Last year i discovered "Thrive" foods, and was quite impressed with the quality, the taste, the retention of nutrition, and most importantly, the ease of use! I am not a great cook, nor do I particularly enjoy it... its just one of those things that must be done. But Thrive offers the opportunity to significantly simplify meal prep. Seriously, if i could buy almost everything thrive, i'd be all over that. Some of the items are kind of pricey, so i can't right now, but i plan to work our budget to where we can buy on sale as much as possible, which should help. As it stands, i'm needing to adapt our whole mindset, to a different way of cooking, our storage, our budget, etc. So i'm starting slowly using the Q which i just signed up for and which should ship out on friday! i budgeted $200 a month, to go toward thrive foods, which right now is just all going to our regular meal planning- soon i'll add extra for long term food storage, but for now i just need to get a routine and get used to the added cost, which i'm convinced after a while will be minimal, particularly since i've not been menu planning and waste has been a PROBLEM.
Where to get Thrive foods?
I'm going through an AWESOME consultant, Misty Marsh, who you can find here She's a superstar, in Thrive, and I can't even tell you how helpful she is and how much hand-holding she's done, answering questions, helping me figure out how to budget for it, etc. She's not local, which is a downside, but I am happy with the trade off. I'm going to be buying a consultant kit, though i'm not going to be actively selling, just basically getting the discount for us, since we spend a small fortune on food every month!
Also, Costco online sells just a few items, but for a large discount, and they ship super fast, and so i'll get some of our staples there.
So this is an adaptation of my original binder, which hasn't gotten use in a looooong time... i think i posted about it here a while ago... anyway, I thought i'd post in case anyone else might benefit from my "laid up in bed and bored" hyperactive organization.
Here's the cover, just really simple...
The tabs include
Thrive stuff- including price lists, my Q shipment schedule, etc.
Ok, so what I did was take my regular recipes and sort them by type of meat (or vegetarian) and write the type on the top left corner on each page, Then i filed them in the "Recipes- Trad" file in my binder. With like meat types grouped together.
IF you notice on the picture above, the left have a Q before the meat type- That's because they are recipes that I included when planning my Q (which is automated when you sign up for a Q, thankfully, or i'd never have the attention span to do it!) This is important because the Thrive foods i'm ordering are based on those recipes.
So, you can click on the pictures for a bigger view if you'd like. On the one above, you can see how I coded the Q recipes. First, I highlight all the items that I plan to use thrive foods for. For example, the elbow macaroni, i'm just buying from the store, so i didn't highlight it, so i know to buy it. The ones that are highlighted in purple, are ones that are coming on the month listed next to it. So I know that this recipe I can make when my first shipment (June) arrives.
OH and Misty has an awesome Q special going right now- Which you can see here you get 30% of what your Q is set at, in product, plus $40 off a consultant kit if you want one and 50% off one item!
So anyway, Just thought I'd share. i'm excited about this!