July Foodie Penpals

It’s the last day of the month so it’s time for another installation of Foodie Penpals!

Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean organizes Foodie Penpals every month.  Here’s how it works:

Participants are assigned a pen pal and send a fun, food package by the 15th of the month, with contents that add up to no more than $15.  There’s a link to details at the end of the post…if you’re interested, get in touch with Lindsay by August 4th.

I’m always excited to see what arrives in the mail!  You can see my past write-ups here.

I was paired up with Katy–you can see the goodies I sent her by checking out her blog Katie Did on a Dime.  She lives in Texas and recently started her blog and writes about her adventures in frugal home improvement, cooking, and everyday living.

On to the exciting package that showed up at my doorstep!

Katie from The Little Spoon Blog sent me a box full of goodies!

When Katie emailed me asking about likes/dislikes I told her anything I could take on-the-go would be helpful and appreciated.

She delivered and sent me a lot of fun treats including some of her favorites–and even gum balls that are made in her hometown.  That was a sweet treat.

July Foodie Penpals

Can’t wait to try these Better Oats!

I will wait until the weather cools down a bit to eat the Better Oats. I’ve seen the oats in the grocery store and have wanted to try them.  The snacks are going in my purse for quick, go-to eats when I’m busy or on the road.

A very big thank you to Katie for a thoughtful and creative package of goodies and a big thank you to Lindsay for organizing Foodie Penpals!  It was really fun to participate…I got to “know” (virtually) new bloggers and try new treats–a Win, Win!

If you’re interested in becoming a Foodie Pen Pal, check out the site and sign up by August 4th.


What’s a Superfood?

These are foods that have 3 key qualifications:

1. Readily available to the public;

2. Contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity; and

3. Health benefits have to be backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies.

I like to think of Superfoods as colorful, fresh, delicious, good-for-you foods!

Chances are, if you eat a relatively healthy diet, you’re eating Superfoods. Here are just a few from the long list:

1. Apples (hooray!)–high in fiber and antioxidants–and only 47 calories

2. Blueberries–berries are full of antioxidants and known to boost immunity; a 2012 Harvard study found that at least one serving of blueberries or 2 of strawberries reduced the risk of cognitive decline in older adults

3. Tomatoes–lycopene in tomatoes fights cancer by increasing the amount of carcinogen-fighting carotenoids your body is able to absorb

To learn more about the benefits of Superfoods (and see the full list), visit http://www.superfoodsrx.com and www.health.com.