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The Winner of the JGS Feast Is…

I’m so excited to announce the winner of this prize! I actually wish was the lucky fan about to enjoy a week-long Jamaican Green Smoothie Feast – absolutely FREE.

Custom-made, freshly blended, authentically Jamaican, 100% raw/unprocessed, no-water-added jars of deliciousness are going to be delivered to the home or office of one lucky reader. Earlier this month, I announced that owners of the Kindle edition of “Jamaican Green Smoothies” stood the chance to win 6 green smoothies, blended and delivered by Live Juice Bar!

Well, the results are in!

 

Congratulations and enjoy!

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WIN a Jamaican Green Smoothie Feast!

On Monday, I received the first copy of the paperback edition of “Jamaican Green Smoothies: The Essential Guide to Transforming Your Life One Cup at a Time with the Leafy Greens & Fruits in Your Backyard“. I was so overjoyed that I decided I needed to say “Thanks” to all the persons who supported the kindle ebook version of the JGS Essential Guide. Since it was first published (May 5, 2014), hundreds of persons from around the world (using Amazon’s various regional websites) have downloaded the book. In fact, the earliest customer reviews on Amazon helped me to tweak the content (add more photos and get a review and endorsement from Food & Nutrition Scientist, Yanique Rodgers) and even improve the cover. So, in more ways than one, I’m indebted to you, my readers, for the success this book has seen. This is why I’m giving away a 1-week supply of Jamaican Green Smoothies, courtesy of Live Juice Bar to one of you!

 

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Sweepstake Details
This one-week Jamaican Green Smoothie Feast includes 6 freshly blended, Jamaican Green Smoothies delivered (2 at a time) over 3 days (e.g. Monday, Wednesday, Friday) to your address (within the Kingston & St. Andrew corporate area) – for FREE!

You can get details on how to enter this sweepstake by: (1) Checking your email, if you are on the 30-Day Jamaican Green Smoothie Challenge mailing list OR (2) Signing up to receive the email with the info here: http://bit.ly/FREEJGSGift

The deadline for entries is September 10, 2014.
The randomly selected winner will be announced on September 12, 2014.

Only persons who own a copy of the Kindle edition of the Jamaican Green Smoothies book will be able to enter. Please remember that this is my ‘Thank You’ gesture to my first supporters, so NO PURCHASE is NECESSARY! In fact, many of you never even paid for your copies of the book, because you were able to download it during one of the FREE Book Promotions that were held.

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Terms & Conditions
The “Jamaican Green Smoothie Feast” sweepstake is limited to Jamaican Residents. Void where prohibited. No charges nor fees to enter. No purchase necessary. Not a lottery, but a sweepstake. So the winner will be selected by random drawing. Free delivery of gift is limited to the Kingston & St. Andrew corporate area. My family members, co-habitants, the owners and employees of Live Juice Bar are not eligible for entry. The odds of winning depends on the number of participants.

 

So, don’t waste a minute!
Get signed up to find out how you can enter to win. Click THIS link or copy and paste this URL  into your browser: http://bit.ly/FREEJGSGift

Green Smoothies by Live Juice Bar
Green Smoothies by Live Juice Bar

 

 

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Yummy Instant Cashew Cheese

I had sort of gotten used to ‘life without cheese’, after a couple of decades of being a cheese addict. But, now I think I’m getting back on the cheese junkie train. LOL. But, not the regular dairy cheese – that stuff is still prohibited. My new fave ingredient is an instant cashew cheese that I’ve found, here in Japan. Kempo – a health food store (they do mail order, and just opened a shop in Tokyo this month) – was passing out samples of the cheese and I decided to try it. I tossed it into a couple of dishes and have been completely won over! Now, I’m seeing a lot of cheesy dishes in the future 😀

 

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I Love This Cheese!
In the past, I’ve enjoyed my little sister’s homemade Classic Cashew Cheese (recipe link) and thoroughly enjoyed it. But, whenever I fork out the cash to buy cashews, I normally don’t have the resolve to keep them for making anything. I just munch on them because they’re so yummy straight out the bag. Which is part of the reason I really like this instant cashew cheese: just add water and mix until smooth and creamy. (I think the instructions mention using a blender to get it just right, but I’ve just done it by hand.) If you visit Kempo’s online store, you’ll find that they sell the Cashew Nut Powder, Nutritional Yeast and different vegetable powders (like onion or garlic). So, I’m sure it’s possible to use those ingredients and make your own instant cheese. But, the 150 gram packet for ¥450 is a deal for me.

 

 

This 1 pizza became 3 pizzas before lunch was through. LOL.
I started with 1 ‘test’ pizza and ended up making 3 pizzas before lunch was up.

 

Some Cheesy Experiments
Sheila (the lovely lady who gave me my first Instant Cashew Cheese sample and took my order when I later decided to buy some more cheese and other stuff from Kempo) gave me the basic instructions for using the cheese powder, plus some recipe ideas. The guideline is 2 parts cheese powder to 1 part water. However, in some cases I’ve added less water to get a thicker consistency for the cheesy sauce. Some recipe suggestions she gave me were:

  • Sprinkle the cheese powder on just-boiled and drained pasta for a cheesy ‘sauce’.
  • Sprinkle the cheese powder into potatoes as you are mashing them.
  • Make the cheesy sauce a little thinner and pour on toast or sliced potatoes, then bake or toast them till the cheese looks toasty.
  • Toss some boiled potatoes into tomato sauce (canned is fine), then spread them out on a baking dish and smother in cheese sauce, for a potato pizza. (You can add olives or mushrooms, too!)

She also mentioned that you can store the Instant Cashew Cheese powder at room temperature. But, if you plan to keep it for a long time, she recommends refrigeration – to keep rancidity away (now that the weather is hot).

