Food and Nutrition

‘I’m an RD, and These Are the 6 Healthy Foods I Always Add to My Thrive Market Cart’

Allie Flinn

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Thrive Market is one of those online shops that [Stefon voice] has everything. We're talking a treasure trove of healthy eats with something that will satisfy every dietary restriction, allergy, or ingredient sensitivity—plus, of course, tons of delicious foods that will please any palette.

Although having so many nutritious options that can be delivered straight to your doorstep is an undeniable privilege that saves hours every week, it can also be overwhelming to sort through everything they offer at Thrive. It's like taking a five-minute break to glance at Twitter, and then you look up at the clock and realize you've spent an hour reading every tweet from an account that posts screenshots of funny movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes—even if you go in with a plan, it's easy to get distracted. Fancy yourself a healthy snack aficionado? You know exactly what we're talking about when we use the term 'decision fatigue.' If you've ever forced yourself to close your browser after scrolling through all those new nut butters, bean chips, and alt-milks because you got overstimulated, you've come to the right place.

To help alleviate some of that decision fatigue, we asked Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, author of The Better Period Food Solution, what she always adds to her cart.

What to buy at Thrive Market, according to a registered dietitian

Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil — $10.00

“I’ve been using a ton of this avocado oil in my cooking lately, especially while the grill is hot this summer. It’s rich in heart-healthy fats and immune-supporting vitamin E. Avocado oil also has a higher smoke-point than olive oil, so it’s able to withstand higher cooking temperatures without diminishing its loaded nutrition profile,” Beckerman says. Additionally, Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil has a delicious and neutral flavor that pairs perfectly with any type of protein, vegetables, grains, pasta, and more.

Good Karma Flaxmilk + Protein — $3.00

“This dairy-free milk made from flax seeds goes way beyond your expectations—not only is it packed with nutrients, but it tastes smooth and creamy, too,” Beckerman says. “You’ll get eight grams of plant-based protein, 1,200 milligrams of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and zero grams of sugar from a single serving. Talk about elevating my morning bowl of breakfast cereal, oatmeal, or smoothie.” Good Karma’s flax milk is also gluten-free, vegan, and packs 30 percent of your daily calcium requirements—a rarity for alternative milk.

Joolies Organic Medjool Dates — $7.00

“I love having something naturally sweet and healthy for snacking on in my cart, and that’s where Joolies dates come in. Dates are packed with stress-relieving potassium and magnesium, and they pair perfectly with plant-based ricotta cheese as a yummy and satisfying appetizer,” Beckerman raves. A soothing slice of ricotta and date toast, coming right up.

Pan's Mushroom Jerky — $7.00

“This snack is bursting with high-quality nutrients, thanks to the healthy trifecta that is shiitake mushroom, avocado oil, and chia seeds,” Beckerman says. “Shiitake mushrooms are one of the only plant-based, vegan sources of vitamin D, which helps to support a strong immune system and balance out your body’s hormones. Plus, the antioxidants and fiber in the chia seeds can boost gut and digestive health, as well as aid in cholesterol management and constipation relief.”

JoJo's Chocolate — $11.00

“Nothing helps combat uncomfortable symptoms of PMS while also satisfying my sweet tooth quite like JoJo’s dark chocolate. With no added sugar, these individual chocolate bars provide a much-needed dose of iron and magnesium that helps with bloating and moodiness right around when my period arrives. Plus, they are a shockingly good source of fiber and protein, all thanks to the hemp protein.” This will help keep your blood sugar stable, too.

Sweet Nothings Spoonable Smoothie, Tropical Greens — $3.00

Made with only real and recognizable ingredients—think bananas, pineapple, cashews, dates, and spirulina—these plant-based spoonable smoothies are a super simple way to eat more heart-healthy, fiber-filled foods at any time of day. According to Beckerman, you’ll reap iron, potassium, and calcium from the flaxseeds, chia seeds, and spinach. “These smoothie bowls are also a super refreshing on-the-go snack that provides anti-inflammatory support, thanks to the spirulina and pineapple.”

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