October Specials are HERE!

September Thrive It Up
Pineapple Pulled Pork
Pineapple Pulled Pork Over Coconut Rice
by Lori Aguinaldo
Crisp peach cobbler, cinnamon applesauce, and creamy potatoes infused with herbs! Get your Taste of Autumn pack and take a bite into the flavors of fall!

- Jodi and Julie

Kale Brownies


These Kale brownies are an easy and delicious treat. Kale was launched at convention and we are already LOVING it in our daily cooking. It is such a healthy food and easy to “sneak” some extra veggie power into almost any dish. This is a great way to use it even in a DESSERT!



  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Mix brownies, kale powder, and hot water in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Allow to cool and then enjoy tricking everyone who eats them! Healthy, Thrive-a-lized, Delectable!

- Jodi and Julie

Pullled Pork Stuffed Crepes


Back from convention and still dreaming about some of the recipes we got to try. Chef Todd is literally a master at what he does. This recipe features 2 of the new products released at convention. Pulled Pork and Kale! Yay! I’ll admit though, I’m a little lazy and may not stuff crepes with these but stuff tortillas with them instead. Now that is an EASY and yummy meal.


2 c. THRIVE Pulled Pork – Freeze Dried

1/4 cupTHRIVE Onion Slices – Freeze Dried

1/2 cupTHRIVE Kale – Freeze Dried

1/4 c. THRIVE Shredded Parmesan Cheese – Freeze Dried

1 tsp. THRIVE Italian Seasoning Blend

1 tsp. THRIVE Chef’s Choice

1/4 tsp. THRIVE Peppercorn

1 tsp. Garlic, minced

1 1/2 c. Hot Water

3/4 c. Cream Cheese

2 tbsp. THRIVE Béchamel (Creamy White Sauce)


  1. In a quart container, combine all the ingredients except the bechamel and cream cheese. Allow to refresh for 15 minutes.
  2. Add in the bechamel and cream cheese and stir until combined.
  3. Cool in fridge for 30 minutes
  4. Place filling in a line down the center of crepe coming all the way to the edge.
  5. Roll the crepe around the filling, brush with egg wash and season with Chef’s choice seasoning on top.
  6. Bake in the oven at 400 for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown and warm in the middle.

- Jodi and Julie



We just got back from Thrive Life Convention 2016 and it was so great. Thrive introduced some NEW PRODUCTS we snacked on all weekend and we learned even more about the benefits of using Thrive for health and convenience. Here’s a quick summary and we will be keeping you posted as we try some of these products in our everyday cooking.


We’re excited to make some quick and easy dinners with the Freeze-Dried Pork and we’ll be adding Freeze-Dried Kale to our smoothies!
pork and kale


With school starting up we are so excited to get our hands on these snackies singles size. GOOD BYE high-fructose corn syrup fruit snacks. HELLO HEALTHY SNACKS! Check them all out here, or the variety pack here.
new snackies singles


Thrive never ceases to amaze us with their commitment to transparency and health.

- Jodi and Julie

Coconut Chocolate Chip Brownies

My family does weekly Sunday dinners at my mom’s house and each of us brings an item to go along with the main dish that she will be cooking. Some weeks I just DO NOT feel like going to the grocery store and this was one of those weeks. I volunteered to make the dessert knowing I could count on my Thrive desserts to bail me out. But I didn’t want to be boring so I came up with these fancy Coconut Chocolate Chip Brownies that were a huge hit! And I made them all from items I had in my pantry. WOO-HOO!

coconut brownies

1 1/2 c. Thrive Macaroon Cookie Mix
3 3/4 c. Thrive Brownie Mix
1/2 c. chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 c. coconut flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix macaroon mix with 1/4 cup of hot water. Pour into bottom of a greased 9×9 baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes until cookie layer is firm but not brown. While the bottom layer is cooking, add 1/2 cup water to brownie mix and let sit for at least 5 minutes. Pour the brownie mix into the pan on top of the cookie layer. Yummm. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips and coconut flakes on top and bake for 5-10 more minutes or until brownie layer is not gooey when you insert a toothpick. EAT and ENJOY!


- Jodi and Julie

Patriotic Jello with Freeze-Dried Fruits

We originally posted this on our Food Storage Made Easy blog but thought it would be fun to share it here too since it uses Thrive freeze-dried fruits. This patriotic jello is completely a “shelf stable” recipe if you use freeze-dried fruits in it. It also works perfectly fine with regular fruit and cool-whip. It’s fun to know that you can make a creative and delicious treat for your family even if you are living completely off of food storage!

4th of July Patriotic Jello would make a great hit at any event!

Patriotic Jello

2 3-oz packages blue jello
2 3-oz packages strawberry jello
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin (Knox brand)
14-oz can Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milk

Optional Ingredients:
Thrive Freeze Dried Strawberries
Thrive Freeze Dried Blueberries
Spiff-E-Whip (I found this at Wal-Mart or Amazon)

Gather all of your ingredients.

