Category Archives: Why Thrive?

It depends on what’s important to you. If you’re a health nut, it’s the fresh taste, high quality standards, and natural health of our foods. If you’re looking to get a quick, nutritious, and tasty meal on the table it’s the convenience and versatility we offer. No matter what part of mealtime’s most important to you, THRIVE has something great to offer.

Want Quick, Healthy Meals? A Home Store Solution!

For years I had a 2 hour a day commute to my job. Add that to the 45+ hours I worked every week, and that left me with little time to prepare and eat healthier meals. For the last 5 years, I’ve been able to work from home and still don’t feel like I have much extra time to prepare and eat healthier meals!  Can you relate?

Mango Pineapple CornA few years ago, I discovered Thrive Life.  After just tasting the pineapple, mango and corn right out of the can, I was blown away with the flavor and was hooked.

Potato Ingredient

Only 1 ingredients in Thrive produce cans – NO preservatives!

I decided to create my own Home Store with an assortment of Thrive Life products. Why Thrive? Well, Thrive fruits and vegetables, for example, are vine ripened then flash frozen, sealing in the maximum nutrition and taste — providing healthier options and nothing comes from China! They’re also NON-GMO, have NO MSG and NO preservatives. And because it’s freeze dried in a can, the shelf life is up to 25 years (unopened) or 1-2 years (opened) in my pantry, instead of 1 week or less in my fridge — eliminating a lot of waste — think spinach, celery or strawberries!

Kay's Home Store Pantry

Here’s one of my Home Store Cupboards.

Creating a Home Store is like driving a car to get you where you want to go.


  • The THRIVE Q is the VEHICLE!

Is it for You?

Building a Home Store with the Thrive Q and/or Smart Start probably isn’t for you if you are already preparing and eating healthy meals and aren’t concerned with saving more time and money.  But if that isn’t you, and you’d like some help then lets continue right along . . .

Do you know what a THRIVE Home Store is?

A THRIVE Home Store is just a well stocked pantry — It’s like having your own grocery store in your cupboards.  Mine is mostly Thrive with some other good products my family likes.

How do I build my THRIVE Home Store?

Enter the The THRIVE Q – THRIVE’s brilliant monthly grocery delivery program that brings the grocery store to your home — on the date and budget you choose. When you go on The Q, you always get the best price on your THRIVE foods.  I’m always up for a bargain – How about you?


Thrive Q 1-2-3


Kay’s Recommendation: Begin Building a Home Store on the Thrive Q, starting with a Taste of Thrive Smart Start Kit AND Current Monthly Specials!

Taste of Thrive & Monthly Specials

Taste of Thrive and YOU add current monthly specials to meet budget each month.

A Taste of THRIVE plus the Monthly Specials. Set you budget for $200/month and request the Taste of THRIVE for $100 and then modify the 2nd $100 to include the current months specials, to take advantage of these extra savings on THRIVE and build your Home Store faster!

Budget: $200/month (3 shipments)

27 THRIVE foods + whatever monthly specials you pick for 2nd $100
Helpful tips and info on each food
Recipe and usage ideas in each shipment
THRIVE Guide full of product info
Quick Reference sheet for fridge

The time has come! Click here to get started — there is a good video tutorial on setting up your Q . . .


If you would like me to set up your Q initially, I’d be happy to provide that service for you:

  • Just email me at
  • Subject: Help Setup My Q
  • Please give me your address and phone number and a good time to call.
  • I’ll answer any further questions you have and take care of getting you started today!

Have fun on the journey building your THRIVE Home Store!

Kay Curtiss Signature



10 Ways Sneak Fruits & Veggies e-BookP.S. Many of the ingredients in the Taste of Thrive and Monthly Specials can be use with the THRIVE in a Mug Basic Single Serving Recipe found on pg. 38 in my free e-Book “10 Ways to SNEAK Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet,”

Did you download yours? 



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Save Even More on Your Groceries Beyond the Thrive Q – Host a Thrive Party!

Would you like to get some FREE groceries and heavily discounted items to help build your THRIVE Home Store?

That would also free up more of your true monthly food budget to use for other things — think about that — What treat for yourself or family would you get or do with that recovered money? Summer camps, piano or dance lessons for the kids — OR — how about a massage or spa treatment for you, a weekend getaway or some redecorating around your home?

Who doesn't love Free Groceries?

