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My favorite green juice, Russell James, “Smoothment” giveaway

January 2, 2012

***THIS POST’S GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED!***
The winner is Ashley of Southern Purple Vegan!
Please email your mailing info to
almostveganchef AT gmail DOT com
within 48 hours. CONGRATS!

Happy new year! Thank you all so much for the kind comments on my year in review post. You know I couldn’t have come this far without you, right?

I hope you all had a great weekend! I’m probably not alone in feeling like I should open the year with a fresh, healthy new start. To that end, I’m sharing my favorite green juice recipe with you today. (For those of you who wonder what type of juicer I have, it’s an Omega/Hurom slow juicer, and I love it!) I’ve also got a fun video to share from my former chef instructor Russell James and some information on Navitas Naturals’ new Smoothment campaign (including a giveaway!). In other words, I’ve got all kinds of good stuff today to help you start your new year out on the right foot!

My Favorite Green Juice

1 bunch kale, stems removed and chopped, leaves torn into pieces
1 large cucumber, chopped
4 to 6 stalks celery, chopped
1 to 2 green apples or pears, cored and chopped
1 lemon, peeled and chopped
1 small chunk fresh ginger

Run all items through a juicer, alternating the tough pieces (kale stems, celery stalks) with softer pieces (apple, cucumber). Dilute with filtered water if desired. Drink immediately.

Yield: 3 servings (3 to 4 cups)
Per serving: 143 calories, 1.7g fat (trace sat), 33g carbs, 1g fiber, 7.3g protein

You’re probably already familiar with “The Raw Chef” Russell James. Russell was my instructor for Level I at the Matthew Kenney Academy in 2010.

If you’ve ever met Russell, checked out his ebooks, watched his online videos, or enjoyed his “How To Be Your Own Raw Food Chef…And Still Have Time To Eat!” DVD course, I’m sure you adore him as much as I do. And if you haven’t checked those things out, I highly recommend you do! For those of you for whom formal chef school just isn’t an option, you can get a comparable culinary education from Russell himself right in the comfort of your own home.

How To Be Your Own Raw Food Chef...& Still Have Time To Eat!

Russell even has an ALL-DESSERTS course. It’s enormous; I still haven’t worked my way through the whole thing! It’s an incredible value.

Raw Food Desserts


In just over a week, Russell is debuting the newest version of his raw food chef homestudy course – which you can take advantage of via DVDs or as an online program – and in the days leading up to the launch, he’s releasing a series of his customarily awesome and informative videos online. CLICK HERE to see the first video of the series and check out more of Russell’s incredible work.

Finally, right on the heels of my review and giveaway just a couple weeks ago, Navitas Naturals just announced their new “Smoothment” campaign.

The Smoothment is a motivating initiative to help people get a healthy and energized start to the New Year via the blender. This week-long program features easy and delicious 60-second smoothie video recipes and exclusive tips for filling your smoothies with functional, health-promoting superfoods. Whether enjoyed in place of breakfast, lunch or snack, smoothies are a simple, ideal tool for nutritional change. Upgrade the nutrition of just one meal per day and experience a revitalizing jumpstart towards long-lasting health and vitality.

Navitas is offering 30% off all their raw, organic, gluten-free superfood smoothie ingredients for the full duration of the Smoothment (ending 1/9/2012)! That’s 30% off any 4 oz., 8 oz., or 16 oz. bag of Maqui Powder, Goji Powder, Cashews, Goji Berries, Antioxidant Blend, Lucuma Powder, Wheatgrass Powder, Hemp Seeds, Chia Seeds, Cacao Powder, Hemp Powder, Maca Powder, Palm Sugar, Cacao Nibs, Acai Powder, Camu Powder or Mulberries.

Submit your email address here and get daily links to exclusive videos featuring delicious smoothies made by Superfood Cuisine author Julie Morris. Smoothment members also gain access to smoothie secrets designed to assist with detoxification, anti-aging, optimal protein, energy boosts, antioxidants, weight management and longevity. As an extra reward for your resolve, you can enter each day to win a bag of Navitas Naturals premium superfoods! It’s a win-win situation.

Navitas Naturals Giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a Navitas Naturals prize pack mailed directly to your home, including:
– 1 bag of açaí powder
– 1 tube of cacao lip balm

There are five ways to win (please leave a separate comment below for each entry):

1) REQUIRED ENTRY: Go to the Smoothment site and sign up for the email list (it takes 10 seconds!), then comment below confirming you’ve done so.
***You must do this first! Your signup to the email list will be verified before we can select you as a winner.

2) “Like” Almost Vegan on Facebook AND Navitas Naturals on Facebook and comment below confirming you’ve done so. (Bonus: “like” my FB post about the giveaway.)

