April's Foodie Pen Pal
I’ve been a little MIA lately. No race reports, no updates on training (am I even training?) no lists of upcoming races, etc. I’ve just been focused on other areas of my life and this blog has been neglected because of it. I plan on eventually writing the missing race reports and getting them up here sometime soon. Don’t fret.
The reason for this post, however, is to talk about food swapping. No, seriously. My friend, Alyson, got a box full snacky-goodness a few months ago and sent out a similar box to someone else. She told me about the Foodie Pen Pal program orchestrated by Lindsey over at The Lean Green Bean. Then she let me try one of the oatmeal packets that she had gotten. It was amazing!! I wanted in!
I forgot to check it out online the next month, but when Alyson told me about the second box she got, I decided to go for it.
I received my package from Erika who has a blog about her daughter Arianna and their adventures!
Erika took to heart that I am trying to balance working out with healthier eating and fun snacks and included some fun things for me to try!
1.) Organic Sweet Moose Hot Chocolate mix. She said she uses it in her coffee and I definitely plan to try that one of these mornings that I just need a little bit extra to get me going
2.) Almond Crunch. I love almonds. I use them on my salads in place of croutons because sometimes I just need that little crunch! They are also great as a pre-workout snack!
3.) Bare-Fruit Mangoes. Usually I do not like dried fruit. But I decided to be open to trying something new, so I made myself open this before I opened anything else in the box. I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed them!
4. + 5.) Whole Berry Blast + Fruition Peach. I definitely use bars for pre work out snacks, or even sometimes for afterwards if I don’t have any other options for a refueling, but I was a little shocked at how high in calorie these bars were! I think I’ll save them for a longer race if I need some fuel. I can’t see myself scarfing down 400+ calories before a workout. It’s a little high for my liking. If I want 400 calories, I’d eat a bag of Doritos. I love Doritos. Ok, moving on.
6.) Chocolate Cashew Bar. I live chocolate. I love cashews. No problem right? Wrong. I’m scared of this one. It’s a raw organic live food bar. First, of all, what? And second, I’m envisioning my cashews walking around on the chocolate bar. Eventually I will try this bar for 2 reasons: I love chocolate. I love cashews. But I need to work up the nerve to test it out!
A big thanks to Erika for helping me step out of my comfort zone and try new foods that I wouldn’t otherwise!
I have already signed up for the Foodie Pen Pal project for May and I can’t wait to go shopping again for my new foodie pal!