April Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

Happy Monday. A few quick announcements before we get started! If you didn’t read The Bean over the weekend, you missed out on a couple of AWESOME posts, so I thought i’d just take a second to point them out to you.

1. I’m hosting a giveaway for a $50 giftcard to Earth Fare- The Healthy Supermarket. If you’re lucky enough to have one in your area, you should definitely enter! CLICK HERE!

2. My hubby built me pretty much the best thing ever this weekend. It’s a stand that fits around my treadmill so that I can use my laptop while I’m walking. It’s seriously amazing. Definitely check it out…and then build one for yourself! Bonus- all the wood and paint we used was from leftover projects that have been done previously around the house so it’s totally green! CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT IT!


Ok, moving on…Can you believe it’s already time for another Foodie Penpals reveal day?

The Lean Green Bean
Time flies! This month I lucked out with another great penpal. Ashley from Freckles & Spice hooked me up with an awesome package. I love Ashley and am so excited that I actually get to meet her this weekend at Blend!!!
Let’s take a look at what she sent me:
  • Freeze-dried mango, which I’d never tried before. Definitely making some tropical granola bars with that!
  • Some locally made cookies. I always say I don’t like coconut but I must be coming around slightly because I don’t mind coconut milk in my curry and I actually liked these cookies. I’m trying to save them so I’ve just been having a nibble here and there. They’re like fun little shortbread cookies, except better!
  • Homemade Coffee Cashew Cookie Bars! She posted the recipe on her blog (click here to see it!) and she kindly left the coconut out of mine. I was surprised how much I liked the coffee flavor in these. A delicious little treat!
  • Roasted chickpeas and fava beans– another homemade treat! i LOVE roasted chickpeas and had no idea you could even roast fava beans. Very cool!
  • Red lentils– my favorite kind! How did she know?
  • Brown Basmati rice– we go through this stuff so fast in my house!
  • Indian spices– she knows we love Indian food and it was sweet that she sent us stuff to make our own at home- which we do about once a week :)
Thank you so much Ash!!!!
And now, in case you’re new and wondering what Foodie Penpals is all about:

Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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.

– Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at rocksalt@thisisrocksalt.com to get involved!

If you live in Asia or Australia and want to get involved, email me and I’ll see if we get enough interest.

To participate, just click here and fill out the participation form. It must be completed by May 4th to participate this month. If you don’t get a confirmation from me within 48 hours, send me an email!

On another note, today you can find me guest posting for my girl Meg over at A Dash of Meg while she’s on an amazing vacation. I made some Pseudo Sushi so go check it out if you have a minute! (CLICK HERE!)

Here’s a sneak peek:


Also be sure to check out some of the other amazing goodies that were sent by clicking on some of the other reveal day posts that are linked up below.


About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Katie@nutrition in a peanut shell says:

    Woah, what a delicious and tropical box you got! Looks awesome
    Katie@nutrition in a peanut shell recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  2. i am officially really jealous of your laptop stand. that is so awesome!
    Rachael recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pals

  3. Awesome goodies! I can’t wait to see your granola bars with the freeze dried mangos. That sounds incredible. I also go through brown rice so quickly too so I buy the huge bags at Costco. And those cookie bars look amazing!
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Strawberry Honey Oatmeal Bars and April Foodie Penpals

  4. Ridiculously jealous of your treadmill setup! It makes life so much easier I bet.

  5. Looks like some awesome goodies! I loved mine too :)
    Thanks for hosting. Can’t wait to participate again I’m June (taking may off)
    Sensual appeal recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pals Reveal

  6. I LOVE that freeze-dried mango! I have a package in my pantry right now. At first it tasted chalky to me…and then I just kept reaching into the bag for more…
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Operation: Foodie Pen Pals

  7. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah this always makes me wish I were a foodie.
    Miz recently posted..Five reasons I still love me some Dr. Oz.

  8. Woo hoo — you got a great haul too this month! Thanks again for hosting this….it’s obviously become a huge job to put together but I for one love it :) Happy Monday Lindsay!
    Andrea @ Vegvacious recently posted..Foodie Penpals – April Reveal

  9. Freeze dried mango?? YUM!

  10. The treadmill gadget is INCREDIBLE!! I have a stationary bike and I’ve said for years I need something to let me do computer stuff while riding! I love it!!
    Fran@ Broken Cookies Don’t Count recently posted..Z is for Zombie

  11. First of all, I LOVE the treadmill table! Can your hubby build one for me, too? Haha. Also, I’m SO glad I became a Foodie Penpal in April–my package was AWESOME and I had so much fun creating the one I sent!
    Carley recently posted..My First Foodie Penpals Package!

  12. Thanks for this amazing opportunity!!! I had so much fun! Come stop by and sweet what amazing treats I received!!
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pals

  13. That mango is my favorite snack from TJ’s!
    Maureen recently posted..April Foodie Penpals

  14. Yum! As usual.

    That grocery store looks awesome! Too bad there isn’t one near me.

