Remember the mystery giveaway I ran last year? Well…this year I will be choosing TWO winners!!!
As you all know, I have WAY too many samples from the Natural Products Expo West to consume myself and I want to make sure nothing goes to waste, so I am sharing the loot.
I completely filled TWO Large USPS Flat Rate Boxes with samples…one for each lucky winner. Note that not all of the products are gluten-free or vegan (thought many many are) so, please make sure you check the ingredients.
To enter you must complete the following:
1. Become an e-mail subscriber (if you aren’t already) by entering your e-mail address in the box on the upper right hand corner of this page under the header image.
2. ”Like” Veggie Grettie on Facebook (click HERE).
3. Leave me a comment below telling me that you have become (or already are) an e-mail subscriber, and that you have “liked” Veggie Grettie on Facebook.
I will choose a winner randomly and the winner will be announced APRIL 2nd, 2013
*** THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO THOSE WITH A US ADDRESS…if you live outside of the US, you may have the box shipped to a friend in the States ***
Whenever I get a new product to try I always try to photograph it ASAP in case something happens to it before I have a chance to review it like a huge pasta sauce explosion. It may sound like I am being dramatic, but if you were at my house this morning you would understand that it looked like a murder scene when the Berbere Stew I was prepping somehow spilled ALL OVER the counter, cabinets, sink, dishwasher door, floor, you get the picture. You just never know, so I always try to take pictures of products right away whether I end-up posting them on Veggie Grettie or not.
I was recently sent a Go Green Lunch Box to review and I am so impressed with it. My daughter was super excited to try the lunchbox and was so disappointed every morning that she woke-up and learned I hadn’t photographed it yet. We had been having a string of icky grey days weather-wise and that doesn’t make for good photographs. The first sunny day we had I dropped everything and snapped a bunch of photos. My daughter was so happy to learn that the photos had been taken and the lunch box was finally hers.
The Go Green Lunch Box has a lot of features that I really appreciate, however the bento box design is my favorite since it seems to inspire a lot of creativity when making lunches. I had so much fun trying to decide what to put into each compartment and there is so much room! This is not a small lunch box. I could easily pack a huge lunch for my husband in one of these lunchboxes and cover all the bases from appetizer, to main dish, to dessert, and beverage (It comes with an 8 oz. reusable drink container).
This is a very well designed lunch box in that the lid has silicone seals for each of the 5 compartments which keeps all of the food and flavors separate. I tried hummus, yogurt, and other sauces and they all stayed within their own compartments with no leaking (However, I also did a soup test and there was some leakage). There is also a locking mechanism on the lid which prevents it from opening and spilling (very smart design feature). In addition the lunch box is dishwasher safe (top shelf), though I find that it is very easy to hand wash.
It is apparent that the Go Green Lunch Box was designed by a mother who understands children’s lunch needs; There is even a white board where you can write your child a message!
Now…to the GIVEAWAY.
GO GREEN LUNCH BOX GIVEAWAY
Kim Castner (pictured above), the founder and designer of the Go Green Lunch Box has offered-up a Go Green Lunch Box set to one Veggie Grettie reader!!! The lunch boxes come in a wide variety of designs (click HERE to see them) and she is allowing the winner to pick the design of their choice.
You will gain one entry for each task completed:
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PlantFusion is my absolute favorite vegan protein powder. Their products taste amazing and on top of that they have:
NO TREE NUTS
and are HYPO-GLUTEN FREE
So many of the vegan protein powders are chalky and have an aftertaste which can scare away those who are new to a plant-based diet. Everyone that I have recommended PlantFusion to has really liked the taste.
PlantFusion recently came out with a new Chocolate Raspberry flavor that is rocking my world! When I was little one of my favorite truffle flavors was Chocolate raspberry and PlantFusion’s new Chocolate Raspberry protein powder definitely reminds me of that…yum!
PlantFusion has also recently introduced convenient single serve packets of their yummy protein powders. I plan on keeping a few in my purse for those times when hunger strikes and I haven’t planned ahead…simply mix with water and you have a highly nutritious snack or meal replacement.
Since this is the season of giving, the wonderful people at PlantFusion would like to send one lucky reader a gift bag containing a 1lb canister of PlantFusion along with some individual packets of their different flavors!!!
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Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever recently contributed a Guest Blog for Veggie Grettie where they showed us how to make Chef AJ’s Hail to the Kale dressing (click here to view the post). Earlier this month I was contacted by Chef AJ and invited to attend one of her cooking classes. It was great fun to meet Chef AJ in person. She is wacky, zany, full of life, passionate, knowledgeable, friendly, and kind. Interesting fact – Chef AJ was once on Johnny Carson playing two flutes with her nose while standing on her head and blowing bubbles out of her nose (I told you she is wacky)!!!
Chef AJ has been a vegan for over 30 years, but has only been a “healthy” vegan for the last 7 years. During the class Chef AJ took a moment to tell her story and explain why she is so passionate about eating a whole foods unprocessed plant-based diet. She explained that her typical day was filled with big gulp slurpies (embellished with 8 pumps of vanilla syrup), Dr. Pepper, sugar, pastries, and other forms of JUNK with the occasional serving of steamed broccoli on the side. Eventually it caught-up with her and her health suffered in a major way.
In January of 2003 (There is no way to say this delicately) she went in to the bathroom to have a bowel movement and ended-up with a toilet filled with blood. With a strong family history of colon cancer and bowel obstructions she finally woke-up after finding out that she had multiple nasty adenomatous pre-cancerous polyps in her sigmoid colon. Her colon was so ill that they were not even safely able to remove the polyps. This was her official wake-up call.
