March 30, 2012

Fun With Food

Fun With Food

It’s a well known secret of the inner circle of nutrition professionals, that most of us who are into nutrition, also love food. So when I heard that this very smart woman named Lindsay had started a program to get people to exchange food care packages, I could not wait to sign up. You can read about this very fun project (and learn how you can do it too) on her blog The Lean Green Bean. She has a lot of other great information there too, so look around.

For those of you who follow along with this blog, you know I am on the road a bit for work. At the beginning of the month, I had let my first “food penpal,” – Katy Beth (who blogs over at Curly Runner Bug Moves In) – know that I was off to Europe and not back until the 15th, so she nicely timed her delivery to meet my schedule (thank you Katy Beth!)

She may not know this, but as a business traveler, I empty my house of most food before each trip of more than a few days. So on the 15th of March, knowing I was arriving to a house empty of most food, a cool box of treats waiting on my front porch felt like Christmas.

Here is what I got in the box:

How fun!

A truth about food is that by the time most of us are adults we are pretty fixed in our ways and we don’t tend to try new stuff. I could already see that there was one thing I really wanted to open:

Wasabi Soy Almonds. Hello – where have you been all my life? I opened them right after I took that picture. This little item brings together all personal favorite tastes for me: toasted almonds, soy (read: I love salt), and a true kick of wasabi (spicy, yay!). Dinner first night home from Europe: Steamed brown basmati rice, lightly sauteed broccoli with onions and ginger, topped with a handful of these almonds chopped up. I like these enough that I am going to learn to make them. I’ll post the recipe when I do.

Popped! Gourmet Popcorn from Las Vegas. Katy is from Las Vegas and I was intrigued when she told me there was “local” food. I am not a huge popcorn fan, but this actually looked really good and Katy’s description in her card added to the appeal. Who wouldn’t want to try popcorn called “Dirty Vegas?” Actually, there was a sweet popcorn in there called S’mores – which was tasty, but not entirely my thing. However, the other the other is coated with some sort of spice blend that I can only tell you (and I at least know the mom’s will get this) is like a really sophisticated and spicy version of Veggie Booty. If this was sold near me, I would eat it.

The other two items in the box: Hannover Peanut Butter Pretzels and Gummy Lifesavers definitely show that I am almost twice Katy Beth’s age. (oh my!) But still having not gone to the market the following afternoon, they were getting tempting.

Then my boys came home. They are 10 and 12 and are very active in sports. We were off that night to a Rugby Tournament for my 10-year-old’s team. I told my kids (as I always do) “pack up water and some snacks” and we were out the door. I should have assumed the Lifesavers and Pretzels (foods that look super appealing to kids and that never appear in my house) would be exactly what they would select and toss in the gear bag.

Here is how that ended up:







And so – Katy Beth – let me extend to you some additional thanks on behalf of the entire 10u Back Bay Youth Rugby Team. They were very pleased with the mid-tournament nourishment. And as an added bonus you made me look like super-mom: just off a plane from Europe and despite my crazy schedule and jet lag, I manage to show up with enough food for the team. I did convince them to share a couple of each with me, by the way. The gummies were a real treat for the boys, but are not so much my kind of food. I do love peanut butter pretzels, but at my age (and metabolism) they add up too quickly. If I had the metabolism of my 12-year old, I would probably eat them (salt, nuts, crunch = yum), but sadly, not me.

Anyway, that sums up my first Foodie Penpal experience. Very fun and I am looking forward to doing it again!

Happy Friday!


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  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean
    March 30, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    haha i woulda picked the pretzels as well 🙂