It’s Foodie Pen Pals June Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!!
But before I get to my reveal…let’s do a little recap on what Foodie Pen Pal is.
First….it’s always a super FUN time!!!!! Second….here are the details! You receive a pen pal match on the 5th of each month, then you email your match to see what they love/hate (yours will do the same) and then mail out a box filled to the brim with foodie treats to your pen pal. You just have to do it by the 15th! On the last day of the month, everyone reveals what goodies they received. You get a different match each month so you are always getting an opportunity to meet new people, find new blogs and try foods that you may just not have available in your area.
So this month, I received my package from Erin! I truly do not know how I get so lucky every month, but I always seem to get a box full of stuff I like…EVERY MONTH!!! Have not been disappointed yet! This month, this is what my Foodie Pen Pal box looked like….
Saffron Road Crunchy Chickpeas – I love chickpeas!! I make these for myself a lot but these were a lot easier and not so messy. The flavor of these were seriously tasty and I found myself eating these by the handful. I also threw some on a few of my salads lately also!
Hatch Green Chili Almonds – OMG!!! So…almonds are probably one of my favorite nuts and have never tried this brand or flavor before! Let’s just say….that they are all gone!!! They just disappeared one evening while I was watching a movie with the hubby. 🙂
Whole Foods Veggie Chips – Veggie chips are just one of those things that just make me happy! The have the crunch that I crave from chips but are healthy unlike most of the chips out there on the market. I have never tried the ones from Whole Foods but will for sure be picking some of those up next time I go. The okra and the shiitake mushrooms were my favorite!
Homemade Marshmallows – She made toasted coconut and also vanilla! They were both amazing but I would have to say that the toasted coconut was my favorite! They only lasted two days before I scarfed them down 🙂 Must get recipe!!!!!! My kiddos would love these so I see myself whipping up a batch of these in the near future!
So that’s it! Another Foodie Pen Pal score!! I truly love this program and recommend that you all just go check it out! I bet you sign up!!!
It’s that time again!! Man, these months are flying by…..
It’s Foodie Pen Pals June Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!!
But before I get to my reveal…let’s do a little recap on what Foodie Pen Pal is.
First….it’s always a blast!! Second….here’s the details! You receive a pen pal match on the 5th of each month, then you email your match to see what they love/hate (yours will do the same) and then mail out a box filled to the brim with foodie treats to your pen pal. You just have to do it by the 15th! On the last day of the month, everyone reveals what goodies they received. You get a different match each month so you are always getting an opportunity to meet new people, find new blogs and try foods that you may just not have available in your area.
This month, I was lucky enough to get my package from the one-and-only Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean!! What a treat!! She totally hooked me up with some amazing treats and a super cool bag as a little something extra!! I didn’t take a picture of the bag but I will say that I absolutely love it and have been using it to carry my lunch back and forth to work.
As far as my goodies, this is what I got! (
NOTE: sorry for the lack of pictures…my phone is holding them hostage for now…I will load them as soon as they are released…LOL)
Vega Savi Seeds (Natural & Cocoa Kissed): I have never eaten these before and to be honest, haven’t really heard of them. But I’m sucker for trying new stuff so I ripped into these the minute I opened the box! I tried the Natural ones first which were just plain. They were actually really good! Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they boast 17 times more Omega-3 per ounce than wild Sockeye salmon. **SCORE** They reminded me of Edamame a little. I tried the Cocoa Kissed ones later that evening while watching a movie and relaxing in bed. It was the perfect little snack. I like the Cocoa Kissed ones a lot more than they plain ones but they were both really good.
Planter’s Dry Roasted Pistachios!! Hello!!! How did she know?! These are my absolute favorite nut! She said she got them for me because she likes them but not their price and thought that maybe others feel the same way. Which I do! I love this nut but I hate how expensive they are so I hardly ever purchase them for myself, let alone a bag this size J I’m not going to lie….I hid that bag and ate them all myself…no sharing!! I know…I’m sooo bad! Oh well 😉
Village Harvest Quinoa: I truly enjoy quinoa so this came in handy. It saved me from having to buy it one week which is always awesome! I use quinoa for all kinds of things from adding chicken/fish and veggies to it and stir-frying, to adding it to my salads. I love it! Again…how did she know?! Check out some of the other recipes you can make with this yummy grain here.
Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter – Creamy: You can’t go wrong with peanut butter especially when it’s organic. I had never tried this brand before so was excited to try something new. It was super creamy and the taste was amazing. My kids and I enjoyed many PB & J’s with this yummy stuff.
Mrs. Dash Extra Spicy Seasoning Blend (Salt-Free): I’m a huge fan of seasonings and this for sure did not disappoint. I used to not be too picky with my seasonings but since beginning my journey towards a more healthy lifestyle, I’ve started only using seasonings that don’t have a lot of weird unpronounceable ingredients. This one is awesome because there are nothing but natural spices in it (such as: onion(s), garlic, tomato, paprika color, citric acid, orange peel, oil of lemon, Spices (black pepper, sweet chili pepper, cayenne pepper, celery seed, oregano, cumin, basil, bay, marjoram, savory, thyme, coriander, mustard, rosemary)! And the flavor was awesome! I love spicy stuff and this one was just right! It went great with the tacos I made this past week.
Love Grown Simply Oats Apple Walnut Delight Granola: WOW!!!!! This was by far my favorite!!! I cannot believe how good this is! I’m not a huge fan of dried fruit but the dried apples in this granola was phenomenal! I have been eating a handful here and there and I have a small bowl of it with my fruit in the morning. I’m in love and sad at the same time that the bag is almost empty 😦 Going to have to go on a hunt for it 🙂
So that’s that! I’m really glad that I found this amazing way to meet new people and try new products! It is always super fun deciding and picking stuff out for your pen pal and it’s even more fun opening up your pen pal box when it arrives! You can’t even begin to guess what you might get!
So…go!! Right now!! And sign up for July!! I promise…you will have a blast!
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What time is it? I can’t hear you!!! What time is it??!!
That’s right!! It’s Foodie Pen Pals May Reveal Day over at The Lean Green Bean!! I sent my package to Ashley at My Cats and I (Cooking) in Chi, so head on over there to see all the goodies I sent her and to also see what else she has been up to! She is in to healthy low-cal/low-fat foods like I am so she was so easy to buy for!
So…before I get to my reveal…let’s do a recap on the Foodie Pen Pal situation.
First….it’s always a blast!! Second….here’s the details! You receive a pen pal match on the 5th of each month, then you email your match to see what they love/hate (yours will do the same) and then mail out a box filled to the brim with foodie treats to your pen pal. You just have to do it by the 15th! On the last day of the month, everyone reveals what goodies they received. You get a different match each month so you are always getting an opportunity to meet new people, find new blogs and try foods that you may just not have available in your area (I have found that New Jersey has some yummy stuff that we don’t have here in Missouri).
My pen pal was Mary at 3D Dinners (my April & May Penpals both ended up being from New Jersey (weird J ). She is newly married (Congrats!!). Also…head on over to her page and check it out! Lots of great recipes!! Here is what she got me:
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Polenta (a.k.a. corn grits): she said that this is one of her favorite side dishes. I have never tried this before but was excited to try it! I made just how she recommended. Made the polenta and then stirred in 1 cup of frozen corn and honey to taste…..OH…MY…GOODNESS!!! Delightful!! Really enjoyed it and can’t wait to make it again J Made for a great dinner side dish although I could have just eaten this and this alone.
Simply Organic Garlic Salt: She said that she doesn’t usually add salt to dishes but if she has to then she chooses garlic salt instead. This one is great because it’s organic and is also a mixture of sea salt and garlic which are, by far, two of my favorite things. I have been using this a lot! It’s amazing just sprinkled on my spinach salads that I bring for work.
Aunt Gussie’s Spelt Oatmeal Cookies: Wasn’t sure I would like these at first because they are a crunchy cookie and I’m partial to the soft ones but after devouring about 6 in one sitting, I’ve changed my mind! For starters, they are sugar-free which is amazing in itself because they taste sooo good! And there are only a few ingredients…all of which are recognizable and readable 🙂 Find out here about Spelt (It is a great source of fiber with high water solubility. This allows its nutrients to be more easily absorbed than common wheat) and Maltitol (which is the all-natural sweetener that makes these cookies taste so good!). I’m getting a little sad that these are almost gone though….may have to do some investigating to see if I can find them around these parts.
