality (usually)
Companies that deliver meats almost always use a flash-freezing process prior to shipping. That means they will be fresher on arrival than just about anything you find at the store. Remember, at the store they want it to look nice- and that’s not conducive to safe storage.
Pro: More Process Transparency
Because of the obvious concerns with putting meat on a truck and driving around the country with it, online meat sellers have responded to high scrutiny with high transparency.
That’s a good thing. It means they promise more than your local grocery can- and they strive to keep those promises.
Con: It Can Be Expensive
Online meat sellers have to do more to ensure food safety and quality. They have to pay their delivery contractors, who have to use expensive equipment to transport meat. They also have to absorb the costs of delivery failures- which do happen.
Also, buying higher quality meat is going to be more expensive no matter where you get it.
Con: Vetting a Vendor May Take Time
To be reasonably sure you’re getting a good product that is safe, you need to scrutinize the vendor. This can take time. Sometimes it can be easy. If you find lots of good reviews online, if you find plenty of info on the seller’s site, and if they take phone calls promptly- you’re in luck.
In some cases, you could vet a company in a few hours. Sometimes it will take longer. But if you compare this to the vetting process of your local grocery- you’ll quickly realize that there really isn’t one other than trial and error.
Con: Food Safety May Be an Issue
As always, food safety can be an issue. But I think you’ll find this to be true no matter where you get your meat from. You should do your best to vet your seller fully. But you should understand that accidents do happen and that in life there’s no such thing as a 100% guarantee.
At the end of the day, choosing a source for your meats is all about context. The right meat vendor for you, whether it is online or not, is one that provides fresh, high-quality products of your choice at an acceptable price. It may take time to find a seller that ticks all the boxes for you, but when you do, keep those contact details handy for your next big order.
The benefits of a plant based diet have been brought to the fore through a number of high profile documentaries and books in recent times. As a result, more and more people are turning vegetarian for more than purely ethical reasons. A large number of them have been long term meat eaters who have, arguably, come to the light. But that doesn’t mean that they have lost their love of meat. There are also many households where the person who does the cooking is a vegetarian while others in the home are meat eaters. That’s why we’ve put together this collection of vegetarian dishes that meat lovers will also love.
These recipes are designed to be filling, easy to make and delicious. If you are a person who is considering switching to vegetarian but still love meat and don’t have a whole lot of experience in the kitchen, these recipes are precisely what you need.
5 Meat Replacements You’ll Love
Here are 5 protein rich, texture filled vegan friendly alternatives that you can add to recipes on plant based diets.
Tofu is made from coagulated soy milk that is pressed into a solid white block. The tasteless product that results is rich in protein and takes on the flavor of the foods it is combined with. A four ounce serving contains 11 grams of protein and just 1.3 grams of carbohydrates.
Tempeh is also made from soy but, rather than soy milk, the entire bean is used to create a cakish product. Half a cup of tempeh contains 17 grams of protein and 6.3 grams of carbs.
With their full, meaty texture and flavor, mushrooms – especially large ones like Portabella – are a terrific meat substitute. As a bonus, mushrooms are high in fiber, which is good news for your digestive system. One cup of Portabella mushrooms will provide you with 5.2 grams of protein, 6 grams of carbs and 2.7 grams of fiber.
All sorts of beans can serve as a hearty, healthy meat replacement. You won’t get all of the essential amino acids in one single bean but mixing them up will cover all of your bases. In a cup of black beans you get 14.5 grams of protein and around 34 grams of carbs.
Jackfruit is a large fruit that grows on trees and originates in south eastern Asia. When eaten ripe, it is sweet and delicious like a pineapple. When cooked, however, it has a chewy, pull apart texture that is very much like pulled pork. One cup of raw jackfruit contains 2.4 grams of protein and 40 grams of carbohydrates.
Tortilla Soup Recipe
1 can tomato soup
½ cup cooked Jasmine rice
3 cups water
½ cup zucchini cut into square chunks
Squeeze of lime juice
Chipotle to taste
2 corn tortillas
Pour the tomato soup, water and Jasmine rice into a pot and cook at a medium heat.
After 3 minutes, add the zucchini, lime juice and chipotle.
Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
Bake the tortillas in a pan for 2 minutes.
Cut the tortillas into strips and then add to the soup.
Allow the soup to simmer for a further 5 minutes.
2 large Portabella mushrooms cut into thin strips
¾ white onion cut into strips
1 garlic clove
¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
14 cup oregano
2 corn tortillas
Add the white onions to a pot and cook on a medium heat for 3 minutes.
Add the Portabella mushrooms.
