5 Secrets to Savings at Thrive Life (Without Coupons)

When my husband was in graduate school, I ran a home daycare and became an avid couponer. To this day, I have what I call “couponing instincts,” and I try to stock up, look for the best deals, and never buy anything at retail price.

Whether or not you have your own “couponing instincts,” everyone loves a great deal! Especially on something we ALL have to make room for in our budgets: groceries! One thing I love about Thrive Life is that you don’t need to clip coupons, study sales cycles, or stress about every penny. There are plenty of simple ways to save. Here are 5 secrets to savings with Thrive Life: no coupons required.

  1. Support a Consultant. If you were to type “Thrive Life” into google, you could find the corporate website, where everything is full retail price. However, if you order through a consultant (whether that’s by paper order form, a phone call, or on a consultant website), you will get party pricing right off the bat! Consultants are able to offer party pricing on ALL of our products, which is usually around 10% off retail! Not a bad way to start off your savings. You can find my consultant website here for party pricing today.2. Shop the sales. Take advantage of the monthly specials and semi-annual sales. Every month, Thrive Life has around 10 products on sale, which you can get reminders about by signing up for my e-mail list below. This is a great place to start experimenting with Thrive Life foods; try out what’s on special! And watch out for our semi-annual sales; they’re incredible, and they’re my favorite time to stock up and to share Thrive Life. 3. Buy in bundles. Bulk shopping is not exactly a secret way of saving money, but there ARE a few secret bundles from Thrive Life. First off, buying in buckets (for things like grain) or #10 cans (instead of pantry cans) will save you money because the larger sizes are cheaper per serving. Plus, Thrive Life has a variety of specialty packages that are ONLY available through consultants. These include meat variety packs, fruit variety packs, vegetable packs, and even a yogurt pack. They each contain six #10 cans, with a substantial savings. Consider purchasing a pack and splitting the savings between friends. You can read the full details on the packages here, and shoot me an e-mail if you’d like to order. 4. Join the Q Club. If you’re going to be shopping at Thrive Life, you should start a Q. Inside the Q, you can organize your orders and set up 1-3 shipments at a time. In addition, if you join the Q club, you’ll earn 3% rewards points on your purchases, and you’ll have access to the monthly Qpon. The Qpon is a deeply discounted item, usually between 30-35% off! To join the Q club for free, take advantage of the Q Club promotion by starting a Q of $100 or more. For full details, check out this post.5. Take advantage of special promotions. Every few months, we have special promotions from corporate. Some promotions require that you host a party and hit a specific sales goal (like the image below). Other promotions require that you purchase by a certain deadline (like a lot of recent free shipping deals). Of course, the BEST way to take advantage of all of these promotions is to become a consultant, and earn food and commission as you use Thrive Life and share it with family and friends.
*Note: This is not a current promotion, just an example.

There are many ways to save at Thrive Life. Whether you simply want party pricing or you’re ready to join as a consultant yourself, you can start saving today by visiting my consultant website:

If you would like to be notified of our current promotions, please sign up for my monthly specials e-mail list below.

If you’re thinking about starting a Q, hosting a party, or becoming a consultant, please let me know and we can set up a time to chat. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


Thrive Life Unadvertised Specialty packs.

Thrive Life offers a few specialty packs that you can ONLY order through consultants. It’s kind of like the secret menu at In-N-Out. You have to be “in the know” to  take advantage of these special savings. Of course, it’s not the only way to save with Thrive Life, but these ARE some of the best deals around! Scroll through to see our specialty packs, and then shoot me an e-mail if you’d like to purchase any of these.





Unlike the other items on my consultant website, you will need a special order number for these packs, that only consultants have access to. So, if you want help adding this to your Q or making a 1-time order, please contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

P.S. Thank you to Laurel Heintz for creating these images!



Cuban Black Beans and Rice

Several years ago, a friend invited us over for dinner and served authentic Cuban food. Her mother is from Cuba, so she really knew her stuff. She had spent all day slow-roasting pork, and served it with these black beans and rice, and fried plaintains for dessert.

Needless to say, it was a meal to remember. Everything was so delicious, and I finally understood why my husband is in love with Cuban flavors. I asked her for her recipe, which she was gracious enough to share with me, even though it involves some family “tricks of the trade.”

So, to keep her recipe safe, I’ve changed it a bit on here. Mine is a simplified version of her pure deliciousness, but it definitely works as an easy side dish these days! Enjoy this quick and easy Cuban black beans and rice.


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Cuban Black Beans and Rice
  1. Heat oil in a skillet, and saute garlic until it becomes fragrant (about 30 seconds).
  2. Add Thrive Life green chilies and onions and give them a quick stir. Add black beans and spices, and give all of that a good stir. Add the remaining ingredients.
  3. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to simmer, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the rice has absorbed all the liquid.
  4. Remove from heat and let steam for another 10 minutes before serving.
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To order Thrive Life ingredients today, shop on my consultant site here. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

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Real FOOD Storage

You know, it’s ironic that I sell freeze-dried food but I hate calling it food storage. I think it’s because I like to guard it from all the stereotypes I’ve heard (and lived through) about “food storage.”

And by food storage, I mean “weird food in cans that goes bad in your garage or under your bed. Also, food that looks like shriveled apple peels and tastes like saw dust, but might give you enough nutrients to survive the Apocalypse.”

I know that might sound like an exaggeration, but honestly, those were my thoughts and feelings towards food storage for most of my life.

Add to that the fact that I’ve been converting to real food over the past several years, and there just wasn’t much I felt like I could store. I knew I was just being picky, but I wanted the full flavor and nutrition of locally grown foods without canning it myself, and I wasn’t finding THAT kind of food anywhere.

