Thrive On A Budget: Win Groceries from @DeliciousAlex + Thrive Markets

I love food – especially when it’s healthy, tastes good, and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Shopping, cooking, touching and smelling the ingredients…it’s a pleasure for me, connects me with my food, and is part of the experience of eating…99% of the time.

Then there are times when I’m running late, need to pick my kid up from school, the weather is terrible, or I’d just rather work on my podcast, not run to the market.

That’s why I love Thrive Market – and why you will be SO excited to learn about this.
(I’m calling Thrive “healthy, cheap Amazon” in my head, but don’t tell Amazon I said that!)

Yes, I order my groceries online. A lot.

Thrive Markets is GENIUS – you can order organic packaged foods from organic healthy snacks, organic oils, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo ingredients, as well as baby products, and supplements…get this…

at 30-50% off what I would pay at Whole Foods!

It’s a great way to save time, and honestly money – if my time is worth over $100 an hour, and it will take me 1+ hour to grocery shop, or even an extra $20 to get a taxi back home to save time (I’m a New Yorker – and haven’t owned a car in 18 years)…I’d just rather hop online, choose the organic, healthy ingredients I want, and have it shipped to my door.

Seriously – Thrive is a brilliant way for anyone, single or loaded with children, to save time and money.

Enter to win 2 months of Thrive Market membership here + 20% off – as long as you live in the U.S. (sorry overseas, honeys!)

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Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-free scones

 

Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-Free SisterHoodDay Cranberry Scones

Scones + Sisterhood: Gluten-Free SisterHoodDay Cranberry Scones

Last weekend I celebrated the first Sisterhood Day with 9 amazing friends.

We shared stories, challenges, desires, and scones.

I hope you’ll share these with your lady loves, too.

Ingredients:

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour (I get it here for cheap!)

2 Tablespoons Organic Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Salt

8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter or Coconut Oil, frozen and shredded with a cheese grater

1/2 cup mildly sweetened dried cranberries

¼ cup almond milk

¼ cup orange juice

2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest

1 large egg or Flax Egg  (1 heaping Tablespoons ground flax seed whisked with 4 Tablespoons hot water)

 

Directions:

1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter or coconut oil into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir cranberries

3. In a small bowl, whisk orange juice, almond milk, zest, and flax egg until smooth.

4. Using a fork, stir orange juice mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick.

6. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8-12 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.

7. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Serves 8-12

 

Kale yeah! Keep your kale close, win this golden kale necklace

#kaleyeah! Win this gold kale necklace from @rockthatgem!

#kaleyeah! Win this gold kale necklace from @rockthatgem!

Do you have positive triggers?

As I come a few days shy of earning my certification in Positive Psychology, I’m so grateful for having learned so many science-based interventions to help people (myself and my family included) feel more positive emotions.

Positive emotions help us enjoy our lives more, look for possibilities, and even improve your immune system.

One way to invoke positive emotions is to have positive triggers in your life: things that remind you of your intention to be happy, or things that bring a smile to your face…and heart.

This kale necklace from my dear friend Molly Clarke, creator of Rock That Gem, is one of my favorite, fashionable positive triggers.

When I wear this necklace, I feel like healthy eating is hot, sexy, and fun, not a chore.

I called up Molly and she said “Sure! I’ll give away a kale necklace for your birthday celebration, Alex!” Thanks Molly!

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So what are your positive triggers? What makes you smile + laugh? What puts you in a creative mood? What triggers your excitement, gratitude, and hope? For some of us it’s looking at pictures of a favorite vacation or loved one. Some of us have a favorite song. Others go for a quick walk, or smell a favorite essential oil. Some watch funny cat videos on YouTube. Others remind themselves of their goals.  

Want some Mighty Maca? Enter the #20til40 give away here!

Energy.

That’s one of the biggest cravings we modern women (and men) report – we want more vitality! And we DON’T want to be caffeine addicts to get it.

I’ll be 40 in a few days, and lasting energy is a big goal for me – that means I get 7-9 hours of sleep, don’t drink much caffeine, and move every day.

But sometimes I need more, especially when I’m traveling, creating a new program, or just being a full-time mom.

One of the best food-based supplements for energy that I’ve found is Might Maca Greens – and I’d love to send you a nice big container as a gift!

