Monday, March 28, 2016

Saving money on real food & a sweet HCK recipe

Hello Everyone!
It’s been a long time and I hope everyone is doing well. 

Food prices rarely if ever go down! You are well aware that eating real food can get really expensive. I did some research that proved very surprising and helpful so I decided to pass it along and hope you might benefit from it as well.  I wish I had heard about the following a long time ago, especially when I was buying in bulk for business. This post may sound a little "sales-y" but I am genuinely very excited about this discovery for us.

There’s a website called Thrive Market I came across the other day. If you’re buying organic, gluten-free, Paleo or for any special diet I would highly recommend checking them out. I’m saving a chunk of money shopping on their site and although I love Whole Foods and Mother's for their selection and produce, I get more and more excited about Thrive the more I explore it. They're also a great company that gives back - giving a free memberships to low-income families. 

Think of it as the “Costco” of real food. 

I did a comparison and took seven items that I buy on a regular basis. Using our local Orange County go-to stores for healthier food - Whole Foods and Mother’s Market - I headed out and got pricing from each to compare with Thrive’s pricing. I wanted to see if the membership fee was really worth it ($59 a year/ or $5 per month). Here are the results:

These are the items I use:

- Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- Jovial Gluten-free Brown Rice Pasta (spaghetti)
- Theo Chocolate Bar (the brand I use for HCK Chocolate Molten Cakes)
- Paleo Wraps (I definitely recommend these for little breakfast burritos if you’re grain free)
- Raw Macadamia Nuts
- Organic Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
- Madhava Coconut Palm Sugar 

As you can see this company really can save us money each month on our favorite real foods. 

Is the annual membership fee worth it? 

There would need to be a savings of $5 a month to cover it. If I only purchased two Paleo Wraps and one spaghetti a month I’m saving over $6, which pays for the membership plus.

Not only that but since I've been signed-up I also get offers for free products every week. And these freebies aren't your average little granola bar but things like a 16 ounce organic coconut oil and natural deodorants. 

A few other benefits:

  • shipping is free for orders over $49
  • 100% of their food is GMO-free
  • prices are 25% - 50% below retail
  • they give a free membership to low-income families with every paid membership
  • it saves you valuable time not having to drive around for groceries
  • they’re growing like crazy adding a ton of new products every month
  • you get 15% off your first order plus a free 30-day trial

You can click here or any of the other highlighted links to go to the site and see if your favorite products are carried at Thrive.

I hope you found this little recommendation worth your time and that this e-mail finds you all well. I miss seeing your faces and hope to run into you soon!

Below is the recipe for Healthy Cowboy Kitchen Raw Coconut Fudge. Every ingredient can be purchased on the Thrive Market website

Go take advantage of that 15% off and 30 day free trial! 
Enjoy and I’ll be in touch.



Update 8/2016: So far I have saved over $350 shopping through Thrive Market instead of grocery stores - definitely worth the $59 annual fee to join!

HCK Raw Coconut Fudge (Original Vanilla)


  • 2 cups raw coconut butter (softened)
  • 1 cup raw virgin coconut oil (softened)
  • 1 3/4 cups of shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup raw honey (softened)
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeded
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • zest of 1 small lemon


Make sure the coconut butter, coconut oil and honey are softened or slightly warmed. You can do this by setting them out in the sun for a little while or gently warming them on the stove. 

Combine the first four ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix gently with a hand-mixer or spatula.

When well mixed, add the vanilla bean seeds, vanilla extract, salt and lemon zest. Stir until well combined. 

Add in the shredded coconut and mix together well. 

At this point you can either put your “batter” in silicon candy moulds or spread it on a parchment-lined sheet tray/cookie sheet. Either one you choose, place it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. The fudge will harden and you can either pop it out of the moulds or cut your tray slab into chunks using a knife. 

Store in an air-tight container in the fridge (up to two months) or freezer (up to eight months).


p.s. - this post contains affiliate links. At no additional expense to you or others, I receive a small commission from Thrive market when someone signs up through this article. I only recommend companies that I believe in, use myself, and truly feel are a value to my readers and customers.