en-US Thrive Notebook Thrive Notebook Thu, 19 Sep 2019 06:35:33 +0000 http://fishpig.co.uk/magento/wordpress-integration/?v=4.2.0.19 https://thrivemarket.com/blog Plant-Based Supplements to Help You Feel Great Whether you’re looking for a caffeine-free way to boost your energy, an adaptogenic blend to help you feel more balanced, or a hemp extract to help you unwind after a hectic day, there are dozens of great options on Thrive Market.* So many, in fact, that choosing the right one can get a little overwhelming—but we’re here to help! First, take a deep breath and reflect on how you’ve been feeling lately. Now, think about how you would complete this sentence:

I want to feel more ...

Energized

Fermented Maca Booster Powder

Maca is a powerful adaptogen known for supporting healthy energy levels. New Chapter features it in fermented form so it’s easier for your body to digest and absorb.

Tulsi Ashwagandha Tea

This energizing and uplifting blend from Organic India supports the immune system with ashwagandha and tulsi, Ayurvedic herbs.

SuperYou Daily Stress Management

Who couldn’t use a little help improving energy, mood, and focus? That’s exactly what Moon Juice set out to do with this supplement that promotes a calm, balanced state.

Focused

EndoBrain

Emerald Health Bioceuticals’ supplement features Bacopa Monnieri root extract, an Ayurvedic herb believed to support memory and cognitive function. Stock up and stay sharp!

Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder

Add Om’s mushroom supplement to your routine to feel inspired, focused, and uplifted.

Balanced

Peppermint Hemp Drops

Take PlusCBD Oil’s peppermint-flavored drops alone or in a smoothie to help promote a sense of overall wellness.

Probiotic, Mood

Stress slows digestion, which can make you feel sluggish. MegaFood’s shelf-stable probiotic supports digestive health and helps you feel your best.

Natural Stress Relief Rescue Pastilles, Black Currant

Bach’s stress relief lozenges taste like candy and help settle nerves, allowing you to perform under pressure. Try one before a big exam or presentation.

Relaxed

CBD + Turmeric Relief & Recovery

Hemp extract oil and turmeric team up to help with post-workout recovery in these capsules from Sagely Naturals.

Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Balm

Thrive Market’s balm combines phytocannabinoids, essential fatty acids, and flavonoids from the whole hemp flower with skin-soothing botanicals to help ease tension.

Hemp Extract-Infused Gummies, Calm

There’s a lot to love in Charlotte’s Web citrus-flavored, hemp extract-infused gummies. Lemon balm, L-theanine, and whole-plant hemp extract help relieve stress after a tough day.

Organic Hemp CBD Relief Body Oil, Lavender

Roll RE Botanicals’ oil on the temples, wrists, or back of the neck to help you get a good night’s sleep or apply in the morning to face the day with a greater sense of calm.

*Statements made regarding supplements featured in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. None of these products are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Thu, 19 Sep 2019 00:01:52 +0000 https://thrivemarket.com/blog/plant-based-supplements-to-help-you-feel-great https://thrivemarket.com/blog/plant-based-supplements-to-help-you-feel-great melinda.gross@thrivemarket.com (Melinda Gross) Melinda Gross
Dr. Axe on the Benefits of Adding Collagen Powder to Your Diet If you’ve ever struggled with joint discomfort, a lack of collagen may be to blame. According to Dr. Axe, our joints, connective tissue, skin, hair, nails, gut lining, and arterial walls are all made of collagen. “Our body needs collagen’s building blocks—proline, glycine, and hydroxyproline. If we're not getting those amino acids, our body is missing the opportunity to regenerate and create new healthy cells and tissue.”

He recommends adding collagen to your diet on a daily basis and focusing on several types. “Type one and three collagen come from beef broth or beef hide, which is good for your skin, hair, nails, and bones. Type two is found in chicken soup or chicken bone broth, and has positive effects on our gut,” he shares.

Try it: Ancient Nutrition Dr. Axe Multi Collagen Protein Powder

One scoop of this multi collagen powder delivers 9 grams of protein, plus collagen from four different sources: bovine, fish, chicken, and egg. It’s completely odorless, tasteless, and mixes instantly with your favorite beverages, soups, and more.

