10 Healthy Pantry Essentials You Never Knew You Needed

It’s time to give your pantry a nutritious makeover. Thrive Market specializes in healthy, natural, non-GMO, organic, vegan, raw, Paleo, gluten-free, and non-toxic food items from niche brands that you won’t find in your run-of-the-mill grocery store. Basically if you think healthy is boring, this is the place to go to change your mind  we’re talking collagen-infused chocolate and avocado mayo! In an effort to get 2016 started on the right foot with a healthy grocery list, we asked the team at Thrive to round-up 10 of their favorite pantry essentials.

Time to toss that white flour sack…

Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Bars

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Primal Kitchen is best known for making Avocado Oil Mayo (more on that below!), but they recently launched an incredibly popular dark chocolate almond bar made with grass-fed collagen (i.e. this is chocolate that’s actually good for your skin). Each bar has 15 grams of protein, only 3 grams of sugar, and 8 grams net carbs. It’s also Paleo-approved and designed to work for both pre- or post-workout fuel. Ingredients include almonds, pumpkin seeds, grass-fed collagen, coconut flakes, cocoa powder and nibs, and Himalayan pink salt.

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

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Organic raw apple cider is prized as being a cure-all and this one is made from fresh, organically grown apples. Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it’s unfiltered, certified organic, non-GMO, and Kosher. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, and even popcorn.

Yogi Tea Ginger Tea

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For millennia, herbalists throughout the world have known of the rejuvenating, soothing, and invigorating qualities of ginger. Naturally warming, ginger supports healthy digestion. Ayurvedic practitioners have used it as a way of activating the body’s internal energy to help regain balance and harmony. This organic ginger tea is built on this therapeutic tradition and adds a unique blend of herbs and spices to complement ginger’s piquant flavor.

Really Raw Unstrained Honey

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Unstrained honey straight from “hive to jar!” Never barreled and hand-packed each year inside Really Raw Honey you’ll find crunchy bits of honeycomb, pollen, and porpolis that can be chewed like gum. Really Raw Honey never transports their bees to pollinate commercial crops and they embrace traditional, local, in-season only, low-stress beekeeping that helps keep their bees healthy.

Justin’s Classic Almond Butter

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One of the few almond butters that are not full of preservatives, chemicals, and unnecessary calories, Justin’s Butters are all-natural and made with real California almonds as well as a proprietary nut grinding technique that gives their butters a unique texture.

Thrive Market Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

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The debut product from Thrive Market’s private label launch is a great multi-tasker perfect for adding decadent-yet-mild flavor to recipes, reducing inflammation, and moisturizing hair and skin. Ethically sourced from a small farm in the Philippines, it’s organic, cold-pressed, and un-refined.

Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour

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Bobs Red Mill Almond Meal is ground from whole, blanched sweet almonds. Almonds are notoriously healthy nuts providing a good amount of manganese and vitamin E , as well as a healthy serving of monounsaturated fats in each 1/4 cup serving. Not only do almonds have a healthy boost of protein, they are also very low in carbohydrates and inherently gluten free. Replacing 25% of the flour in your baking with almond meal will add wonderful texture and flavor while reducing the total carbohydrates. This makes it perfect for those following a low carbohydrate or Paleo diet. This almond meal is produced in a gluten-free facility. In addition to low carbohydrate baking, almond meal is wonderful for use in French macarons and financiers, pie crusts, cakes, cookies, pancakes, and quick breads, and it can be used in savory applications as well (think in place of bread crumbs in meatballs or as a coating for chicken and fish).

Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce

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There are only 6 ingredients in this pasta sauce and everything but the salt is grown on Demeter certified Biodynamic farms meaning they come from sustainable, organic sources dedicated to holistically managed, self-sustaining ecosystems.

 Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo

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This is mayonnaise that’s actually healthy! It was developed by the Primal Kitchen of Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, and it’s made with pure, wholesome avocado oil, cage-free organic eggs, and organic vinegar. It contains no added sugars, soy, or canola, or trans fat and it’s full of  healthy fats thanks to the avocados, which are also full of phytosterols and polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols, all of which are anti-inflammatory in nature.

Bone Broth’s Co Beef Broth

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Bone Broths Co.’s broth delivers the many health benefits of traditional bone broth without the hassle. Every batch is made with bones from 100% grass-fed, pasture-raised cattle that are hormone- and antibiotic-free, as well as organic vegetables, organic herbs, sea salt, and black peppercorn.

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