July Foodie Penpals Reveal

Hi Friends!

A few housekeeping notes before we get to today’s post!

#1: I FINALLY updated my blogroll. It took forever because it was so overdue but I made good progress this weekend! If you’re looking for some new blogs to check out, CLICK HERE to see some of the blogs I read. And let me tell you, there are a lot! And I love them all :) Everything from food, to fitness, to life in general :)

#2: The Lean Green Bean is now accepting sponsors. If you’re looking to gain a little more exposure for your blog and want to have your blog button displayed on my sidebar, CLICK HERE for pricing and more info!


Time for today’s post. It’s time for another Foodie Penpals reveal day!

The Lean Green Bean


This month, I received my box from Megan at I Run 4 Wine! Best blog name ever, right??? Megan was super sweet, contacting me immediately and asking about my food likes and dislikes. She also told me she lives in Florida and has access to lots of cuban food, spices and coffee and asked if i’d be interested in that. I said coffee for sure, and mentioned that my hubby LOVES plantain chips :)

A couple weeks later, this beautiful box showed up on my doorstep:

I love tissue paper :)
Let’s see what was inside:

Those plantain chips were just for the hubby and let me tell you, they didn’t last more than 2 hours. INHALED! I was able to try a few and they were delish! Super thin, crunchy and a bit spicy.

She also sent me some of her favorite seasonings. The Greek seasoning is her favorite and I can’t wait to try it. She also sent butter chicken mix since she read my blog and saw we love Indian food. She explained the she knew we were vegetarians and that she uses this to make a vegetarian version that is delicious so I’m sure we’ll be trying that soon. She also sent some garlic-lime seasoning for grilling veggies and seafood! The salad dressing and skinny cow treats were bonus items!

I saved the two best items of the box for last. First, the coffee:

She told me that the coffee is milled in Tampa and that the streets always smell of coffee in the morning. YUMMMM!! Megan makes it in her expresso maker with hot milk. We made it like regular coffee, and it was AMAZING! Good stuff.

Even better than the coffee though?

These. were. AMAZING!!!!! They’re chocolate chip granola cookies and Megan sent them individually vacuum sealed. I enjoyed every single one. I’m SO glad she included the recipe for me :)

Thanks so much Megan for an amazing package!!!!


Now, don’t you wanna join in the fun?! Here are the Foodie Penpals 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 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.

If you’re interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th! You will receive a confirmation email from me within 24 hours if you sign up. IF YOU DON’T GET ONE, send me an email!


Check out the links below to see what other amazing goodies were sent this month!


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. That Cavender’s seasong is AMAZING on burgers before cooking! It gives it the best flavor.
    Katy @ Couch to 5Katy recently posted..July Foodie Penpals

  2. The coffee and cookies sound amazing!! What a great array of items!

  3. Great package! I bet that coffee is going to be so good and the cookie looks delish! 😉
    Vesna recently posted..It’s Reveal Day! Foodie Pen Pals – July!

  4. are those plantain chips i see?? yummm!! cavenders is the best too!
    amy@healthyhungryhappy.com recently posted..CrossFit While Pregnant

  5. There’s too much to comment on. In summary: I LOVE Megan’s blog name. I love plantain chips. and I want a cookie. 😉
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..The Mailman Makes Me Smile

  6. I would have been super excited to open up that package. Megan did a super good job. I am coveting most everything she sent you.
    Debra recently posted..FPP Time!

  7. lovelovelove this whole concept.
    wonderwonderwonder what id send someone :)
    Miz recently posted..My hips dont lie…

  8. This is such a fun program! Love being a part of this and what a wonderful way to get to know other food and fitness enthusiasts!
    Katie @wishandwhimsy recently posted..Foodie Penpal July Reveal & A {BIG} Favor

  9. dang it! i am signing up now. Wish i could get you so i could just send you more healthy bites. tee hee.
    lindsay recently posted..Asheville Smiles

  10. Yummy! Thanks so much for doing this! I can’t wait for next month.

  11. Melissa says:

    I don’t have a blog but my foodie pen pal was Kelli and her blog is http://www.fitapproach.com/old-sweat-pink-ambassadors/kelli-corfont/ she sent me a terrific package! It was filled with apples! Coconut water! Tea! Almonds! Snap peas! A granola bar! Peanut butter! And a nice card! I loved it!

  12. This is such a great idea!!! I think I might have to join in for August! Thank you for hosting such a fun way to connect!
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..Iced Oatmeal Raisin Cookie G Free “Z bars” Round two!!!

  13. Oh man your box looks awesome! So delicious.
    Alex @ therunwithin recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

  14. Thanks for setting this up, Linds! Blessings!

  15. Yummmmmm those cookies look immense!
    Carol Anne @ Rock Salt recently posted..Foodie Penpals July 2012

  16. Those cookies look amazing. I would eat them all within milaseconds! LOL
    HollieisFueledByLOLZ recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  17. Lindsay! I had such a wonderful time getting to know you better this month. I am super happy those cookies made it in one piece (you have no idea how I was stressing over those). I love being part of the Foodie Pen Pal family :)

    PS – thank you to all of the nice comments from all of the other readers :)
    Megan recently posted..July Foodie Pen Pal Revealed!

