Where you live has a big impact on the quality and types of food that is available. Living in the midwest gives me access to fresh, organic produce during the growing seasons, and wild fish and game. The disadvantages is that health foods are limited and more expensive than in more urban areas. Because I am living on student loans while in school, I have to prioritize my budget. It is most beneficial to me to spend my money on in-season, local produce and quality proteins. There are pantry staples that I like to keep on hand for favorite recipes and experimenting in the kitchen, such as almond flour, coconut aminos, spices, bone stock, avocado oil, coconut oil/flour/milk, nut butters, lard, tallow, and ghee. Many of these products are difficult for me to find, and when I do find them they are very expensive. I hope with time, finding and affording healthy staples becomes easier! In the meantime, I have found what I believe to be the best prices for nearly every heath food that I could want. Introducing Thrive Market. Thrive Market is Whole Food products at Amazon prices. Actually, at significantly less than Amazon prices. Thrive Market’s prices are up to 50% less than Amazon.
Here’s how it works: Click this link to sign up for a free 2 month trial to the Thrive Market. You will receive a coupon for $10 off your first order (yay, even more savings!). Peruse the site for your favorite healthy staples, and get excited over the significantly decreased prices. What is great about Thrive Market is that you can filter the products by various themes such as raw, vegan, paleo, gluten free, and healthy moms. I was so excited when I realized that in addition to healthy staples, there are also vitamins/supplements, health and beauty, baby supplies, and home good.
If you decide that Thrive Market is not for you, you can cancel your trial membership at any time during the first 2 months. If you love it as much as I do, you can continue being a member and you will be charged at the end of your trial membership. They send out a reminder email before your trial ends, so you can decide if it is right for you. With my first order, I more than paid for my membership with the savings and free shipping (with every purchase over $49!) Check it out and see if it is right for you!
My first order completely stocked my cupboards with all of my favorite staples. I am putting together my next order now which will focus on natural, toxin-free health and beauty products.
Comment below with any questions you have about Thrive Market! I think it is a great resource to increase availability of affordable health products.