Travel Month and Green Goodness Giveaway!

March is officially “Travel Month” at The Vegetable Centric Kitchen and I’m very excited about what’s coming up! Each week will feature a guest post from frequent traveler/health nuts that I admire as well as a giveaway!

Michael, of Vegus Juices, has generously agreed to host a weekly giveaway for the month of March and let me tell you: this stuff is the best! In the days prior to traveling with my juicer, I would order packages of Vegus Wheatgrass and Broccoli Sprout shots to take with me. These, along with lots of stevia-sweetened lemonade got me through without my juicer. I find these to be far superior to packets of powdered greens. There is life in these little packets!

A weekly winner will receive one container of seven pouches 4 wheatgrass and 3 broccoli delivered to your home or office by mail. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post! Just let us know you’d like to try this really awesome product and you’ll be entered. And if you don’t win this week, you have three more chances!

Now I’ll let Michael introduce Vegus to you:

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, DANGEROUS SPROUTS

I had a farm in America.

In fact I had farms in California, New York, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Colorado,
Tennessee, Texas, Arizona – and Canada. I grew beautiful sprouts and I was terrified.

Way back when there used to be hundreds or thousands of sprout growers in America.
Now there are relatively few. Where did they all go?

I watched and saw most of them go out of business because no matter how careful they
were sooner or later someone had eaten their sprouts and become ill – or died!

I looked at packets of sprouts in shops and saw overripe or rotten plants including my
own. Fact is that under perfect conditions perfect sprouts don’t last long and must be
refrigerated every step of the way from harvest to consumption. This perfect cold chain
is unreliable. (I have seen pallet loads of fresh sprouts – and yogurts! – left out on
supermarket ,loading docks for hours in the hot sun and then put on the shelves in the
stores.

Fresh sprouts are incredible sources of nutrition and people who know this want to eat
them but fresh sprouts have very little shelf life and they are easily contaminated at the
sprout farms (e:coli), in the shops or even at the seed production stage. (salmonella).
Sprouts are truly wonderful – but good enough to die for? No.

Over a period of several years I searched for a solution to the problem. Bit by bit the
technology and know-how came together. It was obvious from an early stage in the quest
that the answer would be to make juices from fresh healthy sprouts and then lock in the
goodness while locking out the dangers of bacteria, spores and accidental contamination.

Obviously, boiling or heat pasteurising the juices would eliminate the dangers – but that
would also eliminate or ruin the nutritional elements that make the sprouts so very, very
good.

I looked at various forms of “flash” pasteurisation. Guess what? Normal pasteurisation
fast or slow is too much heat and gives you a dead juice – and lacking that wonderful
fresh taste.

We investigated everything: modified radiation, electrophoresis, high vacuum, freezing,
freeze drying, chemicals (!), ultra violet light, spray drying and many, many more.

There were two basic sets of results:
a) the system didn’t work for juices or
b) they worked in that they killed the bad guys but left the juice weakened, taste-
changed, un-palatable and just plain nasty.

Then we saw that a research institute in Florida had tested a system that seemed to
work for orange juice. Their product looked like and tasted like pure, fresh squeezed
orange juice. Wonderful!! While they were unable to adapt the system to producing
tens of thousands of gallon of juice a day in a process system the technology remained
and was proven and accepted by government agencies as being at least as safe as heat
pasteurisation. This system works by subjecting the products to ultra high pressure.
(Think of ten big elephants standing on a strawberry –and then some). No chemicals, no
heat).

Since I had never dreamed of producing tens of thousands of gallons of wheatgrass
juice a day (Mmmmm. I wonder) the High Pressure System (HPS) looked great for my
purpose.

The juices are safe. While government agencies require a 5-log kill of target bacteria
for effective pasteurization the HPS delivers up to a 7-log kill. That is about 1,000
times more than required.
The temperature of the juice will only go up by about 1 degree Celsius from room
temperature during HPS. (No heat applied. Qualifies as Raw Food!)
The nutrients in the juice are unharmed
The enzymes in the juices are not denatured. (When other people tried HPS they
failed – but we do something a little extra and it works)
The taste of the juice is natural
The shelf life of the juice is up to twelve weeks – without any refrigeration.

For my own commercial reasons I set up a farm in Ireland with the idea of shipping the
juices world-wide. A little here, a little there.