For more on how to incorporate collagen into your diet—and why you should, watch our video!

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Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:07:42 +0000 https://thrivemarket.com/blog/dr-axe-on-the-benefits-of-adding-collagen-powder-to-your-diet https://thrivemarket.com/blog/dr-axe-on-the-benefits-of-adding-collagen-powder-to-your-diet nicole.gulotta-con@thrivemarket.com (Nicole Gulotta) Nicole Gulotta
Bookmark This 30-Minute Paleo-Friendly Seafood Chowder Tender scallops and quick-cooking shrimp give this chowder its briny seafood flavor, while coconut milk adds dairy-free richness. Top your bowls with crispy, salty bacon right before serving, and don’t be surprised if you go through the entire pot in one evening. It comes together in less than 45 minutes—perfect for dinner parties or a night in.

Seafood Scallop Chowder

Seafood Scallop Chowder

Yield: 4 to 5 servings
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 pound Thrive Market Wild Caught Scallops, patted dried
2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
2 teaspoons Thrive Market Organic Ground Pepper, divided
1 tablespoon Thrive Market Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
6 slices Thrive Market Sugar-Free Bacon, cut into lardons
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 (13.5-ounce) can Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk, Regular
4 cups Thrive Market Organic Chicken Bone Broth
1 medium celery root, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
1 bag (31-40 pieces) Thrive Market Wild Caught Shrimp, cut into small pieces
Chopped parsley, for serving

Instructions

Arrange scallops on a sheet tray. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper on both sides.

Heat coconut oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. When hot, add bacon and cook until crisp, about 3 to 5 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a towel-lined plate. Add scallops to bacon fat and sear on both sides, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to plate and cool.

Add onion and garlic; sauté until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in cauliflower, coconut milk, chicken bone broth, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1 teaspoon pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and let cauliflower cook until tender, about 10 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, purée until smooth. (Alternatively, you can purée the soup in batches in a high-speed blender.) Add celery root and simmer until pieces are easily pierced with a fork, about 5 minutes. Cut scallops into smaller pieces, then return them (including any juices) to the pot. Add shrimp and stir. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until shrimp have turned pink and curled slightly.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls and top with bacon and parsley.


Recipe by Chef Megan Mitchell

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Vegan Loaded Baked Potatoes Recipe
Our secret weapon for hosting a casual, no-stress dinner party centers around the humble potato. When baked to fluffy, starchy perfection, potatoes are a satisfying base for an array of toppings that can be catered to guests who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free. We recommend stocking your toppings bar with vegan bacon and “cheese” sauce so that there’s something for everyone. This recipe serves two, but it’s easy to double or triple it to feed more.

Vegan Loaded Baked Potatoes

Yield: 2 servings
Active Time:

Ingredients

2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
Sea salt
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
1 packet Daiya Deluxe Cheddar-Style Cheese Sauce
½ cup Pig Out Original Pigless Bacon Chips
½ teaspoon chili powder
Ground black pepper
Chives, for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork and rub with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Place potatoes on a foil-lined sheet tray and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 55 to 70 minutes, or until skin is crisp and flesh is easily pierced with a fork.

Arrange broccoli on a second sheet tray and drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss. Place broccoli in oven during the last 12 minutes of baking the potatoes, roasting until slightly charred.

While the broccoli cooks, heat cheese sauce in a small saucepan over low heat until warm and pourable.

To serve, cut a long slit on top of 1 potato and gently squeeze the sides until potato splits open. Sprinkle the flesh with ¼ teaspoon chili powder, salt, and pepper. Top with ¼ of the broccoli, drizzle with some cheese sauce, then add a bit more broccoli and cheese on top. Sprinkle with half the bacon chips and chives; repeat with remaining potato. Serve immediately.

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Palm Done Right Proves Palm Oil Can Be Grown for Good Palm oil has quickly become one of the most notorious ingredients on the nutrition panel as more details emerge about how most companies produce it. The short version: Many palm oil producers burn down lush rainforests in Indonesia and Malaysia to clear the way for their plantations. In the process, they displace indigenous communities and endangered species, contribute to soil erosion, worsen air pollution, and speed up global warming. Given all that, it’s no surprise that conscious consumers have started inspecting labels and boycotting products that use it.

