Freeze dried food has become a wonderful part of my meal prep toolkit! After feeling like my life was a constant whirlwind with two babies in diapers and a tough postpartum recovery, I finally feel successful in my kitchen again. After researching my options, I chose to go with Thrive Life* because the quality, purity of ingredients and value for your dollar stood out above the rest. While Thrive is the ideal option for your emergency supply, it is also wonderfully easy and delicious for daily use! And while we still have our favourite grocery brand and farmer’s market items, the simplicity of Thrive Life makes it easy to whip up nutritious meals, while saving us time and keeping it within our monthly budget.
Here are a few of the amazing benefits (but I’m sure you will discover more once you start using it):
1.) Order from the comfort of home.
Use an easy to navigate online system (called My Deliveries) when it is convenient for you, and it gets delivered to your door (usually in a week or even less in my experience). While grocery stores are beginning to offer “click and collect” online ordering options, you still have to pick it up at a scheduled time. And well – it’s grocery store food – which brings me to my next point.
2.) Eat produce that is fresher than fresh, with a higher nutrient density!
Just go to this link to read about how the maximum amount of nutrition is locked in through the freeze drying process. And you are not sacrificing on taste – I find it is actually more flavourful in many cases. The quality is also incredible, with no added preservatives etc – just the food as if you pulled it out of your own garden.
3.) It’s so simple, your child could do it.
You can make comfort food feasts, gourmet dinner or fun snacks and appies, just like with regular grocery store food but with fewer steps. Here is a little instructional image from Thrive Life showing you how simple it really is to use your freeze dried food in meals.
4.) The convenience can’t be beat!
You’ll love the simplicity and minimal mess of pre-chopped vegetables and fruit, precooked meat, and many instant pasta options. Just rehydrate and go (and many items make great snacks straight from the can). I could provide you with a hundred pictures of dishes I’ve made in 20 minutes or less with Thrive food, but here is one of my favourites. This giant zucchini was from my garden, and I filled it up with a tomato sauce made with all Thrive Life ingredients – no defrosting or pan frying required! (It included Thrive ground beef, red pepper, onion and tomato sauce -with lots of cheese on top of course!)
If you want to make life even simpler for yourself, I also like to prep jar meals in advance (just measure and layer in the ingredients and add a note for how to prepare). If you want something a little fancier than jar meals, you can add Simple Plate meal kits to your delivery service too.
And here are those two jar meals cooked up:
5.) Your children will love it!
Speaking of snacking, my toddlers DEVOUR Thrive Life food. I’ve had to lock the cupboard I store my pantry cans in so they don’t eat it all! They will even eat things like peppers, corn, peas and zucchini right from the can, not to mention the delicious fruit! The blueberries are an excellent example. They taste like CANDY, but like the majority of their produce, all that is in them is the actual food item – no other ingredients! If you don’t believe me, check out the product label.
As a mom who tries really hard to give my children balanced meals, it feels so great to see them eating healthy food! And you get cute pictures like this one:
6.) Reduce your food waste while saving money.
You also have virtually no waste, unlike regular produce. For example, a can of Thrive broccoli is 100% usable. A head of broccoli from the grocery store you pay for by weight, and then you cut the stem of it off and that money goes in the trash or compost with it! This is the same for bananas, bell peppers, etc. Now that I’m incorporating Thrive produce quite regularly into my routine, I have significantly reduced my organic waste. Most weeks I don’t even fill up the one small can for compost that I have on my counter. (Less weird smells – yay!)
Everything in the can is usable. If you have some powder left in the bottom, throw it in a soup or smoothie! Here is an example of strawberry milk I made with the powder left over from a strawberry can – simply strawberry, no unhealthy fake syrup needed!
7.) Don’t stress about food spoiling!
In addition to the above, you are also throwing out less food that you forget to use before it goes bad, as the majority of Thrive Life products will be good for one year after opening in your pantry. I always feel sick about throwing out food I simply forget to use. This happens much less now, because if I am going to the grocery store for produce etc, it is usually for a specific recipe and I have a plan to use it within a couple of days.
8.) You don’t need to refrigerate it!
You can make room in your fridge or freezer for other things and leave Thrive foods in your pantry or cupboards. Now my husband can go crazy on his barbecue and hot sauce collection! (Don’t get into a spicy food competition with him. He will beat you, and you will be crying on the toilet the next day!)
Thrive Life food limitations
I absolutely love how all the vegetables and meat are pre-chopped, which makes it super simple and fast to do soup, casseroles, sauces, stir fries, etc. but you would still buy grocery store produce if you say wanted to make stuffed peppers or grate zucchini into spaghetti noodles. Same goes if you wanted to barbecue a steak or a chicken breast. For me, Thrive Life produce and meats have become my “good to have on hand” food, but I still buy certain items from the grocery store for specific dishes. Like I mention in point #6, this has really helped me reduce my accidental waste.
For all these benefits it must be really expensive right? Nope! Check out what Thrive Life has to say about how you can actually save money. I write about specific strategies for getting the most value for your dollar right here. Start shopping at kmeyers.thrivelife.com (or .ca in Canada) or follow my facebook page @kmeyers.thrivelife.
*I am a Thrive Life Independent Consultant. You can read about why I chose this as an additional income for my family right here. Check out their products on my Thrive website: kmeyers.thrivelife.com (or .ca for Canadians). You can also connect with me through my Facebook business page @kmeyers.thrivelife.