Win Mighty Maca from @delicioualex for all day energy!

Win Mighty Maca from @delicioualex for all day energy!

What is Maca?

Mighty Maca has, well, MACA in it! Maca is a super-root that grows in the high Andes of Peru. It was used by the ancient Incas as both food and medicine.

Key Benefits

  • Improving mood
  • Boosting energy (naturally)
  • Enhancing libido
  • Improving fertility (for both men and women)
  • Relieving PMS symptoms.
  • (For more benefits see MightyMaca.com

Ingredients

  • Mighty Maca includes 15 other superfoods that can help reduce inflammation, improve digestion, boost immunity, aid metabolism, detoxify the body, and more:
  • Spirulina (rich source of protein, Omega-3s, vitamins, and trace minerals)
  • Mangosteen (tropical fruit that is a source of 40+ anti-inflammatories)
  • Acerola (containx 30x the Vitamin C that oranges do)
  • Beta glucan (cholesterol lowering fiber found in oatmeal)
  • Cat’s claw, AKA una de gato (potent healer)
  • Resveratrol (powerful antioxidant from grapes)
  • Quercetin (powerful antioxidant from the Japanese pagoda tree)
  • Milk thistle (detoxifies the liver)
  • Flax seeds (#1 plant-based source of Omega-3s)
  • Turmeric (powerful anti-inflammatory, commonly found in Indian food – it’s what makes curry yellow)
  • Kelp (great source of iodine and trace minerals)
  • Green tea (plentiful source of EGCG, a powerful flavonol)
  • Cinnamon (associated with lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and insulin levels)
  • Licorice (used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of illnesses)

Enter to win your Mighty Maca from Dr. Anna Cabeca, creator and founder of this delicious green food! 

 

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A crave-worthy book: Win The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

How often does someone ask you: how do you want to feel?

Not enough.

I’ve been using Danielle LaPorte’s book The Desire Map in my own life for a couple of years, and it was influential in guiding my work with clients and writing Women, Food, And Desire.

I find that when we really dive deep and get clear on what we WANT, rather than what we don’t want, life can shift in miraculous ways.

Win the Desire Map from Danielle LaPorte

Win the Desire Map from Danielle LaPorte

Today I’m teaming up with Danielle LaPorte to give away a digital copy of her groundbreaking book, The Desire Map.

Her guide will help you define your “goals with soul” and help you never make another to-do list and New Year’s resolution ever again.
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Deliciously pretty skin care – win a $200 gift basket from AnnMarie Skincare!

Two good rules to live by:

1. If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. 2. Don’t put stuff on your skin that isn’t safe to put in your mouth. Your skin care, make up, hair care, deodorant, and any other beauty aids should be toxin-free, and made from super-healthy ingredients. Because your skin is porous, yo! You absorb everything through your skin, so it’s time to upgrade that old toxic Maybelline with AnnMarie.   annmarie Wouldn’t you love to have a simple bathroom cabinet that looked like this? I LOVE Annmarie Gianni’s skincare – it’s non-toxic, and truly feels like it’s feeding my skin when I put it on.

So I’m happy to announce that we teamed up to give away a

$200 gift basket of incredible products to one lucky winner!

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Enter here, and be sure to go check out their awesome products online!

 
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How I got to sleep again…Win my FAV Magnesium from Perfect Supplements!

I was a tired, frustrated mess until I started using Natural Calm…

Win my favorite Magnesium supplement from Perfect Supplements!

Win my favorite Magnesium supplement from Perfect Supplements!

I was suffering from insomnia for over a year, and it was really wrecking my life. The stress of my mom getting sick while I was under a writing deadline for my book were all too much for my adrenals.

Total exhaustion, spiraling hormones, grouchy mood, and a total collapse of my libido ….

and did you know that ONE bad night of sleep can make you insulin resistant for a few days? That’s crazy.

Magnesium is one of the best first steps when it comes to supplementing for insomnia – and chocolate cravings!

Yup, the first nutritional cause of chocolate cravings is low magnesium levels.

 

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So today I’m giving away some of my favorite helpers from Perfect Supplements – a gift box including my favorite Natural Calm Magnesium (which I take before bed) and my favorite Perfect Cordyceps, a great medicinal mushroom I take for boosting my energy and my immune system.