That is, I wasn’t finding it until I found Thrive Life. I kid you not, the night I went to a random home party for Thrive Life changed my life. When I learned that this company seeks out non-GMO foods and preserves them straight from the fields, I knew it was a game changer. When I started turning the cans around and seeing super simple ingredient lists, I wanted to do a little dance. When my consultant made taco meat with freeze-dried beef and I LIKED it, I was weirded out. And when I realized that my passion for helping people eat healthier foods at home could actually help me earn groceries and commission with this company, I was hooked.

But, alas, I digress. This post should be more to the point, and less about me. So, let me quickly list what qualifies Thrive Life foods as the BEST option for people looking for REAL FOOD to put in their FOOD STORAGE:

Identifying real food

As close to it’s natural state as possible:

5 ingredients or less on the label, as a rule of thumb

Free from unnecessary preservatives and all artificial flavors and colors

Vine-ripened, if possible (not ripened with artificial gases)

From trusted sources, either locally or from companies with transparency and integrity

Identifying high quality food storage

Tastes good

Can be used in place of “normal” grocery store food

Long shelf-life

Quality control measures in place (such as batch testing at the factory)

If this is what you’re looking for, look no farther than Thrive Life!!

I’m not sure how else to say this. Thrive Life is just THE BEST company to order food from if you want REAL FOOD in your FOOD STORAGE.

I am always happy to discuss particulars, so shoot me an e-mail if you’re not finding the information you’re looking for on my blog or consultant website. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


3 Ways to Use Thrive Life Freeze-dried Bell Peppers

Hello, and welcome to another post about using Thrive Life foods in your everyday cooking!

Today, let’s talk about freeze-dried bell peppers.

I don’t know about you, but I really enjoy red bell peppers in a lot of my foods. I personally like them better than green bell peppers, and they pack a big punch when it comes to flavor AND nutrition.

However, I used to not keep these around my kitchen much, because they were too expensive, they went bad too quickly, or they added too much moisture to my foods when used the frozen ones.

Thrive Life red bell peppers have become a favorite around here because they’re shelf-stable and easy to cook with. Here are 3 of my favorite ways to use Thrive Life freeze-dried bell peppers:

Red Pepper Powder

Breakfast Casserole

Pizza Toppings

To try some Thrive Life freeze-dried red bell peppers today, please visit my consultant website:

For more information on Thrive Life foods, check out my Thrive Life 101 page or feel free to contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


3 Ways to Use Thrive Life Peanut Flour

Hey, friends. I’m excited to do this series of posts that bring together my recipes and tips for using Thrive Life foods in your every day cooking. Today, let’s talk about peanut flour.

There are a lot of reasons why I love Thrive Life peanut flour, but probably my top reason is the super simple ingredient list: Roasted Peanuts. That’s it! (As a side note, for anyone with peanut allergies, please rest assured that Thrive Life processes this flour in a completely separate facility from the rest of our products, so there is no risk of cross-contamination).

I try and always have a #10 can of this flour in my pantry, because I love adding protein to my family’s breakfasts and snacks, and I like how easy it is to just throw this in to things. Plus, the #10 can is about $17, which makes it cheaper per serving than most peanut flours I can find, and it has a long shelf-life.

Here are some of my favorite ways to use Thrive Life peanut flour:

White Bean Blondies

Peanut Butter Pancakes

Thai Peanut Dressing/Thai Peanut Chicken

If you’re ready to try Thrive Life peanut flour today, you can shop on my consultant website by clicking below.

If you want to learn more about Thrive Life, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, or feel free to send me any questions. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


3 Ways to Use Thrive Life Freeze-Dried Chicken

I definitely had to get used to the idea of freeze-dried meats when I first found Thrive Life, but now I really enjoy the convenience of having some on hand. My husband works a ton of nights and weekends, so I often have to pack him two meals a day. He also has food sensitivities to dairy, eggs, and some preservatives. This made it really difficult to throw together meals for him before I found Thrive Life foods. Now, it’s much easier to throw together balanced meals when my pantry is stocked with freeze-dried meats, produce, and other staples. With Thrive Life chicken, I don’t have to worry about complicated ingredient lists, weird canned chicken taste, or trying to get the texture and timing right with frozen chicken.

Here are 3 ways I like to use freeze-dried chicken in my every day cooking:

Magic Chicken Salad

Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar

Quick Chicken Quesadillas

And, as a bonus, because I make some version of this nearly every week for my husband (with any curry paste or sauce I can find that’s dairy free), I also want to share my curry “formula”

Rogan Josh Curry

To try Thrive Life freeze-dried chicken today, visit my consultant website by clicking below.

To learn more about Thrive Life freeze-dried groceries, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, or feel free to send me any questions. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

Dutch Oven Pancake

I hosted a brunch potluck at my house last week, and it was so great to try out some new breakfast recipes! My friend brought these oven pancakes that she made in muffin tins, and it reminded me that I should post my recipe. I keep meaning to, especially since it’s the main reason I make my berry compote (as a topping).

I’ve heard this called a German pancake, or a dutch oven pancake. My little boy started calling it a “GIANT pancake” a while ago, so that’s what we call it in this house.

Super simple to make; in fact, I almost didn’t include a printable version, because you just blend some stuff up and pour it in a pan, but it’s good to have proportions on hand. =).


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Dutch Oven Pancake
  1. Place the butter in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish, and let it melt in the oven while the oven preheats to 400 degrees.
  2. Meanwhile, blend the remaining ingredients on high for 30-60 seconds, until super smooth.
  3. When the butter is completely melted, pull out the pan and pour in the egg mixture.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges and bottom are browned. (Note: this gets super high in the oven, but deflates quickly after you take it out).
  5. Serve with syrup, berry compote, lemon juice and honey, or any other favorite toppings.
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