Foodie pen pals package and my favourite (after-chocolate) core move

Today’s the ‘big reveal’ day for those of us participating in April’s ‘Foodie Pen Pals’ program. Don’t know about Foodie Pen Pals? Here’s the deal.

Once a month, blogger extraordinaire, Lindsay (The Lean Green Bean), collects the names and email addresses of foodie bloggers and blog readers who want to participate in a culinary exchange. Participants are matched up according to country of residence and asked to contact their pen pal to get information about dietary preferences, food allergies and lifestyle. Then, the shopping begins!

Packages are to be mailed by the 15th of the month and contain no more than $15 worth of treats. On the last day of the month, participants ‘reveal’ the contents of their Foodie Pen Pal package to the world! (No worries if you’re not a blogger, you just get to enjoy your treats!).

This is my second month participating and I have yet to be disappointed with the contents of my care package.

Clearly, Sarah (of The Laughing Medusa) did her research. (If you’ve spent any time on my blog, you’ll certainly know what my favourite treats are!).

She included a (large!) bar of organic dark chocolate flavoured with Earl Grey tea. The tastes and texture complemented each other perfectly! I had a hard time stopping at one square…so I didn’t. (You can blame Sarah for the exercise video below; after finishing the chocolate I felt compelled to do some core work as an antidote!).

Although I absolute adore nut butters, I’ve never come across either of the two flavours Sarah included; pecan and coconut. I love that they’re packaged as individual servings and can be thrown into my purse to use as apple toppers (or just squeezed out of the plastic tube, straight into my mouth). I need to find a place to buy these locally! Very yummy!

 The quinoa was served as an accompaniment to salmon and roast veggies. While I normally don’t buy pre-packaged food, I could easily make an exception for this brand! Sun-dried tomato and basil are two of my favourite flavours to add to rice and grains and this brand does it without being too salty for my tastes.

Thanks Sarah, for introducing me to some wonderful foodie finds! And after you’ve opened and eaten YOUR Foodie Pen Pal package, join me in a few sets of the waistline-whittling Russian Twist! (This was the video I had planned to make for last week’s Tuesday Trainer, before I got side-lined with the flu).

Interested in joining May’s Foodie Pen Pals? Instructions can be found here, in addition to links to the rest of this month’s ‘Reveal’ posts!

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  1. I wish I were more of a FOOOOODIE.
    but Im not 🙂
    so I live vicariously.
    Miz recently posted…Five reasons I still love me some Dr. Oz.My Profile

    • Well make sure you hop on over to Lindsay’s blog and see what everybody’s eating this month!

  2. I’ve seen those artisana butters floating around the blog world for a couple of years now and have yet to try them. A jar is so much $$$! had no idea they made squeeze packs. How cool that you get to try them! And that tea chocolate sounds so good.
    Caitlin recently posted…April Foodie Pen Pals!My Profile

    • I have to find somewhere nearby that sells them; no luck yet!
      And the chocolate? Turns out that the man who makes that very same chocolate was at my local farmer’s market yesterday! Sadly, he was out of the bars by the time I found him, but I did manage to snag a little cup of the Earl Grey tea pieces. So yummy!

  3. YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love those foods – I have to NOT join – just certain things can’t come in this house! 😉

    LOVE the video – you are so cute & SO glad you are better!
    Jody – Fit at 54 recently posted…Gratitude Monday & New ShoesMy Profile

    • Yeah, I decided to take this month off! The foodie treats are great, but I’m doing a no added sugar month (again!) to keep my abs tight and my mood even!
      I love Russian twists!

  4. I have never heard of coconut butter. Intriguing….

  5. oh that quinoa blend looks so fun!!! yummm
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