July Foodie Penpals Reveal

Well howdy partners! July has come and gone and you may know what that means, if you’ve been around the block a time or two in these here parts.

It’s time for Foodie Penpals Reveal day!

This month I was partnered with the wonderful Natalie, who sent me quite the care package. She doesn’t have a blog so unfortunately I can’t pay it forward in bloggy link love. On the other side of things, I sent a package over to Jenna at Momma Told Me, make sure you pop over to read her recap.

Seriously, look at all the stuff I was sent! When I opened the box I felt like I kept pulling out another bag or box and the fun would never end. Let’s break it down and examine my spoils.

In the fruit department we have dried apricots, chew apricot bars and Buddy Fruits of apple cinnamon and apple banana. The NATUREBOX dried fruit will be a perfect asset to my desk at work, for times I need a quick snack between clients. I’ve had the leather fruit bar type treats before and always find they are a great stash away in your purse when going walking or to an event sans food and you don’t want to bring much along. The Buddy Fruit is something I’ve never heard of before or tried. They seem awesome though, simply fruit, fruit juice, nothing artificial or creepy. I plan to use them for breakfast in a pinch or perhaps as a post workout snack?

I was also sent a collection of drinks. The dry lavender soda makes me a little nervous. 1) I’m not really a pop drinker so not sure how it’ll go over and 2) Not sure how lavender pop will taste? For some reason I get lavender and lilac mixed up and I don’t like the smell of lilacs, and I can’t stop thinking about it when I look at this soda. Haha. The two kinds of tea seem awesome though! Hello chocolate mint tea? Yes please!

Last, but not least we have the straight up treats collection. Ginger chews are a godsend when you’re out on a long run and begin to have stomach issues. Or for me, when I’m flying or in the car a long time because I am blessed with car sickness. *F*U*N* right here. Glad to have a few more in my arsenal. The GLEE gum made me smile, I love old fashioned design products and the flavors sound good too. Bubble gum, triple berry and tangerine? Yum. Makes me glad I am no longer in braces and can find a way to use them! The meringue drops are a new idea of me. They’re chocolate so that’s a plus, but I worry they’ll be too sweet. Mom made a lemon meringue pie once and I hated it…but that was way back in the day, perhaps my taste buds have changed? When I opened the dark chocolate chew my heart sunk because at first glance the picture made me think of coconut! Eiiip! Luckily my penpal paid attention and knew not to send me something I listed as an allergy. My coworker would chew/eat pure cocoa or whatever all the time and I wonder if I could enjoy the same thing? Tell me peeps is it like a candy bar but healthier?

Want in on this exchange next month?

The Lean Green Bean

Here are the Foodie Penpals details:

  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • 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 treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents. Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.
  • If you’re new and interested in participating for August, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.
  • You must submit your information by August 4th as pairings will be emailed on August 5th! You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours if you sign up. IF YOU DON’T GET ONE, send an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com!

Follow Me to the Fun

With only 5 months left in this year and an unspeakable amount of short time between now and some major races, I wanted to pause and share with everyone what remains on my calender for the year. Some events are still open for registration, meaning if you’re reading this then you could come hang out with me. Doooo it, you know you wanna….


Twilight Trail 8K : Willoughby Hills, OH. This will be the 3rd or 4th year I have done this race. The course is 8k/4.9 miles, 99% of course on dirt bridle trails, crosses one stream and has one major & many minor rolling hills. 7pm start, only 300 runners accepted. Proceeds benefit the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. Early registration is $20, day of is $25. If you register early you have the option of paying an extra $5 which goes directly to charity. With this donation you “jump up” into a more favorable age/gender bracket. The start is a little strange to explain, but basically it’s staggered and they hold off the runners who are the “better” runners so there is automatically on increase in their time (or something). So by jumping up you are able to start sooner and buy yourself a better placing at the end.

I highly enjoy the event. It has always provided me with a great challenge and the thrill of a later in the day event. If you don’t run quickly enough you can finish in the dark. After there is always amazing pizza and other food, along with people hanging out and chatting.

Shatter the Silence: Peninsula, OH. This event is a 7 mile trail run also in the evening…many people were in the dark finishing last year! I will not be running this event, but volunteering as it is one of the great events put on by Grunt Girl Racing. Proceeds from this race benefit the Summit and Medina Rape Crisis Centers. Shatter the Silence is the sister event to the spring’s “April RAINN”. What is unique about this race is the option for those who are survivors of sexual abuse/assault to order a purple shirt versus white to show their support. Remember: “Rape is a crime, talking about it isn’t”.

Moebius Green 50K: Aurora, OH. The trick about getting into this event? It’s posted only on Facebook. If you’re interested, let me know I’ll send a PDF of the entry form. For only $50 bucks this is a STEAL of an ultra. Tech shirts and homemade (right?) finisher medals. A 10K loop completed 6x, nothing too hilly or technical and a picnic following.


