Thrive Life in Real Life Episode Archive

Are you ready to learn all about Thrive Life foods in real life? Welcome to my video archive. Here, you can see my first few YouTube episodes and find my YouTube channel. Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thriving!

Episode 1: My Thrive Life Story + Chicken Salad

Episode 2: Thrive Life Jingle and 30-second Berry Compote

Episode 3: Pizza! Pizza!

Episode 4: 30-second Pizza Sauce


Check out ALL the episodes on my YouTube Channel. Here are the titles:

Episode 5: Powdered Vegetables

Episode 6: Unboxing the Taste of Thrive Intro Pack

Episode 7: Meals in a Jar introduction






Meals in a Jar Intro: Thrive Life in Real Life ep. 7

This week on Thrive Life in Real Life, I demonstrate how to make Chicken and Wild Rice Soup in a jar.

For the printable recipe and jar toppers, please contact me.

Shelf-life on these meals in a jar will vary, but you can use dry-pack canning or dry heat processing to make the meals in a jar last longer. Please note that dry heat processing is traditionally used for dehydrated foods, not freeze-dried, so I don’t know if it will affect the food differently.

I will be demonstrating more meals in a jar recipes on future episodes; let me know what you’d like to see in the comments. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


Food Storage Convert

Food Storage Objections

I grew up with the idea that it was important for every family to store food in cases of emergency. And while I understood the premise and agreed it would be a good idea, I had a few major problems every time I tried to build up my own food storage.

The first major obstacle was that I had a lot of bad experiences with nasty looking, nasty tasting food in #10 cans, so I developed a distaste for most things labeled food storage.

The next obstacle was that even if I bought some extra food every week to try and build up slowly, we just ate more food that week or I would cook for other friends. I just could never figure out how to really have food left at the end of the month.

And my last major obstacle was that I never felt like we had extra money to build up food storage. I always felt like it had to be a choice between staying out of debt and living frugally, or spending a ton of money to try and prepare for an emergency in the distant future.

If you are anything like me and have faced similar obstacles to building food storage, please read on to see my top 5 ways that Thrive Life overcame my food storage objections.

1. Thrive Life foods Taste Good!

Thrive Life foods TASTE GOOD! So good. The strawberries are delicious, the corn is crunchy and sweet, the yogurt bites melt in your mouth. This stuff is amazing. No more overly-salty, unidentifiable food-like products for food storage.

Thrive Life foods are SO DIFFERENT! When I first tasted them at a home party, I was super surprised. My 3-year-old son gobbled down all the samples and asked for more. The consultant made taco meat and I actually LIKED it. And since having these foods in my own home, I have converted several skeptics, especially my husband.

Thrive Life foods look and taste delicious. You can see that from these pictures I took, straight from my own pantry.


2. Thrive Life foods are Fresher than Fresh

Thrive Life chooses to work with vine-ripened produce and other high quality products. Because of the chemical-free process of freeze-drying, these foods retain more nutrition than what you can find at your local grocery store, and they taste just like the farm-fresh foods that they are. I fell in love with this flier when I first saw it, because it satisfied the food-nerd in me. For more specifics, read this article about how Thrive Life foods are fresher than fresh.

3. Thrive Life foods are shelf-stable

Most freeze-dried products from Thrive Life are good for up to 25 years, using proper storage conditions. And most food are also good for up to a year once the cans are opened. In more humid climates, you will want to store some things in a refrigerator to extend their shelf-life and avoid clumping. This is SO COOL. I mean, I had heard of shelf-stable foods before, but I thought that it mostly meant wheat, oats, other grains, and maybe some powdered milk. At Thrive Life, I can buy shelf-stable chicken, cilantro, green chili peppers, raspberries, mangoes, kale, all kinds of stuff! I’m also in love with their tomato powder and peanut flour, and it’s SO NICE not to throw away food all the time any more. Now THIS is the kind of things I want in my food storage. And because the foods don’t go bad quickly, they are actually accumulating instead of spoiling. I love that I have ingredients to plan the next week’s meals with, consistently.

4. Thrive Life has a monthly Q 

When I went to a Thrive life home party, I had indeed heard about the Q before. I read about it on a preparedness blog I love, but I thought it was only for people who were really gung-ho about preparedness. I didn’t have room in my budget for “extra” food; I struggled just to keep my growing family satisfied in general. But then at the home party, I fell in love with the idea. I knew that this was the kind of food I had been looking for in my everyday cooking, and that the faster I started buying it, the faster I would learn how to use it and be able to decide what to store for long-term. I’m so glad I joined the Q then, and that I could use some of my regular grocery money for it, since it IS buying groceries if I open the cans. You can read up on the Q in my Ultimate Guide to the Thrive Life Q.

