Last week we shared some tips on how to clean out and organize your pantry. That’s because in order to eat healthfully on a consistent basis, one of our key tenants is to keep a well stocked kitchen so you have an arsenal of nutritious foods at your fingertips.

But there’s one important step we didn’t mention. You actually have to purchase the healthy food to PUT inside your beautiful glass labeled jars!

Well, we know that going to the store and stocking up can take a lot of time (and can be a drain on your bank account), so this week we are really excited to announce a new online marketplace, Thrive Market, that gives you access to some of the world’s best-selling natural and organic products at an average discount of 35%.

Think of it like “Sams” or “Costco” but focused on incredible wholesome products that are sold in health food stores. It’s a Nourishing Guru dream come true!

We personally support Thrive Market not only because it carries so many of our favorite staples for amazing prices, but because they came up with this really cool “giving” concept in which every paid membership is matched with a free membership for a low-income American family.

That means that thousands of Americans who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford healthy and natural products will have easy access to similarly or lower-priced alternatives to all the highly processed and artificial products found at traditional supermarkets.

Membership is less than $5 a month or $59.95 annually. They have amazing deals every month, and often giveaways as well. In the last few months we got free jars of olive oil, salad dressing, and avocado mayo (yum). The giveaways change often, so be sure to keep an eye on it.

Members can shop 3,500 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, always at 25-50% below retail prices.

Here is a sample of some of the items we regularly order from Thrive:

  • coconut oil
  • chia seeds
  • hemp seeds
  • flax seeds
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • ghee
  • almond butter
  • walnuts, almonds and other nuts and seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • protein powder (SO many brands to choose from)!
  • cacao powder
  • cacao nibs

Oh, and they have so many natural household cleaning products to choose from along with nontoxic toiletries like shampoo, soap, and deodorant.

Another great thing is you can try it for free for 30 days to see how you like it before joining 🙂

Recipe Treat
Using THRIVE inspired ingredients (every ingredient can be found on Thrive), you can whip up our high protein bars to keep on hand for when hunger strikes. These are WAY better than any bar you can buy in the supermarket. Low in sugar and nothing artificial. These are soooo delicious and one of our most popular recipes. Feel free to vary the seeds and you can sub crushed nuts for the seeds too if you want.

choco seed protein barsSuper Seed Protein Granola Bars
1 1/4 cups rolled oats (whole or lightly processed in food processor)
½ cup plain protein powder (such as hemp, grass-fed whey)
1 tablespoon raw cacao
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon ground flax mixed in 3 tablespoons water (soaked for 10 min)
½ cup nut butter (unsweetened) of choice (sunbutter, almond, cashew)
2 Tbs maple syrup or 1 Tbs syrup and 1 Tbs Wholesome Zero (erythritol)
2-4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut or almond milk

Mix all dry ingredients together and wet ingredients separately. Then combine (using your hands works best to mush everything together). Use a little more “milk” if you need more moisture but it should not be TOO wet.

Press down onto a baking tray lined with foil or into an 8×12 baking tray (might not fill the whole tray). The batter is pretty sticky so we recommend putting parchment paper on top of the batter and pressing down onto the paper to spread the batter. It’s much less messy this way. Place in fridge or freezer to harden. You might want to score them before hardening but you can do this after as well. Should make about 12-14 bars depending on how you cut them.

Enjoy!

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