 

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Lentil Casserole
So, I have to admit that I was a bit nervous using the cheese powder, at first. I tried it in my ‘famous’ Pasta Casserole. I usually use tofu to make a ricotta cheese, but this time, I skipped the tofu. Instead, I tossed the pasta into some white sauce (grateful for that Food & Nutrition lesson in High school – LOL) and used the Cashew Cheese powder to give the ‘cheese’ taste. In one casserole dish, I just sprinkled the cheese powder between the layers of pasta, lentils and tomato sauce; but in the other casserole dish, I made a cheesy sauce. I think the one with the cheese sauce tasted more flavourful and creamier. I took pics of the whole process, but now I can’t remember which device I stored them on – so maybe I’ll add them later.

Eggplant Pizza
I love pizza! My parents used to keep frozen pizzas in the deep freezer and on when we ran out, we loved ordering delivery. So, I just happened to have some pizza crusts sitting in the freezer – don’t follow me, make your own pizza crust 😉 However, I never had my favourite toppings – only a couple eggplants, some sweet peppers and an onion. I always try to keep tomato sauce in stock, too. So, I tossed all these onto the pizza crust – along with some Instant Cashew Cheesy Sauce and WOW! We ended up eating three pizzas for lunch – it was so good! Did I mention they were personal-sized crusts? *ahem* Now, to tell you how good this cheesy sauce made the pizza: Mr. Amazing is NOT a fan of pizza, but declared that it tasted really good and asked for more. Just so you know: I licked my plate – LOL. If it’s only to make pizza, I’ll be keeping this Instant Cashew Cheese in my kitchen as a mainstay.

Pasta Parmesan
For a quick dinner the other day, I boiled up some spaghetti and poured on my favourite mushroom pasta sauce then sprinkled the cashew cheese powder on top. WOW! I’m not sure I’ll have pasta without it again. It makes everything taste so rich and CREAMY! Yup – I’m sold.

 

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Instant Cashew Cheese Pizza Toast (Credit: Kempo)

 

Would you like to try Kempo’s Instant Cashew Cheese? Let me hook you up! If you’re in Japan, please like my Facebook page, and leave a comment beneath the “Yummy Instant Cashew Cheese” post.

 

 

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“Jamaican Green Smoothies” is on Kindle!

Yes, you read correctly! I’m officially a self-published author.

 

It has been quite the journey – one year to be exact – since I got the idea to publish my own books. I have always enjoyed writing and have drafted the outlines for a number of books and even started working on the manuscript for a few. But, I never really knew how to write a book or how to get one published. Let’s just say that because of the selfless and high quality investments of a number of writing/publishing and business coaches, I have woken up to realising my dream is my reality. So, I am forever grateful and thoroughly excited about the prospects from here on.

 

So, What’s In The Book?

Hundreds of persons have joined the Jamaican Green Smoothie movement and this train is not stopping any time soon. In fact, my newly published Kindle eBook: “Jamaican Green Smoothies” is here to take things to another level! Maybe you heard the buzz and you probably gazed quizzically at a green smoothie or two, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge. Or maybe you’ve been sampling cups of the green goodness, but you still want to know more about this trend of blending leafy greens and fruits into creamy emulsions. The Jamaican Green Smoothies book will fill all those gaps.

Jamaican Green Smoothies: The Essential Guide to Transforming Your Life, One Cup at a Time, with the Leafy Greens & Fruits in Your Backyard” will help you to:

  • Learn what green smoothies are and how to make them.
  • Discover the benefits of a green smoothie habit.
  • Avoid the potential hazards that come with drinking leafy greens.

But, Jamaican Green Smoothies is not just a Green Smoothie 101 textbook – it includes recipes! You will be able to explore over 30 Recipes – a different Jamaican Green Smoothie for each day of the month – including recipes for:

  • Your Daily Green Smoothie Habit
  • Your Weekend Treats
  • Your One-Week Detox
  • Your Weight Loss Plan

The recipes that you will find in the Jamaican Green Smoothies Kindle eBook are one of a kind, because they will guide you in making smooth and creamy blends that:

  • Use affordable (or free), locally-grown ingredients.
  • Take 5 minutes or less of your day to make.
  • Deliciously satisfy your daily requirement for fruits and vegetables.
  • Balance your diet, improve your health and transform your lifestyle.
  • Will not place any dietary restrictions on you.

Jamaican Green Smoothies also includes 15 BONUS Celebrity Gourmet Recipes! This additional chapter features some favourite Jamaican Green Smoothie blends created by some prominent, yet regular Jamaican men and women, who have been enjoying the Green Smoothie habit for a long time and continue to reap the benefits.

 

Giving You Free Downloads

The price in the Kindle Store is currently US$4.99 and that’s a deal! Just a Nanny ($J500). After all, where else can you find Green Smoothie recipes using Jamaican leafy greens, fruits, liquids and extras? Well, I’m so happy to share the book with you, that I’ll be giving it away for FREE!

Free Download

On Friday May 9th, please go to Amazon’s Kindle Store and get your copy, completely FREE of cost! The only thing I ask in return, is that you leave a great review on Amazon for others to see.

Don’t have a Kindle device? Neither do I! LOL. That’s because Amazon offers Free Kindle Reading Apps that allow us to enjoy ebooks on our PCs or mobile devices (e.g. Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, Android). I read most of my Kindle books using the Kindle Cloud Reader (in my internet browser – no downloading required). So, please get your copy of my book, tell a friend to get a copy and PLEASE be sure to leave a review!

Thanks again for all the support and encouragement. I hope you enjoy the book’s content and the benefits of  developing a green smoothie habit.