3) Follow Almost Vegan on Twitter AND Navitas Naturals on Twitter and comment below confirming you’ve done so (include your handle).

4) Tweet the following message and comment below confirming you’ve done so:

I entered to win a @NavitasNaturals prize pack from @AlmostVeganChef ! #Giveaway here: http://wp.me/pYLdq-12t

5) Subscribe to my blog by email (at the top of the right-hand sidebar), RSS feed, or Google reader and comment below confirming you’ve done so (or already are a subscriber).

This giveaway is open to the U.S. AND Canada!
The deadline for entries is Friday morning, January 6th, 2011, at 10:00am CST.
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. Good luck!

3 years ago…
Tofu makhani curry
2 years ago…
Almost Vegan in Europe: the wrap-up
1 year ago…
Matthew Kenney Academy: Level II graduation

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137 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 1:02 pm

    I ‘like’ you both on Facebook!

  2. January 2, 2012 1:02 pm

    I follow you both on twitter…@jodielayne!

  3. January 2, 2012 1:03 pm

    I email subscribed!

  4. January 2, 2012 1:04 pm

    I signed up on the smoothment site!

  5. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:06 pm

    I just tweeted about the amazing giveaway 🙂 TamikkoB

  6. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:07 pm

    I already like Almost Vegan on Facebook

  7. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:08 pm

    I like (d) Navitas Naturals on Facebook 🙂

  8. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:11 pm

    I liked your FB post on your site Almost Vegan on Facebook.

  9. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:13 pm

    I’m TamikkoB and I’m following you on Twitter

  10. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:13 pm

    I’m TamikkoB and I’m following Navitas Naturals on Twitter

  11. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:14 pm

    Yea!
    I have liked your posting on fb
    I follow your blog
    I like you on fb
    I like Natural Nativas on fb
    I signed up for the emails on Smoothment

  12. Tamikko permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:14 pm

    I’ve had you on my Google Reader ever since I found you when you just finished school at Living Light 🙂

  13. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:15 pm

    oops didn’t leave seperate comments so…here’s a post to say that I follow your blog

  14. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:16 pm

    I “like” Almost Vegan on fb

  15. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:16 pm

    I “liked” the post about Smoothment on Almost Vegan fb

  16. Anna permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:16 pm

    Joined the email list!

  17. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:17 pm

    Joined the Smoothment email list

  18. Anna permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:17 pm

    I like everyone on FB!

  19. Anna permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:17 pm

    I already subscribe to you via email!

  20. Libbi permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:17 pm

    liked Naturiva Naturals on fb

  21. January 2, 2012 1:36 pm

    i’ve joined their smoothment email list

  22. January 2, 2012 1:37 pm

    i like you and navitas on fb

  23. January 2, 2012 1:39 pm

    i follow you and navitas on twitter (handle is grimconfetti)

  24. January 2, 2012 1:41 pm

    i am subscribed by email 🙂

  25. Holly permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:43 pm

    I subscribe to Almost Vegan via email.

  26. alison permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:52 pm

    I signed up for the Smoothment email.

  27. aklaum permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:54 pm

    I liked NN and AV on Facebook

  28. alison permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:55 pm

    I follow you both on twitter (@amkkla)

  29. katherine d. permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:56 pm

    I signed up for the smoothment newsletter

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  30. alison permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:57 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway (@amkkla).

  31. katherine d. permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:57 pm

    i subscribe to your blog via email

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. January 2, 2012 1:58 pm

    Hey, Amber, I signed up for the smoothment email list using my home email of laffinfamily@hotmail.com not my business email here.

  33. alison permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:58 pm

    I liked your FB post about the giveaway.

  34. alison permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:59 pm

    I subscribed to your blog via email.

  35. January 2, 2012 2:00 pm

    I love Navitas!!! Thank you for a wonderful review and giveaway! I signed up for the Smoothment, now just have to figure out what to order with this amazing discount!
    Happy New Year!
    -Veronica

  36. January 2, 2012 2:01 pm

    I liked your Facebook page!
    – Veronica

  37. January 2, 2012 2:01 pm

    I liked Navitas Naturals facebook page!
    – Veronica

  38. January 2, 2012 2:02 pm

    I am following your on Twitter!

  39. January 2, 2012 2:02 pm

    I am following Navitas Naturals on Twitter!

  40. January 2, 2012 2:03 pm

    I liked your Facebook post!
    – Veronica

  41. Benita permalink
    January 2, 2012 2:03 pm

    Wow, what a “to do” list. Complete! @LL4ever

  42. bitt permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:34 pm

    signed up!

