5 Ways to Reduce Processed Foods with Thrive Life

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I’ve been looking for ways to reduce processed foods for years, and Thrive Life has offered some of the most fun and unique solutions I have found so far. So today I want to share 5 ways to reduce processed foods with Thrive Life products.

Read your labels. Michael Pollan’s food philosophy has guided my health journey since I read his book, In Defense of Food. His motto is “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly Plants.” And his biggest rule of thumb for determining if a product is real food or just a food-like substance is to read the ingredient label. Thankfully, Thrive Life is an online grocery store and they sell a ton of real food products with simple ingredient lists. By learning to read these labels you can choose better, less processed foods to stock your pantry with.

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Swap your snacks.  Even when I seem to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner under control, it can be overwhelming to find non-processed snacks that I don’t have to make at home. Thrive Life has some great options, and I especially enjoy their carrot fruit crisps. It’s a freeze-dried fruit leather! And unlike most fruit snacks on the market, these ones are made with just pureed fruits and fruit juices. Along with their Snackies line, keeping a variety of freeze-dried fruits and vegetables on hand makes it easier for kids and adults alike to come up with no-mess, no-stress snacks.

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Fall in love with freeze-dried.  Before I attended a Thrive Life home party, I had no idea that freeze-dried foods could taste good. Well, they not only taste good, they taste better than grocery store produce! Thrive Life foods are fresher than fresh and they offer natural, plant-based nutrition. Better yet, they ship these foods straight to your door! Adding freeze-dried foods to a well-stocked kitchen of other fresh, frozen, and canned items is a great way to reduce processed foods in your home. How is this a bad plan?

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Meal prep with meals in a jar.  I’m not going to lie. Before Thrive Life, I thought meals in a jar were just a strange remnant of 80s cookbooks or variations on cocoa in a jar for quick neighbor gifts at Christmas time. I had no idea that these meals could be delicious, healthy, and a great alternative to freezer cooking, which has always intimidated me. But then I tried the Zuppa Toscana, the Lasagna Skillet, and the Unstuffed Pepper Soup.  And then I had a meals in a jar night with friends, and now I’m pretty hooked. Having meals on hand is a great way to reduce processed foods, customize your “fast” food, and fill your pantry with meals that are ready to heat and eat. img_3942

Waste not, want not.  I don’t know about you, but I HATE throwing away food. It makes me mad. EVERY time. And I am always looking for foods that won’t go bad before I can use them. Thrive Life foods give a new meaning to the word “non-perishable.” The vast majority of their foods have a 25-year shelf-life when stored properly, and once opened they last for up to a year. In my Thrive Life online grocery store, you can find a variety of freeze-dried proteins, produce, and starches, along with fun products like peanut flour, sour cream powder, scrambled egg mix, and tomato powder. I encourage you to experiment with more of these unique, shelf-stable items to cut down on food waste and say good-bye to cheap, processed junk.

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To learn more about Thrive Life foods, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, visit my consultant website, or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

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