Who doesn’t love Free Groceries?

THRIVE has a great solution:  Host a “Party!”

Now, you may not be a “party” person — and you know what? Neither was I! And if you are anything like me, your life is crazy busy and your house may take some extra work to be ready for guests. BUT before you turn off to the idea, lets first look at the Host Benefits and then we’ll look at some “creative” ways to Host a Party.

Host BenefitsHost Benefit #1 — Double Dip

This is awesome!

This is awesome!

If you’re on the Monthly Q or placed a single order, you already have Host benefits waiting for you — WHY? Because an AWESOME feature of the Thrive Party Program is The Double Dip!

What is the Double Dip?

Did you know that when you started your Monthly Q or placed a single order, it was “tied to a party” and someone got Host Benefits? THRIVE Host Benefits, lets you take your 1st order and use it as the base for your 1st “party”. So the person that introduced you to THRIVE got Host Benefits AND You will also get Host Benefits on your own order.  — that’s the Double Dip! How cool is that?

Thrive with Kay Tips Because of the Double Dip, go with the biggest Monthly Q budget you are comfortable with for 3 months, to get the biggest Double Dip you can — then after the 3 months, you can adjust your budge if you need to.

Host Benefit #2 – Thrive Q’s earn TRIPLE Benefits

This is a BIGGIE! — Q Customer Budgets are multiplied X 3 in your total party sales. So for example, if a Q budget was $200, you would get $600 in party sales credit for Host Benefits!

Host Benefit #3 — FREE Thrive Product

10% of all purchases in FREE THRIVE Product (retail price) — NO minimum party sales requirement!

Host Benefit #4 — Heavily Discounted Items

Earn additional heavily discounted items (1/2 off retail price). This is based on total party sales. Click here to see how this benefit rolls out.

Host Benefit #5 — Book a Party for more Heavily Discounted Items

If someone from your party, books their own party at yours, you receive more items up to $100, for 50% off the retail price!

Thrive with Kay Tips Even if someone can’t commit to a specific date, a party can still be “scheduled” with any date and then when a date is confirmed, it can be updated. That way you get your Host Benefits and we can still be accommodating to the next Host.

Example of how Host Benefits work:

If you went to a “party” with just 5 people plus the Host – Remember that New Monthly Q’s get Triple Benefits:

  • Host started a Monthly Q with Chef’s Selection 200 Smart Start ($200/mo. for 3 months) at previous party – Double Dip Benefit — $200 X 3 = $600 to start her party sales
  • You and other person started a Monthly Q with the Chef’s Selection 200 Smart Start ($200/mo. for 3 months) – $200 X 3 = $600 X 2 = $1200 in party sales
  • 2 people started a Monthly Q with a Taste of Thrive Smart Start ($100 mo. / 3 months) – #100 X 3 = $300 X 2 = $600 in party sales
  • 1 person place a single order for $250 – $250 in party sales
  • 2 people “Booked” a party for next month – Up to $200 more in 1/2 off (Retail) product

$2650.00 total for the Party Sales for these 5 people plus Host’s Double Dip

  • $265.00 in Free product (Retail) from Free Product Benefits
  • Up to $500 in 1/2 Off (Retail) product – $300 from Heavily Discounted Benefits plus $200 in 1/2 Off (Retail) product from Parties Booked Benefits

AND YOU have $600 already to start your party sales from the Double Dip Benefits.

Creative Party Ideas

Easy Solutions to Eat Healthier.

Easy Solutions to Eat Healthier.

1. Easy Peasy “Party” – Refer people to my website for my free e-Book, “10 Ways to Get More Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet.” Let them know they also get a BONUS — my free e-Course — “Why & How to Build a Home Store.” If they signup for the Q or place an order while getting the e-Course, I will let you know and we will “tie it to your party” and you’ll get Host Benefits. Note: You’ll only get the Double Dip Benefit if you have already started the Q or placed an order yourself.

ThriveParty2. In Home Party Demonstration – If you live fairly close to me in Maryland (within a 3-4 hour drive), I will come and do a Thrive Party Demonstration for you. I bring all the food, you provide the guests, water for them to drink, and just have fun with them.

skype3. SKYPE Party – If you don’t live close to me, we can do a SKYPE Party on your computer over the internet. I will go through a Thrive presentation and be able to answer any questions. We would have to work out samples for you to serve your guests.