But ... Avoidance Isn't the Answer

A straightforward boycott isn’t the best solution to the problem, for a few key reasons. First, it’s very difficult to completely boycott palm oil because it goes by other names—like glycerin, glyceryl stearate, or stearic acid—in ingredient lists, which makes it hard to identify. In fact, it's estimated that roughly half of all packaged supermarket products contain palm oil.

Part of its popularity has to do with how efficient the crop is. It’s the world’s highest-yielding vegetable oil per acre because its source, the African oil palm, starts producing fruit year-round at a relatively young age (3 to 4 years old). African oil palms continue to produce fruit continuously for up to 40 years. Because of that high yield, producers are disinclined to replace palm oil with other vegetable oil crops, since it would require more land to produce the same amount of oil.

Another appeal of palm oil is that it’s an extremely versatile oil with clear advantages over other varieties. Palm oil is made by pressing the fruit’s pulp, and in its natural, unrefined state, it contains antioxidants, beta-carotene, and lauric acid. Those factors, combined with its moderate smoke point and nutty taste, make it a great option for cooking.

Additionally, palm oil mixes well with other oils and doesn’t oxidize or go rancid, so it helps extend the shelf life of packaged goods. It’s also a great alternative to petroleum-based ingredients in cosmetics and other personal care products. And since it’s non-hydrogenated, palm oil is a common ingredient in nut butters (to help prevent separation), vegan buttery spreads, and dairy-free baked goods.

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Sustainable Palm Oil

Given the many uses—and abundance—of palm oil, you can be confident that it’s not going away. Fortunately, there’s a way to do it right. The Palm Done Right movement was created to prove that palm oil can be grown for good. In 2016, Natural Habitats—one of the world’s top producers of organic palm oil—launched the movement to educate manufacturers, businesses, retailers, and consumers on how palm oil can actually serve communities and help the environment.

Producers who are aligned with the Palm Done Right movement vow to protect primal forests. They focus on nurturing degraded land by growing palms using organic practices, plant complementary crops to support soil health, and leave a portion of the land untouched to encourage biodiversity. Palm Done Right producers are also dedicated to sustainability, collecting palm leaves and discarded fruit bunches to serve as compost. Empty palm bunches are also collected and burned for fuel—although mules and oxen are primarily used for powering farm equipment as a way to limit fossil fuels.

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Farmers benefit from the Palm Done Right movement because they receive fair prices and wages, safe working conditions, education, and other tools that help empower them to become active stewards of the land. The benefits of Palm Done Right extend beyond the farm, too. The organization’s partners work with farmers and community members to develop infrastructure, build medical clinics, and support local schools.

The Brands Changing Palm Oil's Bad Rap

In addition to working with brands to transition to organic and sustainable palm oil for their products, the Palm Done Right movement is also dedicated to changing consumers’ minds about palm oil. It encourages shoppers to choose products made with responsibly produced palm oil in the hopes of eventually eliminating its unsustainable counterpart.

At Thrive Market, we’re committed to upholding the highest sustainability standards in the industry, and our members can be sure that the palm oil in any product sold on our site comes from a sustainable, ethical, and responsible source. This September—Palm Done Right month—we encourage our members to support the brands that have joined the movement, including Dr. Bronner’s, Nutiva, Quinn Snacks, and Jovial. Looking for other ways to support the movement? Check product labels for Palm Done Right, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), or Rainforest Alliance (RFA) certifications, and shop at retailers that support the Palm Done Right movement.

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2 Hemp Extract Drink Recipes for Morning and Night Cheers to hemp extract oil! This supplement is all the rage because it contains CBD. Short for cannabidiol, this phytocannabinoid is found in the hemp plant and is being studied for its potential wellness properties. (Also, it’s not psychoactive). So, if you’re ready to add hemp extract oil to your routine, or are looking for new ways to get a daily dose, this episode of Prep School is for you! Megan Mitchell shows us how to make two drinks that are so good that you’ll want them to become part of your morning and nighttime routine.

Green Iced Tea With Lemon Twist CBD

Iced Tea With Hemp Extract Oil

Start your morning with a refreshing sip of green iced tea—made with lemon, mint, and a serving of citrus-flavored CBD oil. We have three ways to steep it, so choose the option based on how much time you have.

