March Foodie Penpals Reveal

Hi Friends!

Can you believe it’s the end of March already? This week we’re trading Fitness Friday for our monthly reveal for Foodie Penpals!!

The Lean Green Bean

This month, I received my box from Halley @ Blunder Construction! Halley is one of my favorite blends. Her blog is amazing and hilarious, especially when she writes about her cat, the escape artist. I knew she’d hook me up with a good box!

Let’s take a look at what she sent!

Ok, first of all…wrapped in tissue paper?! She puts my boxes to shame. They’re not nearly this pretty!

That couscous is my all-time fav! How did she know?! I found it on clearance one time and now i’m hooked! I’ve never tried that PB but i’ve yet to make a PB I don’t like :) And as for steel cut oats, never had those…but lucky for me, literally the day after my box showed up, Janeetha posted Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats! Perfection!


See those peanut butter crackers? The girl is allergic to them but still sent them to be because she knew I would love them! And I do! Taste just like the pb sandwich girl scout cookies! The coffee candy is pretty cool. It REALLY tastes like coffe so if you like coffee, you’ll love these little gems. The coffee taste is a little strong for me by itself. But I’m thinking if I smashed them up and used them as a topping on some bars, with some toffee, it would be phenomenal! As for the seaweed snacks…I’m saving those for a day when I’m feeling my bravest :)

HUGE thanks to Halley for an amazing Foodie Penpals box! It was the highlight of my week for sure!


And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-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. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

If you’re interested in participating for April, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. You will also find contact information on that page for the UK branch of Foodie Penpals if you’re a blogger across the pond!

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

**Sidenote: My birthday is April 15th so whoever gets me this month better send me a kick-ass package 😉 KIDDING!!!!!!!!

Did you participate in Foodie Penpals this month? Link up below and be sure to hop around and check out some of the amazing goodies other people got!


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. it looks like you got a lot of great stuff! here’s what i got from my foodie penpal:

    can’t wait for april! it’s my birthday month too! hurray!
    lindsAy recently posted..march foodie penpals.

  2. Once again, thank you for being our LOVELY host for FPP! You are amazing! Glad you got such awesome goodies {not shocked because I love Halley too}!
    Maureen recently posted..March Foodie Penpals

  3. Great foodie penpals this month, as always. Thanks for coordinating all this Lindsay. You rock! :)
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious recently posted..Cast Iron Skillet Deep Dish Sausage Pizza and March Foodie Penpals

  4. Awesome package!!! Thanks for hosting this monthly shindig my friend. I love giving and receiving and I’ll be having a look at everyone else’s goods this weekend!
    Andrea @ Vegvacious recently posted..Super Awesome Snackage: Foodie Penpal Reveal

  5. This is so awesome!!! I am definitely signing up!!!
    Toni Church recently posted..Just another Friday………

  6. How fun!!! I will definitely consider doing this….I love getting things in the mail! I want to know where she got that small little packet of Knees Bees. I’ve never seen those before.
    Enjoy your weekend! GO BUCKS!
    Gina (The Candid RD) recently posted..Chia, Goji, Oat and Nut Butter Chewy Granola Bars (Gluten Free)

  7. That pb is amazing!! And I think I’m gonna have to get my hands on those pb crackers…they look awesome :)
    Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health recently posted..Fitness Loves of the Week #9

  8. that’s awesome how much FPP has grown!! it is seriously such a fun program!! thanks, girl!! :)
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted..Foodie PenPals: March

  9. Looks fabulous! I love decorated boxes. Those peanut butter cream cookies look amazing. YUM!
    Andrea recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals March

  10. Bees Knees and the chili pepper spiced PB and Co. are the only ones I’ve never tried…but considering how delicious the others are, I’m sure I’d like them too. :)

    Um…can I be your Pen Pal AGAIN?!
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Pen Pal Pot o’ Gold

  11. sea snacks are super tasty! don’t save them for when you need to be presentable because they’re super messy and don’t save them for when you’re really hungry because they’re not that filling. but they are a tasty little snack!
    sarah @ sarah learns recently posted..foodie penpals, march edition

  12. I got the tea candy version of your coffee candy. Amazingly it tastes just like iced tea.

    Indeed you got a wonderful package, and thank you (as always) for getting this together for so many of us :)
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family recently posted..My March Foodie PenPal

  13. You got a great package! My penpal did an awesome job of packing the box too and put my plastic baggies that I shoved in between items for my penpal to shame! You can do overnight steel cut oats too if you’re into overnight oats. They’re chewy and fun :) Thanks for putting this together Lindsay!
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen recently posted..Foodie penpals & sea salt chocolate stuffed strawberries

  14. I had such a fun time participating, Lindsay!! Will DEF. do it again!!
    Lindsay @ Lindsay’s List recently mail + treats = foodie penpals

  15. Oh yum – can’t wait to see what you do with that couscous. I’ve never cooked the large pearled variety.
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..What’s Your Proof? Plus Fitness Things

  16. Your box looks awesome. I love Foodie Pen Pals and thank you a zillion times over for hosting and organizing. Gotta go blog hop for some ideas for next month! recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  17. Love it! Your box of goodies looks delicious as does many of the other boxes that have been posted so far! Thanks so much for putting this together – you rock!
    Ashley F. recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals: March

  18. Awesome loot! I’d LOVE to try those seaweed snacks. Let me know what you think of ’em. <3 Thanks so much for hosting this and just being all-around awesome!
    Heather @ For the Love of Kale recently posted..Vlog #13 – Five Foodie Favorites

  19. thank you so much for hosting this, I had alot of fun putting together my package and eating the goodies in mine!