OnlineParty-ComingSoon4. Online Party – Coming Soon! — This something I am currently working on and developing. It will be announced in my Thrive With Kay Newsletter as it evolves.


Pretty Sweet Perks and Party Options for any situation and comfort level!

Let’s Party!


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THRIVE Smart Starts – The Easy Way to Start a Home Store on The Q

THRIVE has an every growing product line, which can make it a bit daunting when trying to decide what to buy first.

THE SOLUTION: Use the THRIVE Smart Start Kits to set up your Monthly Q

3 Easy Ways to Start Building your Home Store with THRIVE!

A Taste of Thrive in 3 monthly shipments

A Taste of Thrive – 3 Shipments

Solution 1: A Taste of Thrive — will help you start using THRIVE in the meals your family already loves. It comes with some of our most convenient, delicious, and time-saving THRIVE products, plus all the tools you need to start using them in your favorite meals right away. You’ll cut down meat prep, waste less, and eat healthier in no time!

Budget: $100/month (3 shipments)

  • 27 THRIVE foods
  • Helpful tips and info on each food
  • Recipe and usage ideas in each shipment
  • THRIVE Guide full of product info
  • Quick Reference sheet for fridge
Chef's Selection 200 in 3 monthly shipments

Smart Start Option 2 in 3 monthly shipments

Solution 2: Chef’s Selections 200 — does the meal planning for you — each shipment comes with all the THRIVE ingredient you need to make that month’s recipes in the included recipe booklet. Created in-house by Chef Todd Leonard, the 39 included entree, side and dessert recipes will wow at the dinner table and show you how easy it is to cook with THRIVE!

Budget: $200/month (3 shipments)

  • 66 THRIVE foods
  • Booklet of 38 recipes using included items
  • Meal planers for each month
  • THRIVE Guide full of product info
  • Quick Reference sheet for fridge
  • Monthly shopping lists
Taste of Thrive & You add the Monthly Specials for 3 shipments

Taste of Thrive & You add the Monthly Specials for 3 shipments

Solution 3: A Taste of Thrive (see Solution #1) plus the Monthly Specials. Set you budget for $200/month. Then request the Taste of Thrive for $100 and then modify the 2nd $100 to include the current months specials, taking advantage of these extra savings. Note: The number of monthly special products you’ll receive, will depend on the combination you select to make the second $100.

Click here to see a list of products delivered by month for both a Taste of Thrive and the Chef’s Selections 200. There is also the list of recipes from the Chef Selection Recipe Booklet by month.

All 3 Solutions come with:

ThriveGuideInsideTHRIVE Guide: — A complete Reference Manual — your one and only stop for preparing and cooking with THRIVE! It includes prep instructions and usage tips for every THRIVE product, plus tasty recipe images and ideas, a quick reference chart, rehydration tips, and 6 of Chef Todd’s favorite THRIVE recipes. This handy guide contains everything you need to start using THRIVE in your everyday meals!


Thrive Quick Reference Sheet for the fridge.

Thrive Quick Reference Sheet for the fridge.

Quick Reference sheet for the fridge. This handy reference sheet is a perfect quick reference to using THRIVE. Hang it on your fridge with the enclosed THRIVE magnet and you won’t miss a beat as you are using THRIVE in your kitchen every day!

I love both of these and use them regularly.

NOTE: If you decide to customize your Q from the start, you would have to order the THRIVE Guide as a separate item on your Q. The Quick Reference Guide would have to be ordered separately through a THRIVE consultant, like me.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments and I will answer them as best as I can.


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Find Your True Food Budget – Reclaim Your Wasted Food Money!

How do you balance convenience, nutrition, and food quality without breaking the bank at the grocery store?

Do you have a Monthly Food Budget?

Is it a true reflection of what it costs you and your family to eat?

We are going to focus on how to eliminate some of the wasted money that is part of our food budget — the budget we plan and know about, AND the outside spending that is really part of our food budget too, if we are going to be honest with ourselves.

Start making some notes about which ones apply to you, because it will help you make an informed decision about your food purchases.

Is your life so busy that it’s hard to prepare and eat healthy meals, so you hit fast food joints a little too often?

drive-thruHave you ever had “science experiments” growing in your refrigerator because you didn’t eat the food fast enough before it spoiled?

cleaning-fridgeWhat do you do with all the peels, cores, rinds, stalks and leaves that you payed for when you bought your produce by the pound, that you don’t eat?

