August 31, 2012

august two thousand and twelve foodie penpal reveal day

The Lean Green Bean
I LOVE Foodie Penpals. It feels like I get to celebrate Christmas every month. If you're interested in learning more about this exchange, please see below for details.

This month, fellow Canadian gal and blog reader, Chloé, sent me some delicious treats from a health food store in Sudbury that she visited for the very first time.  

I was so excited to try everything! (some of the items here are partially eaten because I picked up the package on the way to the movie theater, opened it, and snacked on a few things while "The Taste Tester" and I were watching The Odd Life Of Timothy Green. That's right, instead of snacking on popcorn and chocolate, we had something even better:
 My package contained:
Precision All Natural Fruit, Nuts & Whey Banana Nut bar-This bar had a delicious, wholesome flavor. 100% all natural + 16 grams of protein. It definitely satisfied my craving for something tasty, yet healthy. My taste buds loved the banana nut flavor too. So Good!

Ruth's hemp power Peanut Butter Banana bar-Loaded with protein and EFA's, this bar was delicious! I haven't eaten anything with peanut butter for a long time so it kind of made me feel like a kid again, eating a peanut butter sandwich :) It was chewy too, not crunchy. YUM!

Blueberry LÄRABAR-Larabars are the first bar I ever tried after I started eating gluten free (way back in 2004).  Such a great snack! I've never tried this blueberry flavor before though.  It was pretty good but the banana one is still my favorite :)

 earthling ORGANICS Matcha bar-This raw, organic snack bar gave me the perfect matcha taste. It has a delicious coconut flavor and is sweetened with raw agave nectar. There's almonds, pumpkin seeds, figs, agave nectar, matcha (green tea), sea salt, chlorella, and lemon.  "The Taste Tester" loved this sweet snack most of all, and I approved.

vega Whole Food Vibrancy Bar-I have officially decided that Vega is one of my favorite health food brands. Everything I've tried from them has been incredibly fantastic. This bar is no different. Listen to the ingredients in the “Green Synergy” flavor: “sprouted buckwheat, dates, hemp seed, sprouted almonds, agave nectar, brown rice protein, pea protein, Vega EFA Oil Blend, Vega Green Food Blend, sorghum puffs,” and almost all organic.  Any chance these babies aren’t good for you?  Doubt it.

The entire package was great! Thanks again Chloé for all the delicious treats! xo

I sent a package full of goodies to a sweet little lady named Charlotte, a blog reader from B.C. She's a busy little bee with a super busy lifestyle, attending University and Circus School. 

She sent me this awesome message when she received her box in the mail:

I'm extremely pleased to have had such wonderful women to share my Foodie Penpal experience with this month. Thanks Chloé & Charlotte!! 

xo Maria
If you live in Canada or the U.S. and you'd like to participate  in Foodie Penpals, please visit Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to sign up.

It's becoming so popular these days that The Gazette even wrote an article about it. Check it out!


  1. What a great & fun package! Enjoy :)

  2. Thanks hun!! I just love that Foodie Penpal packages are always filled with such great Food & Fun...two of my most favorite things :))