January Foodie Penpals

Heyyyyyyyyy Friends!

It’s time for another Foodie Penpals reveal day!

And let me tell you, I got some GOOD stuff this month! I got my box from the lovely Sarah at Sarah Snacks. She’s totally adorable and one of my fav bloggers, not only because she’s also in school to become an RD but because she whips up delicious recipes and is fun to chat with on Twitter :)

Check out what she sent me:

Expertly packed so everything made it in one piece!

Look at all those goodies! And such a fun green basket…which is now conveniently holding the million supplies we need to take care of our wounded puppy! (Who, by the way, did not end up needing more stitches, but still has his paw wrapped and has successfully eaten his entire bandage twice more…sigh…good news is the paw does appear to be healing, slowly but surely)…ANYWAYS…

She sent me homemade treats, which I love! Banana chocolate chip and banana walnut muffins!

Local Texas pecans. A little back story…I complained on twitter a few months ago about how all the Christmas cookies i wanted to make used pecans but they were SO expensive here in Ohio. She told me they have pecan trees in Texas and she’d send me some when they were back in season. AND THEN SHE REMEMBERED! She’s the freakin’ best :)

Dark chocolate covered cherries, which are delicious to munch on and are also probably going to be very good in the cookies I put them in :)
Vegan queso (Fun Fact: She’s the second foodie penpal to send it to me. Foodies love the stuff!)
And that salsa. BEST.SALSA.EVER. The hubby and I devoured it in about 2 days. So good!!!

So like I said, I lucked out :)

In case you’re now super jealous and would like to join in the fun, here are a few details about 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.

**The BIG news this month is that we’re going to do a trial run in Canada.  I’m still not exactly sure how it will work with shipping costs and stuff since I’m not sure you guys up North have flat rate shipping boxes, but if you’re willing to give it a try for a month and provide me with some feedback, that would be awesome!

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!

Sound like fun? If you’re interested in participating for February, please send  an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so I can get you on the right list!

That’s all for today friends! Check out the link party below if you wanna see what some of the other foodie penpals got in their boxes!

Yesterday’s workout:

I didn’t sleep well the night before and literally had to drag myself off the  couch but it ended up being my best workout of the week. I hit the treadmill for some more intervals but decided I was going to jog during my recovery instead of walk.

Here’s what I did:

Pin It

So here’s the deal. This workout was a bit of trial and error. For the first mile, I ran the very first minute at 8.0 and decided it wasn’t fast enough so I bumped it up to 8.5. That mile too 8:12. For the next mile I did all 8.5/6.5 and it was 8:06 which I realize isn’t exactly an 8 min mile per the title but it’s pretty darn close! For mile 3, I was tired. So for the first 4 minutes I did 8.6/6.6. Then for the next 4 I did 8.6/4.5. Once I hit 8 minutes I was at 2.92 miles so I bumped it back up to 8.6 and finished mile 3 in 8:35. It was amazing!!! At first I felt bad that I had to walk for the second half of that last mile…but then I realized that all three of my miles were still faster than the fastest one I did on Saturday! Next time I’m going to try to do all of them at 8.6/6.6.


PS. Don’t forget to send me your questions for my Q&A post. Anything you wanna ask me :) Email, tweet or leave them in the comments!

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. This is too amazing! I must be a part of it! Emailing to participate! AWESOME goodie basket for under the price limit, too! how cute
    Charlotte recently posted..One Month of 2012 already done???! & SAY IT DO IT February!

  2. Banana chocolate chip muffins sounds awesome! That Texas salsa looks fantastic too. What a great box. This was my first time and it was total fun!
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted..What’s in Your Packed Lunch? [Giveaway]

  3. Not going to lie, since I live in Texas as well, I know about that salsa and it is addicting but there are a few others that are out of this world!! I wish my baked items looked that good when they travel, she must know some trade secret. 😉 Glad the furbaby is healing up.
    Brittnye recently posted..Dear Self….

  4. Yum! Although I must say….Clint’s is NOT the best salsa in Texas….

    [Of course, you and I differ on so many things, when I tell you I can’t stop craving Mrs. Renfro’s Smoky Chipotle Salsa you’ll probably never want to eat it. :)]
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Treats from Texas [January Foodie Pen Pal]

  5. This looks like so much fun! I have to try this :)
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes recently posted..What I’ve been UP to – WIAW

  6. Wow, that looks like some seriously awesome goodies :D. I want to try vegan queso! I’m not vegan, but hey, sometimes that stuff is super tasty!
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Funny Pinterest Pics

  7. It looks like you received a great foodie package this month, and it all looks awesome to me. Thanks again for hosting this!
    Matt @ FaveDiets recently posted..New Home for FaveDiets Blogging

