So Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean has this awesome program called Foodie Pen Pals. When you submit your information she randomly pairs you with one of the 1,000 participants to become Foodie Pen Pals for the month. It’s a way to introduce some of your favorite foods to others and, in turn, be introduced to the favorite foods of others! Basically, you just send and receive a food care package every month. My mom is pretty against the whole concept because she thinks I’ll be murdered or something, but getting a box of cool stuff once a month is SO worth it! This was my second month participating, and I have to give a huge thank you to @cjwoodard from Wild One the Third for my incredible box of treats 🙂 Everyone is really awesome about considering different dietary needs and preferences. I told Cindy that I eat clean and she sent me some delicious new snacks that I’ve never tried and probably wouldn’t have treated myself to.
–Tomato Basil Rice Cakes are my new favorite! I’ve always preferred sweet over savory, but these were so flavorful that it really made the rice cakes much more enjoyable without having to add anything extra. They really came in handy when we went on a spontaneous beach trip and I needed healthy carbs for the road!
–Salsa Fresca RiceWorks Chips are gluten-free, whole-grain, brown-rice chips that don’t taste like cardboard at all! I know you were thinking it 🙂 I’ve never seen this brand before, and I’ve been taking them to work for my afternoon snack of a healthy carb and the lime chicken that’s served!
–Rhythm Superfoods Zesty Nacho Kale Chips are the perfect Dorito substitute! I’ve never really been a big chip eater so I haven’t eaten chips in a LONG time, but now that I’ve been introduced to these I am so in! I’ve made my own kale chips before, but it’s really difficult to get them perfectly crispy without scorching them. These are also vegan and gluten-free 🙂
-I was so excited to see Santa Cruz Organic Fruit Spread in my box! Their juices are awesome and it’s actually somewhat-kinda-sorta-ish local for me 🙂 I’ve mostly used it in pb&j overnight oats and to brighten up my first powercake that I made last night. It’s great to use post-workout when I actually want some sugar.
-The yogurt raisins have become my guilty pleasure! Every afternoon at work, things get slow and I just need a palmful of almonds to keep me going. Adding just 2 or 3 of the yogurt raisins makes this little pick-me-up more exciting!
-The two bars that Cindy sent, Kashi Dark Mocha Almond and Nature Valley Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate both saved me when I was unable to get a meal! I stuck them both in my purse right away because sometimes you just need a little more than some almonds to tide you over. I don’t know how she knew about my love for peanut butter AND dark chocolate, but these were both so delicious!
-And of course, the Chocolove bar. Long story short: I had a bad day, ate the whole thing, and it was freaking great. Just because I don’t plan off-meals doesn’t mean I don’t have them 🙂
I encourage you to check out Lindsay’s blog and sign up for Foodie Pen Pals! I have few loves in this world, one of them being seemingly free “sh*t”. Ensuring that you get a “free” box of gourmet food at your door every month is kind of better than EBT, in my opinion. Obamacare is out, BBB 2012.