WIAW: Australian Edition

Hi Friends!

Well, today’s the big day. Remember this quote?

I start orientation for my Dietetic Internship today and let me tell you… to say i’m terrified is putting it mildly!!! I guess I’m dreaming big, eh?

Anyways, I’ll keep you guys posted on how it’s going but today I wanna share something super special with you.

It’s WIAW and as you may have guess by the title, I have some Australian eats to share with you.


Let me explain a little bit more about how this came about! As you may remember, I studied abroad in Australia for the first semester of my junior year of college. I lived in Perth, which is in Western Australia and I had an absolute blast. I made so many good friends while I was there, including lots of Americans from other colleges.

Several of them even came to my wedding a few years later.

I also made friends with a lot of Australians that were attending the university. One of the guys I made friends with was Dan.

Dan is on the right in this picture. The girl in the middle is Erica. She actually ended up marrying an Australian. She met him when he studied abroad in the US. They started dating and then she studied abroad 2 years later at his school in Australia, which just so happened to be when I was studying there so I was lucky enough to meet them both! Then ended up getting married and are now living in Australia. So cute, right?!

Anyways, a few months ago I got an email from a blog reader named Kam. She is just as sweet as can be and we’ve been emailing back and forth ever since. Well get this! She knows Dan! AND she read my blog before she discovered that we knew each other. AND she grew up in Columbus, Ohio…where I now live.

Is that crazy or what?!

Such a small world. She and Dan were actually training together to run a race when she first emailed me after the two of them worked out that Dan & I knew each other and that she read my blog.

Anyways, I’ve had a great time getting to know Kam via email and a couple weeks ago she told me she wanted to send me a box of Australian goodies in the mail. She told me I’d been a healthy living inspiration for her and that she wanted to share some of the healthy things Australia had to offer with me. I was so touched and definitely intrigued because lord knows I didn’t eat anything healthy while I was over there in college :)

I forgot about the box for while, until it showed up on my doorstep last Friday. You guys, I was BLOWN AWAY by this box. It was jam packed full of delicious goodies. Look!

And look at the sweet, sweet note she included. It almost made me cry. I have the BEST READERS EVER!!

Seriously? Does it get any sweeter?! I love her. Anyways, I wanted to show you guys all of the amazing things she sent me. She included little post-it note explanations for everything as well, which I loved!

So much good stuff! Let’s break it down:

1. Two chocolate bars made by a company that makes raw, organic chocolate bars AND cares about the environment!
2. A couple of protein balls for a post-workout treat.

3. Savory veggie chips that her and her boyfriend like better than regular potato chips
4. Chia seeds
5. Dark chocolate covered blueberries
6. A box of the healthy cereal she eats every morning because she knows I’m a cereal lover!

7. 100% True Fruit bars that she likes for a mid-morning snack when she wants something sweet!
8.  Tea to help unwind after a long day of work!
9. Australian mixed herbs for cooking!
10. Raw Food bars for snacking!
11. Macadamia nuts are Australian and she says this is award-winning muesli!
12. Locally made Hazelnut Cacao muesli made near her house!

Plus one other thing I kinda cut off in each picture since it was right in the middle- Some lotion made by an Aussie company that makes organic skin care products using native plants and flowers!!!

Is that awesome or what? I was so overwhelmed with gratitude when I opened the box and I’m so excited that I get to try all of these new products.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…blogging is an AMAZING way to connect with people and my readers are the BEST! I’m blown away by your support and encouragement every.single.day.

So thanks to all of you! And especially to Kam for this amazing package.

You tell me- do you have a favorite food from another country?
Did you study abroad in college?



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. Wow! What a cool gift. I would totally steal your muesli if I lived closer.

    I didn’t study abroad and it’s one of my biggest regrets. I’m lucky to have been able to traveled more post-college – it’s my favorite pastime!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted..Banana Creme Brownie Parfait + WIAW

  2. Wow, that is the sweetest thing EVER! It all looks soo good, I wouldn’t even know where to start. Can you let me know how you like the Be Natural Cereal. We have it here, and I’ve been eyeing it up everytime @ the grocery store. Just haven’t had the balls to buy it yet lol
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  3. That is quite the goodie bag!!! Good look with the internship!!!
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  4. That’s awesome. Great box of goodies. And I love the name of those bars, Bounce. Logo does it good. Looks like great memories in Perth.