Pineaple-wasteDo you ever run out of foods like milk, bread, eggs or sour cream and have to make a special run to the store?

Dairy-ProductsDo you ever go into the store for those 1 or 2 items and only come out with just those items? Or does the “impulse bug” grab you?


Did you know . . . ?

The average American eats fast food 159 times a year? — that’s at least 3 times a week. With fast food running $5-10 a meal, that can add up to around $100 a month per person – now multiply $1200 X the number of people in your family to see what snuck into your food budget during the year! Write that number down in your notes.family_eating_fast_food

American households throw out a shocking 25% of the food on average? — Over 30 pounds a week! That’s an average $2,000 a year families fork out on food that never reaches the fork! — or $500 per person X the number of people in your family. Write that number down in your notes.Into-the-Trash-It-Goes

Gas could run between $182 – $364 a year if you made just 1 extra trip to the store every week? — based on gas at $3.50/gallon and a car that gets 20 miles/gallon.   Write that number down in your notes.Skip the Trip

Studies show that anywhere from 20-70% of all purchases are impulse buys, and that the average person spends $114,293 on impulse buy in their lifetime? — Obviously, not all of that would be food. But consider, do you ever shop at Costco or Sam’s? How many times a month do you go? Do you ever get out of there under a $100? I rarely did, but I do now.Impulse-Quote

Can THRIVE Save Me Money?

YES! Let me count the ways . . .

By reallocating a portion of your true food budget, even just 25%, you can begin to recover some of that wasted money by:

1.  No more rotten food — No more dealing with perishable foods that spoil, mold or get freezer burn. Thrive won’t go bad on you in mere days — no returning from vacation to a fridge of stinky food.  One of my worst offenders was celery.  I haven’t bought celery at the store in 2 years and haven’t thrown any away and I use it a lot more because it is so convenient.

2.  Pay for what’s edible — You only pay for the usable parts of the food with THRIVE!

3.  No excess – No need to by buy food and see the excess go to waste — just scoop out what you need, when you need it – it’s already washed, cut, diced, peeled and ready to go!

4.  Long Shelf LifeTHRIVE foods have an extended shelf life of up to 25 years — even after opening, most are good for 1-2 years!


THRIVE can stop the drain on your wallet and shrink your grocery bill.

Have you been adding up where you can save as we’ve gone along?

Are You Ready to Start Saving?

I love helping people save money and eat better!

I’d love to help YOU!

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Fresher Than “Fresh” – Did you get the memo?

vine-ripened-tomatoYum! – Vine ripened food not only tastes the best, but also has the maximum nutrition that mother nature provides and our bodies know how to use to stay healthy – IF you eat it when it really is fresh.

Did you know . . .?

fresh-green-beans52% of Vitamin C is lost within 2 days if green beans are not preserved? [1]
fresh-blueberries40% More Calcium is found in flash frozen blueberries than store-bought blueberries? [2]

freshh-spinach6 Times More Vitamin A is found in flash frozen spinach than store-bought spinach? [2]
fresh-peaches21 Times More Vitamin C can be found in flash frozen peaches than store-bought peaches? [2]
VeggieTruckMost “fresh” produce travels an average of 2,000 miles to get to your grocery store? [3]

So what are we to do? Here’s 3 solutions:

  1. garden-vegetable-basketHave a Garden. Boy, nothing tastes better than fresh grown produce from your garden. Do you have a garden? I have a small one that is close to my house and this year is the first year I’ve had a problem with deer eating it up. My dog, Casey, died a year ago, and was probably the reason they stayed away because her scent was all around our house and yard. Do you have any tips to keep the deer, rabbits or other wildlife away from my garden? Natural of course, as I don’t like chemicals. Please share in the comments, I’d love to read them.
  2. farmers-marketBuy from a local Farmer’s Market. Do you have one available to you? Here we are limited to eating really “fresh” food when it is in season and there are a lot of foods we want to eat that cannot be grown locally. I have one in my area that is open on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  3. FDcornBuy Freeze Dried Food. The advantage of having a Home Store with freeze dried food is that you can have “fresh” food anytime of the year, whenever you want it. Can you imagine fresh, sweet corn right off the cob in December? Or how about strawberries? You aren’t bound by the season and the nutrition is as close to growing it yourself as you can get.

