Thursday, October 30, 2014

Foodie Pen Pal Review Box #2

When we got home from St. Louis, I was pleasantly surprised to find a box from my Foodie Pen Pal! Not sure what a Foodie Pen Pal is? Check out my first experience here.

Since I kind of had a weird experience with my first box, I decided to give it a go again and see how October turned out.

I was paired with Mary, from Texas. Turns out that Mary is training for a half marathon as well! I was super excited to put a box together for her after finding that out. I filled it with runner friendly things, plus some breakfast-y type things since she said that's her favorite meal.

Here's what I got in return:

1. Maple & Brown Sugar oatmeal to go packs made with flax seed.
2. Quaker Oats Apples & Cinnamon oatmeal.
3. Orville Redenbacker pop-up bowl popcorn
3. Biena Chickpea snacks in honey roasted flavor
4. To go packs of Monarch peanut butter
5. N.O. Explode pre-workout drink mix.

I've tried the chickpea snacks, and those are pretty tasty! I like the packets of peanut butter, those are convenient to throw in my lunch box for a mid-morning snack with my banana. But they're higher in sodium than my usual JIF natural, so I probably won't be switching any time soon. We eat tons of popcorn, so that was gone in no time.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan of oatmeal. I'd rather have a piece of whole wheat toast, if I eat breakfast at all. Also, the to-go packets are nearly 6 months...soooo I probably won't be eating those! I can't find a brand name on them either, to even check out the product to get more or find nutrition info.

I haven't tried the N.O. Explode mix yet. I typically don't go in for all that traditional work out supplement jazz, so this is new for me. I'll probably try it before my long run on Sunday, though.

Overall, I was a little underwhelmed with this box. There wasn't a note describing the items either, so I was really in the dark on the oatmeal. But that's the risk you take, and you get what you get. I'll probably take Nov & Dec off since there's so much going on in those months, but I'm willing to try again come January!

Do you eat breakfast every day? Are you an oatmeal fan? 

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