FOODIE PEN PALS :)

The moment when you open your mailbox and there is a package waiting for you.  Pure happiness. 🙂 This happens to be yet another one of these lovely programs started by Lindsay at “The Lean Green Bean” that I have discovered through blogging and absolutely LOVE IT! This month, I received my package from Michelle over at Just Gonna Run With It, which is the perfect blog for me to follow since I too LOVE to run.

Not only did I love the various goodies included in the box, but I thought the letter she included was too darling.  She broke down each item along with a little funny comment.  Really Michelle, it was all perfect. Let’s discover how creative Michelle was:

College Student?  Healthy Snacking? No problem.  I’m all set with dried mango, popped chips, and tofu beef jerky (intriguing and surprisingly tasty! I’ve converted to the “dark” side and don’t mind snacking on tofu).  And we can’t forget to hydrate! I’ve never sampled Propel packets and was surprised by the pure cherry flavor, excellent to accompany any meal, morning or night!

These two beverages are now on my radar.  I’m not such a fan of plain coconut water, but know the amount of potassium it provides aids recovery.  The flavored variety seems to taste much better and how she possibly knew I love pineapple, I have no clue.  As for the pumpkin spice, I sadly do not have my own coffee pot, so I instead made my own personal Pumpkin Spice Frappacuino.

Pumpkin Spice Frappacuino
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp pumpkin spice coffee
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/4 – 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
3-5 ice cubes
OPTIONAL:
1 frozen banana (for extra oomph)
1 scoop of spinach (if you want the extra “Green Monster” appeal…may want to exclude if looking for a sweet treat)
1/4 cup oats (for more filling)

You know the drill…place in a blender and blend away!

I used this Biscoff spread for a number of things, mostly recommended on the jar: on bread (tortilla in my case), with banana or celery, and even atop my oats. It certainly has more of a cookie/sweeter flavor and provides a nice alternative when I tire of peanut, almond, or sunflower butter.

I have not had a chance to break open the Trader Joe’s soup, but since I am practically in love with every other product TJ’s makes, I’m pretty sure I will adore it as well.  Any recommendations of what to pair with it?  Maybe add some extra veggies or even a grilled cheese? It’s not a tomato soup, but grilled cheese just is a natural partner for most soups.

Thank you again to Michelle 🙂 It was too perfect!

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6 thoughts on “FOODIE PEN PALS :)

    • It was absolutely delicious! I might recommend brewing the pumpkin coffee first, then maybe create ice cubes out of it. That might reduce the graininess of the coffee.

  1. The Biscoff butter is like the cookie butter you gave me from Trader Joe’s. It’s also good with chocolate chips and my fav- graham crackers 🙂

    • You know, I haven’t sampled that yet! I picked a bottle up for myself (our our apartment…) but haven’t opened it yet. Maybe I use some Benson points to buy graham crackers too. Excellent recommendations my friend 🙂 I’ve been so sad about the peanut butter recall because I love eating it on celery, bananas, or just with a spoon. Guess I’ll stick with my PB2 powder.

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