A Tale of 2 Bananas

Which is fresher, the banana sitting on your counter or a can of THRIVE Banana Slices? Take a look at the journey each one takes before it reaches your plate — the answer may surprise you!

Tale of 2 Bananas

What is freeze drying?

Freeze drying is a chemical free process which takes a product, i.e., fruit, vegetables, meat, yogurt, cheese, etc., and seals in it’s original, freshness, shape texture and quality for about 25 years. This means no waste!


In my opinion, not any freeze dried food will do. After doing my research, I chose THRIVE. Can you see the difference? THRIVE is on the bottom. Which one would you rather eat?


THRIVE Qualities

  • No Preservatives
  • MSG Free
  • NON-GMO Choices
  • Gluten FREE certified
  • Organic Options

In addition, THRIVE is already diced, chopped, sliced, grated and cooked in the case of meats. Meals come together in a snap and taste better because they are really “fresh.”

Are you ready to start making healthier, more nutritious meals in half the time or less?

1. British Frozen Food Federation. You Can Be Sure It’s Fresh—It’s Frozen. 2010.
2. Klein, Barbara P., and Rhonda Kaletz. Nutrient Conservation in Canned, Frozen, and Fresh Foods. Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois, 1997.
3. Institute of Food Science & Technology. Industry Case Studies: Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. 2013.

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It’s Time for a Food Revolution! Are you with me?

Are you with me?

Are you with me?

Are you ready for the next Food Revolution?

Do you have canned foods in your home? How about frozen food in your freezer? Have you hit a fast food restaurant recently when time got away from you? These things don’t seem strange at all and are a very much a part of our everyday lives — saving us lots of time — BUT it wasn’t always this way.

Canned Food

Canned Food-VintageDid you know that in 1809 Nicolas Appert, “father of canning,” is recognized for preserving food by sterilization? But it wasn’t until later in the 1860’s and the necessities of war, that broadened the popularity of the can. It still took a couple of decades and by the time of World War I, canned food was finally becoming a more integral part of American life. [1]

Frozen Food & TV Dinners

frozen peasDo you know how frozen food was introduced? It was Clarence Birdseye and his American company that made frozen foods a practical reality in 1930. But the road to consumer acceptance of these products was a long and rocky one. The first obstacle was the retailers themselves, who were unwilling to spend the money to buy refrigerated display cases to merchandise the new products. Consumer resistance was also high. Frozen foods might have died off altogether if not for the onset of World War II. This opened the door for frozen food which used less crucial materials such as paperboard, waxed paper and cellophane.

SwansonTVDinnerNext on the scene in the 1950s marked the introduction of a product that grew to be synonymous with the term frozen food: the TV Dinner. For the first time, a complete meal was available in frozen form to families who wished to dine quickly and easily at the table or in front of the TV, as the name implied. These dinners included an entree/meat item, a starch and a vegetable, and sometimes a dessert. [2]

Fast Food Chains

Fast-FoodThough we have become accustomed to thinking of fast food restaurants as a timeless and essential part of American culture, the industry is actually a very recent development. In his best selling book Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, explains:  “The leading fast food chains spread nationwide; between 1960 and 1973, the number of McDonald’s restaurants grew from roughly 250 to 3,000. What had begun as a series of small, regional businesses became a fast food industry, a major component of the American economy.” [3]


The Next Food Revolution is Here — Enter THRIVE LIFE!

Are you ready to “ride the wave” of the next food revolution?  Would you like a Taste of THRIVE?

Create New AccountThe 1st step is to set up a THRIVE Customer Account.

Click here to set up your Customer Account

(1) – Can Manufacturers Institute
(2) – National Frozen & Refrigerated Food Association, Inc. (NFRA)
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Thrive in Your Pantry = You Eat Good Food!


Building and maintaining a
Thrive Home Store
means you are not only
eating good food but
have the peace of mind to know
you can weather a little or big storm
that life may throw at you!

And The Q
(monthly grocery delivery to your door)
is the EASIEST way to do it!



Click here for more great information about

The BEST reason to have
in your Pantry is that
Kid Approved!
Kids can’t keep their hands off THRIVE. They’ll forgo their chips and candy for THRIVE fruits, veggies, and yogurt bites straight from the can.

Kids Love Thrive



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