A few months ago my friend Shannon excitedly told me about a group that you can sign up for (sign up is free by the way) that is right up my alley!  Foodie PenPals!  The Lean Green Bean headed up by Lindsey, a 27-year-old Registered Dietetic Technician in her last year of school to become a Registered Dietician, has begun a foodies’ dream.  (I know, she’s posting about food again ~ but this is a great one!)

Foodie PenPals is a monthly group that you sign up through Lindsey’s blog page and she matches you up with other foodies around the US.  The concept is this, you get matched with one person to send a foodie care package, spending no more than $15 on the contents of the package.  These contents can include store-bought items, homemade items along with favorite recipes and any other cool foodie things you want to pass along to someone else around the US and what I like is that you lean towards things that are local to your area of the country.  In return you are matched up with a different foodie penpal that sends you a foodie care package.  I love the different sender and receiver idea, it gives you a great rounded experience.  Once you sign up, by the 5th of the month you are assigned your Foodie PenPals and you have until the 15th of the month to prepare your package and get it in the mail to your assigned recipient.

As I said previously, this was a foodies’ dream group to be a member of, but it does come with a couple of pitfalls.  First of all you are at the mercy of your sender.  They must send you their package no later than the 15th of the month so that you receive it in time to try the products and/or recipes and to make time to write or share them by the share deadline which is the last day of the month.  Secondly, you receive items from someone who knows little about you; however you do have some communication with each other to share if you have food allergies or extreme dislikes.  So this means you could get some really amazing items or you can get some not so healthy ones.   In my opinion, the packages should really be geared towards your impression of what you would think if you received it.  Make it pretty, make it interesting and make it worthwhile.

All that being said, I share my September Foodie PenPal experience and give the Send (EAT) This Not That review.

On September 5th, I received my Foodie PenPal assignment email and was excited!  I took the time to look up my recipient who happens to live in D.C. and is the editor of the College & Cook Online Magazine and then looked up my sender, a dessert food truck from the Atlanta area.  Needless to say, I was super excited.

I got my package off to my recipient by the 15th and anxiously awaited my package delivery.  I received an email from my recipient and that she was really excited about all the items I included for her.  She enjoyed them so much that she is going to include it in the next issue of College & Cook Magazine!  SCORE! ~ gingermantra Love

While waiting for my package and getting a little antsy, I sent Shannon a message and told her that I had not received my package yet.  (For those of you that write or blog, busting out a good blog in a short time and keeping your readers interested know it is sometimes no easy task).  So in a very generous gesture, Shannon adopted me as her second Foodie PenPal for the month.  As it happened, the night before I received my package from Shannon, I also received my package from my assigned penpal and I was a little sad (but still thankful) to see what I had received.  Expectations on a Foodie PenPal group, let’s face it, pretty high for this chick!

Here’s what I got:

My assigned Foodie PenPal ~

My Adopted Foodie PenPal ~

Now, based on the vast difference of items that I received, I must say this.  I have started to keep a daily accountability log in which I write down EVERYTHING that I do for a day, from my weight in the morning, the amount of exercise with calories, the vitamins and prescriptions that I take, my daily food and drinks for the day (no matter how bad) and a Mood and Thought for the day.  Looking back at all the hard work I have put in over the last 2 1/2 weeks, I could not resolve in my head that you must burn 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound and that means that eating not so good goodies would almost nullify my 2 weeks of calorie burn exercise of 7,081.

As I said, I am still thankful that my sender took time to put the package together, but I must chalk this up to another case of how society thinks great food is and what great food actually is.  I think this is a great concept of sharing the foodie love, and I really look forward to the upcoming matches.

Are you interested in becoming a Foodie PenPal?  If so, visit The Lean Green Bean and sign up!

2 thoughts on “Foodie Pen Pals ~ The Send (EAT) This NOT That Review

  1. Such a neat concept, I actually am tempted to sign up.. We have some really awesome places I could find stuff… But like you, I have been counting my calorie intake so if I got a box full of yumminess that was high cal, it would just sit in my house.

    1. It is totally worth trying and you can specify to your sender penpal that you do not want to receive sweets. That’s totally allowable, I did not specify and the products I received from my “adopted” penpal were all lower sugar health items. I’m participating again and looking forward to it.

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