Melissa's Cuisine: Foodie Pen Pals

Monday, April 30, 2012

Foodie Pen Pals

The Lean Green Bean

I've seen a couple posts about Foodie Pen Pals, hosted by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean, on a fitness site I enjoy visiting. I was intrigued, and after reading a few posts from other participants, I decided to sign up! April was my first month participating, and I loved it. I received an awesome foodie package from Lisa and was able to try a variety of new-to-me foods.

Lisa decided to go with a breakfast theme for my goodie box. 
She included a few different Kind bars--perfect for breakfasts on the go.  I had the Fruit and Nut Delight bar the other day and it was delicious.  Plus, it's all natural so it's something I can really feel good about eating!
Lisa also sent some rolled hot cereal to be made with some coconut milk and sweetened up with agave nectar.  I love having a bowl of oats for breakfast, and I often sweeten them up with agave, so this was perfect for me.  I'd never had coconut milk before, but I'm now a fan!  I haven't tried it yet, but I bet it would be delicious in smoothies too!
I thought this was such a creative idea--nut and rice crackers with all-natural peanut butter and organic strawberry spread for mini PB&J sandwiches!  The crackers have such a unique taste that I really enjoyed.  I'm definitely going to be looking for them in a store around here.  I found the peanut butter to be great, especially on the go.

Finally, Lisa included one of her favorite treats--Sticky Fingers Fudge Brownies. My, oh my! These were delicious!

Thank you, Lisa, for a fun and delicious goodie package!

If you're interesting in joining Foodie Pen Pals, here's some important information for you:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal 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 penpal!
-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 are 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.
-Foodie Penpals is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
-Visit The Lean Green Bean for more details! 


  1. Glad to hear you enjoyed your package! And I LOVE following your foodie ventures on your blog :)

    Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes

  2. Try the country ranch nut thins! I got them in a package from a previous foodie penpal and have bought more since then!


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