Place the tomatoes, garlic, chipotle powder, and oregano in a blender and blend for 30 seconds on high.
Add the blended mixture to the pot and cook for a further 8 minutes.
Top with cilantro.
Bake the corn tortillas in a pan until crispy.
Serve the Tinga on the tortillas and top with avocado.
BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches
1 can young, green jackfruit in brine
1 small white onion, chopped
½ garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
¼ vegetable broth
Drain and rinse the jack and then cut them into small pieces. Cut off and throw away any cores.
Add extra virgin olive oil to a pan on medium heat.
Add garlic and onions and saute.
When the onions begin to brown, add jackfruit.
Add the vegetable broth
Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes until the jackfruit has softened.
Mash with a potato masher until the jackfruit is pulled and stranded.
Spread the mixture on a large baking sheet.
Pour BBQ sauce over the mixture.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes on a medium heat.
Remove from the oven and stir in a little more BBQ sauce.
With New Year’s Day quickly approaching, there are lots of people who are looking to make resolutions. If weight loss is your goal this year, it is important that you arm yourself with the tools to make this a successful venture. Weight loss is not always an easy task, but it is possible with some diligence and hard work. There are many methods to weight loss, but it is important to keep some common sense tips in mind to make your weight loss journey as effective as possible.
1. Eat More Often With Smaller Portions
When you are trying to lose weight, it makes sense that you should eat less. But few people consider that you should be eating more often. Instead of fasting all day and stuffing yourself at dinnertime, it is better to eat several small meals throughout the day. You should ideally be eating breakfast, lunch and dinner and two snacks a day. The snacks should be eaten mid-morning and mid-afternoon. It is important that you stay within your recommended calorie count, so make sure you are choosing the right kinds of snack food. The idea is to be never completely full but never hungry.
2. Keep Your Mouth Occupied
For a lot of people, snacking is a habit. It is something that you do when you are bored and not actually hungry. One way to overcome this is by keeping your mouth occupied. This means chewing gum, using vaping supplies from www.smokingthings.com or drinking lots of water throughout the day. These things will keep you from reaching for snack foods just because you can. It takes some concerted effort on your part, but with a little practice, you can master it in no time.
3. Eat the Right Things
A diet full of fat-filled and carbohydrate-rich foods is not going to do you any favors. If your eating habits are not the healthiest, now is the time to reevaluate them. You need to choose nutritious, whole foods whenever possible. Try to buy foods in their most natural state; this means you should avoid highly processed foods. This will help you meet your nutritional needs, which will keep you full longer. You will feel better and look better too!
Losing weight does not have to seem like an impossible feat when you have these tips in mind. You must set out to make a lifestyle change, and the results you want will be yours.
Weekends are like kryptonite to a strong and healthy diet plan. We go hard all week, and then everything falls apart come Saturday morning.
And it doesn’t even seem to matter whether we’re busy or not. Spend the day lounging on the couch and you can almost hear the ice cream calling your name from the freezer.
Spend the day running errands and watching kids sports practices and you’ll undoubtedly succumb to unhealthy foods and snacks like corndogs and potato chips. It’s almost like you can’t win.
But there’s some good news. There are some simple tricks to help reduce the unhealthy foods your family consumes on the weekend. And you don’t have to be perfect.
Here are six things you can do to eat healthier on the weekends.
1. Create a meal and snack plan
One of the biggest reasons why diets fail on the weekends is that we don’t plan for those days. With limited time to have lunch at work, we know we have to plan our meals for the weekdays. But on the weekend, things are much looser.
Even if you’re going to be relaxing all weekend, you’ll fare much better if you know what you’re going to eat ahead of time. We never make the best decisions when we’re hungry.
2. Clear the pantry
If you’re committed to eating cleaner and getting rid of unhealthy snacks, take the plunge and get rid of all the snacks in your pantry. You can keep some of the healthier ones like seaweed snacks, trail mix and pita chips. But you’re going to want to toss any junk food that’s going to tempt you to stray from your healthy eating plan.
3. Shop at farmer’s markets
If you’re looking for something to do on the weekend that won’t derail your healthy eating plan, consider a family trip to the farmer’s market. You’re still going to find some sugary foods, but most options will be healthier than you’ll find at the grocery store. And you’re more likely to go home with fresh fruits and vegetables too.
4. Try intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a great way for the adults in the family to curb late-night snacking, which is often one of the biggest problems in any healthy eating plan. It’s easy to tell the kids they can’t have snacks, but it’s much more difficult to practice restraint yourself.
IF is also helpful for reducing alcohol cravings in those problematic evening hours. And we all know alcohol can lead to over-consumption of unhealthy food.