Yield: 8 cups
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: Up to 24 hours

Ingredients

8 cups filtered water
10 green tea bags
Maple syrup, to taste (optional)
Juice from 1 large lemon
10 to 12 mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
Ice
1 to 2 droppers Charlotte's Web 7 mg Hemp Extract Oil, Lemon Twist
Lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions

Option 1 (15 minutes)
Boil water in a saucepan; remove from heat and add tea bags; steep 3 minutes. Discard tea bags, then stir in maple syrup (if using), lemon juice, and mint springs, muddling slightly to release their oils. Add 3 cups of ice to the pot to help chill the tea quickly. Fill a glass with ice and pour green tea over the top. Stir in 1 to 2 droppers of CBD oil, and garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint. Transfer remaining tea to a pitcher and refrigerate.

Option 1 (1 to 2 hours)
Boil water in a saucepan; remove from heat and add tea bags; steep 3 minutes. Discard tea bags, then stir in maple syrup (if using), lemon juice, and mint springs. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or until chilled. To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour green tea over the top. Stir in 1 to 2 droppers of CBD oil, and garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint. Transfer remaining tea to a pitcher and refrigerate.

Option 3 (5 to 24 hours)
Place water in a large pitcher. Add in tea bags, maple syrup (if using), lemon juice, and mint sprigs. Stir together then refrigerate for 5 hours, and up to 24 hours. Discard tea bags. To serve, fill a glass with ice and pour green tea over the top. Stir in 1 to 2 droppers of CBD oil, and garnish with a lemon slice and sprig of mint.


Orange Blossom CBD Moon Milk

Orange Blossom CBD Moon Milk

Relax into your night with an iced nut milk-based beverage sweetened with orange blossom honey and infused with a few drops of CBD oil. The aromatics like saffron and cardamom need time to steep, so plan accordingly.

Yield: 1 serving
Active time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

1 ½ cups non-dairy milk of choice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon saffron threads
4 green cardamom pods, gently smashed
Orange blossom honey, to taste
Ice
1 to 2 droppers Charlotte's Web 7 mg Hemp Extract Oil, Orange Blossom
Rose water (optional)

Instructions

Combine milk, vanilla extract, saffron, cardamom pods, and honey on a small saucepan. Warm over medium-low heat. Once simmering, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes.

Pour through a fine mesh strainer into a liquid measuring cup. Fill a glass with ice, then pour the strained liquid over it. Add 1 to 2 droppers of CBD oil and a splash of rose water, if using.

Recipes by Megan Mitchell

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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 14:30:53 +0000 https://thrivemarket.com/blog/2-hemp-extract-drink-recipes-for-morning-and-night https://thrivemarket.com/blog/2-hemp-extract-drink-recipes-for-morning-and-night nicole.gulotta-con@thrivemarket.com (Nicole Gulotta) Nicole Gulotta
How Seventh Generation Is Fighting the Tampon Tax—and You Can Help Thirty-five states in the U.S. currently impose sales tax on menstrual products—a situation made possible by the fact that these items aren’t deemed a basic human necessity, which means they’re subject to sales tax under current tax codes. Since the average person who menstruates will use 9,100 tampons over the course of a lifetime, that adds up to hundreds of dollars’ worth of sales tax.

Brands like Seventh Generation are putting up a fight against the “tampon tax” and championing the idea that access to period care products should be a right, not a privilege. “The most frustrating part is period care products aren’t considered ‘necessities,’ while in some states, items such as marshmallows, golf club memberships, and cowboy boots remain tax-free,” says Ashley Orgain, Seventh Generation’s Global Director for Advocacy and Sustainability.

“The most frustrating part is period care products aren’t considered ‘necessities,’ while in some states, items such as marshmallows, golf club memberships, and cowboy boots remain tax-free.”

Seventh Generation has been making sustainable home products for 30 years. In 2005, it launched a period care line, voluntarily providing ingredient disclosure so people can make informed decisions about how to care for their body’s most sensitive areas. The brand is no stranger to activism, especially on issues like climate justice, renewable energy, and ingredient disclosure. Now, the fight for more equitable menstruation is taking center stage. For each package of Seventh Generation tampons, pads, and liners sold in the U.S. (up to 1 million packs per year), it donates $0.43—the value of the tampon tax—to organizations working to get period products into the hands of people who need them.

