May 2012

Foodie Penpal Reveal Day!

by Sally on May 31, 2012

Another month, another box of goodies on my doorstep thanks to the Foodie Penpals program!

This month, I received a package from Meme Inge of Living Well Kitchen. Meme is a registered dietitian who does private nutrition counseling. When she asked if I had any special requests, I mentioned healthy snacks, since I’m always looking for new ideas.

Here’s what she sent:

  • Snapea Crisps, which taste like a delicious mash-up of green peas and cheese puffs.
  • Batches of Thai-spiced almonds and walnuts (and she’s right–they’re addictive).
  • A jar of Thai Spice Blend (no sugar, no salt, no MSG) that I can’t wait to try on popcorn, noodles, and veggies.

  • Three different snack bars–two store-bought and one she made herself from peanut butter and bananas. It had just the right amount of sweetness, and I loved getting something homemade.

Thank you Meme! I love it. (Or rather, “loved it”, since most of it is already in my belly.)

I was assigned to send a package to a vegan triathlete and competitive runner–three things I am not, so it was a fun challenge. If you’d like to see what I mailed out to her, go here.

If you’d like to join Foodie Penpals–created by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean–please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form from and read the terms and conditions. If you want to participate in June, you must submit your information by June 4th (pairings will be emailed on June 5th).


This is one bag of chips you’ll actually want your kids digging into. And believe me, they will.

These Bare Fruit organic apple chips are dried apples. With nothing added–no sugar, no preservatives. They’re “baked-dried” in wood-burning ovens at low temperatures for hours. So unlike other dried apples, they’re not soft. They’re crispy and crunchy.

Thanks to Bare Fruit, I’m giving away a case of 12 bags (2.6-oz each) in the variety of your choice:

Fuji Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Granny Smith Apple Chips

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which variety you want (U.S. residents only, please.). To increase your odds, you can also:

  • “Like” Real Mom Nutrition here and Bare Fruit Snacks here on Facebook , then leave me another comment telling me that you did.
  • Tweet about the giveaway, then leave me another comment that includes a copy of your tweet.

The giveaway ends Thursday, May 31  at noon Eastern Time. I’ll choose a winner at random through‘s number generator.

Disclaimer: Bare Fruit sent me a bulk-sized bag of Cinnamon Apple Chips (and we happily devoured them).


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