Join Thrive as we transform how America gets better nutrition through two of our most beloved foods, real ice cream and creamy gelato. These nutritionally enhanced treats are changing menus and lives in hospitals, senior living facilities, university and professional athletics programs, and those who prefer better, cleaner, more nutritious foods! You’ll get nothing but the real scoop from us!


Is Your Child Failing to Thrive?

I remember taking my son to the pediatrician when he was very young and waiting anxiously as he was weighed and measured by Dr. Taylor. Was he growing? Is he growing enough? Measurements taken, the doctor turned to me and said my son was in the 10thpercentile for weight and height. I was horrified. “What’s (continued…)

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Susan Lessar: A Passion for Good Nutrition and Good Health

Growing up in Virginia, Susan Lessar enjoyed spending time with her grandparents who owned a grocery store. She often worked alongside with her grandfather, learning the business. While in high school, her grandfather had a heart attack. Fortunately, he survived. What made a lasting impression on Susan was the dietitian who convinced her grandfather to (continued…)

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The Case for Fiber – and Fiber-rich Ice Cream

Dietary fiber is a necessary part of everyone’s diet, but as we age, fiber plays an increasingly important role in not just digestive health, but overall health as well. Sometimes convincing older adults to increase their fiber intake falls on deaf ears. High fiber foods like nuts, grains, beans, and raw fruits and vegetables can (continued…)

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Thrive for Athletes: The Best Sporting Advice of 2018

  “It’s not what you know; it’s what you can get the athletes to do.” If this sounds like something a coach would say, you’re right. A coach did say it. However, Carl Valle, a track and field coach at Spikes Only, believes this advice isn’t just for coaches; it also applies to sports dietitians (continued…)

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How Probiotic-Enhanced Ice Cream Can Overcome Health Challenges

As a healthcare provider, you are all too familiar with the complications that arise in acute care and long-term care facilities. C. diff, sepsis, and pneumonia are just a few that strike individuals with immune systems weakened by age and other medical conditions. C. diff is particularly problematic. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control named C. (continued…)

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How to Make Nutrition Welcome at Your Senior Living Facility

We all know how difficult it is to get residents of senior living facilities to eat, regardless of how good your dietary program is. Residents miss “their” food. They don’t like unfamiliar foods or foods dictated by their medical condition. They may have dementia, which also impacts appetite and/or one’s ability to swallow and eat. (continued…)

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What’s a Birthday Party without Ice Cream?

Thankfully, the residents at The Springs in Lafayette, Indiana, didn’t have to find out when Thrive came for a visit in September. Their social director Kathy invited us to their monthly birthday celebration and it was quite a party! Each of the guest was served their choice of Vanilla, Chocolate or Strawberry Thrive Ice Cream (continued…)

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