  43. bitt permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:34 pm

    like both on FB

  44. bitt permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:36 pm

    follow both on twitter @cherrycobbler

  45. bitt permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:36 pm

    tweeted!

  46. bitt permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:37 pm

    subscriber on email

  47. colleen permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:46 pm

    I signed up for the smoothment!!!!!!

  48. colleen permalink
    January 2, 2012 3:46 pm

    I also like you both on FB!! thanks

  49. January 2, 2012 3:52 pm

    I like Navitas & Almost Vegan on FB

  50. January 2, 2012 3:54 pm

    I follow you both on twitter

  51. January 2, 2012 3:56 pm

    I already subscribe to your blog.

  52. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:10 pm

    I liked the facebook post

  53. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:10 pm

    I subscribed to the Smoothment list

  54. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:11 pm

    I like Almost Vegan on Facebook

  55. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:12 pm

    I like Navitas naturals on facebook

  56. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:13 pm

    I’m a subscriber to your blog!

  57. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:16 pm

    I tweeted about the Giveaway! It should come up as Christy Reed @sunobie

  58. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:16 pm

    I follow Almost Vegan on Twitter! It should come up as Christy Reed @sunobie

  59. Christy Reed permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:17 pm

    I follow Navitas Naturals on Twitter! It should come up as Christy Reed @sunobie

  60. January 2, 2012 4:22 pm

    Happy new year to you!
    I love this green and fresh start, and the smoothment sounds like a great idea!

    Good luck in everything this auspicious year.
    love
    Ela

  61. January 2, 2012 4:36 pm

    I signed up for the smoothment emails, they look great! Thanks! I also liked your FB posts 🙂 By the way, I used my laffinfamily email instead of my business email (HeavenlyRaw Gourmet)

  62. January 2, 2012 4:40 pm

    Your green juice looks good! One of my “resolutions” is to juice more often, with an emphasis on vegetable juices. I’m going to try this one out on Wednesday! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  63. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:44 pm

    I signed up! Thank you so much for the giveaway

  64. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:45 pm

    I like you both on FB

  65. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:46 pm

    I like the post, too 🙂

  66. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:46 pm

    I tweeted!

  67. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:47 pm

    I like you both on twitter

  68. Ashley permalink
    January 2, 2012 5:47 pm

    I subscribe to your blog 🙂

  69. January 2, 2012 5:52 pm

    I tweeted!

  70. Jessica permalink
    January 2, 2012 6:01 pm

    I signed up for the smoothment!

  71. January 2, 2012 7:23 pm

    What a great post. There’s a lot in this one! I love it. Especially your fave green juice. Yum! And reliving your time spent learning (so much) with Chef Russell James! Very awesome.

    Ok, I just joined the Smoothment! I honestly love that company and I love that they’re doing a movement for smoothies!

  72. Rebecca permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:24 pm

    I’m on the Smoothment’s email list!

  73. Rebecca permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:25 pm

    I’m following your blog via google reader!

  74. Rebecca permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:27 pm

    I just tweeted about this giveaway! @rebeccaablock
    The green juice sounds delicious, do you think it would taste fine as a smoothie because i don’t own a juicer, just a blender, sadly!

    • January 2, 2012 8:31 pm

      I don’t think I could stomach this as a smoothie, haha, but perhaps if you added some more sweet fruit to it, it’d work!

  75. Rebecca permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:27 pm

    I’m following @almostvegan & @navitasnaturals on twitter! 🙂

  76. Rebecca permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:28 pm

    I “like” both Almost Vegan & Navitas Naturals on facebook! I also “liked” your post about this giveaway!

  77. Meredith permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:51 pm

    I signed up on the smoothment site

  78. Meredith permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:52 pm

    I like you and navitas naturals on fb

  79. Meredith permalink
    January 2, 2012 8:52 pm

    I subscribe to your blog

  80. January 2, 2012 9:16 pm

    Already like you and Navitas Naturals on FB.

  81. January 2, 2012 9:19 pm

    I’m subscribed to your blog via email!

  82. January 2, 2012 10:14 pm

    I signed up for the email over at Smoothment site.

  83. January 2, 2012 10:17 pm

    I already like Almost Vegan on Facebook AND Navitas Naturals on Facebook.

  84. January 2, 2012 10:18 pm

    Plus I liked your FB post too.

  85. January 2, 2012 10:19 pm

    I am already a follower of Almost Vegan on Twitter AND Navitas Naturals on Twitter
    my handle is (@southnpurpleveg)

  86. January 2, 2012 10:21 pm

    I tweeted about giveaway ( my handle is @southnpurpleveg)

  87. January 2, 2012 10:21 pm

    I am a subcribed to RSS for your blog.

