It’s been a while since I’ve done a weekly roundup, but I’m going to start posting these each Sunday to highlight the things that I’m currently obsessing over. Each post will include 5 products (or just things I’m obsessed with), as well as links to recipes from the week for you guys (don’t worry the recipe for the Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry is down there, so check it out)!
If you follow my Instagram, you know from my Insta story that I placed and received my first order with Thrive Market this week. Thrive Market is a platform for healthy living. This e-commerce, membership based retailer offers 5,000+ high quality natural and organic products at seriously affordable prices – 25-50% off retail, and shipped to your door. With your first purchase on Thrive Market, you’ll start a free 30-day membership trial and to join costs $59.95 for a full year. Oh and get this – for every paid member they donate a free membership to a family in need. So far they’ve donate over 400,000 free memberships to low-income families. Shipping is free on all orders over $49.
For someone with dietary restrictions like myself, Thrive Market is amazing. You can shop over 140 diets and health trends, from Gluten-Free and Paleo to Vegan and Whole30 using their value filters.
I mentioned before the affordable prices – that’s because they cut out the middlemen so members get wholesale prices. I saved $26.46 on my first order of 8 items that totaled $29.92. Check out what I ordered including original prices and my savings below!
Coconut aminos is a condiment that I keep in the fridge at all times now – and you should too! It’s a great alternative for soy sauce (which can be rich in sodium and contain gluten). It’s loaded with minerals, vitamins, and 17 amino acids. According to Thrive Market, coconut aminos can have anywhere from two to 14 times the amino acid content of soy and contains up to 65 percent less sodium. And most importantly, it actually tastes good (similar sweet/salty flavor as soy sauce). Coconut aminos are made from the tree sap from coconut blossoms.
Coconut aminos are a great addition to any diet, but especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. Meat, eggs and dairy all have high amino acid content, so if you follow a plant based diet this is a great way to make sure you are getting the essential amino acids that your body needs.
I also love how versatile coconut aminos are – you can use them as a marinade, dipping sauce or dressing. I used them to make the Defined Dish’s [ whole 3 0 compliant ] Mongolian Beef Stir Fry. The only changes I made were adding broccoli and substituting arrowroot flour for cornstarch (because that’s what I had in the pantry).
Little Northern Bakehouse Cinnamon & Raisin Bread
When I was following a vegan diet, finding bread that was both vegan and gluten free was difficult. While I’m not following a vegan diet anymore, I’m still trying to cut back on meat, dairy and eggs – so when I saw this 100% plant based loaf at Trader Joes I figured I would give it a shot. This bread is so good that I actually had to double check it was gluten free (no joke). I’ve been toasting a piece and adding Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread for a quick (on-the-go) breakfast. I can’t wait to try more products and loaves by Little Northern Bakehouse.
Emmy’s Organics, Organic Coconut Cookies
These organic coconut cookies are the perfect mid-afternoon snack. You can find them at Starbucks and in addition to being organic, these superfood bites are both vegan and gluten free. Emmy’s Organics, Inc. was started in 2009 by a couple who struggled with digestive problems, Ian & Samantha, in Ian’s mothers kitchen in Ithaca, NY. They started small, selling their goods at Farmer’s Markets and now you can find their products in thousands of retail locations nationwide.
thisworks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
So I got this spray in my last FitFabFun Box and have been loving it ever since. It’s clinically proven to help you fall asleep faster and wake up feeling more refreshed. This aromatherapeutic blend of lavender, vetivert and camomile calms the mind and body. Think improved sleep quality and reduced sleep anxiety – yassss.