Here’s How a Registered Dietitian Would Spend $100 at Thrive Market

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If you think eating healthier is hard or expensive, Thrive Market is here to change your mind. The online market has thousands of organic and sustainable brands for any type of diet, and at wholesale prices (up to 30 percent off). A membership is $5/month, and for every paid membership, they donate a free membership to someone in need. And if you don't make back your annual fee in savings, Thrive Market will credit your account, so it's pretty much risk-free to sign up today.

Everything at Thrive Market is 100% non-GMO, and free of artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial preservations, hydrogenated fats, and other unhealthy ingredients. You can get snacks, pantry staples, sauces, frozen meals, wine (!), and more delivered straight to your door. To help you narrow down your grocery list, we asked registered dietitians for their favorite foods to add to your kitchen without racking up a hefty grocery bill; here are their picks.

Best Products at Thrive Market

thats it probiotic mini bars
That's It Probiotic Mini Fruit Bars — $18.00

Made with just two non-GMO ingredients, these mini fruit bars will satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you a sugar crash, and help your gut health. “These taste like a healthy fruit roll-up and are a delicious addition to kids lunches or part of a snack. I love that they are sweetened all naturally with fruit, with an ingredient list that is just mango and probiotics,” says Marissa Meshulam, a registered dietitian and founder of MPM Nutrition.

Lesser evil popcorn
Lesser Evil Organic Himalayan Gold Popcorn — $3.00

Movie nights in are just complete without snacks, and popcorn is at the top of the list. Lesser Evil’s popcorn is cooked with organic coconut oil and has a buttery flavor made with a dairy-free plant extract. “This popcorn puts movie theater popcorn to shame! It is a delicious, high fiber snack that is salty and satisfying,” says Meshulam.

Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna
Wild Planet Wild Caught Skipjack Tuna — $4.00

Meshulam loves these cans of tuna for the days you forgot to prep protein for lunch. “Skipjack tuna is a great choice since it’s lower in mercury than other varieties,” she says. Plus, it’s sustainably caught and hand-packed with sea salt but without any added oil, water, or fillers, which means it tastes fresh even out of the can.

Experts In This Article

kevin's General Tso's Sauce & Marinade
Kevin's Natural Foods General Tso's Sauce & Marinade — $5.00

Whether you’re a beginner or pro in the kitchen, having some go-to sauces or marinades in your cabinet can help make cooking dinner easier, tastier, and more fun.

“It’s no secret that reducing consumption of processed foods while upping intake of fresh, whole foods is a staple recommendation for long term health. However, it’s especially important to have a go-to lineup of healthy sauces and to ensure that foods stay flavorful and appetizing,” says Isa Kujawski, MPH, RDN, a functional registered dietitian and the founder of Mea Nutrition. Kevin’s Natural Foods is one of her favorite brands because of its ingredients, and this General Tso sauce is bursting with flavors including garlic, ginger, and coconut aminos.

Siete chips
Siete Ranch Grain Free Tortilla Chips — $4.00

If you love a crunchy salty snack, reach for these grain-free tortilla chips made from cassava flour, avocado oil, chia seeds, and nutritional yeast. Siete chips are free of inflammatory vegetable oils and devoid of artificial ingredients, which are usually found in regular chips,” says Kujawski.

nutritional yeast
Nutritional Yeast Flakes Shaker — $5.00

Keto-, paleo-, vegan-friendly, nutritional yeast is a great way to sprinkle some salty, cheesy flavor to your snacks, salads, meals, and more. Kujawski says it’s a cult favorite among many vegans and plant-based eaters, and it packs a punch in terms of health, too. “It’s also incredibly high in B vitamins such as B12, folate, riboflavin, and B6, making it a nutrient-dense, functional food item,” she adds.

banza pasta
Banza Rotini Chickpeas Pasta — $3.00

If you have any gluten sensitivity but love pasta, Banza is a great option. Elise Harlow, a registered dietitian, and owner of The Flourished Table, says Banza pasta is her go-to pasta because it’s made from chickpeas, which makes it both gluten-free and significantly higher in protein and fiber than regular pasta. “I like to keep some in the pantry at all times to combine with some frozen veggies and marinara sauce for a quick weeknight vegetarian meal,” she says.

Banza pasta is also a recommendation from Kujawski, who says it’s legume-based, and contains 23 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber per serving, making it a staple food item for many gluten-free and health-conscious eaters. “For the occasional hankering for comfort food, Banza also has tasty alternatives for foods like mac and cheese and pizza,” she adds.

Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth
Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth — $12.00

Kettle & Fire bone broth is another one of Harlow’s favorites. “Swapping bone broth for chicken broth is a great way to increase the protein content of whatever you are making, and it is also good for gut health,” she says. This chicken bone broth is made from the bones of free-range chickens and contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives. Use it as a soup base or just sip on it plain; it’s delicious either way.

Oat Haus granola butter
Oat Haus Granola Butter — $10.00

Granola in nut butter form? Yes, please. This spread is made with gluten-free oats and maple syrup, with a nice blend of spices including cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, and ginger, making it great for anyone with nut allergies. It contains minimal, whole foods, and healthy ingredients, and tastes like dessert,” says Harlow. “You can add this to oatmeal, smoothies, or eat it with apples, but my favorite is to eat it right from the spoon.”

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