The Effects of Limiting Access to Period Care

A person spends an average of 2,400 days menstruating—a bodily function stigmatized in many countries. UNESCO reports that one in 10 girls in Sub-Saharan Africa miss school during their period, and others drop out once they begin menstruating. The repercussions of having an entire generation of girls missing school can limit earning potential, deprive them of an education, and isolate them from their communities.

In the United States, Obstetrics & Gynecology reports a survey of low-income women found nearly two-thirds couldn’t afford hygiene products during the previous year. As an example, California adds a six percent sales tax on a $7 box of tampons, which increases the price by $0.42. It seems like a small change, but can deeply affect the 13.8 percent of women in the state who live below the poverty line. Similarly, a study conducted in St. Louis found nearly half the women surveyed said there were times within the past year when they could not afford both food and period products. “Tampons, pads, and liners are not covered under government assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP, and many resort to using cloth rags, toilet paper, paper towels, or even diapers to make do,” Orgain says.

Seventh Generation believes period care options should be available to everyone who menstruates, regardless of background, geography, or socioeconomic status. “Menstruating shouldn’t stand in the way of an education or the pursuit of one’s goals, and we hope that in the future, the stigma surrounding periods is lifted,” Orgain says. “Periods aren’t something to hide, and they should be talked about openly.”

How to Join the Fight for Menstrual Equality

Seventh Generation is working with non-profit partners to create systemic change around the world. This includes advocating for legislation that repeals the U.S. tampon tax and promoting free access to products in public and government spaces, such as prisons, public restrooms, and public schools.

On an individual level, Orgain says anyone can get involved in the fight for menstrual equality. Here are two ideas to get you started:

  • Read up: Research the policies in your state, call your representatives, and support petitions that call for the end of the tampon tax.
  • Donate your time: Volunteer or donate to an organization that distributes period care products in your community.

Although there’s still a long way to go, 11 states have removed the tampon tax, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Nevada, Minnesota, Connecticut, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, and Maryland. Two other states—Arizona and Nebraska—have introduced bills in support of eliminating the tampon tax, and the city of Denver voted in March 2019 to remove its 4.3 percent sales tax.

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Fri, 13 Sep 2019 10:00:19 +0000 https://thrivemarket.com/blog/how-seventh-generation-is-fighting-the-tampon-tax-and-you-can-help https://thrivemarket.com/blog/how-seventh-generation-is-fighting-the-tampon-tax-and-you-can-help nicole.gulotta-con@thrivemarket.com (Nicole Gulotta) Nicole Gulotta
Alliance for the Amazon: How You Can Help Us Fight for Change The Amazon rainforest is more than just a beautiful destination. Spread across nine different countries but concentrated in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, the dense vegetation houses thousands of endangered species. It also helps filter carbon dioxide in the air, playing a critical role in regulating the earth’s climate. And while wildfires occur naturally, Brazil’s 74,000 fires this year alone is an 83% increase over the same time last year.

So, why is this happening? Climate change plays a role, but it’s not the primary cause of the increase. Earlier this year, Brazil decided to lift environmental regulations that protected the rainforest, opening the precious region up to logging, mining, and ranching. The resulting deforestation, combined with warmer temperatures, created extremely dry conditions that the fires feed off of, causing them to escalate to unmanageable intensity.

The Amazon rainforest is in danger, so we’re taking action.

Alliance for the Amazon Rainforest

We’re teaming up with Alter Eco, Gaia Herbs, and All Good as part of the Alliance for the Amazon. The goal? To protect and restore 3 million trees and 2,463 acres of land within the Biocorredor Martin Sagrado rainforest in Peru. Alter Eco’s partner on the ground, PUR Projet, is making it all happen. For our part, we will be donating 10% of sales from all varieties of Thrive Market Goods coffee sold from September 16–30. At Thrive Market, the Peruvian Amazon is near and dear to our hearts because we source all of our Thrive Market Goods coffee from organic farms in Peru. Help us support the ecosystem commonly called the “lungs of our planet” by stocking up on Thrive Market Goods coffee and signing the pledge to stop deforestation of the Amazon.

