If you haven’t signed up for Foodie Pen Pals with The Lean Green Bean then you are CRAZY. With over 1,000 participants, I have no doubt that you’re going to get some awesome food while being introduced to some awesome people. This month I sent a package to Amanda at http://www.semihealthyblog.com/ and received THE BEST PACKAGE EVER from Valerie at http://www.thatswhatwedid.com/. I think they just get better and better every month though:) Check out one of her many blogs! She’s into some bada$$ workouts right now that are pretty interesting:)
Valerie was nice enough to accommodate my super clean eating habits, and also sent along a couple of treats for which I am VERY thankful for:)
1. Roasted Plantain Chips and Local Hot & Spicy Peanut Butter
It took all of my willpower to not rip open that bag of chips and dip them in the peanut butter! I’ve mentioned quite a bit on here that I’m sort of obsessed with peanut butter, but this stuff is like Pad Thai (another one of my food love affairs) in a jar. It’s PURE GENIUS. By the way, plantain chips are even better than potato chips:) I don’t remember the last time I ate a chip, but I know the next time will be one of those babies!
2. Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute
This little jar packs a ton of citrus-y punch, with no salt! I seasoned some salmon with and it was the perfect complement to lemon-steamed veggies:) I’m always looking for new, clean spices and this one is a hit!
3. Trader Joe’s Lemon Pepper
I made some classic lemon chicken with this the other day. My dad used to make it all the time when I was a kid, and this sparked the memory! Valerie is really helping me build up my spice cabinet:)
4. Zico Coconut Water
So I have to say that I’ve never really been a fan of coconut water, but I realized that I’ve only tried the flavored kinds. Natural is so refreshing!! It’s perfect for rehydrating after an intense workout.
5. Pomegranate Balsamic Vinegar
This stuff is so good! I’ve been making a dressing using it, just mix:
1 tsp pomegranate balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup greek yogurt
3 drops liquid stevia
juice of one lime
It’s perfect on spinach salad loaded with fresh veggies:)
6. Freeze Dried Blueberries
Trader Joe’s really is a miracle. Freeze dried fruit doesn’t taste as sickly sweet as dried fruit and is crunchy so I’ve been putting a palmful on my salad! It gives that little extra texture and flavor so I don’t get boring eating the same thing every day for a week:)
And it was all wrapped up in a cute little summer towel and accompanied by a very nice card! Don’t you want to get a box full of awesome next month? Read the rules below and go check out Lindsey’s blog, maybe we’ll get paired up!!:)
-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your pen pal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your pen pal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-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!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.