Intermittent fasting involves fasting for a set period of time (anywhere between 12 and 20 hours) on most days. If you choose a 16 hour fast, for example, you can stop eating at a 6:00 dinner and fast until breakfast the next day at 10 am.
This isn’t going to sound like a ton of fun, but whenever you get a craving for junk food, have a large glass of water. It’ll fill your stomach enough to curb the craving for the moment, and with any luck, it will pass.
Besides, oftentimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty. In those moments, drinking water can solve the problem.
6. Eat more protein
If you aren’t getting enough protein in your diet, you may have more cravings for unhealthy foods. So be sure you’re getting protein from a good easily digestible source every day. If you’re worried about your protein intake, a protein shake may be a good idea.
Weekends can be rough on your healthy living plan, but with a few tweaks, they’re totally doable. You’ve got this.
As more grocers aim to carry healthier food, competition is becoming quite fierce for online mainstays like Thrive Market. Eating right tends to starve your bank account. And it’s not exactly a state secret that it’s pricey.
But when brands like Thrive Market came along, all that changed for the better. Consumers were able to get good food without breaking the bank. But by doing that, it started putting a dent in brick-and-mortar retail giants.
Not content to rest on their laurels, these same stores are now playing a defensive and offensive game. They’re stocking more gluten-free foods in an attempt to offset the impact to their businesses caused by these online liberators.
Today, we want to focus on Aldi and how they’re working to pull your business away from the online marketplace of Thrive Market. There are some good things happening behind the scenes of both, so let’s find out which is better-suited to your needs.
You might not know it by how much their inventory has grown since their inception, but Thrive Market is barely 6 years old. They have blossomed into a reputable vendor, providing quality health foods at incredible prices.
Thrive Market does a lot to better the planet and the folks living on it. I’ve become quite fond of their business practices – ones that I’d like to see other companies adopt. For one, Thrive Market works hard to impact the earth in as few ways as possible.
They pack and ship goods with materials that are 100 percent recyclable. This is a great way for consumers to get involved by seeing their shipping containers repurposed.
Thrive Market also ensures that no waste is produced at their warehouses. It’s a very environmentally-conscious brand, and that’s just on the backend. They also work to assist families in need.
Any time someone begins a new membership with them, Thrive Market gives one away to a family that is less fortunate. And these memberships aren’t just a card with your name on it.
No, Thrive Market memberships allow you to gain access to the online store’s vast selection of goods and food products. Some items are up to 50 percent less than what you’d pay in a popular retail chain.
With business practices and savings like that, it’s easy to see why people prefer using Thrive Market. But how does one get in on the action?
You first need to sign up and pay a fee. Yes, there’s additional cost involved, but you’ll get that back in more ways than one. For $59.95 a year, you’ll be able shop with Thrive as much as you like.
And if you don’t earn your membership back via savings, Thrive Market will apply any difference at the end of the year when you renew again.
Don’t like the idea of starting yet another membership? No problem there, as Thrive Market has an option that accommodates those who shop with them on a limited basis. For just $9.95, you can pay for only the months you need them.
Regardless of whether you’re a yearly or monthly member, Thrive Market gives free shipping on orders that total $49 and up. And if it’s your first time buying, your order just has to come to $25 for you to get your items shipped free of charge.
Thrive Market has auto-delivery options, too. This is great when you need to ensure that you don’t run out of any one item.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Aldi. This budget-friendly grocer has recently expanded their efforts to reach a larger audience. And by the looks of things, it’s paying off nicely.
For those not in-the-know, Aldi has been around longer than most of us have been alive. They were founded in 1946, growing into the juggernaut they are today. Don’t let their quaint stores fool you – this is one serious money-making machine.
Aldi rakes in a cool $60 billion each year, with no signs of letting up. Many of their stores nationwide have been updated, modernized, and are now carrying a litany of health-conscious food items.
The biggest differences between them and Thrive Market are their methods of operation and inventory. While it’s true Aldi is carrying more health foods than they used to, they can’t come close to Thrive Market.
Not only that, Thrive Market specializes in natural remedies, supplements, and more. And as where Thrive Market delivers their products directly to their customers, Aldi does not. If you want their goods, you’ll have to drive to your nearest Aldi and shop for them on your own.
While this is a detriment to those who prefer to do their ordering behind the screens, Aldi adheres to this practice in order to keep their costs low. It’s a model that serves both their employees and customers well.
Aldi can afford to pay their staff a higher wage than many other retailers. And their prices are very hard to compete with. Not only that, Aldi doesn’t require a paid membership like Thrive Market.