    I’m still totally coveting your laptop stand. The treadmill too. I was thinking about you yesterday when I was sitting on my butt and studying. I must come up with a new plan.
    Carrie@FamilyFitnessFood.com recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – Reveal Day

  15. You got some great stuff :) I participated for the first ever this month and loved it :) That stand your hubby made for you is genius btw.
    Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf recently posted..First Ever Foodie Penpals

  16. i always check out those mangoes at trader joe’s and then resist – let me know what you think of them – maybe i’ll actually KEEP them in my cart next time! :)
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..april foodie penpals

  17. The roasted chickpeas look really great! I tried some for the first time yesterday at CT Veg Fest and fell in love. I bet homemade they are even better.
    Caitlin recently posted..Taste of Wethersfield

  18. Those roasted chickpeas sound soooo good! I love Foodie Penpals. :)

    See you on FRIDAY!!!! :)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Nature Box Giveaway + Foodie Penpals

  19. Glad you liked it! I knew the coconut flavor wasn’t very detectable in those cookies – just present to provide some good fat! And I love them so much I just had to send them. The couple that makes them are the greatist too.
    Ashley @ Freckles & Spice recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  20. I just found your site through another blog. I just wanted to let you know that I have subscribed to your feed and can’t wait to see what your next post will be.
    CJ at Food Stories recently posted..Raisin Walnut Bran Muffins – National Raisin Day

  21. Hi! I just learned about your swap and this is an awesome idea! I’m a new blog follower and on FB, twitter, and pinterest!
    Darby Hawley recently posted..My Style Monday (take 2)

  22. I love indian food too. Looks like you got a great package!
    Lauren @ Girls Gone Food recently posted..April Foodie PenPal

  23. Emily Woodhouse says:

    Surfing while jogging! That’s quiet unique I think. You’re so lucky to have such an creative hubby. I’ll urge it to my hubby too. Thanks for providing the procedure. Really loved that 😀
    Emily Woodhouse recently posted..How to Get Fast Cash Now

  24. Great goodies! I love the combo of snacks and stuff you can use to make a meal.
    Thanks again (and again) for organizing foodie penpals. :)
    Kimberly recently posted..Garden Update and a Blogging Award

  25. I love your blog!! I also just found your site through another blog that I follow. I just subscribed to your site and hope I can participate in your next “I am a Foodie PenPal” site
    Big Hug.

  26. that pseudo sushi looks amazing! cheers to another great foodie penpals month. :)
    lindsAy recently posted..april foodie penpals and april wraps.

  27. that treadmill set up picture is going straight to my hubbs inbox!:)
    thanks for the wonderful program lindsay! have a great week!.
    I am having an auction fundraiser on my blog. do drop by to check it out if you have a minute!
    Richa@HobbyandMore recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!

  28. So excited to join this fun next month!
    Alysia @ Slim Sanity recently posted..plank a day

  29. this was so fun lindz! thank you for hosting. and I love how you called this “the bean.” LOL, love it! my daily bean reading.
    lindsay recently posted..30 is the magic Number

  30. That walking laptop stand is awesome – I wish we had room for something like that. I can’t believe how many extra steps you’re getting in while getting laptop stuff done at the same time. Multi-tasking queen!
    Heather @ Better With Veggies recently posted..April Foodie Penpals Reveal!

  31. wow the foodie pen pals have gotten huge, thats awesome! The pacakges always look amazing!
    Lindsay @ Fuel My Family recently posted..A Normal Weekend, Finally!

  32. ooof I need to get my foodie pen pals post up!!! my half has thrown my entire blogging off this week. eeep
    Charlotte recently posted..The Day I Became a Half Marathoner

  33. Wow! Am jealous of your laptop stand – but I’d have to buy a tread mill to get one of those & there’s no way I’m doing that! Am loving how many people are getting involved with Foodie Penpals. Brilliant!
    Helen at Casa Costello recently posted..Foodie Penpals April Edition

  34. Just wanted to say “Thanks” for putting together such a fun little program! This was my first month and really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to see who I get next month!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted..April Foodie Penpals Reveal

  35. Thanks Lindsay!!! This is a great program!!!!
    Toni Church recently posted..April Foodie Penpals Reveal with a Special Guest Post from my Penpal Katie

  36. I got those same dried mangos in my box :)

    For some reason your blog is cutting off every 5th submission – I don’t know if anyone else is having this problem, but I know my link isn’t visible. It looks like the middle section has been shrunk down from how it normally is(??). Is there any way to fix this?
    Leila @ Spinach and Skittles recently posted..April Foodie Pen Pals

  37. I can’t wait for next month! And your treadmill stand is great!! You can stay productive and keep moving at the same time!!
    Sloane @ My Life in Florida recently posted..Moving up!

  38. Karen at Healthy Nurse Karen says:

    Love the treadmill stand! So cool
    Karen at Healthy Nurse Karen recently posted..Foodie Penpals – April Reveal

  39. Thank you so much for organizing such a fun program. I know it was definitely one of the highlights of my month :)

    Oh & the treadmill laptop stand? Genius!
    Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife recently posted..Foodie Penpals – April 2012

  40. Coconut is definitely an acquired taste. Both my cousin and I talked about this the other day and remembered how much we used to hate it. Now we love it!
    Julie recently posted..Ready for May

  41. Thanks so much for this great group and all the hard work you do. I had a great time and am so happy to meet fellow foodies.

  42. Not only am I completely jealous of the desk — but you got stuff from Kalustyan’s!!! It took every ounce of willpower I had not to raid that store when I was down in NYC this weekend. Lucky duck :)
    Lena @ Lena On The Beach recently posted..April Foodie Penpals

  43. Happy belated Birthday Lindsay! I love your blog! I love that your husband built that incredible laptop stand for you. What a great idea! Thank you for hosting the Foodie Penpal exchange. This was my first month participating so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was thrilled at how easy and how fun it is. I will be back again very soon! Thanks again :) xo
    Maria recently posted..April Foodie Penpals


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