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Commercial Meal Review: Thrive Life Blueberry Oatmeal

Thrive Life has introduced two ready to go Freeze Dried Meals this month, adding to the 4 they already had brought to market, with more to come. Thrive Life has entered the market with meals, and have made some interesting choices.

These are ready to make – rip the top and add boiling water to the mylar bag. The new hot breakfast is the Blueberry Oatmeal. A good standard hot breakfast. It has a simple ingredient list: Oats, sugar, non-fat dry milk and freeze-dried blueberries. The bag serves 3, at 350 calories per serving. I’d say it would serve 2 hungry adults well, putting you at over 500 calories per serving.

While it doesn’t list “bag prep” on the back, I opened the pouch up, pulled out the oxygen packet, discarded it and added in the 2 cups boiling water called for. A good stir with a long handled spoon, seal the bag, and ignore for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir well, and dish up (or as we do….cut the top half of the bag off and eat out of the pouch for one person). The mylar bags are the same as other brands use.

Easy to prep, 20 year shelf life in the bag and it’s kid friendly. There’s a lot to like about it. The flavor is excellent (no fake flavorings, no preservatives). The only downside is its sugar content, which for how I eat is rather high, but if you are doing hard work, it’ll be fine. Everything rehydrated fine in 10 minutes.

Retail is $9,25 per bag, $7.86 if you do monthly deliveries from Thrive Life. That price is actually quite good for a long-term storage meal, compared to other brands in the industry. We compared it to a similar meal, that was 1 serving (390 calories) and that one was nearly $13 for the bag. So while it might seem pricey, it isn’t for the value you get.


FTC Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links that give us commissions on products purchased. These items are what we used in the recipes. This includes both Amazon and Thrive Life. All thoughts and opinions are ours.

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