When comparing the two in that regard, I found Aldi to consistently come out on top. But, it’s not exactly apples to oranges. Aldi simply doesn’t have as much to choose from as Thrive Market on the health side of things.
If you’re looking for a bigger selection of non-GMO foods, Thrive Market handily beats Aldi. But if you’re looking for the cheapest prices, Aldi gets the nod. As you can see, it comes down to your personal needs.
Think about the time it takes you to shop for groceries. You have to first make a list, drive to the store, find the items you need, fill up your cart, check out, drive back home, and unload them.
Well, thanks to the advent of online marketplaces, the hassle of grocery shopping is all but eliminated. Now you can do all of your ordering from home using a convenient, streamlined platform.
Two of the bigger vendors fighting for your business are Thrive Market (see our full Thrive Market review) and Instacart. Both make grocery shopping a veritable breeze.
Simply type in what you want and, presto, there it is. No more wandering aimlessly through aisle after aisle. Simply place it in your virtual cart, pay for it, and your item(s) will soon be delivered directly to your door.
But which is the better of the two brands? One requires a membership, while the other is optional. And their operations are a lot different. Let’s take a closer look at each to see who comes out on top.
Between the two, Instacart is the more established brand. They were founded in 2012, and currently enjoy a yearly revenue of roughly $2 billion. Not bad for a private startup.
They offer their services in all 50 of the United States, with some reach in Canada. Whereas Thrive Market is its own grocery store, Instacart is essentially a delivery service.
You order your groceries from eligible stores within Instacart’s chain of partnerships. Your order is then picked up from said stores and delivered to your residence. A pretty simple concept, and one that cuts out delivery services like UPS.
The stores that you can shop from include Albertsons, Aldi, Costco, Kroger, Publix, Sam’s Club, and more. Alternatively, you can shop for non-grocery items from stores like Big Lots and Petco, among others.
One of the benefits of Instacart is that membership is optional. Non-members pay a delivery fee of $3.99 on orders totaling $35 or more. There is also an additional service fee of 5 percent.
As an Instacart Express Member, the delivery fee is waived on orders of $35 or more. The 5 percent service fee still stands, however.
To become a member, it’ll cost you a yearly fee of $99. Conversely, you can elect to pay on an as-needed basis. This will run you $9.99 each month that you use Instacart. Whether you’re a member or not, gratuity is expected on top of all other fees.
So, how is the pricing? From what I saw, you’re going to be paying what you would if you were to physically buy it from the store yourself. The pricing is wildly inconsistent among all of the stores, so it is kind of hard to fairly compare the two brands.
Those who are looking for health and diet-friendly foods are limited to what is offered by the stores they use. At one time, Instacart had a partnership with Whole Foods. However, this was ended by the latter in mid-2019.
That move took a sizable chunk of health food items away from Instacart customers. But there is still a decent selection to choose from among the other stores.
Two years after Instacart was founded, Thrive Market entered the online marketplace. They deliver to all states except for Alaska and Hawaii. They are currently working to expand to the latter, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.
Unlike Instacart, Thrive Market focuses on strictly non-GMO foods. They stock their own private label, as well as more than 500 other brands. Besides health foods, members can buy supplements, natural cleaning products, and more.
Aside from produce and dairy, Thrive Market carries just about everything you need for your home. Items are shipped quickly and promptly, with all packaging 100 percent recyclable. Furthermore, all of Thrive Market’s warehouses are zero-waste facilities.
To become a member, Thrive Market requires that you pay a yearly fee of $59.95. Customers may also use their services on a by-the-month basis, paying $9.95 for the month used.
Both monthly and yearly members get free shipping on orders totaling $49 or more. And on your first order with Thrive Market, you get free shipping if it’s $25 or more.
Thrive Market’s inventory currently consists of more than 6,000 unique items. That’s a respectable amount of products, but the main draw is the savings.
Customers can look forward to paying as much as 50 percent less than what they’d pay at a major retail chain. Not only that, customers are guaranteed to earn their membership fee back in savings over the course of their membership.
If you are a member and you haven’t earned it back by year’s end, Thrive Market will apply the difference to your account upon renewal.
I’m a big fan of Thrive Market’s business practices, as they work to help those in need. Any time a new member signs up with them, Thrive Market gives away a free membership to a family in need.
So, how do the two entities stack up against one another on pricing? It’s kind of hard to adequately compare products, as there are so many different brands among Instacart’s eligible stores.
But when comparing similar products between the two, Thrive Market consistently had more savings. There were some occasions when Aldi came into the fray, in which case they had the better prices.
That being said, Aldi’s health food selection pales in comparison to Thrive Market’s. It’s not as black and white when measuring different companies against Thrive Market.
