This was my first month taking part in #FoodiePenPals, an awesome foodie care package started by Lindsay at the The Lean Green Bean. In a nutshell, #FoodiePenPals is an opt-in $15 a month foodie penpal box program. After filling out a simple form, Lindsay pairs you with a fellow food lover for a surprise care package. You can learn more and sign up for this super initiative here.
Actress, foodie and fellow fitness freak, SexyFlexi, was given my name in April. After a quick email exchange on tastes and aversions, the box of goodies above arrived. What FUN it was to receive. I found myself double checking the foyer for a package in excitement--it was a Christmas morning kind of feeling.
The box was spot on in terms of my approach to food. Healthy but fun snacks (i.e. REAL veggie chips, a small package of cookies for a treat, etc.), a jar of soup (my favorite meal!), and tea with honey sticks which I can't wait to bring to the office. The three best surprises were:
- An Avocado from SexyFlexi's local farmers market: I feel a little guilty purchasing vegetables that are not local to the North East. For this reason, I went a year without a banana, and think of avocado as a "special" treat. Is this a bit hardcore? Yes. Does this keep me motivated to mostly enjoy my local CSA farm share vegetables? You bet. Oh sweet avocado, I stare at you daily waiting for you to ripen. Major points for SexyFlexi for finding a way to send produce. I struggled with this when creating my own #foodiepenpals box.
- M&W Gourmet Lemon Honey Roasted Almonds: Oh. My. Lord... These nuts are insanely good. I MAY have had a handful in the middle of the night. I MIGHT have not told my husband about them so I could have them all to myself. I DID email my penpal in awe. The company calls these "healthy fruit loops", which sounds odd I know but is spot on. I will get my hands on more of these. I will.
- A handwritten recipe and dry powder ingredients for a vegan chocolate cake: How cute and creative is that? I'm making the cake as a surprise for my hubby the night before I go back to work after maternity leave.
Can't wait for next month, and to stay in touch with SexyFlexi!