It’s early Sunday morning and my daughters are sleeping in. That means it’s time for me to get on the computer and see what my favorite new obsession Thrive Market has to offer.
What could be better than being able to shop, from your bed, for your favorite, healthy, organic products? Ever since becoming a single father six years ago, online shopping has become an obsession of mine. Since I'm also a huge foodie who knows his way around the kitchen, I thought I would share my essential pantry items.
First on the list: Simply Organic Dried Herbs. As fresh organic herbs are (sadly) not readily available, or if they are, not very sustainable, I make sure my kitchen is fully stocked with organic dried herbs. I find Simply Organic herbs are the best when it comes to flavor. I cook most (if not all) of the meals my daughters and I eat. I am very careful to prepare healthful, balanced meals that are full of flavor and low on fats, sodium, and unnecessary calories.
I rely on Spectrum Cooking Oil Sprays instead of butter to prepare my gluten-free french toast, turkey burgers, and vegetable sautés, to name just a few of my dishes. My absolute favorites are the olive oil (ideal for eggs in the morning—heat up to 350 degrees) and grapeseed oil (for the higher temperature sautés and turkey burgers). As I like to say, food has to not only be healthy, but also taste good!
Mom was right—breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I start every day with my next Thrive Market favorite—McCann’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. It’s easy to prepare, nutrient-rich, and quite satisfying—especially when topped with fresh berries and a sprinkle of cinnamon! When I’m short on time, I like gluten-free granola. It’s great tasting, low in fat and sugar, and delivers the quick crunch I like!
I am also a big fan of smoothies. I have my own line of natural supplements called David Kirsch’s One of a Kind Supplements. When I make my morning smoothie for me and my girls, I start with my Protein Plus powder and for an extra nutrient/antioxidant boost, use my favorite Navitas Organic's organic superfoods: hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and my new favorite, green coffee powder. They add tons of flavor, and loads of powerhouse nutrients and energy to any smoothie.
Moving on to dinner, one of our favorite meals is grilled turkey burgers. I like to use Bob’s Red Mill Organic Quick Cooking Rolled Oats in place of breadcrumbs.
As a father of soon to be 6-year-old twin girls, I would be remiss if I failed to mention some of my favorite, healthy snacks. After all, what would school pick-up be without a bag full of healthy snacks? My daughters Emilia and Francesca have very different palates. Emilia favors Gimme Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks, where Francesca prefers Skinny Pop and Natierra organic freeze fried fruits. They both love Way Better Snacks sweet potato and black bean chips.
These are just a few of my favorite foods from Thrive Market. I could go on and on, but having spoken about all of these things has given me a voracious appetite! I am off to cook a bowl of oatmeal and a smoothie full of superfoods.