February Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

Hi Friends!

It’s time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal day!!

The Lean Green Bean


This month I received my box from Sarah @ Picky Runner. Sarah and I have been interacting a bit on Twitter lately so I was super excited to hear she’d be sending me a box!

So what did she send me?!


A great box of goodies from Trader Joe’s and Fresh Market that included:

  • Peanut Butter Energy Chews
  • Veggie Crisps
  • Rosemary & Olive Oil Quinoa
  • Seaweed Snacks
  • Freeze Dried Blueberries
  • Dark Chocolate Covered Powerberries

How was everything?

  • The pb chews were delicious and made a great after-work snack.
  • I’ve had the veggie crisps before and they’re a fun way to change up my snack routine.
  • I’m saving the quinoa for a special occasion since it’s a little fancier than my usual plain quinoa.
  • The freeze dried blueberries are interesting! I’m putting some in my next batch of Frozen Yogurt Bites.
  • I just can’t get into the seaweed snacks. I keep trying…but I’m kinda creeped out :)

Hands down star of the box: The dark chocolate covered berries. They’re amazing in my daily trailmix snack!

Thanks so much Sarah for a great package!


Are you interested in joining us for Foodie Penpals next month? Here are some more details:

  • 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 Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE  to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE to signup.


Wanna see what other Foodie Penpals received this month? Check out the links below for other reveal day posts!


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. I’m glad you found some things you could eat! The seaweed snacks seemed kind of strange to me too but you never know! I’ve heard some people rave about them- I think I’d be a little unnerved too though :)
    Loveeee chocolate covered anything so I’m glad you liked them!
    Sarah @PickyRunner recently posted..reveal day

  2. The Powerberries….oh, Lindsay, you won’t be eating anything else for 3 days straight, trust me. They’re that good.
    Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well recently posted..WIAW Wednesday + A GREAT Point

  3. AWE it looks like such a good package. Those powerberries sound amazing…maybe I should tell her to send me some. 😉 I can’t wait to move back and be settled so I can get back into foodie pen pals. Always one of my favorite parts of the month!
    Hollie recently posted..Real Talk.

  4. Dark chocolate anything always wins my heart!
    Linz@ Itz Linz recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: February

  5. oh yes.
    Miz recently posted..4 tips for teaching little (& big) people body confidence.

  6. It looks like you got a really fun package! Do the seaweed snacks taste like kale? I love kale chips.
    Nicole @ Fruit ‘N’ Fitness recently posted..Foodie PenPals!

  7. If only the postal workers had any idea how many goodies they’re carrying. :) Looks like you got some great stuff!
    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers recently posted..Thursday Things

  8. Sounds like a yummy selection! Thanks again for all if your hard work in organizing this fun swap :)
    Emily recently posted..February Foodie Pen Pals

  9. I’ve heard GREAT things about those Powerberries. Next time I’m in the area, I’m picking some up!

    Hmm, not sure how I’d feel about seaweed either… then again, I do eat it on Sushi, so…maybe?
    Alex @ Alex Tries it Out recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals Reveal: February 2013

  10. Rebecca Kracht says:

    I just signed up and I couldn’t be more excited. It is such a cute idea! Kind of like year-round Secret Santa…but with FOOD.

    I do have a question, though. Do you sign up for each individual month that you can/want to participate, or is it an ongoing thing until you request to not be included?

  11. My foodie penpal rocked! Becca V sent delicious goodies and even sent a handmade gift for my Valentine birthday!

    I love this program. Thank you fellow Dietitian-In-Arms for doing this!
    Melissa Burton recently posted..Food Presents – Foodie Pen Pal Reveal +

  12. I’ve been wanting to do the foodie penpals. I might sign up to see how it goes. And, it looks like you got great food to eat. 😉
    Helen recently posted..Quinoa Hummus Cakes

  13. I just shared your Feb post above on my facebook so hoping you can get some new people. My first month participating will be March and I am soooo excited! Great idea!
    Darlene recently posted..Kids are worth it!


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