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More Than a Flavor: Meet Thrive Market Organic Vanilla Extract When we set out to create Thrive Market Organic Vanilla Extract, we wanted to make sure it delivered on quality, price, and—most important—taste. Read on to discover vanilla’s rich history, how we’re transforming the supply chain, and why this flavor-filled bottle deserves a spot in your pantry.

A Brief History of Vanilla

Considered the world’s most popular flavor, vanilla’s distinctive taste has enticed people for centuries. Its story begins more than 900 years ago, when the Totonac people cultivated vanilla orchids in tropical regions of Mexico and Latin America. From there, vanilla spread to the Aztecs and Mayans.

Later, it caught on with European colonists, who introduced it to French-occupied Bourbon Island near Madagascar (hence “Bourbon vanilla”.) After much trial and error, the colonists discovered that vanilla orchids could only be pollinated by the Melipona bee, a species that only exists in Mexico. So, in order to grow vanilla in other tropical regions beyond Mexico, they had to hand-pollinate the flowers. Even more challenging? This labor-intensive process had to take place within a 12-hour window when the vanilla orchid was blooming, which only happens once a year.

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Why Is Vanilla So Expensive?

Today, the majority of vanilla orchids are hand-pollinated, and that time-consuming labor plays a big role in the price of good vanilla. So, if you’re seeing vanilla for sale at a price that seems too good to be true, it probably is. Many of the versions sold in grocery stores are actually imitation vanilla; they don’t contain any actual vanilla, but instead consist of a mixture of synthetic chemicals. To be sure you’re getting the real deal, read the label carefully. A bottle of authentic vanilla extract in the U.S. is regulated by the FDA and has a specific ratio of water to alcohol to vanilla beans—and nothing more. Check the label to ensure there are no additional ingredients. Most genuine vanilla extracts will also state the origin, which is another way to confirm you’re getting a top quality product.

About Thrive Market Organic Vanilla Extract

Our Organic Vanilla Extract is ethically sourced from the island of Madagascar, where a local co-op of farmers cultivates high-quality Bourbon vanilla beans. This represents a shift away from traditional vanilla supply chains, which often involve numerous countries and middle men, plus limited visibility into sourcing and production processes.

“Most vanilla extracts on the market are typically made from a blend of vanilla beans sourced from multiple countries. Ours is single-origin, which means we have more control and traceability over the supply chain.”—Erin Shulman, Thrive Market Goods Product Innovator

From harvesting beans to bottling, every step of the process is based on what’s best for people and the planet. Vanilla orchids are grown using sustainable farming techniques, and once they bloom, farmers hand-pollinate the flowers with a toothpick-sized stick. Soon after, a green pod begins to form. Similar to how ranchers brand cattle, vanilla farmers “tattoo” the pods with markings to claim ownership and prevent theft.

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After approximately nine months of growing, the beans are harvested, washed with hot water, and placed on drying racks. Farmers rotate the racks between sun and shade for several months until the beans have shrunk about 20 percent from their original size. Next, the beans are shipped to the U.S., where they undergo a special extraction process by a team of vanilla experts in a wind-powered facility. Our partners participate in the Green Energy Program, which allows them to purchase clean, renewable wind energy to power the vanilla processing facility.

THRIVE MARKET VANILLA EXTRACT Pods Drying

The final product has an incredibly rich and distinctive flavor that lends itself beautifully to baked goods and savory sauces. Plus, it comes in an eco-friendly bottle made from recycled plastic. Pro tip: Store the bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place to increase the shelf life of your vanilla.

THRIVE MARKET VANILLA EXTRACT processing facility

Paying It Forward

Our vanilla supplier works with Sahanala Madagascar, an employee-owned co-op that gives 100 percent of its profits back to its 3,700-plus vanilla farmers. This partnership not only ensures farmers are making a fair wage, but also works to preserve the environment.

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“It was very important for us to find a vanilla supplier that met our strict standards of ethical and sustainable sourcing. In a vulnerable country like Madagascar, we wanted to be sure farmers were being treated fairly and given equal opportunities. The Sahanala program really goes above and beyond.”—Erin Shulman, Thrive Market Goods Product Innovator

Farmers are given technical support, along with educational resources around sustainable agriculture to increase crop yield and biodiversity. In addition, farmers and their families are provided with medical care, food, clean water, a pension fund, and continued education. The program has even built a school for the community’s children, ushering in a new generation of prospering vanilla farmers.