  18. What an awesome package!! Plantain chips?! Wouldn’t mind munching on those during stressful times 😉 Individually packaged cookies? How thoughtful of her! Can’t wait to see what recipes you come up using those seasonings!!
    Min recently posted..My First Foodie PenPal

  19. Those cookies DO look amazing and the spices sound yummy! This program is so amazing and I’m so glad I decided to join.
    Becki @Fight4Wellness recently posted..July Foodie Penpals Reveal Day!

  20. Thanks for including me on your blog roll!!!

    And I love seeing how much Foodie Penpals has grown – amazing job, L!! I need to jump back in soon. I definitely miss the whole experience!

  21. Your box looks great! I love seeing all the local stuff. I kinda want all this food so can you fix it so Megan has me next month?? 😉
    Joanna @ Midwestern Bite recently posted..July Foodie Pen Pals aka Chopped Challenge aka Big Balls

  22. I just signed up to be a foodie pen pal. I’m so excited!
    Alysha @Shesontherun recently posted..West Bend Home Canning Kit Giveaway Winner!

  23. Hey, this is so fun! How about extending to the rest of the world? It would be fun, like a cultural exchange? I live in Singapore. :)

  24. First month participating in this program. What a joy!
    Alejandra recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals/01

  25. My first ever blog, sorry if I’m doing it wrong.

  26. Coffee and cookies? Sounds like an awesome package!
    Vicky recently posted..Foodie Penpals Reveal Day – July

  27. My first month participating, so much fun. Wow lucky you with such a great box!
    cheapethniceatz recently posted..Foodie Penpals: a Snacking Good Time

  28. Those cookies look so yummy!!! This was my first month participating…I LOVED it!!! Thanks so much!!!
    Mindy @Road Runner Girl recently posted..July Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day!

  29. Your box looks awesome!!! Thanks again for creating this awesome program!!!
    Toni Church recently posted..August Ambitions and Goals

  30. Plantain chips ALWAYS make me smile. I ate a ridiculous amount of them on our honeymoon and they always take me back to that awesome week :)
    Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) recently posted..Throwing a Budget Friendly 1st Birthday Bash

  31. omg those cookies look AMAZING girl. Love getting baked goods in foodie pen pal packages!
    Caitlin recently posted..July Foodie Pen Pals, Flowers, and Vegan Cake

  32. I’m not gonna lie – that cookie looks crazy good to me right now! I haven’t tried that particular brand of plantain chips, but the Trader Joe’s ones are really yummy, although I’m the only one in my family who seems to love them. It’s confirmed: my family is nuts. Anyway, nice booty, haha! :)
    Rachel @ The Health Revival recently posted..Foodie Penpals: Reveal Day + Healthy Recipe!

  33. You left me off the blog love list! Must have skipped your mind :)
    I LOVE Foodie Pen Pal reveal day, but this month my box didn’t make it to me on time so I am excited to see what everyone else is eating and looking forward to mine. Such a good program Lindsay! Looks like you scored!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..5 Food Secrets from Olympic Athletes

  34. SO sad I didn’t participate this month. I’m doing August. :)
    Calee (@chimes) recently posted..Why I love the HLB Community [ and Lululemon ]

  35. What a great haul! I miss Foodie Pen Pals! I’m in the process of moving so I’m going to have to miss out on another month but I can’t wait to join back in on all the fun. :)
    Molly@HungryHungryRunner.com recently posted..A Little Heat

  36. I just found out about Foodie Penpals through Linday’s List.
    I wish I could join in, but I am in Australia.
    I blogged just recently about wanting to set up some kind of swap system with someone who has access to Trader Joe’s!

  37. I’d be a horrible pen pal in August since I’ll be in Europe on the mail date BUT I’m in for September! Can’t wait. xo
    Elle @ nutritionella recently posted..the wedding planning continues.

  38. Finally got my link up! Sorry I’m so late to the party today… getting ready to go on vacation and I’m behind in the rest of life.
    Awesome package- I love the green tissue paper and homemade goodies, yummm! Your new sponsor page is such a great idea, too. And wow, so many awesome blogs! And several new ones I need to check out. :)
    Laura recently posted..Foodie Penpal Reveal!

  39. Oh I spied those plantain chips right away! That’s my fav Greek spice too. And that coffee? Great box! Don’t know I can pass up another foodie pen pal month!

  40. Yay for Foodie Pen Pals. I missed it this month.

    Your goodies look ah-mazing as usual.

  41. Aww… I was so psyched to see my name on your blogroll – thank you, Lindsay!!!

    after a two month hiatus from Foodie Pen Pals I can’t wait to get back into it. Last month I was travelling, and this month I’m moving to a new apartment (and moving stinks!) I’ll surely be emailing you at the end of this month to get in for Sept!
    Diana @ VeggieNextDoor recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday: A Month of Meals


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  5. […] I truly enjoyed this box from my Foodie Pen Pal Amy! A special thanks to Lindsay for hosting this program every month! For a look at the other packages this month, check out this month’s link-up on Lindsay’s blog. […]

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