Enter to win here from me and Perfect Supplements!

 

Win a 3-Day Juice Cleanse from Alex + Suja!

Fresh, organic juices are a great way to flood your body with delicious healing fuel.

But you don’t always have time to shop, lug/carry, and juice the fruits and veggies yourself, right?

And there are sOOO many brands on the shelves – what’s the best choice? It’s enough to make a girl skip the grocery store and head right to the nearest bar for a cocktail…

to juice or not to juice!?

to juice or not to juice!?

That’s why I’ve teamed up with Suja Juices to give away one of their popular 3-day juice cleanses in my #20til40 give away!

 

Win a Suja 3-Day Juice Cleanse!

Win a Suja 3-Day Juice Cleanse from Alex + Suja!

 

Now that the weather is warmer, juice cleanses are safer to undertake. (I don’t do juices much in the winter – my Featherweight type gets too cold! More hot tea and soup, please!)

But you can enter here to have SUJA ship you a 3-day supply of their organic, non-GMO juices to reset your body – fun and YUM!

Enter here! Hope you win, juicy! xo, Alex
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A gift to help you relax! 2 spa baskets from Topricin

 

Relax with Alex + Topricin! Win a $50 gift basket

Relax with Alex + Topricin! Win a $50 gift basket

Unwind & Relax! 
After a long day, it’s time to chill, and you might have some aches + pains that keep you from feeling as good as you want.

I’ve been using Topricin for years because it’s safe, and it works.  No minty aroma, no icy-hot sensation, just a nice lotion feel that works on pain.

On neck pain, tight shoulder muscles, over worked calves, tired feet, and even my kid’s growing pains, we always have extra tubes of Topricin in the house.

I’ve had back and neck pain since the age of 12 when I was diagnosed with scoliosis, but with yoga, biking, and Topricin, I keep the discomfort in check.

Topricin and I have teamed up to give away 2 awesome spa sets!

Each Deluxe Topricin Spa Set includes:

  • (1)2oz Topricin Pain Relief Cream
  • (1)4oz Topricin Pain Relief Cream
  • Mini Manicure KeyChain
  • Filing Block
  • Spa Music CD
  • Reflexology Card (Hands)
  • Smoke Blue Fabric Bag
  • Topricin Sample Envelope

Enter here:

 
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Perfect for all types of aches and pains, Topricin is patented for treating fibromyalgia and neuropathy, and is safe for diabetics and children.

 

Win a $50 gift basket from Alex + Topricin

Win a $50 gift basket from Alex + Topricin

When grocery shopping is a chore, not a pleasure…win 1 month of Instacart delivery!

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I LOVE buying and making my own food.

Shopping, cooking, touching and smelling the ingredients…it’s a pleasure for me, connects me with my food, and is part of the experience of eating…99% of the time.

Then there are times when I’m running late, I need to pick my kid up from school, the weather is terrible, or I’d just rather work on my podcast, not run to the market.

That’s when I use Instacart.

Yes, I order my groceries online. Often.

This service, while not available everywhere, is a HUGE help for the busy family.

It’s a great way to save time, and honestly money – if my time is worth over $100 an hour, and it will take me 1+ hour to grocery shop, or even an extra $20 to get a taxi back home to save time (I’m a New Yorker – and haven’t owned a car in 18 years)…I’d just rather hop online, choose the organic, healthy ingredients I want, and pay less than $10 to have it picked up and delivered to my home.

Seriously – it’s a life saver!

Instacart is one of my favorite ways to enjoy what I love most about food – taking time to choose the recipes, and cook the food in my own home, rather than being stuck in traffic or fuming, looking for a parking spot.

Enter to win 1 month of Instacart Express above, which is their grocery delivery membership. With Instacart Express, you get free delivery on 2 hour & scheduled grocery deliveries over $35. Instacart Express begins with a 14-day free trial. After that, Express is just $99/year.

Instacart delivers in the Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose, Seattle & Washington D.C. areas. If you’re ready to save some time shopping, so you can have more time cooking, enter above! 

Don’t forget to keep coming back here and to follow me on Instagram and Facebook – the #20til40 giveaways go all the way through 3/27 (my 40th birthday) and we’ve got some HUGE prizes coming up!