But when you factor in Instacart’s membership and service fees, Thrive Market gets the win here.
There are some stores within Instacart’s partnerships that have more appealing prices than others. There’s a trade-off here, though, as you’re then limited on the amount of goods available to you.
With Thrive Market, you’re sure to get exceptionally healthy foods at prices most retail giants can’t touch. With guaranteed savings, Thrive Market is the better choice for your business.
In today’s challenging climate, most folks would rather stay home than go to the store. But what are you supposed to do when you need groceries and other household items? If only there were an online marketplace with quality products that were both healthy and budget-friendly.
Well, today, I’m going to introduce you to Thrive Market. It’s a cost-effective alternative to big box stores that cuts out the middleman and passes on the savings to you. You’ll find food, meat, seafood, meals, wine, supplements, and more. But what I want to focus on today is their exceptional coffee.
Thrive Market Organic Breakfast Blend’s beans are actually sourced from Peru and roasted in California. This coffee is very reasonably-priced and it’s easy to order. Imagine your delight when it shows up on your doorstep. It’s just a few clicks away, and you never even have to leave your house.
Things to Consider Before Buying Thrive Market Goods
Rarely have we seen such amazing deals for quality foods and goods. If you’re tired of spending a small fortune just to eat healthily, Thrive Market is right up your alley (see our full Thrive Market review). Most stores can’t touch their prices. So if you want to eat healthy foods, this is the best way to go. You will, however, have to sign up for a membership.
If you’re adamant about buying ethically-sourced coffee but don’t want to start a membership, you should try Thrive Farmers coffee. Amazon is bypassed to cut out the middleman here, as well. Simply Google their name and you’ll see their website. From there, you can purchase any of their fine ground or whole bean coffee blends.
Thrive Market Coffee
When you buy coffee from the Market, your order ships out within 24 hours. All of their coffee is ethically-sourced, certified-organic, and vegan-friendly. Many of them are safe to add to your paleo or ketogenic diets. You can’t do this with Starbucks coffee.
If you’re dieting, Thrive is your best bet for coffee. So many of their blends can be combined with dietary restrictions, and they have a huge catalog to choose from. Just bear in mind that you will have to pay to become a member. If you can’t swing the upfront cost, you’ll have to pursue other alternatives.
Sourced from farmers
Safe for dieting
Requires membership to purchase
Some beans are oily
Not very heavy
Features & Benefits
Many who purchase this coffee do so because there is no middleman to collect fees. The coffee comes directly from farmers, after which it is roasted, packaged, and sent to you, the buyer.
The popular paleo diet is known to forbid most coffees due to their high sugar content. This is one of the benefits of Breakfast Blend and many others. You can safely enjoy those delicious flavors, like dark chocolate, without affecting your strict diet.
And you’re not just limited to their coffee. All of the Market’s foods are safe and healthy. If you’re on the keto or paleo diet, this is definitely the store for you. You’ll love the excellent foods it opens up to you.
Do People Like the Coffee?
It’s important to back up claims, so I scoured the internet in search of reviews that supported these statements. I found more than I needed. The fan base is incredible, and for good reason. You’re getting healthy, affordable, and safe foods.
Thrive Farmers doesn’t require a membership to try any of their coffees. Their pricing is a bit higher than others, however. But it is ethically-sourced and comes directly from farmers.
No membership required
If you want to support farmers directly, this is a great way to do it. And it’s nice not having to sign up for a membership. Although you will save 10% on items when you start a subscription.
Kalyx is great alternative if you like to buy things in bulk. They offer spices, herbs, teas, and coffee, too. Kalyx is another online marketplace that doesn’t require a membership to purchase anything.
No membership required
Lots of bulk items
If you’re looking for an online store that specializes in natural remedies, Kalyx is an excellent resource. You’ll find all-natural alternatives ranging from asthma control to sleep aids.
My Organic Grocery specializes in fair-trade goods. I like that they clearly label the organic percentages of their products. This way you know exactly what you’re getting before you buy.
If you’re looking to bypass big box stores and do all your shopping online, My Organic Grocery is an excellent alternative. They offer many of the same items that you find in large chains.
When you become a member and buy Thrive Market goods, like coffee, you’re cutting out the middleman. This means ordering from the comfort of your home, with no trips to the store. Plus, it’s a great way to support farmers directly.
Once you become a member, you’ll open yourself up to a whole new world of quality products. It’s a wonderful alternative to shopping at big box stores, and you’ll save money in the process.
To get started today or for more information, click here to be taken directly to Thrive Market. From there, you can browse their vast selection of coffee and other items.