  88. January 2, 2012 10:26 pm

    I just wanted to comment that your favorite green juice is pretty much exactly the same as mine! The only difference is I don’t usually put celery in it, and I like to use a nice tart apple like Granny Smith. The fresh ginger makes it amazing.

  89. January 3, 2012 1:15 am

    I like EVERYONE on FB 😉

    xxoo

  90. January 3, 2012 1:19 am

    Same with Twitter 😉

    xxoo

  91. January 3, 2012 1:22 am

    I tweeted baby!!

    xxoo

  92. Nancy permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:38 am

    I signed up for the email from Smoothment.

  93. Nancy permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:40 am

    I like both Almost Vegan and Navitas on FB and your post about the give away.

  94. Nancy permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:42 am

    I follow both on twitter – @rrnancyr

  95. Nancy permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:43 am

    I tweeted about the give away. @rrnancyr

  96. Nancy permalink
    January 3, 2012 6:43 am

    I subscribe to your blog by email.

  97. January 3, 2012 6:52 am

    Everything in this post sound wonderful!! I just signed up to the smoothment, love the idea!!
    Ana

  98. January 3, 2012 6:52 am

    I already like both you and navitas on facebook!! 🙂
    Ana

  99. January 3, 2012 6:53 am

    And I already follow both you and navitas on twitter!
    @KitchenspaceAna
    Ana

  100. January 3, 2012 10:32 am

    I signed up!

  101. January 3, 2012 10:33 am

    I’m subscribed to your blog via google reader.

  102. January 3, 2012 11:24 am

    Hey Amber,

    Glad to see Canada is included, I have been following your blog by rss for a year now. Have “liked” everything. Continue the fun!

    Rhoni

  103. mary permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:56 pm

    I signed up!!

  104. mary permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:57 pm

    I like them both on Facebook!!

  105. mary permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:59 pm

    I follow you both on Twitter!

  106. mary permalink
    January 3, 2012 2:00 pm

    I tweeted!

  107. mary permalink
    January 3, 2012 2:01 pm

    I follow your blog by email!

  108. January 3, 2012 2:15 pm

    Joined the smoothment site.

  109. January 3, 2012 2:15 pm

    Liking almost vegan on FB.

  110. January 3, 2012 2:16 pm

    Liking Navitas Naturals on FB.

  111. January 3, 2012 2:17 pm

    Liking Almost Vegan’s FB post about the giveaway.

  112. January 3, 2012 2:18 pm

    Already subscribed to Almost Vegan Chef website.

  113. January 3, 2012 4:42 pm

    I signed up for the smoothment!

  114. January 3, 2012 4:43 pm

    I follow both on twitter! My handle is @j_mosh

  115. January 3, 2012 4:43 pm

    I also like both on facebook.

  116. January 3, 2012 4:43 pm

    I liked your facebook post, too.

  117. Billiejean permalink
    January 3, 2012 8:46 pm

    Joined the SMOOTHMENT!

  118. Billiejean permalink
    January 3, 2012 8:47 pm

    Already like Almost Vegan on Facebook AND Navitas Naturals!

  119. Billiejean permalink
    January 3, 2012 8:47 pm

    Like the FB post!

  120. Billiejean permalink
    January 3, 2012 8:48 pm

    Already follow Almost Vegan on Twitter AND Navitas Naturals. @billiejeanie327

  121. Billiejean permalink
    January 3, 2012 8:49 pm

    Already subscribed to your blog!

  122. Christie permalink
    January 5, 2012 11:56 am

    I’ve signed up! Thanks!!

  123. January 5, 2012 9:12 pm

    I signed up for Smoothment!

  124. January 5, 2012 9:12 pm

    I liked Almost Vegan and Navitas Naturals on FB!

  125. January 5, 2012 9:12 pm

    I am now an email subscriber! Thanks for the giveaway!

  126. Kelley Hooker permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:05 am

    Went to the Smoothment site and signed up for their email list.

  127. Kelley Hooker permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:06 am

    “Liked” Almost Vegan on Facebook AND Navitas Naturals on Facebook.

  128. Kelley Hooker permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:07 am

    Bonus: “liked” your FB post about the giveaway.

  129. Kelley Hooker permalink
    January 6, 2012 10:08 am

    Subscribed to Almost Vegan blog by email

  130. Maya permalink
    February 24, 2012 12:45 pm

    I signed up for the email list!

  131. Maya permalink
    February 24, 2012 12:46 pm

    Oops its all over! haha

  132. March 5, 2012 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on theHungryIrishman and commented:
    Excellent blog, “Almost Vegan”. Check it out

  133. September 26, 2012 11:37 pm

    Love green juice, great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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