Foodie Pen Pals – February

This is my fourth time participating in the foodie pen pal program.  This time I had to laugh because I got an email from the lady, Stacey, who was going to be mailing my box to me because she lived in the same area of me.  When I got her box, I had to LOL even more because not only did she live in the same area as me, she lives about 5 to 10 minutes away from my house.  I have passed her street numerous times when I have traveled between my church and one of the main roads in town.

I sent to Jes who lives in Florida.  I don’t believe she has a blog so I’m going to post her email to me when she received my box. 

I just opened your goodie box! I giggled a little whn I saw the cranberries bc I had run out yesterday and love them in cottage cheese for breakfast. You saved me a trip to the store! And dark chocolate with sea salt is a serious weakness of mine! You packed this full of things I love! 
Thank you! 
Now, I am off to make a pot if your delicious smelling coffee 🙂
Thank you again,

1 (41)Here’s an overview of what I received from Stacey.

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I love almond butter instead of peanut butter.  This will be great to put in purse for emergencies.

1 (46)I have to keep these away from the Wee One because he loves gummy snacks.  This is another in case of emergency stash in my purse.

1 (47)Yum! Chocolate!  Enough said.

1 (48)My favorite granola brand and flavor.  I had just gotten a bag of this a few weeks ago so now I have 2 bags of it.  Yum!  Chunks of white chocolate and freeze dried pineapple – doesn’t get any better than that.

1 (49)I don’t know why the pic is out of focus.  I’ve recently started trying Larabars.  I love chocolate and coconut together so this will be a real treat.

1 (53)I had this for breakfast one morning after I received this box.  They were delicious with coffee,

1 (54)I love Kashi brandbut haven’t tried this flavor.  This is another in case of emergency stash.

Thanks again Stacey for a great box.

For more information about the foodie pen pal program, visit the Lean Green Bean.

Sunday prep

This week I have parent teacher conferences so I’ll be working late days. I made sure Hubby has food to feed both boys on Monday and Wednesday. I also need to make sure I have plenty of healthy snacks.


Ranch flavored veggie chips in individual bags


Carrot sticks


Italian Sloppy Joes


Asian Chicken Burgers



Ham and cheese scones

20130224-214751.jpgAlmond Protein Pancakes

20130224-214819.jpgCelery Sticks

What’s for dinner? Feb. 18

Breakfast apple crisp
Spinach feta wrap
Lemon blueberry Dutch baby

Broccoli soup
Pizza quesadilla
Crispy chicken salad
Skillet gnocchi with spinach
Almond butter sandwich

Parmesan chicken tenders, butter noodles
BBQ pork chops, Mac n cheese
Pork fajitas
Skillet gnocchi with spinach
Burrito bowl

Sunday Food Prep

Sunday Prep 2So today I took time out and did some prep for the week.  Tomorrow I’ll be cooking a roast for burrito bowls.  The soup is for lunches and I ate it for dinner on Sunday night.  The Parmesan chicken is for one of our dinners.  I’m going to eat mine with the roasted veggies.  The breakfast apple crisp is my breakfast for 3 mornings.  I’m going to eat it with Greek yogurt.  The bbq pork is first going to be a dinner and then will be pork fajitas.  Yum!


Power Up Green Smoothie

During the holiday season, I participated in a group called the Healthy Elves (now Healthy Self).  I tried many new things.  One of the new things I tried was green smoothies.  I didn’t know what I was  missing because they are delicious and healthy.

This is my basic “recipe” or method to make them.  You can change the smoothie up by adding different fruits or changing up the fruits depending on your likes and dislikes.


Power Up Green Smoothie

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. baby spinach
  • 1/2 c. frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 c. almond milk (I like vanilla unsweetened almond coconut.)
  • 1 kiwi peeled and cut into pieces (I get rid of the middle part.)
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. chia seeds


  1. Place spinach, strawberries, almond milk, and chia seeds in a blender cup or blender.  
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the kiwi.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe


Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

A week and a half ago, I posted a recipe for Buffalo Wing Hummus.  I used the hummus to make a chicken salad full of veggies and with less fat.

IMG_6541[1]Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1/4 red pepper, thinly sliced and diced
  • 1/2 c. Buffalo Wing hummus


  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Enjoy on bread, flat bread, or on a bed of lettuce!

(2 servings)

Printable Recipe 

Now what?

Now that I’m back to losing weight, I want to make mini goals. This way I’m not overwhelmed.

Goal #1 – healthly BMI

Goal #2 – reach the 130s/ get into single digit pants’ size

Goal #3 – look svelte and awesome at my 20th class reunion on August 3rd – Hopefully in my 120’s by then. (Graduated at 120 pounds)