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Commercial Meal Review: Thrive Life Apple Cinnamon Granola

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. This is a no-cook option for breakfast, the Apple Cinnamon Granola. It has a 20 year shelf life and retails for $10.48 or $8.91 with the monthly delivery service. Compared to a similar type of meal on the market, which retails for $8.99 but serves 2 people – and each serving is 260 calories, you get a better deal with the Thrive Life bag.

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 1½ cups cool water called for. A good stir with a long handled spoon, seal the bag, and ignore for 5 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 other in a bowl or a new bag). The mylar bags are the same as other brands use, and are very durable.

The granola is a 3 serving meal, though I’d suggest it’s best for 2 hungry adults. Each serving is 240 calories, or 730 for the bag. The apples are crisp, with lots of flavor, the granola is crisp/chewy as it should be. The ingredient list is short – granola, milk and apples. Both it and the competition have the same basic ingredients and sugar content (which is a bit high for me, but will satisfy a sweet tooth – even children).

Prepped for eating.

It tasted just like granola I sometimes pick up for Kirk, out of the fancy bulk bins at the local Hippy Hut. So taste wise it is very good. Crunchy, and the apples rehydrate nicely.


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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