Healthy Home Pantry 5-day Challenge

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If you’re ready to de-clutter your kitchen and put together a plan to build a Healthy Home Pantry, this is for you! Sign up below, and join us from Jan 31-Feb 4. Hope to see you inside!

 

Healthy Home Pantry 5-day Challenge: Jan 31-Feb 4

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Thrive Life in Real Life, Episode 4: Pizza Sauce and Pizza Crusts

Hello, and welcome to my weekly Thrive Life in Real Life post!

This week, my oldest son Micah threw together a quick and easy 30-second pizza sauce, and I talked about 3 different kinds of recipes. Try my whole wheat crust or gluten-free crust, or try this great cauliflower pizza crust using Thrive Life “cauli-flour.”

Be sure to comment below if you have any recipes you’d like to see or questions you’d like answered about Thrive Life. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

 

Thrive Life Gluten Free Pizza Crust

I found a “magical” method for making 30-minute rolls a few years ago, when I asked advice on Facebook. I’ve used that basic method here with some Thrive Life gluten-free flour to make a yummy gluten-free crust. Try it with my 30-second pizza sauce and let me know what you think!

 

 

 

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Thrive Life Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

I didn’t grow up cooking much, but one thing I do remember making is homemade pizza. This was one of the few things I know how to make when I got to college, and it’s a super simple, easy pizza crust. It can also be used for breadsticks. I use a different dough for rolls, but you can use this in a pinch. I make this crust almost every Friday for pizza and a movie night, with my 30-second pizza sauce.


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  1. Mix the yeast, sugar, and warm water together in a bowl and let the yeast activate, about 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients until you form a smooth dough (might require a little hand-kneading).
  2. Let rise for at least 20 minutes. Top with favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings, and bake at 375 degrees for 17-22 minutes.
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Thrive Life in Real Life, Episode 3: Pizza Toppings

My daughter was super excited to join me for today’s episode of Thrive Life in Real Life. She loves to help me in the kitchen, and I love that she CAN help me with tasks like this, because there’s no chopping or heating to get these toppings ready. Just sprinkle, spritz, and stir.

Here are some close ups of those toppings:

Thrive Life Freeze-Dried Mushrooms

Thrive Life Freeze-Dried Red Bell Peppers

Thrive Life Seasoned Chicken Slices (in Buffalo Sauce)

Be sure to come back next week for my 30-second pizza sauce.

To order Thrive Life foods today, shop on my consultant website. To learn more, visit my Thrive Life 101 page, sign up for my e-mail newsletter, or send me an e-mail. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

Thrive Life in Real Life, Episode 2: Berry Compote and a New Jingle

In today’s episode I show you how quick and easy it is to make a berry compote in the microwave with freeze-dried berries and honey crystals. And I share my newest Thrive Life jingle. I’m sure there will be many more to come, since I’m in the habit of writing songs about just about everything. Scroll down for links to the Fresher then Fresh flier, plus recipes for whole wheat crepes and the berry compote. Thanks for watching, and Happy Thriving!

Thrive Life Foods are Fresher than Fresh: Learn more about the amazing benefits of freeze-dried foods

Whole Wheat Crepes

30-second berry compote

To order your own berries today, shop on my consultant website. For more information on Thrive Life foods, sign up for my newsletter. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

 

 



30-Second Berry Compote

My dad loves this easy berry compote; in fact, it converted him to Thrive Life this summer. He’s very skeptical of anything that claims to be “healthy.” He wants it to taste good! This easy microwave berry compote convinced him that Thrive Life’s farm fresh berries ARE both tasty and convenient. Plus, this is a great way to get some fruit into your breakfast, instead of eating pancakes, waffles, or crepes with just butter and syrup. The honey crystals make the texture like a syrup; so delicious! Make just a little compote for yourself, or a ton for a big family. Your choice. Enjoy!


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  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and give it a good stir. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir-again, and serve.
  2. The compote isn't super thick right out of the microwave, so give it a few minutes to cool and thicken up. Also, microwave temperatures vary, so experiment a little with the exact timing that works for you.
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Whole Wheat Crepes

I have been using this crepe recipe for years, since my sister first introduced me to Chicken and Asparagus crepes. And as much as I love the fancy crepes, I mostly just make a batch of these for a quick breakfast, or even as breakfast for dinner when my kids get to choose.