STOMP bike ride: Akron, OH. I have ridden the Summit Tour of Metro Parks many many years. I’ve gone with various friends and family and it has always been an adventure and a worthwhile challenge. This year they have moved the location and shortened the route options. I hear they are also eliminating the t-shirt. I am not sure why any of this has happened, and it honestly makes me sad. A great event where previously you could conquer hills for up to 100K, now the longest option is 30 miles and I think it is all Towpath. Still, I will be out there, seeing what is new and exciting.

Run Woodstock: Pinckney, MI. I am beyond excited for this festival of running! Distance options from 5K to 100 miles. Most of the main events kick off Sat morning, but the 100 mile and 100K head out Friday night. For everyone else there is onsite camping (additional charge, but minimal) and with your paid entry to any Sat event, a slew of free events Fri, Sun and Sat afternoon. Events include a 5K Fri night, a 4 mile hike Sat afternoon, a 10K Sat night and a 5 miler to end it all on Sunday. In between there is live music, yoga and general “Woodstock” theme happiness and fun. I have never been, but it sounds amazing! Oh and you are given a giant peace symbol medal where you will attach additional pins around the ribbon as you earn them by doing the other events.


Jack-o-lantern Jog 5K: Akron, OH. I have only missed this event 1x in the past 5 years and that was when I was taking an exam for my counseling license. Probably what is now my favorite 5K, but has always been in my top 3. A challenging trip through a local cemetery on paved and gravel roads, plenty of hills and support from fellow runners and volunteers. Many people dress up and there is a costume contest for adults and children. Great food afterward, since it’s part of the Ohio Challenge Series which always has Subway and chips in addition to fruit and water. One year I even used this event as a first date with someone. It ended up being one of my more comfortable first dates since I was totally in my element.

Oil Creek 100K: Oil Creek, PA. Event is SOLD OUT. However this is THE event for me this year. Two 50K loops through technical, hilly terrain of PA. I completed my first 50K here in 2010 and am looking for recapture those feelings of victory and accomplishment two years later. Tech shirt for all, buckles and oval stickers to finishers. I have the gold buckle, trying for the silver.


Bills’ Badass 50K: Peninsula, OH. Another event where you need to be on the book of faces for updates. A FREE yes FREE event where you run 6 loops of a nearly 5 mile course before torturing yourself with a final vertical climb across the street on another section. I believe the list for this year is already full. I missed out on this event last year due to the whole heart thing, but I am looking forward to it in 2012! Can’t wait to get me a badass shirt and not be on the candyass list! Tech shirts and oval stickers to finishers.


New Years Eve 5K : Stow, OH. Please don’t come find me and murder me for saying this…but this event is essentially in my backyard. If it wasn’t for the weather in Ohio this time of year I could safely and comfortably walk to the local high school. An out and back course with a few hills you wouldn’t expect, but nothing unmanageable. IMHO the draw to this event is the $30 price tag, which may seem steep for a 5K, but if you’re one of the first 600 runners your swag is an Asics Thermo 1/2 Zip pullover. I have one from last year and it is NICE it is MAGICALLY NICE.


What events are on your calendar this season? Will you join me for any of mine?


Friday Food : Triple B Oatmeal Smoothie

Morning friends! Who is excited about the Olympics tonight? I wish I had cable so I could join in on the fun. This is such a busy weekend for me too! Tomorrow I kick off my extended volunteering for the Burning River 100 event. I start at 5:00 AM with the 2nd aid station and end when my body says “enough is enough”. The plan is to hop from there to mile 23-ish station, then maybe go home to nap, then head over to mile 50 something, then mile 80something, and wrap things up at the finish line (I have never seen the finish yet, I am always zonked out by then). Last year I made it 15-16 hours, which was an hour or two longer than it took the winner to complete the course.

When your days are demanding, you should start with a healthy breakfast. I am taking my own advice today and engaging in a lil BBB Oatmeal Smoothie. What’s with all the B’s?

Blueberry, Banana, & Brown Sugar Oatmeal Smoothie

What you need:

  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (I used plain Chobani greek)
  • 1 serving oatmeal (I used quick oats aka 1 cup milk 1/2 cup oats)
  • optional: milk or water


  1. Prepare oatmeal as needed
  2. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I used my Ninja, I like the taller blades)
  3. Pour in a glass and serve
  4. Add milk or water to achieve desired consistency if mixture is too thick
  5. Makes 1 -2 servings


Obviously you can use whatever oats you want and if you wan just a B&B and skip the sugar, the smoothie police won’t come to your house

Throw some spinach or strawberries in there and have a BSB smoothie! Hahaha I crack myself up!

If you make the oatmeal the same morning, your smoothie will be a tad warm. I was OK with this and event wanted it. Other options for a more traditional temperature are to use frozen blueberries, make the oatmeal the night before or add ice to the blender.