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How I Save on Healthy Groceries at Thrive Market Online

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One of the things I hear often as a health coach is how expensive it is to eat healthy and organic good. It is true that the food isles are full of cheap food that is not good for our health but is easier on the pocketbook. I used to eat that way too, but I literally changed my life, health and energy by choosing to change my diet, because the cost down the road was going to be much greater than spending more of my budget on healthy food, plus I get to feel amazing now and hopefully prevent the diseases later that are afflicting so many people eating the SAD Diet (aka standard American diet).

I haven’t written a blog post about how I save money and feed myself, kids and husband delicious healthy food and afford the better household cleaners, skin care products and supplements. I shop at Thrive Market! It is a membership online health food store, and there are no strings to try it out. They let you shop and save 25% to 50% off retail for 30 days, like members, to try them out at no charge! That’s a lot of cold hard cash! If you like them, and they have thousands of products to choose from that I was buying all the time at the store, you can join for $59.95 a year, and believe me, you will save that in your first purchase if you have a couple people in your household, and in the first month if you are single. Thrive cuts out the middle man and they negotiate with the manufacturers so they can offer products to us cheaper than retail. I am on my second year of membership and have saved just under $1,500. each year! Wow!

Another thing I just love about Thrive is for every membership someone signs up for, they give one to a needy family for free. I also never pay shipping, because any purchase over $49. is free shipping.

Thrive has the brands I am always talking about here and so much more. It is an online grocery store, less the perishable items like fresh produce and meat,  since they don’t ship cold things, except they will ice your chocolate bars in the hot months! My favorite chocolate bars (Alter Eco 85% Dark Chocolate) are $1.50 less at Thrive than my local store.

The link to check out Thrive is below. I hope you give them a try. They also have many items I can’t get unless I order online. Yesterday I saved $94.40 off retail and purchased items like coconut oil, coffee, laundry detergent, canned salmon, almond flour, coconut flour, coconut milk (the Thrive Brand is awesome!), olive oil, vanilla extract, 85% dark chocolate bars, Primal Kitchen’s Avocado Oil Mayo, back to school kids snacks, etc. I really love this company! The link is right below.

http://thrv.me/RWjucz

Thrive Market

Enjoy your day and Thrive! 🙂

Sandra Shields, Certified Health Coach

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

Spatchcocked chicken is a pretty way to cook a whole chicken, but even better is, it is moister everywhere, and you won’t dry out the breast while waiting for the slower thighs to be cooked through.

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Chicken

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

 

Although to the eye, the chicken looks fancy and difficult, it really isn’t at all.  I like to prepare my chicken several hours before roasting it, and put in in the refrigerator uncovered so it can rest in the rub right on the baking sheet and absorb the flavors. This also allows the skin to dry out when exposed to air, so it is extra crispy!!!

Spatchcocked Rosemary Lime Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

1 – 5 to 6 pound whole chicken

Zest of 2 Limes

3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Teaspoon of Black Pepper

1 1/4 Teaspoon of Crushed Rosemary

1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger

Directions: Mix the olive oil and seasonings together for your Rosemary Lime Rub and set aside.

Now let’s spatchcock the chicken. It takes a little elbow grease, but trust me, it is easier than it looks! Much easier than cutting up a whole chicken! You will need a sharp knife or poultry scissors.

Remove Backbone

Place the chicken on a prepared baking sheet. Turn the chicken over onto its back, and starting on one side of the back bone, cute through the back. Now, do the same thing on the other side, and remove the backbone completely from the chicken. (You can use the backbone and giblets to make stock.)

Backbone Removed

That was the most difficult part. Turn the chicken over so the breasts face up, and with the palms of your hands, flatten the chicken by pressing on the breast area and splaying out the legs. It should look like this.

Spatchcocked Whole Chicken

Rub the chicken all over front and back with the Rosemary Lime Rub.

 

Place the chicken uncovered in the refrigerator a few hours, or as long as overnight. This step before roasting makes the chicken skin very crispy! You can skip it if you don’t have time, or you want chicken right away.

When you are ready to roast your chicken, Preheat the oven to 325Âș degrees and roast the chicken for one hour.

Test the thigh to make sure it has reached 165Âș degrees. Remove from the oven, and let the chicken sit for ten minutes to retain the juices before carving.

Enjoy this juicy recipe!

Eat Your Nutrients!

Eat Your Nutrients!

 

 

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