As many of you know, I’ve recently become a Thrive Life consultant. The first order of business has been trying the food and forming an opinion about it, followed by incorporating it into my normal cooking and routine. To read about my first order, click here.
I love Thrive Life for a couple of reasons. One, it’s an excellent long term food storage option for preppers. Two, it is perfect for busy and on the go families or people. Freeze dried food cuts down on food waste and cooking time! Both of these are a win-win in my book.
With my first order, everything was picked for me. My second one I was in control of and I picked some really amazing foods. I’m so excited to use them!
Raspberries were the most exciting part of my order, honestly. I despise buying raspberries in the store because they’re expensive, and usually about to rot by the time they make it to the store. We usually have to eat them within 24 hours, and still pick out a few dead and molding ones out of the package. I can eat raspberries every day of my life and be very happy. But not being able to find really fresh raspberries in the store always annoys me. These raspberries from Thrive Life are simply delicious and a perfect alternative.
I ate them dry right out of the can. I’m also planning to make a sauce for cheesecake, my go-to favorite dessert. Stay tuned for that recipe coming soon. The recipe list where these items have saved me time and money just keeps growing!
I tried these dry and wasn’t a fan of the texture. Not a good snack option, but they’ll be great once they are rehydrated and can be added to a meal very easily. I’m very happy with them.
I picked several snack size packages for this order because it meant I could try more things. These apples are great as a snack just dry, or they can be rehydrated and used in a recipe as well. A friend took one of my recipes and substituted these for into it and loved it.
Check out Una’s Apple Cake for the recipe, and substitute these apples for a really easy recipe using pantry ingredients.
This one had me curious. I love bananas, and so I wanted to try these. Nathan hates the texture of bananas, saying it made him gag. I’m not a big fan of dehydrated bananas because of the super crunchy texture. I end up spending thirty minutes chewing one and it hurts my jaw easily because of TMJ issues.
These were the perfect happy medium. Nathan even ate them willingly. He didn’t gag or die either. I thought they were great, and the perfect alternative when I can’t make it to the store for fresh bananas. Plus an option even Nathan will eat. Win win in my book!
Confetti Cake Bites
Nathan wasn’t eager to buy these. Most confetti and “birthday cake” flavored foods are just terrible. These are so good that I’m going to have to hide them in my office to keep Nathan from eating all of them before I can! This was the “I’ll fight you” item in the box. What is the one snack you fight your spouse or kids about eating it all?
These are a perfect on the go snack right here! This was the one thing I was really unsure of in my order, but Nathan picked it out. Who am I to tell him no? When I opened them and tried them, it reminded me of crispy cheese. Have you ever baked cheddar cheese on a piece of parchment paper in the oven? It comes out crispy and has a very concentrated cheddar flavor. This is what I tasted when I opened up the package, and I loved it!
The cheddar bites would make a perfect snack for when we’re on the go. Pair it with some peanuts, cashews, or almonds. Maybe throw in some dried fruit as well. Raisins or cranberries are delicious for this purpose too. It would be very easy to make a homemade trail mix or protein snack pack. We buy that stuff in the store, so why not make your own and save some money?
Nathan and I are planning a hike next week, and the homemade trail mix is exactly what I’m going to make to take with us. I see almonds and cranberries paired with the cheddar cheese for my snack.
That snack pack would be perfect for kids in the car too. There’s much less of a mess with freeze dried cheese, no mold growing on the floorboard if they spill and it is overlooked. There wouldn’t be a worry about refrigeration either. I see a ton of positive uses from this one single item, and that gets me excited.
I am going to try making a homemade cheese sauce from it too and see how it goes. I’ll be sharing the recipe when it is successful! Keep an eye out for that.
Cilantro is the second most wasted veggie in my refrigerator, right behind celery for winning that status. Needless to say, being able to buy it in freeze dried form to have a less wasteful option is perfect for me.
What I am finding with these foods is that the prep and cooking time are drastically decreased. It is so easy to incorporate these items into a meal. I made tortilla soup in 20 minutes right after my last order.
Earlier this week I made a fried rice dish before Nathan went to work. I didn’t have a lot of time, or ingredients. This was one of those throw things together kind of meals. Because of Thrive Life foods, it worked! I gave him a healthy and delicious meal before work. If I had used ingredients from the store, I would have either omitted them or increased my cooking time.
I was able to incorporate celery and chicken into my rice dish (the recipe is coming soon) easily using Thrive Life foods. I didn’t have time to cook chicken or chop up celery for this dish. They both would have been left out just based on the time crunch. But I didn’t have to do that, and there is something to be said for that! I like to call it healthy convenience.
These are also really healthy snacks. I keep a can of corn in my office so that I have a tasty and healthy snack when I am working. Being disrupted is a pet peeve of mine when I am working because it takes a while to get back into it once my concentration is broken. Corn is a snack where I can just grab a few bites and keep right on going with a project. No broken concentration, and no “hangry” feelings that distract me. I send Nathan to work with the snack packages of the peas as well.
If you are interested in giving Thrive Life a try, click here to go to my website. You’re welcome to comment or email me with any questions as well. I’m always here to help! Keep an eye out for upcoming recipes where I incorporate freeze dried foods! I’m very excited to share those with you.
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