    BTW, best to you on your Internship. but I have no doubt, you will do great.
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted..Fresh Tomato, Sausage & Parmesan Pasta Recipe and @MarasPasta Giveaway

  5. What a wonderful gift! But I’m not surprised… you’ve definitely inspired me to think beyond chicken and fish for healthy eating.

    Best of luck to you with the internship! You’ll be great. :-)

  6. What a small small world! I love stories like this.
    Emily @ Life on Food recently posted..Chicken Fajitas and WIAW


    and Im also really excited for you.
    Youre setting the world on fire, Sister.

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  8. yea!! best of luck! you’ve got a lot of love from your fellow blends and the land down under.
    lindsay recently posted..Marvelous Monday: Sabbatical Week

  9. How exciting!!! You’re going to love your internship. Sometimes I wish I could do mine all over again. What a fun time that was!
    Gina (The Candid RD) recently posted..Clean Eating’s Panko and Sage-Crusted Pork Cutlets

  10. Wow! What a small world and how cool is that story! Wishing you the best during your internship. You go rock it! I didn’t study abroad in college…I wish I had the opportunity to, but I didn’t feel it was the right time for me. One day I’ll travel out of this country and see the world…one day and that’s a promise!
    Katie @wishandwhimsy recently posted..WIAW | Summer Staples

  11. this is amazing and SO sweet!!!
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  12. I think you should come back down to Perth for a visit to get acquainted with healthy Australian food further. Oh, and to visit me! :0) I am pretty sure it goes against everything that you stand for, but I would love to have a peanut butter and nutella sandwich while you eat salad…just like the old days. You were always far more health conscious than I was.

    And yes, I indeed owe you an email…as always. :0) As I said yesterday, your blog is amazing. Over the years, you have inspired me to transition from easy and boxed foods to healthy, fresh foods. I am getting there…slowly.

    Good luck on your first day! You will do great!

  13. Good luck with the internship! I’m sure it will be an amazing experience and you will be totally awesome at it! Best of luck :)
    Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness recently posted..What I Ate Wednesday

  14. Good luck!!!

  15. How awesome! I love food from different places. So random how you both knew the same people! What was your favorite thing in the box so far?
    Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer recently posted..WIAW – #3

  16. That’s is really awesome. It always blows me away when people reach out and to hear that you’ve inspired someone. PS I love Australia and good luck today!
    Christine @ Love, Life, Surf recently posted..Fear of the Ocean

  17. Have fun at your orientation today! That’s so great! Congrats :)
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  18. How sweet to send you all the stuff!! Looks REALLY good! :)
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  19. ALL of that food looks delicious!! How sweet of her to send all of that!
    Danica @ It’s Progression recently posted..WIAW #33: the grill

  20. awww that is so cool and so sweet! a friend of mine when to live in New Zealand for a year and I know the people there changed her life
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  21. I studied abroad in Spain while I was in college (Salamanca, to be exact), and I’m in love with any and all Spanish foods. My boyfriend and I literally have to add tapas to our dine-out list at least every two months or I start to go into withdrawal. I love paella, tortilla de patata, chorizo…it all reminds me of that fantastic semester. :)
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  22. Loved this! Thats so awesome that you’ve been to Australia. You got some awesome looking goodies from Kam! :)

    Dont stress, you’ll do great in the internship! :)
    Shannon (Healthiful Balance) recently posted..Nim’s Fruit Crisps Review

  23. Wait – no vegemite?! What kind of Australian care package is that! 😉

    Just kidding – it looks like a great box of goodies. What a sweet gesture!
    Heather @ Better With Veggies recently posted..A Typical Week of Summer Eats {WIAW}

  24. That is AMAZING! I love when blog readers surprise you like that. [Of course, me being the weirdo that I am, my surprises are things like 24 cans of impossible-to-find-in-Virginia sauerkraut. ;)]

    My favorite treat from a foreign land are Nak’d Bars. The British are lucky to have those.

