Wondering what Thrive Market is? I’ve got all the details on how it works and what I buy there vs. other grocery stores.
I’ve been rounding up my staples from all of my favorite grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s, Costco and today Thrive Market! Some of my healthy grocery staples are carried at all three places, so I alternate where I buy things depending on how quickly I need it and where I’ll be shopping next. But there are a few things from Thrive that I definitely like best (like their pasta and nuts), and they also have better prices on things that I usually can only find at Whole Foods, like fancy dark chocolate. (Priorities!)
If you aren’t familiar with Thrive Market, it’s an online grocery store that has an extensive selection of healthy foods and organic products. They don’t carry fresh produce or dairy, but it’s a great place to stock your pantry and snack cupboard. In addition to groceries, they also sell wine, meat and seafood, personal care products, supplements, pet supplies and baby products. They have their own brand and also carry well-known brands like Annie’s, Bob’s Red Mill, Banza, Siete, and a LOT more.
They make it easy to shop by allergen free and/or specific dietary restrictions with all their filtering options — like vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, keto, paleo, nut-free, kosher, to name a few. I also really like the autoship feature, especially as a new mom who forgets things! You can add or remove things from autoship, and change the frequency by item (e.g. I need more pasta more often than I need salt!). Plus, you get reminders before it ships so you’re never getting things you don’t need.
You pay an annual membership fee, like you do with Amazon Prime, Costco or Sam’s Club. A Thrive Market membership is either $59.95 a year or $9.95 a month. But they have a better selection of healthy, speciality foods than any of those places. So, it’s kind of like Whole Foods with Costco prices and the convenience of Amazon.
Okay, they don’t have free next day or two day shipping, so it’s not QUITE as convenient as Amazon. You do, however, get free shipping on orders over $49 and my box usually arrives in about a week so it takes just a little forethought. Or, just use autoship like I do.
The membership is worth every penny since I save way more than it costs. They guarantee that you’ll make your money back in savings in your yearly membership and if you don’t, they’ll pay you the difference in Thrive Cash when you renew your membership.
I also appreciate their commitment to the environment since packaging and shipping can be less than ideal. In 2019, Thrive Market became a 100% carbon-neutral company and over 90% of material that enters their facilities is recycled, composted, or reused. They also use 100% recyclable packaging (down to the tape on the box!) and will so be Zero Waste Certified across all their locations.
My Thrive Market Staples
Below are the things I buy consistently from Thrive Market. Like I mentioned earlier, I love the autoship feature, especially for pantry staples I always need. I haven’t tried their meat and seafood, but I appreciate that they support regenerative farmers whose practices help heal the planet’s soil and revitalize local ecosystems.
Okay, let’s get on to my Thrive Market must-haves!
I’m a salt snob and this is AMAZING. Yes, it’s worthy of the first spot on my list!
I like to make my own dressings most of the time, but I keep a few store-bought ones on hand and get them from Thrive Market. I like Primal Kitchen and Tessamae’s that have better ingredients than most store-bought dressings.
They have a wide variety of nut butters and seed butters, if you have a nut allergy and need an alternative. The Kirkland brand of peanut butter from Costco is the best, HANDS DOWN, but if you need some alternates, Thrive Market has a solid selection.
This is the best marinara EVER. (Costco also sells it and I just buy it wherever I’m shopping next.)
I didn’t know that there was much of a quality difference in nuts… until I tried Thrive Market nuts. WOW. They taste drastically better than Trader Joe’s!
- Coconut Sugar – I buy coconut sugar either at Thrive or Trader Joe’s. My only complaint is that the bags are small! I wish they were larger, but that would probably make shipping costs too high.
- Maple Syrup – I like the Goldilocks-sized jug option that Thrive sells. It’s not too big or too small.
- Powdered sugar – I don’t use this a lot but I like that I can buy it organic from Thrive. I’ve never seen organic powdered sugar anywhere else.
- All Purpose Flour – Just a simple pantry staple, but I buy it organic from Thrive since it’s more affordable than other organic flour options.
- Cacao Powder – Cacao powder (not cocoa powder) can be hard to find. I keep this stocked for baking.
- Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips – I have to eat dairy free while breastfeeding (and honestly, don’t tolerate super well even when I’m not!) and I’m going through a lot of these allergen-free chocolate chips these days. Thrive has the best price on them
- Simple Mills crackers – I really like Simple Mills almond flour sea salt crackers! (Pass on their whole grain ones – yuck!)
- Canned Beans – I love that that they carry Eden Foods beans, which are cooked with kombu to help with digestion! It’s a little pricier than Trader Joe’s but worth it for me.
- Dried Lentils & Beans – I keep these stocks in the pantry at all times. The Thrive brand is organic and affordable.
- Spices – Thrive sells their spices in bulk so I buy them from Thrive to refill my jars.
- Tomato Paste – Thrive’s tomato paste comes in jars instead of cans and it’s so nice to be able to save what I don’t use. How many of us have tossed opened cans after they sit in our fridge for a week and go bad, yuck.
They carry a lot of oils, but the sizes are too small for our needs. We go through a lot of avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil so I buy it at Costco. Same with apple cider vinegar. But, if you don’t have a Costco nearby, Thrive has great prices.
However, I DO want to try the Organic Ghee & Virgin Coconut Oil – I am adding this to my cart IMMEDIATELY when I stop breastfeeding. Thomas is dairy intolerant, and even though most lactose-intolerant folks tolerate ghee well, I don’t want to risk it. But apparently this tastes just like movie theater butter on popcorn. I can’t wait to try it. (And load it up on toast!)
- Coconut Milk – I think they have the creamiest coconut milk of all the brands I’ve tried.
- Broth & Stocks – Thrive has tons of broths — chicken broth, beef stock, bone broth, vegetable broth. I keep these on autoship.
I have sensitive skin and so does my baby, so we get Seventh Generation free & clear laundry detergent from Thrive. I’ve also heard they make great dish soap but I haven’t tried it.
I weirdly love their sponges! They’re white and hold up well with lots of dish washing!
What are your Thrive Market must-haves? I’ll keep this list updated as I try new things!
While this post includes affiliate links and I make a small commission if you sign up, it is not sponsored by Thrive Market! I pay for everything I order from them out of my own pocket and truly love their service.