Chef AJ sent herself to the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego (Their organic gardens pictured above) for a total body overhaul. She ate a 100% organic raw diet while there and it wasn’t easy as she suffered mass withdrawal symptoms within the first 3days . Despite the discomfort of withdrawing from sugar, oil, and salt (what she deems the “Evil Trinity”) she committed to the program and 6 months later she had the colon of a newborn baby without having surgery or taking meds…what a testament to this way of life!
Chef AJ knew that this was the lifestyle for her and enrolled in culinary school at the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute in order to learn how to make health promoting food as palatable as possible.
The class she that I attended focused on just that. Chef AJ teaches classes out of her home in Sherman Oaks with the goal of teaching her health promoting ways to as many people as possible. In the picture below she is channeling her Johnny Carson days while performing a song about health (her sous chefs are also back-up singers / dancers).
During the 3 hour class I attended she made:
It’s Easy Being Green Smoothies loaded with kale and mint…my new favorite green smoothie ingredient
Nutrient Rich Chocolate Smoothies, fresh almond milk (forgot to take a picture!)…
Nutrient Rich Smoky Black Bean Soup where she added all the veggies WHOLE to a pot of water and then just used the immersion blender at the end (Why didn’t I ever think of that???…MAJOR time saver!)
Raw Dream of Tomato Soup
One of my favorites…Hail to the Kale Salad
Fresh Banana Ice Cream in her Champion Juicer that was so creamy and amazing (I need to get me one of those!). I have made this in my food processor and it is really good, but NOTHING like what the Champion Juicer makes. It was crazy good.
Chocolate FUNdue…so good. I make this regularly and keep it in my freezer in single serve cups otherwise I will eat it all in one sitting! The picture below is the FUNdue in the processing stage. It is such a great dip for fruit, truffle filling, or sauce for desserts.
And last but not least, her version of a very popular Starbucks drink, a Caramel “Fake”iatto (I also forgot to take a picture of this!)
I was also sent home with a giant slice of her German Chocolate Cake that was eaten before I even had a chance to take a picture of it!
To learn more about classes with Chef AJ click here. I believe she does not have any classes on the schedule at the moment because she is traveling to promote her new book, however you can check back regularly for updated class listings.
Chef AJ generously provided me with a signed copy of her book Unprocessed as a giveaway. To enter the giveaway simple leave a comment at the end of this post about either of the following topics. One entry per comment, so you have LOTS of chances to win…enter as many times as you’d like.
1. What was your own personal health wake-up call?
2. Ask me a question for my Ask Grettie column on Chic Vegan. You never know…your question might be featured!
If you are not an e-mail subscriber of Veggie Grettie, become a subscriber, leave a comment in the comment section that you are now a subscriber, and that will count as an additional entry.
The giveaway winner will be announced Sunday, October 9th.
Organic garden picture courtesy of Optimum Health Institute
Teatulia recently sent me some of their 100% organic tea to try. I was sent samples of their Ginger Herbal Infusion and Lemongrass Herbal Infusion. I know we shouldn’t judge a product by the packaging, but I have to say that Teatulia’s teas are gorgeous. Each tea bag is shaped like a pyramid (made of biodegradable silk) and clearly made from high quality ingredients.
The lemongrass herbal infusion was really refreshing and light. I found that I didn’t even want to add any sweetener to it. I also really liked the ginger tea and found that it was slightly peppery (reminiscent of a mild chai). I did add some stevia to the ginger tea since I really like a sweet ginger flavor. I drink A LOT of hot tea once the weather cools down and am looking forward to adding Teatulia’s teas to my arsenal this Fall.
I really like the fact that Teatulia is a socially conscious business. They don’t just talk the talk when it comes to social responsibility, they also walk the walk:
Teatulia is no ordinary tea garden. Started in 2000 to give back to our community, we sought an enterprise that would give the most people a living wage while protecting/strengthening our environment. Not content with the social programs already in place, our Teatulia Cooperative has established revolutionary education, health and cattle-lending programs for the people working in the garden and surrounding areas. All sales of Teatulia Organic Teas contribute to this mission, helping to better the lives of Bangladeshi men, women & children while rebuilding the local ecosystem.
Now…here’s the exciting news…Teatulia will give away one canister (of the winner’s choosing ) to a Veggie Grettie reader (only open to readers from the US and Canada).
You can earn a separate entry for each of the following:
Yeah…Another amazing giveaway from blissmo!!! blissmo just started a new monthly program called blissmobox. In their words, the blissmobox is:
exceptional organic & eco-friendly products delivered right to your door, once-a-month. Think of it as a CSA or Wine Club subscription, except instead of veggies or Pinot Noirs you are discovering well-loved products better and safer for you & your family than conventional alternatives.
Each box has on average $30 of product value (sometimes much more – our June skin & beauty box valued at $51) — and you’ll get to discover curated products safer & better for you, your family & your planet. More questions? Read our blissmobox FAQ or email us at box (at) blissmo (dot) com.
This particular blissmobox is a foodbox and I can’t wait for you to win! The winner will be announced on Monday.
To enter simply sign-up for the blissmobox newsletter by clicking here.
Come back to this post and leave a comment telling me that you have signed-up for the newsletter. The winner will be selected at random from the comments on this post and announced Monday, July 18th.
"The diet that helps to reduce weight in the short run needs to be the same diet that creates and maintains health in the long run."
~T. Colin Campbell
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