    Also Coke Light. [Not gonna lie.]
    Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen recently posted..Melon-choly

  25. My roommate from college studied abroad in Australia one semester and brought back all sorts of great Australian goodies! So fun to try stuff from other countries!
    Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries recently posted..WIAW #46: Catch Up Day

  26. First – GOOD LUCK!!! You will kick ass! I know it’s scary but it’s also exhilarating. Harness it :-) Second – that is SO COOL about your friend and how you connected with someone else knowing the same person from your time in Australia. WHAT a small world! And WHAT an awesome bag of goodies!! That would totally make my day! Sort of like when you sent me my Love Grown winnings and added all sorts of extra goodies! You’re the best!
    jobo recently posted..Run-imations: run-mesia

  27. That’s so cool! It makes me want to try some treats from different countries.
    Erin @ erinberries recently posted..Paleo Chicken Marsala

  28. What an awesome foodie package–everything in it sounds delicious!

    I fell in love with a bunch of foods when I was in Romania. I’ve found American variations of some of the foods, but they just don’t compare! I didn’t study abroad in college, but my best friend did, so I lived vicariously through her :)
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  29. awww, this is so sweet! in college i studied abroad in cameroon (west africa) and lesotho (a little country inside of south africa). i’m still in touch with one of my host families via facebook… so fun! and randomly enough, right now my parents & sister are on vacation in australia. i am so jealous!!
    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef recently posted..Summery Squash and Chicken Lasagna

  30. What a great package! I never even considered studying abroad, but of course now I wish I had… I’d love to travel the world one day. Here’s hoping! :)
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  31. Girl, you’ve got this, are you kidding?? 😀 I’d hire you in a heartbeat!! You’ve got this in the bag, girl. <3
    Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run recently posted..The running lesson that changed my life. #findgreatness

  32. WOW SO AWESOME! Isn’t the health and wellness community completely FABULOUS!

    Good luck with the internship girlie! You will rock it for sure!
    Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) recently posted..#WIAW – Grilled Chicken Salad with Peanut Sauce

  33. thats a pretty sweet basket of goodies u got there.

    ive just found meals i love from other countries…like in thailand i ate mango and sticky rice alllllll the time..it is SOO good. so whenever i see it in a thai restaurant i have to order it. ive made it too-amazing!
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  34. Great post… now I feel left out that I don’t know Dan. Such is life.

    Favorite food from another country? Lemon Soda in Italy. And you cannot buy it or have it shipped here. That is what it is actually called. It says “Lemon Soda” right on the can. All over Italy, no where in the U.S.
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  35. I just recently started following your blog and love it. I am a RD myself and excited to watch you start this journey. Internship is scary mostly b/c you want to impress everyone and not make any “stupid” mistakes, but you can do this and don’t be afraid to ask questions, we want to help you achieve this dream! I finished a little over 3 years ago 2 months before giving birth to my first baby and passed the exam barely a week before giving birth. HA! Good luck you will do great!

  36. Wow, how awesome!!!

    I did a week in Paris over my spring break my junior year. Although it wasn’t a full semester, we still got credit for the class we participated in while we were there. It was awesome … we basically just got to do fun touristy things, while a tour guide spoke to us in French … and we got a grade for it!
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  37. Aww that’s so sweet of her! Not gonna lie, I’m SUPER jealous of your new chocolate bars :)
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  38. that box makes me melt! and those post-its. she rocks.

    how awesome that you got to study abroad in australia. i didn’t get to go during college, so now, i have the itch to travel as often as i can. EP visited new zealand when he graduated from college, and talks about it all the time. it sounds like it would be amazing to visit together.
    kristen @ verbs and vignettes recently posted..wiaw | beach day + new foods

  39. This is way too sweet. You are an amazing girl Lindsay!! The people you touch are so blessed by you! An email is coming your way this weekend! I miss you!!!!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..WIAW #12 Breakfast All Day

  40. Good luck with the first day of your internship! I’m so excited for you! 😀

    Also that package is so sweet – what an awesome haul of goodies. My favourite food from another country? Adora calcium disks from the US hehe. We can’t get them here in Canada so I always stock up when I’m in the States!
    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin recently posted..WIAW #50: Birthdays and burgers

  41. Oh, wow! This was a great read for me, because I studied abroad in Australia too! I was in Wollongong, which is about 1 hour south of Sydney. We never made it out to Perth while I was there because it was just so far, but I always heard good things. It’s too funny, while I was in Australia, my favorite cereal was Weetabix and my mom bought me a box the other night to enjoy and remind me of my Aussie days! So cute, so I know how much you appreciate this box of goodies!
    Julie O recently posted..Meatless Mondays…apologies to the meat-eating boyfriend.

  42. How sweet is that?? I don’t even know her and I love her.

    I also studied abroad in college, in Valencia, Spain, and now I’m totally getting nostalgic! I need to find someone from Spain to send me yummy Spanish goodies! (Hint hint, nudge nudge to any Spaniards out there! Ha.)
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  43. This is so awesome, Lindsay! What a great story and a great box of goodies!
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