5. Thrive Life helps me EARN my food storage

Since one of my main objections had been the finances of food storage, I was super excited to learn that I could earn free and half-off products as a hostess, and additional rewards and commission as a consultant. It just made a ton of sense to me to join right away as a consultant. I had already been looking for foods with this flavor, nutrition, and convenience. I knew I would always spend money on food every month, so I might as well join the Q and enjoy groceries delivered to my door. And I knew I could afford more food more quickly if I worked as a consultant and shared with family and friends. I’m happy to say that being a consultant has been great blessing for me, and that anyone can do this. It’s like being paid to go grocery shopping with friends, only you don’t even have to leave the house. Learn more here if you’re interested in becoming a consultant.

Food Storage Convert

I used to have some pretty major objections to building up food storage. But once I found Thrive Life, my objections all seemed to melt away at once. Now I call myself a “food storage convert.” I’m building up a real food kitchen, falling in love with freeze-dried, and building a business with online groceries.

How about you? Do you have any food storage objections? Do you think Thrive Life foods could help you overcome them? Leave a comment below to tell me your main struggle with food storage.

Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

Unboxing the Taste of Thrive Intro Kit

In this week’s episode, REAL life is more apparent than ever. Watch us un-box the next Taste of Thrive intro kit.

*Since this video, I have tried the tortilla soup and cheddar corn biscuits. The soup is really good, the biscuits are AMAZING. More reviews to come!

To take advantage of the FREE SHIPPING on this kit in February, click below:

To learn more about Thrive Life, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, or shop on my consultant website.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thriving!


Everyday Cooking with Thrive Life

I love using Thrive Life freeze-dried groceries in my every day cooking. They help me save time, money, and energy in the kitchen. Plus, I’m adding natural nutrition to my family’s regular meals.

I like to tell people: “there IS a learning curve with these foods because it’s different than what you’re used to, but it’s not a steep learning curve. You really just have to try it a few times, and it will be easy in no time.”

For starters, these are 4 basic ways to start using your Thrive Life foods today.


If you are the kind of person that needs to follow a recipe to cook, then you would love our new meal kit, the Taste of Thrive Intro Pack! This box comes with 10 ingredients and 7 healthy recipe cards from our own Chef Todd. I bought this kit for my family and we loved eating everything in here!

Also, if you’re just getting started or need some quick ideas for how to use your Thrive Life foods, here are some of my favorite quick and easy recipes:

30-second Berry Compote

30-second pizza sauce

Magic Chicken Salad


If you’re ready to start using Thrive Life in your everyday cooking, click below to shop on my consultant website:

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thriving!

Reduce Cooking Stress with Thrive Life

Are you looking for ways to reduce the stress of feeding your family every. single. day? Thrive Life foods is an online grocery store with a variety of freeze-dried foods and other healthy, convenient groceries to help you feed your family real, consistent meals with ease! Here are some of my favorite ways to cut the stress with Thrive Life. Click the titles to go to the full article, or just scroll through for the summaries.

Meal Kit Mania

I’m sure you’ve seen the ads for online meal services that deliver ingredients and recipes to your door, and all you have to do is “assemble” dinner. I’m super excited that Thrive Life is jumping on this train, and we now offer 3 different meal packs, with more to come!

Secret Meal Prep Weapon

Eliminate most “do ahead” tasks with these pre-cooked, pre-chopped, easy to measure ingredients!

Order Allergen-Free Groceries Online

If you or someone you love struggles with food allergies, take the stress out of finding real, simple food. Order Thrive Life online, and have allergen-free groceries shipped to your door!

Unconventional Fast Food

Say goodbye to waiting in line and paying for preservative-filled junk at the drive-thru; try some Snackies, fill your pantry with Thrive Life, make some meals in a jar, or stock up on Thrive Life Express meals.

For more information on Thrive Life, visit my Thrive Life 101 page or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


Thrive Life Foods: Your New, Favorite Online Grocery Store

What is Thrive Life Foods?

Have you heard of Thrive Life foods? Thrive Life is an innovative, online grocery store with a variety of freeze-dried groceries, other allergen-free products, and unique pantry organizers. Thrive Life foods are perfect for  adding nutrition, reducing stress in the kitchen, and building a robust home store. Thrive Life offers additional perks with the Q, hosting, and consulting.

