Missionary Meals in Bags

If you have been around the Internet at all this Christmas season you may have seen the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign being promoted by our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). We blogged about how we are participating specifically at this blog post. This campaign hit close to home for me because my little sister is currently serving a mission for our church for 18 months and I am glad she is getting the chance to serve others while we are doing our own acts of service back home. The idea is to do something each day in December to serve in the same ways that Christ served when he was on the earth. It’s really been amazing to see what everyone has been doing to Light the World this month!

My mom and I decided to help serve my sister by helping her out with some meals because we know how hard it can be for 19 year old girls to have the time, energy, and knowledge to cook on their own day after day. And this can give them a little break on those busy days around the holiday season.


We used the 6 recipes from our Meals in a Jar eCookbook and made one of each one in a ziplock bag. We didn’t worry about long-term preservation as I’m pretty sure they will eat these all within a week or two 😉 I did full recipes but you could easily cut them in half for just a single college student or someone without a fridge to store leftovers.

If you have a lot of these ingredients in your own food storage or home store you can experiment with making a few of your own for a loved one in a similar situation. Or feel free to make them in jars for cute neighbor gifts. We also have a cute Christmas Cookie jar recipe we posted last year that you can use for teachers or neighbors, etc.

- Jodi and Julie

Black Friday Top Deals and Picks


We are excited for the Thrive Life Black Friday sales this year! This year Thrive will be allowing all customers to order on Wednesday, November 23rd! This is awesome. This is great to give people a chance to shop before things get too crazy with the holiday weekend. Keep reading to find out details on the best items to buy and how to order them.


For the sales this year, every Thrive item will be on sale. You can see a list of all the items on sale at the Black Friday Sale Page. Black Friday pricing will go live for everyone on November 23rd at 8:00 am MST. For a look at some of the most popular sale items view the Black Friday flyer.



NOT FEATURED in the sales flyer are some doorbuster packages you can only order through a consultant. We will be taking pre-orders for doorbusters available only through consultants starting NOW and submitting them Tuesday for you (Q customers and consultants get to order a day early). These doorbusters are just a handful of deeply discounted packages. The rest of the whole product line will be available for purchase starting Wednesday on our Black Friday Sale Page.

If you have items outside of the doorbusters that you are worried will run out you can add them to this form as well. This will give you the best chance at making sure you get things before they sell out!


We’ve looked through the ads and done a little homework for you. The following items feature some of the deepest discounts (and will likely be the first to run out). You can order them on Wednesday or add them into your pre-order form if you are ordering doorbusters.


- Jodi and Julie

Thanksgiving Ideas and November Specials

Can you believe the holiday season is already upon us. Thanksgiving is coming up and this year I’m looking for ways to save time in the kitchen. Thrive foods will be featured in a big way this year at our dinner table. I’m starting to enter the phase of life where I host Thanksgiving here and there. I can’t just go to mom’s house anymore and get away with bringing a pie from Costco. For those of you out there who need things to be a little easier, or you aren’t quite sure how to pull off some traditional Thanksgiving foods, make sure you watch some of the videos below. Who doesn’t love attending a cooking class in their pj’s on their computer!


doughOne of my favorite Thrive items is their Country White Dough Mix. 3 and 3/4 cups of this mix with a package of yeast and water and I have fresh rolls, pizza crust and breads. It’s so easy in fact, today I opted to make these rolls for a dinner I was bringing to a friend because it was easier than getting a loaf of french bread at the grocery store.

Mashed Potatoes:

The Thrive Mashed Potatoes are just that – JUST POTATOES. Usually mashed potato mixes come with so many additives I just can’t do it. I don’t love peeling, boiling, and mashing potatoes. These save so much time in the kitchen. Since I’ll be saving so much time I’m tempted to try this loaded mashed potato recipe… did someone say bacon!?


My favorite stuffing is my mom’s stuffing. Bread, carrots, onions, celery, and spices. It’s classic. Thrive’s freeze-dried veggies in this recipe are perfect. I’ll have to cut up bread pieces but that’s all the chopping I’ll be doing here. If you’re into more exciting, gourmet stuffing, you really should check out Chef Todd’s cornbread stuffing. I have never tried something from Chef Todd I haven’t liked. Check out how to make the Cornbread stuffing here:

Turkey Brine:

Buying fresh herbs and spices always make foods better but then you have a whole lot of them left over. I love the freeze-dried spices from Thrive because they are fresher than dehydrated and I only use what I need. Makes me want to try out this Turkey Brine featured in this month’s Thrive it up cooking class. You must watch this:



This month’s specials feature a November Feast Pack with pantry cans of Whole Wheat Bread Mix, Sugar Cookie Mix, Cauliflower, Celery, Fuji Apple Slices, Sausage Crumbles, Turkey Dices, Scrambled Egg Mix, Hot Cocoa, and Chef’s Choice Seasoning.

Regular Price: $158.40
Special Price $122.59

Click the flyer below or visit our Thrive consultant website to check out the other November specials.


- Jodi and Julie


THIS just went out to our newsletter subscribers. 
Halloween is coming up and we have 2 TREATS for you. The first is a great meal-in-jar Hearty Chili recipe that can be thrown together ahead of time and cooked on a busy fall evening (like Halloween). The second is FREE SHIPPING on consultant kits until Oct 31st– that’s not a “TRICK” – ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT… We haven’t seen free shipping on consultant kits in over a year so it’s kind of a big deal. Especially if you are interested in the bigger consultant kit that has the discounted shelf and tons of food! The timing on becoming a consultant is just right because Black Friday is coming up and earning commission on your own Black Friday order would be awesome for you! Read on…
Pack your jar with the following ingredients:

2 T. Thrive Tomato Powder
1/2 tsp. Minced Garlic
1 tsp. Thrive Salt
1/8 tsp. Paprika
3/4 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 T. Thrive Oregano (FD)
1 1/2 T. Chili Powder
1/8 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
2 T. Thrive Chopped Onions (D)
3/4 cup Thrive Ground Beef (FD)
1 1/2 cups Thrive Instant Pinto Beans
1 cup Thrive Tomato Dices (FD)

Cooking Instructions:
In a large saucepan bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add contents of jar and let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally. For a thinner chili add extra water.
Serving Tip: Top with sour cream and cheddar cheese and serve with a side of Thrive Golden Cornbread Mix.


Whether it’s to build your own home store, to help your friends and family build a home store, or to start your own business, becoming a Thrive Life consultant is great for just about anyone. Set your own goals for whatever you want to get for being a consultant.  See what’s inside the consultant kits HERE


  • You get all products at the most discounted price.
  • The Starter Kits are a bargain on a lot of great THRIVE foods.
  • The PATH training program guides you step by step through everything you need to know.
  • You get paid 10% commission on every single order you take outside of your Q, even your own!
  • Earn free and half off food for yourself, and your party hosts.
  • Maintain your personal Q at $50 of product per month and you stay active.
  • Any amount you order over $50 on your Q you earn commission on.
  • There are no sales quotas you have to hit, just your $50 Q to earn commissions
  • Get paid commission every month for every customer you have on the Q.
  • Sell to anyone online using your own consultant web site.
  • For each consultant you sign up you make commission on the very next week.
  • You can print price lists and order forms online for free.


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- Jodi and Julie

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