Sunday, April 22, 2012

Smoothies Anytime

Delicious Smoothie

I came up with the idea of a powdered smoothie mix when I was getting to the end of my can of yogurt bites and many of the tasty little squares had been crushed into a powder.  It got me thinking about some of the cans of freeze dried fruit I had and how some people said to just put the powdery parts into a smoothie.  Hmm, interesting.  Then I thought about someone telling me that you could make baby food from Thrive freeze dried foods by putting them in the food processor then later adding water.

Powdery yogurt bites

From that inspiration, this is what I came up with.

I put it in the food processor and chopped it to a powder. I was then able to put it in a blender bottle with around a cup of water, shake it up and drink it.  I put it over ice for the picture at the top of the post, but then I drank what was left in the bottle.  It was tasty both ways.  It is a good idea to let it sit for a minute to let the fruit in larger than powder chunks rehydrate completely.

I'm excited to be able to have a fruit smoothie anyplace I can find water.

Ingredients in the food processor before
Ingredients in the food processor after
In the blender bottle ready to add water

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sometimes you feel like a nut...

Mounds and Almond Joy Inspired Brownie Bites

Today I tried a recipe that I heard about from another Shelf Reliance consultant.  This combines two of my favorite dessert flavors - chocolate and coconut, and I must say it is delicious.

Here is what I did:

I followed the directions on both the Thrive Fudge Brownie Mix  and Thrive Macaroon Cookie Mix for mixing the batter, which on both is - measure out mix - add hot water.  Then I used a small scoop to fill mini muffin tins 3/4 of the way full, preheated the oven to 360 and cooked the brownie portion for 5 minutes.  I took the pan out of the oven and used a small scoop to drop the macaroon mix on top of the brownies.  On half the brownies I added an almond, and left the rest plain because sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.  I cooked the completed treats for an additional 15 minutes.

That's it, they are delicious.  Enjoy!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

How Tomato Powder Saved My Chili

Yummy Hearty Chili

The other day I made some chili to take to work, so I did the prep work in the evening and left it in the crock pot overnight and checked on in the next morning.  To my dismay the chili I found in the morning looked more like a minestrone without the tiny noodles.  This is probably because it was meat heavy and bean light so it just didn't thicken the way I would have liked.  I tried it and the taste was good, but I had promised chili not soup, so something  had to be done.  Thrive Tomato Powder to the rescue!  I added about half a cup of the tomato powder, stirred it in and had the thick hearty chili I had hoped for.

Here is the recipe as closely as I can recall (it is tough because I just don't measure)

Bison Chili

Note – all measurements are estimates
2 lbs ground bison
2 cups Thrive Kidney Beans
1 large red onion
2 large Anaheim green chilies
3 cans petite diced tomatoes with  green chilies
1 cup Thrive Mixed Bell Peppers 
2 tbs olive oil
3 tbs whole coriander seeds
3 tbs cumin seeds
1 tbs cayenne pepper
1 tbs chili powder
2 tbs fresh ground pepper
2 tbs salt
3 tbs Thrive Beef Bouillon
Thrive Tomato Powder  and water as needed for consistency

Soak beans in water for 8-10 hours.  Grind coriander and cumin and set aside.   Fine chop onion and green chilies in food processor and set aside.

Heat skillet and add oil – to the oil add coriander, cumin, cayenne and chili powder and stir until it becomes fragrant (this should be only 1-2 minutes) and stir in the dehydrated peppers then add bison to the skillet and brown.

In a crock pot add the tomatoes and beans and turn up to high.  Once the bison is browned add it to the tomatoes and beans in the crock pot.

In the skillet where the bison was browned heat the onions and chilies until translucent then add to crock pot.  Add bouillon, salt and pepper and water as needed to cover the rest of the ingredients.
Once the mixture is simmering cover and reduce heat to low.
Walk away for 8 hours.

Check the mixture and stir.  Add tomato powder or water based on the consistency – tomato powder to thicken – water to thin.  Taste.  Add additional seasonings as needed.

Return lid and cook on low for an additional 4 hours stirring occasionally.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Gift wrapping

If you read the last post you know about the big sale for Black Friday.  In addition to that, if you are planning to give your purchases as gifts, I will do gift wrapping for free!

Freeze dried fruit basket

All you need to do is place your order at and under shipping choose pick up at warehouse, then email me to let me know how you would like the gifts wrapped (gift baskets, boxes, or just wrapping paper) then I will pick up your order from the warehouse, wrap the gifts and deliver to you before Christmas.  The one exclusion is the large Food Rotation Systems.  This offer is valid through December 15, but I do recommend taking advantage of the great sale prices this week.

Instead of a plate of cookies that may last up to a week, think about giving a can of cookie mix that could be used anytime between now and Christmas 2031-

Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale Sale

Black Friday-Cyber Monday

Shelf Reliance is having a big sale from November 25-November 28.  There are items up to 50% off including Thrive foods, Food Rotation Systems and Emergency Supplies. 
You really need to check out all the specials at and be sure to do your shopping at my website 

If you think about how popular food is as a gift at Christmas time, wouldn't it be nice if the food you gave had a shelf life of 25 years instead of 3 days?

One more thing.  If you have been thinking about becoming a consultant, the starter kits are also discounted as part of this sale.  The awesome thing is that you could get your starter kit the first day, and share the great prices with your friends and family to get your sales going right away.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Travel Water Purification

Steripen Journey

While I've been in India I haven't been making much food with Thrive products, but I have been eating some snacks (see previous post) and I have been staying hydrated.  One of the ways that I have been making sure to get safe drinking water is by using the Steripen Journey.  In 90 seconds I can turn questionable tap water in India into safe drinking water.  It is awesome.

Since water is an important part of survival make sure to think about water options as part of your emergency preparedness plan.  Click here to see a number of great options.
View from the hotel window in Mumbai
Out and about in Mumbai

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Travel snacks

Tonight we are leaving on a long trip to India, so I packed some Thrive snacks. A bag of freeze dried pineapple was a no brainer. I also put some freeze dried blueberries and yogurt in a container for a breakfast time snack. The last one I packed is one of our favorites to eat in front of the TV, it is peanuts with freeze dried corn, green peas and cauliflower. I then drip a couple drops of olive oil, sprinkle in some salt, pepper and cayenne and shake it all up. I think it is tastier than chex mix and way more healthy.