My biggest rule of thumb for reducing processed foods is to read ingredient lists. And I don’t know about you, but trying to sort out what is what on a food label is usually overwhelming for me. I know that big food companies pay big bundles of money to market their products with labels like “natural” and “whole grain” and “organic” and who knows what else. I know that the majority of the time, when I turn that label around and look at the ingredient list, I am disappointed by what I find. But when I started reading ingredient lists for Thrive Life products, I was pleasantly surprised. And the more I read, the more happy I was!
To start off, a LOT of their products are 1-ingredient items! I just pulled a few from my pantry to show you:
Isn’t that AWESOME??
And now, a little more explanation before you go explore on your own:
- There are of course some items with longer ingredient lists, like the apples and peaches that are coated in citric acid to help preserve them (this is an accepted step in home-canning as well, so it makes sense here). So the ingredients on the Granny Smith apples say: Apples, Salt, Ascorbic acid, Citric Acid.
- Yes, there is some sugar in some of the foods, especially the yogurt bites and the Snackies coconut bites. But let’s be honest: yogurt is nasty without sugar (to most of us) and they don’t overdo it. Thrive Life doesn’t put sugar where it doesn’t make sense, like adding extra to proteins, produce, or Thrive Express meals.
- Thrive sticks by their quality promise:”We make sure new products are non-GMO, have no MSG, and have no hydrogenated oils, preservatives, or artificial flavors or colors whenever possible.”
For instructions on how to find the food labels, check out this tutorial.