I have experimented with several different flours and milks in this recipe. The basic proportions have you covered whether you’re using brown rice flour, whole wheat flour, almond milk, regular milk, or really any combination. You might need to make some minor adjustments depending on how thick or thin your batter turns out, but just add a little more flour or milk to adjust the consistency.

Stay tuned for this week’s episode of Thrive Life in Real Life, where I’ll share the 30-second berry compote I make in the microwave to go with these delicious crepes.


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  1. Preheat a skillet on medium high heat. Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add oil, milk, water, and salt, and stir together. Slowly add flour and whisk vigorously until all the lumps are gone.
  2. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan, and 1/4 cup of batter. "Swirl" the batter around the pan until it forms a large circle. Leave the crepe along until you can fit a spatula all the way underneath, and the underside is beginning to turn brown.
  3. Flip over and let cook for about another 30 seconds, until both sides are browned, and remove to a cooling wrack. Makes 8 crepes.
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5 Reasons Why I Love Thrive Life Foods

In 2015, I was looking for ways to help my family transition to real foods and cut out processed junk. I had strong motivation to change my diet, and I was actively searching for better foods to feed my family. I fell in love with Thrive Life foods as soon as I found them, and now I use them every day to cook real, colorful meals for my family. I’ve put together this guide with some of the top reasons why I love Thrive Life foods in my own home, and why you should try them out!

Simple ingredient lists

Thrive Life foods have simple ingredient lists, which is the main thing I look for to identify “real food.” I love that the strawberries are just strawberries, the tomato powder is just crushed tomatoes, and the peanut flour is just roasted peanuts. I love that these foods are perfect for anyone with food allergies, including my husband and several close friends. Thrive Life’s simple ingredient lists are always one of the first things I point out to others.

Freeze-dried groceries

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love freeze-dried food. Before I found Thrive Life, I thought freeze-dried food was only for astronauts. Now, I am obsessed with the science of sublimation, and so thankful that Thrive Life chooses only naturally ripened fruits and vegetables for their freeze-dried groceries.

 Shelf stable meal staples

I have wanted to build a more cohesive home pantry for years, but all I could ever seem to store was pasta, canned tomatoes, and pineapple. So when my pantry became bare at the end of every week, we usually went out for fast food, had something with limited nutrition, or blew our food budget because I just “had” to go shopping again. Stocking my pantry shelves with shelf stable vegetables, fruits, meats, spices, and other staples has been a real game-changer for me.

Non-GMO Foods

For me, a Non-GMO food is a really good indicator that the company cares about food sourcing. Many genetic modifications are made to plants so that they can withstand “traditional” processing. Basically all of the produce at grocery stores today has been picked early, artificially ripened, transported long distances, and sold within a few days of expiring. None of these steps are necessary with the freeze-drying process. I much prefer the non-GMO foods that Thrive Life offers, because they retain their natural flavor and nutrition.

Online grocery shopping

To be honest, I never thought that I would enjoy online grocery shopping. I hate paying for shipping on anything, and I’m used to grocery shopping in person. However, I love the convenience of online shopping and having some of my groceries shipped to my door. Every month I have a Q shipment and I also order free and half-off groceries that I earn as a consultant. I am now a huge fan of grocery shopping online, and I actually get excited every time another box of food arrives at my door.

When I learned about Thrive Life’s simple ingredient lists, freeze-dried flavors, shelf-stable meal staples, non-GMO foods, and online groceries, I was hooked! In just a few months, I went from overwhelmed to confident in the kitchen, and now I want to help others do the same.

If you’re ready to check out Thrive Life, check out my consultant website:

For more information, check out my Thrive Life 101 page or contact me with any questions. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

Thrive Life in Real Life

Alrighty, folks. I bit the bullet and started a YouTube channel, so that I can really share Thrive Live online.

I’m feeling a deep sympathy for the Next Food Network Star contestants: filming a short cooking segment is no joke! And while I don’t *love* this episode, it IS my first try, so I’m giving myself some grace.

Please watch the video and leave a comment with what you’d like me to discuss or demonstrate in future episodes. And if you haven’t subscribed to my newsletter, sign up below.

Thanks, and Happy Thriving!