Indie Candy Sweet Heart Gummies: Okay…I’m not going to lie…I’m kind of a fruit snack/gummy connoisseur! I love them and have been known to eat 3-4 packs at a time (I know! I’m sooo bad!). These were nothing short of amazing! They were a Wild Cherry flavor and they did not disappoint. The thing I liked about them the most is that all the ingredients were recognizable and on the plus side, they are gluten-free and allergy-friendly. And EVEN BETTER…..NO ARTIFICIAL COLORS, FLAVORS OR PRESERVATIVES! Love that part! Sorry…no picture here…they didn’t last long enough for a pic 🙂
Kind Bar: Okay…I’ve gone on record saying that these are, by far, one of my favorite snacks. This one didn’t last very long…I literally ate it as I looked through the rest of the box once I received it. Yummmers!!!!
Kind Grains: This was awesome to get because it was a sample size and it allowed me to try it out before purchasing a larger bag! Although…I should have known I would love it! I just love the KIND brand…everything I’ve had from them has been amazing…Keep up the good work KIND company 😉
Mary also was kind enough to send me a recipe to try. She sent Chinese Spicy Chicken! I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to be this weekend. I’m even going to get to add some of my Simply Organic Garlic Salt to the recipe!! Double YAY!!
So that’s it! Those are my goodies! Mary did an amazing job picking stuff out for me! She did not disappoint!
Alright….now head on over to The Lean Green Bean and see what everyone else got in the goodie boxes and what the heck…go ahead and join up with us and see what all the fuss is about! I promise…you will have tons of fun and get some amazing snacks in the process!
Last week, I posted a picture of my box of goodies that I received from my Foodie Pen Pal Lindsay at Live. Love. Nutrition blog! As you could tell, it was filled to the brim with some yummy treats for me to try. Here it is again so you can see 🙂 This was my first month participating and I can tell already that I loved it and can’t wait till next month! Such a fun concept!
What IS Foodie Pen Pal? Well…it’s just about the coolest idea ever! I’ll tell you a little more about it after I show you the goods first.
First, I got these two amazing products from Mitica. They are actually imported by a company called Forever Cheese. One is called Spanish Cocktail and is a snack mix of dried corn kernel, fava beans, chickpeas & Largueta Almonds. It also has vegetable oil, rice flour & sea salt for seasoning. Oh man!! Talk about the perfect salty snack! Super crunchy and NOT too salty….just perfect 🙂 The other container has Carmelized Walnuts. Lindsay warned me of their addictive nature and boy was she right. They really are good all by themselves but they were also extremely good on a spinach salad that I threw together last week. Check them out!
The next thing I received was some Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Chips. According to the package, they are gluten-free and free of the 8 most common allergens; including dairy, nuts & soy. I love that the ingredient list is short and sweet! Very simple! It has evaporated cane juice, natural chocolate liquor (non-alcoholic) and non-dairy cocoa butter. They are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. That is some awesome stuff!!! I haven’t used them yet but just might have to whip up some cookies soon….or I could sprinkle them on some chia pudding….oh decisions decisions!!
Lindsay also sent me a bag of Nut Harvest Natural Lightly Roasted Almonds. These are great for snacking at work which I do a lot of 😉 And that is exactly what I’m using them for. There are bowls of chocolate and candy at my work so snacking on these helps me stay away from the front desk and the chocolate stash. I am a total almond lover and these are sooo good! I might even say that almonds are my favorite nut…well besides the nuts in my family…LOL I liked these because they are just lightly salted. Nothing overpowering which makes them great for eating by themselves but also amazing on a salad.
My final goodies are one of my all-time favorite snacks right now!! I even mentioned them last week in my blog. It’s KIND bars!!! I ended up receiving three different kinds, all of which I have never tried. Woo HOO!! I got Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan, Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt, & Nut Delight. I’ve only tried the Dark Chocolate Cinnamon Pecan so far and I must say that it was pretty dang good! The pecans were great. I do not normally like dark chocolate but there was the perfect amount on this bar. Not too much that it overpowered all the other flavors. And the cinnamon was a nice compliment to the bar overall. I will definitely be trying the other two very soon.
So that’s my goodies! Yummy huh? So how can you get involved in all this fun? Well let me tell you…..
On the 5th of the month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email.
You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail.
On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your pen pal!
It is such a great way to try new things that you may not even have available where you live and also a way to try products that you just hadn’t thought about buying! The fun part is that you do not know what you are getting until you open that box up 🙂 SURPRISE!! So come on….go and fill out that form and join in the fun with us!
Do you already participate in Foodie Pen Pals? What was your favorite thing you received?
What is the best thing you have ever gotten by mail?