Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Foodie Pen Pal Reveal

3 miles - 1 mile intervals w/abs in between
Cross Fit workout - KILLER!
3x for time
1 clean + 3 front squats (65#)
40 yard sprint
10 thrusters (65#, 65#, 45#)
10 high knee jumps
30 dead lifts (75#)

Time: 13:42

5 miles - trail

In case you have been paying attention the last few days, yes I have been running more frequently, and yes that is due to me doing the Runner's World Running Streak!  I've never done a running streak before, but I'm excited to do it, I think it will be good for me mentally to push through it even when I don't want to.  


In case you missed it earlier this week, check out the first of many posts in my new CSCS Series featuring Winning Sports Nutrition!  


So I have decided that I need to stop doing the Foodie Pen Pal program, because it is making my year absolutely fly by!  I have been a part of the program since December and I feel like these past six months have just disappeared out from under me!   Well obviously I'm not serious about quitting the program, because I love it too much!  This month my package came from Danni over at Healthy Kitschy Vegan!

All the goods
Yes you see that correctly, she did put a book in my package...brilliant!  I love to read!  Unfortunately I have already read the first and second book in the series, but I love the book so I will probably read it again and if nothing else I can lend it to friends/family!   Seriously Danni I loved the book idea, even though it's not necessarily foodie :)

The rest of the stuff in the package I was really excited to see because it was all new to me!  I love trying new things good or bad.

Dagoba dark chocolate- This was extra dark chocolate and was actually kind of bitter.  I didn't like it plain, but it was good when I topped it off with some chocolate peanut butter (see below)!

Organic Hemp Protein Powder- I have always wanted to try hemp protein powder, so this was exciting to find in my package.  I wanted to try it with just water so I could get a feel for the true flavor so I mixed some with yuck!  Don't try that, it tastes like grass.  I think there was a reason they never suggested mixing with just water on the back of the package.  So I blended some fruit into my water-hemp mix to make a smoothie.  That helped make it a little more bearable, but I don't think I would purchase this product  from the store... is their a vanilla or chocolate flavor?  I'm still on the prowl for the perfect protein powder! 

Larabar-  Love, love, love Larabars ever since I tried my first one a few months ago from a pen pal!  The blueberry muffin flavor was delicious too!

I love all nut butters!  I haven't found one that I haven't liked yet!  I have yet to try the cashew butter, but I highly doubt it will disappoint!  Any suggestions what to eat it on, with or in?  

I think this might be what heaven feels like.  I'm typically not a huge peanut butter cookie fan, I prefer Plain Jane chocolate chip cookies, but these were awesome!  No joke, I promise I'm not just saying this because Danni will read this post...can I have the recipe?  By the way, I made a rookie mistake with these....since I'm so kind I took them to my sister's to share them and I accidentally left them there :(  Good thing I ate half of them before I took them over. 

I'm so happy I got my package and was able to snap some pictures of my goodies before my camera broke...that would've been tragic to not have pictures of my box!  Thank you so much Danni for all my great  goodies, I loved trying all new things!  Be sure to stop by Mariza's blog and check out what I sent her!

If you're interested in joining the Foodie Pen Pal Program here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
-On the 5th of the 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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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 can choose 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 Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK 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 in Europe, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!
If you have any questions or want more information about joining get in contact with Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean! If you're ready to sign up, click here to fill out a participation form!


  1. Hey! I'm glad you for the most part liked what I picked out! And I'm sorry I got you a book that you've already read! I just though it would be a fun idea ^^;

    And as far as the hemp protein powder goes, that brand does have a pretty awesome chocolate flavour that I get (they actually have vanilla and berry flavours as well, but I've never seen them in the stores...) but unfortunately there aren't individual packets of the chocolate :\ and I usually don't use a whole packet at a makes it much more eatable!

    And this is the recipe I used for the cookies (I'm glad you liked them, btw!) haha I didn't even use one of my own recipes...but this is one of my faves.

  2. No worries about the book, like I said I love the idea! Thanks for the recipe link, some of my favorites are from other people too!

  3. Since you are on blogspot how do you add the foodie pen pal button? I have been trying to add it is a gadget but it says it's an illegal url??

    1. I believe I just right clicked on the image from Lindsay's site and then pressed save image as and loaded it to my post. That's strange that happened to you, try that and see if it work if you haven't already tried.


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