You’ve already made the decision to be healthier and embrace wellness, but now you have to keep it up. One of the hardest things for me is finding food that supports that goal. I live in rural New York, and wellness isn’t really a priority here. There is no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods within a 90 minute drive from where I live.
Luckily, there is a wonderful thing called the internet. Thanks to the internet I can get food and ingredients that support my wellness decision with just a few mouse clicks.
Thrive Market is the latest health and wellness shopping site on the ‘net, and I’m in love. Created by Gunnar Lovelace, Nick Green, Kate Mulling, and Sasha Siddhartha, Thrive Market specialises in offering wholesome products at wholesale prices. Think of it like Trader Joe’s meets Sam’s Club meets Amazon Subscribe and Save. After you sign up for a membership and place your order, healthy, supportive foods shows up at your door.
If you’re interested in using Thrive to support your food choices, these are the Top 10 Best Selling Products at Thrive.
1. ORGANIC COCONUT MILK
Coconut milk is a staple in many cuisines, and it’s a staple here in my house. I always have a few cans of Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk on hand. I am a big fan of Coconut Curries and Coconut Soup. If you’re looking to mix up your cuisine, keeping Coconut Milk in the pantry is a must.
2. QUITE CHEEZY KALE KRUNCH
Kale is my favourite leafy green, and I’m not at all surprised to see this delicious and healthy snack come in at number 2 on the list of Thrive’s Top 10 Products. Alive & Radiant Foods sprouts, mixes, and dehydrates all the ingredients in this snack at low temperatures so the product remains as natural and raw as possible. These Kale chips are crunchy but not baked or fried. Perfect for a pre-yoga snack when you don’t want anything heavy.
3. NON-GMO LIGHTLY SALTED SNAPEA CRISPS SNACKS
These lightly-salted, lightly toasted green pea crisps are delicious on their own or on a salad. They are the perfect, healthy, GMO-free alternative to chips. When you want to indulge in something slightly salty and crunchy, reach for Snapea Crisps instead. You’ll feel better for not putting unnecessary chemicals in your body. For a quick snack on the go, throw a handful in a baggie.
4. BACON CRANBERRY BISON
For all you bacon lovers out there, these bacon cranberry bison bars are a modern take on pemmican, a staple food of the Plains Indians. Throw a bar in your gym bag for a quick protein hit before you even walk out the door of the gym.
5. ORGANIC VEGAN MUSHROOM GRAVY
One of the hardest things for a lot of people about converting to vegetarian is the lack of gravy during the holidays. Most gravies are meat based. Pacific’s Organic Vegan Mushroom Gravy is the solution. Made from a blend of mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and a dash of sea salt, this gravy has the umami-ness of meat without the meat.
6. ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
I’m in love with coconut oil. Maybe obsessed is a better word. And for good reason. Coconut oil is amazing and versatile. I use coconut oil for: cooking, make up remover, moisturizer, chapstick, and hair conditioner. I’ve read of people even using it in their coffee. It doesn’t surprise me at all to see Coconut Oil on the list of Top 10 Best Selling Products at Thrive Market, but I am surprised it’s only number 6.
7. CLASSIC ALMOND BUTTER
When I first had almond butter I really wasn’t a fan. Which is surprising since I love almonds. Justin’s Almond Butter is totally different and I think that’s because it’s very simple. The ingredients are: almonds, and sustainably sourced palm fruit oil. That’s it. Use almond butter anywhere you would use peanut butter, including toast, crackers, celery, smoothies, and more.
8. ORGANIC TRAIL MIX – CACAO NIBS, CASHEW, GOJI, MULBERRY, GOLDENBERRY
I’m a big fan of Navitas Naturals. Every product of theirs I have experienced is a hit, and this trail mix is no different. A blend of cacao nibs, nuts, and berries, this trail mix honors the nomadic tradition of trail mix. Throw some in a baggie for a quick snack on the go. I enjoy a handful before yoga class to keep my energy up but without eating a full meal.
9. ORGANIC PEPPERMINT CASTILE BAR SOAP
When I first saw Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, my ex and I just moved to California. We were staying with some friends while we found an apartment, and they had this soap in their shower. Our first morning there, my ex walks into the dining room and proudly proclaims, “This soap is magically refreshing! It’s like washing your ass with Mount Everest!” And he’s right. Nothing wakes you up in the morning quite like Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. Give it a try. You’ll love it.
10. ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE- 70% CACAO – SALTED ALMOND
I’m a sucker for dark chocolate, and this salted almond bar from Theo hits the spot every time. 3oz may sound small, but when it comes to chocolate, it’s not. This bar is rich and delectable and lasts me almost a full week. I keep a bar next to my reading chair and have a piece or two while I’m reading at night.