Make your blue layer of jello. Mix 2 packages of blue jello with 2 cups of boiling water until dissolved. Then add 1 cup of ice cold water and stir. Pour into a 9×12 pan. Sprinkle freeze-dried blueberries evenly into the pan and stir them in so they are covered with liquid. Let set in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Make your white layer of jello. Sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin into 1/2 a cup of cold water. After it thickens, add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and mix in until it dissolves. Stir in the can of sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Let cool (but don’t leave it out too long or it will start gelling like mine. Oops!) Pour over hardened blue layer. Let chill for 4 hours or overnight.

Make your red layer of jello. Mix 2 packages of blue jello with 2 cups of boiling water until dissolved. Then add 1 cup of ice cold water and stir. Sprinkle freeze-dried strawberries into the liquid. Pour entire mixture over top of white layer. Let set in fridge for 4 hours or overnight.

Once the red layer has set firmly, you can decorate the top with a flag if desired. I mixed 1 cup of Spiff-E-Whip with 1 cup of ice water and beat with a mixer for about 3-4 minutes until it had a whipped cream consistency.

While beating the whipped cream, I reconstituted some freeze-dried blueberries and strawberries for the topping.

Spread the whipped cream over top and decorate like a flag. (You might want to plan better so that you actually have room for 13 stripes, unlike mine). Here is a view showing the top!

DIG IN! That white layer is divine. MMMM. Happy Independence Day!

- Jodi and Julie


Quite often we get asked, Why Thrive? We started with Thrive because of the incredible foods they offered that we could store in case of emergency in our Food Storage. However, there are a lot of reasons why we love and use THRIVE in our daily cooking as well.


In this series, we cover many of the benefits of Thrive. You can learn about each of the “WHY THRIVE” reasons in the individual posts below:


- Jodi and Julie

Thrive’s Newest Foods


Our freeze drying facility is up and running, and our cans are filling up fast with new and improved freeze dried food! Get yours today and bring the best of the best to parties and events… or keep it all to yourself!

Also note that all serving sizes have been increased to 1/2 cup to better reflect everyday consumption. Although this shows a lower number of servings per can, this will not change the overall weight or volume of the can.

- Jodi and Julie


UPDATED>>>Includes link to download our excel file at the bottom of the post.

UPDWhile we LOVE using Thrive foods in our everyday cooking we joined Thrive because of the foods they offered for Food Storage.  We were used to storing grains, legumes, and sugar from the typical food storage calculator you’ve probably all seen. With those types of foods in our food storage we always felt like certain foods were lacking. What about fruits, vegetables, and meats?  That’s where Thrive came to the rescue. Keep reading to see how we’ve used Thrive to create the calculator found below in this post.

When we joined Thrive, we signed up for the Thrive Q which is a monthly auto-ship program that let’s you set a budget and then ships the freeze-dried foods right to your door. Most of the time we recommend starting a Q with the Taste Of Thrive. We did a little video that shows you the contents of the Taste Of Thrive awhile back. The Taste of Thrive is a great way to sample the most popular products over a 3 month period and really learn what foods you like and use.

However, if you know exactly what you want to buy, a custom Q is the way to go. With our new calculator you’ll be able to determine exactly what you need to complete your food storage and you can put those foods right into your custom Q.

After years of altering and making adjustments in our own storage plans we have created a “new” calculator that includes the missing foods. Because of this, you are in for a special treat today!  We are sharing this calculator with you and hope it helps you as much as it has helped us balance out our storage plans.

The calculator is a simple 3 page handout plus insturctions that you print and fill out based on how many people you are storing for and can be customized based on what foods you actually want to store.  We are so excited to share this with you and hope that you will pass it on to others who you feel may benefit from it.

Here are a few highlights on what the download contains.


  • Easy to fill out
  • Removes uncommon items
  • Calorie based for 2000+ calories a day
  • Customizable without being complicated
  • Three printable charts (one for each category of foods)


  • Best ways to buy each of the food groups
  • Secrets for buying 6-packs at heavily discounted prices
  • Tips for buying gradually at a budget you can afford


- Jodi and Julie

June Specials

June Specials have been posted for Thrive. Want to hear what some people are saying about the products on sale this month!? Scroll down and enjoy!

june specials




And our favorite product this month is the Summer Kick Off Pack!

Make a splash with our Summer Kick Off Pack! Lay low and relax with all the ingredients you need to make summertime classics, including vibrant fruits, light grains, baking basics, and gooey fudge brownies!

Blueberry Yogurt Bites PC
Non-Fat Powdered Milk PC
Banana Slices PC
Pineapple Chunks PC
Lentils PC
White Rice PC
Iodized Salt PC
Fudge Brownie Mix PC
Cilantro Spice Can


This pack would be a great item to put on your Q. Learn more about starting your Q if you haven’t already here


- Jodi and Julie