    I’ve been meaning to try that PB, cant wait to hear what you think :)
    Theresa recently posted..Foodie Penpals Reveal!

  20. GREAT job setting this up this month as usual, girl! I had Halley as my pen pal (I sent her stuff) last month, too funny. That PB is fab, you’re gonna LOVE it! Those PB cookies look good too.
    Caitlin recently posted..Sweat and Food

  21. It’s just as exciting posting about it as it is to receive the package!!!
    char eats GREENS recently very first foodie penpals

  22. sea tangle snacks. now that sounds really interesting!
    Charlotte recently posted..IM IN LOVE WITH MY FOODIE PEN PAL (March Edition)

  23. Looking through these I cannot believe how much the penal thing has grown! You’re awesome. :)
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Foodie Penpals + I’m a Joiner

  24. Hey~ How much FUN is this!!!! My post will be up at 11:11 today @
    so glad to see all your blogs!!!!
    Tamara recently posted..Stress Part 1

  25. I love that foodie penpals kind of forces you to think outside of your food comfort zones!! I love it!! Those cookies sound perfect :)
    Nikki recently posted..Foodie Penpals

  26. What a yummy looking package! I particularly LOVE Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter. Their cinnamon raisin swirl is out of control!

    I’m super psyched to participate in my first Foodie Penpal next month!! :)
    Maria @ Pappa Don’t Preach recently posted..HI-atus and a Re-Introduction

  27. Thanks so much for putting this together girl, I always have SO much fun with it!! :)

  28. Um I’ll be coming over soon to help you eat everything but the coffee candy (allergic) and seaweed (um no.)

    Awesome package!
    Laura recently posted..foodie pen pals: March

  29. I just signed up for next month! This seems like a ton of fun; I can’t wait to participate!
    Tabitha recently posted..It is ok Friday…

  30. I have an April birthday too! April 6th! Looks like someone is going to have to one up the tissue paper:) Yummy eats this time around!
    Talia @ Bite Size Wellness recently posted..Foodie Pen Pal: March Breakfast Box

  31. Wooooooo what a great parcel you got! Well deserved too, you put in so much work and effort, not least helping me out this month. Love the look of the sea tangle snacks, can’t wait to hear what they’re like :)
    Carol Anne @ Rock Salt recently posted..Foodie Penpals March 2012 – the First UK Swap!

  32. wow you’ve been getting a really good turnout of participants! I wish I could but we are nut free in my house (cant even do processed in a factory with tree nuts) so I feel like it would be too difficult as bloggers sure do love their nut butters :)
    Lindsay @ Fuel My Family recently posted..Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins Recipe

  33. I love those steel cut oats! I need to join this fun-ness:)
    Paige @ Running Around Normal recently posted..Kitchen Homeostasis

  34. Just signed up!! I am really excited to do this!
    Krysty recently posted..Nike Women’s Marathon 2012

  35. I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award =)!
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  36. Love all the goodies!
    Matt @ The Athlete’s Plate recently posted..It’s All Greek To Me

  37. New Treats & New Friends! I’m a no longer a Foodie Penpal Virgin! Thanks for this opportunity, Linds!
    Eating as a Path to Yoga recently posted..March Foodie Penpals

  38. Ashley @ Cooper's Cravings says:

    Love love love being a Foodie Penpal! Thanks Lindsay! Super excited for April :)
    Ashley @ Cooper’s Cravings recently posted..Whoop Whoop…It’s the 30th!

  39. How did I miss this before? Signing UP!

  40. Oooh :) cookies that are almost like the PB sandwich Girl Scout cookies but not loaded with crap ingredients..?!?! YUM!
    Abby @ Abz ‘n’ Oats recently posted..friday facts

  41. Lindsay…You sure got some great stuff in your package! I am with you….I’ve never met a peanut butter I didn’t love! This is such a fun and wonderful concept. I really enjoyed participating in my first Foodie Pen Pal! And I look forward to the months of fun to come. Thank you so much for all you do to make this happen! : )
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart recently posted..Foodie Pen Pals

  42. Just got your comment on my blog this morning. Sign me up for April. Thank you.

  43. I’ve had Halley before and I agree that she sends awesome packages!! I can’t believe you’ve never had Steel Cut Oats! You’ll love them :) And those pb cracker/cookies look awesome!
    Kristen recently posted..Mindful Tips and News from Around the Web…and Saying Goodbye

  44. I featured a penpal on my blog since she don’t have a blog!
    Jenny recently posted..Guest Foodie Pen Pal post!


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