I heard about Thrive Market by seeing other bloggers and nutrition websites talking about it and doing Thrive Market reviews. When I read the mission page on Thrive Market’s website, I was more than intrigued. Then I started looking at the products they offered and started comparing prices with Amazon and my local grocery stores. When I saw that prices were often cheaper, membership is reasonable and easy to pay for with the savings, and they help low income families get access to healthier food, I was all in.
When we started talking about the benefits of Thrive Market in our free Facebook community, several people found it to be extremely helpful. So, I asked one of those people to do a quick Thrive Market review for the blog. Jamie agreed and wrote up a Thrive Market review complete with a list of some of her favorite products.
The next section is completely written by Jamie but I’ve added direct (affiliate) links in several places where she mentions products and pages. I always feel like I need to be as clear as possible that there are affiliate links, but we NEVER link to things we don’t use ourselves and/or believe are truly beneficial. I really feel like Thrive Market is something that could benefit a lot of our readers.
Jamie's Thrive Market Review
I’ve been a member of 90/10 for 3 years now. Before finding this program and group of support, my life was pretty stereotypical. I am a wife, mom of 2, working professional who barely has time to cook. I live in northeast Tennessee, a fairly rural area that doesn’t have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods within any reasonable distance. My typical dinners came from boxes or other fix-it-quick meals. I never even considered looking at ingredients, much less considering the quality of such ingredients.
Since joining 90/10, I’ve learned so much about nutrition. I’ve read several books recommended by Ryan (some that he recently blogged about) and have become more aware of not only how important ingredients are, but also how important the quality and source of those ingredients are. One frustration I have had throughout my time here is my inability to always find such quality foods. Sometimes even the most basic “healthy” food can be a challenge to find in an area that lives on sweet tea and everything fried. Even when the basic staples are available in my stores, often they are limited and much higher priced when compared to similar products loaded with sugar and other chemicals.
When Ryan posted about Thrive Market, I immediately checked it out. I was hesitant, wondering if it would be worth it, but I placed my first order and gave it a try. I am so glad I did! I now have access to so many different high quality, organic grocery items. The website and app are extremely user friendly and well organized. I have become a yearly subscriber and place an order at least once a week. I’ve found that, for me, in this part of the country, the pricing on Thrive Market is considerably better than what I find in my local grocery store. Added benefits include frequent sales from 25-30% off items, free shipping, and free products. You choose your free products so they are items you will actually use and enjoy rather than something that doesn’t match your lifestyle.
Below is a list of some of my favorite items:
- Thrive Market Brand Spaghetti Sauces—Locally I was paying over $8/jar for a spaghetti sauce that didn’t have added sugar. Thrive has that sauce in their products at a slightly discounted price, but I’ve found that the Thrive Market Brand is as good or better and is now a staple in our home.
- Primal Kitchen sauces and dressings—While the 90/10 database has many great recipes for sauces and dressings, sometimes it’s just more convenient to have that bottle of salad dressing readily available. Primal Kitchen dressings are green tier and full of flavor. They recently released a new bbq sauce and steak sauce that I ordered this week. I’m excited to try these sauces and expect the same quality that is in their dressings. NOTE: We blogged about Primal Kitchen here.
- The New Primal Grass-Fed Beef Sticks—My kids love beef sticks and beef jerky. But I don’t love the ingredients list on many of them. I tried these, not sure what to expect. This item has now become a go to snack for 2 growing teens in my home.
- Simple Mills items—Simple Mills has a ton of grain free items ranging from crackers to dry mixes to cookies. You still have to read the ingredients here but I’ve found that the Simple Mills snack crackers are a great alternative to satisfy my craving for chips.
- Spices, oils, nuts—I now buy all of my staples here. So far they have been priced significantly cheaper than my local stores. When they run a sale on these items, I stock up.
- Grain free tortilla chips—These are a great alternative for tortilla chips if you prefer lower carbs. My family now prefers these chips to the major brands carried in our grocery stores. They are just that good.
- Thrive Market Free-Range Organic Chicken—I wasn’t sure about purchasing meat this way, but I have been so pleased with everything else I thought I would give it a try. I’ve become more aware of the need to purchase true quality meat such as grass-fed beef and free-range organic chicken. Thrive Market gives me the opportunity to do that. The chicken came well packed on dry ice and was still frozen when I got home on the evening of delivery. I’ve been extremely pleased with the taste and quality of the meat and plan to make Thrive my source for chicken in the future.
It’s hard for me to pick out my favorite items. There are so many that I haven’t listed. I hope you’ll give Thrive Market a try and enjoy it as much as I do.