Foodie PenPals: April

April showers bring… Foodie PenPals!  Today is reveal day: I get to share with you what my foodie penpal sent me and you get to find out what I sent my foodie penpal.  Contain your excitement, please! ;)

The Lean Green Bean

Click on the button above to get involved.  And you really should.  It’s so fun and so easy.  Seriously.  Have I sold you yet?  If not yet, check out what my foodie penpal sent me and what I sent mine and maybe you’ll be convinced.   This month Darlynn at Little Blog Dress sent me my package.  Her goodies were dead on with foods and drinks I love.  Like tea.

When I took the glass teapot out I kept saying, “Cool!  Cool!  This is so cool!”  Jonny confirmed what a dork I am.  I don’t even care though because I was SO stoked to get this teapot.  I do love drinking tea, but can’t commit to buying a teapot that you can use loose tea leaves in.  So this is absolutely perfect!  And Darlynn sent me a few samples of loose tea to try.  Perfecto!  Check out my other goods:

More tea love with the tea honey!  Some mango flavored coconut water which I’m super excited about.  Coconut water is great for replenishing electrolytes after a tough workout (and it helps with curing hangovers, too!).  The scone mix looks very simple which I’m obviously a huge fan of.  All you have to do is add water.  I may and try to add some flavored NuNatural goodness.  And that purple thing?  A homemade drink sleeve!  Darlynn said it was so I didn’t have to use those ugly brown ones most places hand out.  How stylish of me!  Hehe.  Thank you so much for my goodies!

Now onto what I sent my foodie penpal.  I got to create a package for Olivia, a reader.  Olivia was kind enough to write a guest post for me!  Here it is:

Some people may say that I am “obsessed” with food, but I prefer to say that I just really, really love it. I am an avid health/fitness blog reader so when I happened across The Lean Green Bean, I was very excited to say the least. This was my first time being a part of Foodie Pen Pals so I didn’t really know what to expect. What I did know was that I checked my mail everyday religiously because just the thought of being sent yummy food from someone who knows good food made me happy and anxious. The day I received my package I could hardly wait to open it up and see what goodies were inside. Here is what Linz sent me.

I do eat a gluten-free diet because of allergies, but Linz still was able to send me some awesome stuff. Starting from the left:

Unsweetened Shredded Coconut = delicious. I love to put this on top of my oatmeal in the morning and sprinkle some into my fruit smoothies. I’m thinking about roasting some in the oven to add some flavor to it.

TJ’s Wasabi Roasted Seaweed Snacks – I love seaweed and I love spicy things. I like to tear them up and sprinkle them on top of salads. The more ingredients in a salad the better (or at least I think so!!)

TJ’s Salsa Verde- Since I live in Charlottesville, VA we do not have a Trader Joes in town and the closest one is over an hour away in Richmond…it’s almost like Linz knew to get me TJ things :) Even though I worked at Trader Joe’s for 4 years I never had tried the Salsa Verde. I dipped it in some chips, but I can see this being really good in Mexican dishes.

Zico Coconut Water- I am obsessed with anything coconut and Zico is my favorite coconut water brand that is not fresh from the coconut. I think it tastes the closest to the real deal. I enjoyed drinking this yesterday after a long night out on the town! Note: the bottle is actually empty in this picture…I couldn’t wait! (Great for after workouts, too.)

TJ’s Dark Chocolate Bar Caramel With Black Sea Salt- SO unbelievably good. Caution: Before opening, make sure people are there to share with, otherwise you may eat the entire thing.

Honey Sticks­- I can’t wait to put these in iced tea and use as syrup on pancakes. The strawberry sounds especially yummy.

Walnut & Date Kind Bar- I have tried many KIND bars, but never this flavor. I actually thought I didn’t like walnuts, but after this bar I have been converted. So.good.

Ginger Chews- I can’t really explain these candies except they have a lot going on. I brought some with me to my 3.5 hr long Spanish class. They were great to snack on/ distract me.

TJ’s Boysenberry Fruit Bar- This boysenberry flavor sounds really good and I am looking forward to having it with a lunch this week.

All of the food I received will be gone in the very near future and I am so glad that I am now a part of Foodie Pen Pals!

Thanks, Olivia, for that great post!  Now it’s YOUR turn!  If you want to sign up for next month’s foodie penpals, be sure to e-mail Lindsay by May 4th.  She will send out the matches with all the details and your package will be on it’s way before you know it.  Click here for more details on this fun exchange.

Out of the above packages, what would you like to try?  If you do participate in foodie penpals, what was your favorite goodie?

33 thoughts on “Foodie PenPals: April

  1. You got an awesome package! That tea pot is so cute. I’ve always wanted one like that too. :)

    And I love the package you sent out to your penpal! I would have been stoked to receive that!

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