Guest Post: My Foodie Pen Pal

Today I am happy to bring you the first ever guest post on Kirsten Captures! (So selfish of me I know). Yesterday I posted all the delicious Trader Joe’s treats my Foodie Pen Pal Jenn sent me. Well here is a post from the lovely Crystal all about the box of goodies I sent her this month. Take it away Crystal!


Hi friends!

My name is Crystal and I am Kirsten’s April Foodie Pen-Pal. Since I don’t have a blog of my own, Kirsten asked me to write a guest post for her blog about the awesome box she sent me. So here I am!

A little about me: I am a young, fairly newlywed nanny who is a certified teacher, just waiting for my own classroom. I am currently on a weight loss journey. I started in January of 2012 and have lost 40 pounds so far (Kirsten adds: So awesome! Keep it up girl!). I have a long way to go, but am dedicated to losing weight, becoming healthier, and reaching my goal.

Since Kirsten is a certified trainer, she knows just how to put together a healthy box of food with a couple of treats- we all need treats to reward ourselves for healthy choices!

(I don’t have pics for everything because I couldn’t wait to try a lot of it!)

In my box, I found:

A Kind Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Bar

A Pro Bar fruition Strawberry Bar

A Pro Bar fruition Blueberry Bar

A Clif bar (I can’t remember the flavor but I know it was good!)

Doctor Kracker Pumpkin Seed Cheddar Crispbreads

Roasted Seasoned Seaweed Snacks, which are from Korea!

A citrus fruit, I think it’s a grapefruit but I’m not sure (Kirsten adds: It’s a Florida orange!)

Zico Coconut Water

A yummy dark chocolate bar from Fresh Market

Homemade Healthier Reese’s Balls

And Homemade Molasses Cinnamon Almond Butter

This box was packed full of yummy, healthy treats!!  I love bars as snacks- I eat a Luna bar every morning for breakfast.  I love that Kirsten sent bars that were vegan and made with real ingredients; eating real foods is such an important part of my journey to be healthier.  My hubs loved the crispbreads almost more than I did! He’s been eating them as snacks often. The seaweed snacks are perfect for him, but I am not a fan. That’s what Foodie Pen-Pals is all about: trying new foods to see what you like and don’t like!

Kirsten is an awesome partner to have for this fun monthly treat. I definitely recommend joining the pen-pals and getting your own monthly box of new foods!


Thanks for sharing Crystal! I’m glad you enjoyed all the goods. And I agree, Foodie Pen Pals is a great way to try new foods that you might not try on your own. For more information on Foodie Pen Pals visit Lindsay’s blog and give it a go! 

Foodie Pen Pals

Remember when I posted this ominous photo?
Well it was a package from my Foodie Pen Pal! After seeing all the goodies sent to other bloggers, I decided to sign up this month and give it a go.
Jenn from and Yoga Deals was my wonderful Foodie Pen Pal this month. She is a full-time brand director and yoga instructor in New York City who was awesome and responded to my request for Trader Joe’s!

She wrote out a nice note describing everything in the box and even gave food pairing instructions. How sweet! I followed her directions exactly and had excellent results.

Jenn also put little post-it notes on each item describing what to do with them and how to eat them. I loved the idea!

Here’s all the goods!

1. Shobha tote bag. I love the orange color and will definitely use this as a reusable shopping bag.

2. Pretzel Slims and… Cookie Butter!

I think I squealed when I saw this jar in the box! I have been dying to try this stuff for months (TJ’s please come to St. Pete). It tastes like biscoff in a jar and is seriously addictive.

You don’t have to tell me twice. I ate this stuff right away. So good! I liked the salty pretzel combo with the sweet cookie butter. So far there is still half a jar left. So far so good…

3. Raisin/Rosemary crackers with Olive Tapenade spread. Another great sweet/salty combo and one of Jenn’s favs. While I am not a huge fan of olives I enjoyed eating the tangy spread on the slightly sweet crackers. This would also be great in a wrap or sandwich. Can’t wait to try it out!

4. Chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. Like Jenn said… YUM. I am a huge fan of any kind of nut covered in chocolate so these were fantastic. Almost like healthier m&ms. And yes these are almost gone :-).

Thank you so much Jenn for the wonderful food finds! You rock!

If you are interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal here are the rules from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean:  

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email.

-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. 

-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. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for a special guest post from Crystal about the goodies I sent her!