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Recipes Using Vanilla Extract

From lattes to cupcakes, these recipes benefit from vanilla extract’s delicate, sweet flavor. Here are some tasty options you can whip up in no time!

Vanilla Cinnamon Latte

If you can’t start your day without a morning buzz, elevate your brew with this 5-minute latte. It’s blended with creamy oat milk and vanilla, and sweetened with maple syrup. A sprinkle of warm cinnamon is the perfect finishing touch, whether you linger over your cup or take it to go.

Paleo Pumpkin Bread

When fall is in the air, it can only mean one thing—the pumpkins are coming! Get your spice on with seasonal favorites like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, all mixed up with gluten-free and paleo-friendly ingredients. Plus, we made a few wholesome swaps like using maple syrup instead of cane sugar, and coconut oil instead of butter.

Paleo Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns are traditionally made with currants or raisins and known for their distinctive cross-hatch design. They’re also usually loaded with sugar, white flour, and other not-so-paleo-friendly ingredients. So, we put together a recipe that relies on a trio of gluten-free flours, coconut sugar, and warm spices for a paleo version that’s just as satisfying as the original.

Lavender Vanilla Moon Milk

We’re over the moon for this dreamy lavender and vanilla concoction that’ll have you feeling extra relaxed, thanks to a dose of CBD oil. (New to moon milk? It’s an ancient sleep remedy traditionally made with warm milk.) Tip: Keep the pantry-staple ingredients handy so you can blend this up anytime in 10 minutes flat.

Raspberry and Lemon Cupcakes

Two surprises are hiding inside these cupcakes: a juicy raspberry tucked into the center, plus a scoop of lemon- and raspberry-flavored magnesium powder. You get an extra dose of an essential element your body needs to function properly, all wrapped up in a sweet treat.

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Wed, 11 Sep 2019 19:00:46 +0000 https://thrivemarket.com/blog/more-than-a-flavor-meet-thrive-market-organic-vanilla-extract https://thrivemarket.com/blog/more-than-a-flavor-meet-thrive-market-organic-vanilla-extract brittany.benz@thrivemarket.com (Brittany Benz) Brittany Benz
Your Whole30 Questions, Answered by the Expert Got Whole30® questions? We’ve got answers. To gear up for the September Whole30, we asked our Instagram followers, Facebook community, and our employees to submit their most pressing questions about the program. And who better to answer those questions than Whole30 headmistress, Melissa Hartwig Urban? As the co-creator of Whole30, the 30-day nutritional reset that emphasizes whole foods and eliminates grains, most sugars, alcohol, legumes, dairy, and soy, she’s the go-to source for everything from how to do Whole30 as a vegetarian to tips for first-timers.

Can you do Whole30 while being vegetarian?

If you don’t eat any animal protein, you can’t do the Whole30 as written, as we eliminate almost all of your plant-based protein sources. If you eat eggs and fish, you can absolutely do the Whole30—it might get a little boring, but it would afford you the opportunity to test the plant-based proteins you enjoy, and through elimination and reintroduction, see how well they actually work for you. If you don’t eat any animal protein, you can follow the Vegan Reset outlined in Food Freedom Forever, which is based on the Whole30 framework but doesn’t include any animal products.

What are some tips for someone who wants to try Whole30 for the first time?

Plan and prepare—that’s the most important tip. Have more emergency food on hand than you think you need; everything from hard-boiled eggs and roasted veggies at home to meat sticks, raw veggies, and almond butter in your desk at work. Gather your support system at home and online, making sure everyone in your circle knows their role (cheerleader, recipe resource, or purveyor of “suck it up, you’ll be happy you stuck with it” tough love). And stay connected to the process with Whole30 Day by Day, which will help you stay motivated, track your progress, and remain accountable.

How has the Whole30 changed from its original form? How do these changes come about?

