Foodie Pen Pals Reveal - March 2013
About a month ago, I was browsing through my blog feed when I saw a post by 40 Fit In The Mitt (who is awesome, and I hope you take a look at her blog) about a program called Foodie Pen Pals. And I wanted in. I was like, hold up. You can meet other people who like cool food, and you get to send them food that you love and they SEND YOU FOOD IN THE MAIL?! It is a ridiculously amazing combination. This month I was paired up with Katie, a blog reader from Toronto, who is a teacher. She completely all her schooling up to a Masters while working full-time, which is just incredible. I cannot believe how sweet she is, and everything in my box was amazing. I know that I am one of the most difficult person to be paired up with because I am allergic to foods that are in so many other foods. I just want to thank you again Katie for all the goodies, I have been so excited to try everything!
Katie sent with the food items a lovely letter explaining the food items, and the theme she gave to my box, which was a study care package. I thought that was so clever, as a past student herself, she seems to know exactly what a midnight study session requires. And snacking is my favourite thing ever.
There was also a recipe for Katie's famous green soup, which contains turkey sausages and a whole lot of green vegetables. I intend to make that this week, so I will have a recipe post for that up in the near future.
Now, onto the food goodies:
I ate the whole bag after I opened the box up. They lasted long enough for me to take a picture of the bag. Seriously, these are amazing. For anyone who loves the crunch of potato chips, but hate their greasy, heavy feeling, these are the answer.
I have only tried this once to go along with sausages, but it is delicious. Katie wrote that she likes to use this to bake/roast with chicken and I think it's a great idea. There is a little bit of heat to it, but still the tangy flavour of mustard. And, bonus, it's pretty good for you.
These teas are so good. They taste so fresh and are so flavourful. The bag the tea bags are packed in doubles as the end of the string on the tea bag, and when you pour water into a mug, the bag weighs down the string so it doesn't fall into the water. My mind was blown by this, just saying. Clearly, I'm five years old.
First of all, whoever thought of roasting chickpeas as a snack is brilliant, and these are delicious. Warning, these are spicy, but the lime and chili flavours mix so well together. Also, The Good Bean makes these products on completely nut free equipment, so this is definitely a product worth checking out.
My sister scooped this one up, so I am not sure how it tastes. But she seemed pretty pleased with it so I'm going to take that as a you should give these a try.
I think this is a great idea. Just add this mix into the amount of avocados listed on the back and you have guacamole. It is so simple and is really flavourful for a packaged mix,
And finally, homemade apple chips, or apple gummies as Katie calls them. These are a great healthy snack. They definitely helped me get through a long day of work. That is the great thing about healthy snacks, they really give you a lot of energy without the awful crash after something sugary or caffeinated, and they taste so good.
Thank you so much Katie for being an awesome first Foodie Pen Pal, I'm so grateful for all the effort you put into finding things I am able to eat!
I sent my food pen pal package over to Kaley, a fitness lover and peanut butter junkie, whose blog is so much fun, I really enjoy reading it and I loved 'meeting' her; it's so fun to connect with other people who share the same excitement for food and a healthy lifestyle.
Want to get involved? Here's a detailed explanation of the program from the Lean Green Bean blog:
-On the 5th of the 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 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.