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You may have been hearing the buzz about a new online store that specializes on natural and organic products. It is being called a “health food Costco.” Several bloggers have offered coupon codes to try this new store. I used the one from Wellness Mama and saved 20 % . I was pleased to see not only snack bars and nutritional supplements but also unbleached muffin cups and parchment papers (items that are difficult to find locally).

Since I wasn’t sure I would repeat the experiment I stocked up on the oat milk my daughter likes. I also took the opportunity to order those things I was curious about, but cannot find around here – such as Exo bars (more on those below).  The order came to $69.36. A comparison at Amazon gave me a sub-total of $122.69 (before tax and shipping).

One caveat – there is $60 annual membership fee for the service. You will need to consider if the 20-50% savings from retail balance the $5/mo membership fee. This is similar to deciding whether or not Amazon Prime is worthwhile.

If you are interested in trying Thrive for free and receiving 15% off of your order, you can do so here: http://thrv.me/fke

 

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About those Exo bars. If you have not yet heard of them, they are protein bars made with cricket flour. Yes, I said cricket. I have been curious about these for a while and was delighted to have the opportunity to try this interesting new (to America) protein. We ordered the blueberry-vanilla bar. The ingredient list: almonds, apricots, blueberries (blueberries, apple juice concentrate), strawberries (strawberries, apple juice concentrate), cricket flour (Acheta Domesticus), honey, ground flaxseeds, coconut, vanilla extract, sea salt.

Like most protein bars, I detected a slight aftertaste, but found them very good over all. Both of my kids like them as well. The consistency is similar to a Larabar or other protein bar.  Other than a wish that the apple juice was organic I am very happy with these bars and will likely order them again.

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Thrive Market and Exo Bars
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