My Story

Before I found Thrive Life, I was overwhelmed with the task of feeding my family every. single. day. Between my husband’s dietary restrictions, my children’s wildly varying appetites, and my own determination to cut out processed foods and take control of my health, I was a mess when it came to planning, preparing, and cooking for my family, day in and day out. This meme rang a little too true when I saw it floating around social media:

I could never quite decide if I should compromise convenience, nutrition, or cost when it came to the foods I purchased. And I couldn’t find a way NOT to compromise.

Then, I was invited to a Thrive Life home party. It sounds totally bizarre, and it was to me at the time, but I found answers to my problems in freeze-dried food. They tasted like farm fresh foods, but came freeze-dried in cans. It was the craziest, coolest thing ever. Then I learned that this company really cares about where their food comes from. They have simple ingredient lists, without preservatives and fillers, and their food is almost entirely non-GMO. Plus, it was super easy to use; I watched the consultant scoop out freeze-dried ground beef, toss it with some taco seasoning, and by the time it warmed up, it was ready to eat in about 3 minutes. I don’t even LIKE taco meat, but this stuff was good. I was a little weirded out, since I had only ever associated freeze-dried food with astronauts before, but I decided to take a take chance here.

As I learned about the Q, hosting, and consulting, another strange thing happened: I was ALL IN. I usually just go to network marketing events for the free food and the girl time, but this was different. This was real food, groceries, and I could buy it with some of my monthly grocery money. Plus, there was an opportunity to earn free and half-off groceries for my family, and I just knew I had to do it.

I went home and told my husband that I was going to sign up to be a consultant and it was going to change our life. He had NO CLUE what I was talking about and was a complete skeptic. Until the food came. And I started earning free and half-off groceries, and some extra money for our budget.

It’s been a wild ride over the last year or so, but Thrive Life is in my life to stay, and it’s my favorite online grocery store, hands down.


Background/History of Thrive Life

Thrive Life actually began by creating these amazing Food Rotation Systems, and was known as Shelf-Reliance:

The funny thing is, once people fell in love with their shelves, they started asking “what foods do you recommend that we buy and store on these shelves?”

And that’s when our founders took a look around and saw a huge gap in the market. They really couldn’t find a specific line of foods to recommend, so they began researching solutions. And this was the philosophy they used while developing Thrive Life foods:

Can I get an AMEN? Who doesn’t want fast, convenient foods that are nutritious, high quality, and budget-friendly?

An Invitation to Thrive

I don’t know how well you know me as you’re reading this post, but I like to “keep it real” when I talk about food. I’ve had a long, complicated health journey and I am no stranger to facing hard choices about my diet and my family’s health. I can tell you honestly that Thrive Life is a store worth getting to know.

So, please take some time to see why I love Thrive Life,  browse my Thrive Life 101 page and visit my consultant website. If you have any questions, please e-mail me. I read and respond to every e-mail I receive.

I invite you to try Thrive Life foods today. The sooner you try it, the sooner it will become your new, favorite online grocery store.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Thriving!








Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Thrive Life foods

I promised to share my Sweet & Sour meatball recipe on the last episode of Thrive Life in Real Life. This was a fun way to add red pepper powder; I substituted it for half of the bread crumbs called for in the original recipe. And I added some into the sauce as well, for extra flavor and color.

This is a quick and easy recipe that showcases how convenient it is to have Thrive Life foods in your pantry. I didn’t have to chop any onions, there was nothing spoiling in my produce drawer, yet I still had a ton of flavor and nutrition ready in no time.

Print Recipe
Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Thrive Life foods
  1. Combine all of the meatball ingredients in a Kitchenaid bowl and blend until smooth, or mix it up by hand. Drop 1 Tbsp of the mixture at a time onto a lined baking sheet, and then roll into balls. Broil the meatballs on high for 5-7 minutes, until the tops start to brown.
  2. While the meatballs are the in oven, combine the sauce ingredients in a large, unheated saucepan. Whisk well to remove any flour lumps, then place on stove and bring to a boil.
  3. Remove meatballs from oven; place them in the sauce on the stove, stir well, and once the mixture boils, cover and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer on stove about 20 minutes.
Recipe Notes

*To make this as a freezer meal, freeze the meatballs after they have been broiled, but before they go into the sauce. Combine the sauce ingredients in a separate bag, stir or shake well, and freeze separately. When ready to make, combine the sauce and meatballs in the slow cooker, and cook on high 4-5 hours or on low about 8 hours. Make sure the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees, as cooking temperatures and times vary by device.

*To order Thrive Life foods today, shop on my consultant website. If you're ready for regular shipments, it's time to join the Q. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

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