I’m always working with our team of RDs, MDs, and functional medicine doctors to ensure the rules are grounded in the latest science, but I’m also heavily invested in the community experience, and may make rule changes or clarifications to ensure you get the most out of your Whole30. Some rules have remained unchanged since 2009, like “no stepping on the scale during the program” or “no added sugar in any form.” In some areas, we’ve added foods back in when the science doesn’t back excluding them. (See ghee or white potatoes, both of which are Whole30-compliant.)

In other cases, the foods in the marketplace have evolved, which results in rule clarifications or modifications. For example, there were no commercially available, compliant coffee creamers in 2009, but today, no-sugar-added nutpods are totally Whole30 Approved. On the other end, plantain chips weren’t a thing back then either, but now that they are (and we’ve observed their food-with-no-brakes effect on Whole30’ers), commercially prepared chips were recently added to the “no” list.

Can you start keto and Whole30 simultaneously?

In a word, no. These are two different dietary experiments with two different purposes, and combining the two means you’ll have no idea what to blame if things go awry, or what to credit if things go well. Plus, each of these on their own are tough to implement, and require a lot of attention to detail and planning. Trying to combine the two for the first time is, for many, going to be too much to take on at once. If you’re already well-versed in a keto approach and have created a balanced, sustainable daily meal plan that works for you within a keto framework, it’s probably okay for you to add a Whole30 on top of that. (At that point, your keto plan is no longer an experiment; it’s a well-established, easily sustained protocol.) But in general, I’d start with JUST a Whole30, learn as much as you can from the experience, and after the fact, decide whether you want to start tinkering with things like macros.

Would you ever recommend transitioning into Whole30? For example, start eliminating dairy for the first week, expand to remove grains the next, and gradually move into the full Whole30 program.

I would not … and trust me here, I’ve been watching people do the Whole30 for 10 years now. There’s a reason the Whole30 eliminates the most potentially problematic food groups all at once. Baby-stepping may feel more comfortable, but if you’re sensitive to multiple food groups and take weeks to get around to eliminating all the ones that don’t work for you, you’ll spend a month leaving out a bunch of foods you love, while still eating ones that you’re sensitive to. Because of this, you won’t see much tangible benefit for your efforts, which is both misleading and discouraging.

Imagine giving up sugar the first week, legumes the second week, non-gluten grains the third … now you’re three weeks in, giving up lots of stuff you enjoy but still eating gluten and dairy, and still feeling sluggish, tired, bloated, and achy. That’s a lose-lose.

You can certainly “practice” for your Whole30 by reducing your sugar intake or swapping your side of bread for veggies, but when it comes to the 30-day experiment, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by doing it our way.

What resources are available for someone interested in doing Whole30?

The entire program is available for free on the website, along with a ton of free resources, like a shopping list, meal template, and pantry-stocking guide. But we also have seven(!) Whole30 books to help you along the way, and the newest recipe book, Whole30 Friends and Family, coming October 15, 2019. The Whole30 book is your how-to handbook, Whole30 Day by Day is your daily journal/guide, and Food Freedom Forever is your life-after-Whole30 manual. (We also have three cookbooks full of compliant recipes.) Real Plans also offers effortless Whole30 meal planning, allowing you to generate a week’s worth of meals and a shopping list in five minutes flat. Finally, connect with our community on Instagram, Facebook, and the free Whole30 forum for support, motivation, and resources.

What is your #1 tip for shopping success on Thrive Market?

One word: Autoship. I have my most-beloved pantry staples, kid’s lunch box items, and cooking oils autoshipped to me every month. I never run out. I never need to remember to pick up one more (expensive) jar of mayo at my local health food store. And my kid always has a giant box of mom-approved snacks to choose from after school and on the weekend. If only Thrive Market offered pantry-snack-organization services! Seriously, Autoship is the best. And don’t worry: You’ll get a reminder every month that your box is coming, and it’s super easy to customize or skip if you need to.

What is your secret kitchen weapon, and how do you use it?

Coconut aminos. They are so much more versatile than I ever gave them credit for. They’re a marinade for chicken and fish, a dipping sauce for raw veggies (try a mix of mayo + aminos + onion powder with snow peas, carrots, and red bell pepper), a light dressing for eggs and salads, and an extra umami [booster] to burgers. Also, every sushi spot in Salt Lake City is used to me rolling in with my own bottle of aminos; why settle for too-salty soy sauce ever again?


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