  8. Glad you liked everything!! Even though there are a few people bashing the salsa it’s my absolute favorite!!!
    Sarah recently posted..Weekly Wrap-Up: 1/23-1/29

  9. Oh man, Sarah seriously makes the best muffins. They are divine. And her cookies are even better :)

    Anytime you need pecans, you let us know in Tejas and we’ll send some right up to you!
    Laura recently posted..foodie pen pals–January

  10. how fun that your goodies were packed in a basket this week too! :) i am liking that trend…

    and i’m glad tucker is healing up. i can’t believe he ate two bandages! although, jake eats everything and anything so i guess it’s not that surprising. dogs are weird…
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..a truly glorious box

  11. I am so loving going through everyone’s posts to see what people got. It is giving me plenty of inspiration for next months box…AND it is interesting to see certain foods re-appear (i.e. Justin’s nut butter) and salsa (which is super popular).
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family recently posted..January Foodie PenPal

  12. I love the new link round-up! So fun! And you got an awesome box of goodies this month, my friend! Homemade treats are the best!

  13. What a fun box! Love all the home-made and specially wrapped items. :)
    Andrea recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals – January!

  14. This was the first month participating in the foodie swap. It was soo much fun that I already signed up for the February one. Since I don’t have a blog, I wanted to give props to Laura M in California who gave me a box filled with things to make my own sushi along with some extras. :)

    Thanks Lindsay for coming up with this great swap idea. :)

  15. What a fun delivery! I love that you do this every month!
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet recently posted..Reese’s Pieces Cake Bars

  16. I’m so excited to be a part of your wonderful program this upcoming time. Your box was clearly shipped with love and care!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..Grocery Waster: Lengthen the Shelf Life of your Fare

  17. Oh boy, you got some great stuff! Homemade treats are always awesome!
    Maureen recently posted..January Foodie Penpals

  18. I’ve heard a little about this on twitter and various blogs, but this is the first post I’ve seen about it! How fun!! She was so thoughtful to send you those pecans, and can you send those dark chocolate cherries my way, please?? :)
    Krystle {Fierce|Fabulous|Fit} recently posted..Thirsty?? And SPA GIVEAWAY!!!

  19. I’ll have to join in on this at some point!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..Food On The Job

  20. What a way to start the new year! I’m so happy I finally emailed you in time — thank you again for starting this, I already can’t wait for February :)

  21. AWESOME package! I wish I could try one of those muffins. :) Can’t wait to join this month!

  22. Homemade goodies are always the best… as are TX pecans!
    Lindsay @ biking before bed recently posted..Fitness Week in Review: 1-30-2012

  23. posts like these make me wish I were a foodie OR a foodie blogger :)
    Miz recently posted..The MizFit workout skirts are here!

  24. What a success! I am so excited to be able to try it out in Canada…. :) Can’t wait!
    Allie @ Allie’s Changing Kitchen recently posted..Meatless Mondays: Fried Noodles (Vietnamese Meets Balinese)

  25. ahhh what a roaring success girly!!!!!! <3 If I were allowed to participate I promise I would! Being married to the military means paranoia runs deep with the hubs and I'm not allowed to foodie swap (believe me i'm pouting!) so so happy for your turnout! <3 love you!
    Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons recently posted..Sending a little [LOVE] to the troops!


  1. […] If you would like to participate in February check out the info below or click here: […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s actual post text did not contain your blog url (http://www.theleangreenbean.com/january-foodie-penpals) and so is spam.

  2. […] Foodie PenPal Posted by Christine McCarthy | January 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment I jumped on the Foodie Penpal […]

  3. […] how awesome Foodie PenPals is?  You should definitely get involved because, let’s be real, who doesn’t love […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP ( doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP ( and so is spam.

  4. […] – she makes it all look pretty easy and effortless. Lucky me, I got paired with Rachel for January’s Foodie Pen Pals. Here’s a quick look at the goodies she sent […]

  5. […] a fun monthly event put on by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean where you’re matched up with a food blogger (whom you contact), send out a package to, and […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP ( doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP ( and so is spam.

  6. […] can find all of the information at Lindsay’s post here. Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The comment’s server IP ( doesn’t match the comment’s URL host IP ( and so is spam.

  7. […] Skip to content Skip to content HomeAbout MeBlog RollFoodie PenpalsInspirationRecipesWorkouts ← January Foodie Penpals […]

  8. […] Forget: -There’s still a few more days to sign up for Foodie Penpals if you’re interested! -There’s still time to ask me questions for my Q&A post […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge

FitFluential Is Fitness Found The Lean Green Bean