At the farm, Vegus Foods produces wheatgrass juice and the fabulous broccoli sprout
juice.

Wheatgrass juice is a global favorite, widely known and recognised for its health values.

Broccoli sprout juice, to which we add a touch of mint, is not the best tasting stuff
around. Even so people buy it and drink it because of all the published science.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins published a peer-reviewed paper documenting that SGS/
Isothiocyantes, that occur naturally in young broccoli sprouts, could help prevent cancer.
Also, if you already had cancer, these SGS/Isothiocyantes in broccoli sprouts actually
slowed down tumor growth.

This created a huge demand for broccoli sprouts and it’s a demand that has never been
met. (Johns Hopkins did try to patent and monopolize the growing of broccoli sprouts
– but they lost and that’s another interesting story). The sprouts are not cheap, they have
no shelf life, there is no distribution system fast enough to get good fresh sprouts to the
consumer. In those few places where somewhat reasonably good sprouts are available
buyers don’t want to go to the store everyday and they get bored eating a bucket of
sprouts every day. Or several buckets a day. Beware of “broccoli sprouts”. When you

read the labels carefully many retail offers of broccoli sprouts turn out to be only 10%
broccoli and the rest alfalfa, clover, radish. At up to €1.99 a box you need to eat €20 a
day to get a full daily dose of SGS!)

Johns Hopkins also said that the optimal dose was about 78 mgs of SGS/Isothiocyanates
every other day. Vegus Foods had the broccoli sprout juice tested at an independent lab
using the approved HPLC comparative testing. The assay came back as 39 mgs per shot,
which is just about the perfect daily dose and couldn’t have been better if we’d planned it.
Note that this is a “maintenance dose”. If people already have cancer, for example, they
double or triple the daily dose.

Then other studies were made and published around the world showing that the same
broccoli sprout phytonutrients were useful in preventing or treating a whole long list
of conditions including: heart disease, cancer, macular degeneration, stomach ulcers,
Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, the University of California at Los Angeles even
suggested they might slow down the ageing process. Wow! Hard science supporting a
natural product. This is rare.

Our little company is the only producer in the world of these juices in this form and while
we are happy to tell the world of the wonders of High Pressure Processing we are also
happy to know that lots of other people have tried this without success. (We don’t tell
anyone just how we manage to succeed where they fail).

Vegus Foods is still a very small company but we are growing steadily. Soon we will add
new products: raw chocolate wheatgrass juice and a naturally sweet barley grass juice.
(The barley grass powders that are now so popular usually contain about 25% added
maltodextrose and magnesium stearate – not health foods!)

The Vegus juices now go out to consumers, stores and distributors in Spain, Great
Britain, Ireland, Slovenia, Greece, Belgium, Holland, America, Australia, Taiwan,
Poland, Romania, Italy, Switzerland, Cyprus and more with much more to come.

Now if we could just set up a small farm in Tibet, harvest high altitude goji berries and
make juice right there on the mountain and then treat it with HPS and ship it world wide.
Mmmm.

There you have it! You have until Friday the 9th to enter by leaving a comment, Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

***Update: Continue to comment on this post throughout the month of March for extra chances to win every week! Only one comment per week but as long as you’ve commented once you’re still in the running. Each comment just gives you an extra shot 🙂 Winners announced every Friday!

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124 responses to “Travel Month and Green Goodness Giveaway!

  1. Debbie Goggins

    I would love to try this product!

    • Caprice Brochu

      I would love to try it out!!
      Sounds perfect for outdoor activities or just out and about running around where we want a shot of delicious alkalinity to keep us going strong!!

    • Elisha Petree

      your actually giving this away! ME ME ME! I would LOVE promoting this stuff for Ya’ll. Ive tried something similar..and was sold out 🙂

  2. Jenny

    I would love the opportunity to try this!! Sounds great!

  3. Amy

    Hi, I would be very excited to try this. thanks!

  4. I would LOVE to try this product! Being a busy mom it would be so fantastic to have a little packet of energy I can grab to take with me on all our adventures!

  5. Sarah Voiles

    WOW!! These little guys look amazing! Makes me so happy to know of an easy solution for traveling and getting in my lovely greens. I’m thinking these are perfect for camping trips this summer!!! I can’t wait to try them 🙂

  6. I’d love a chance to win. Thank you guys.

    Aubrey

  7. Heather Carson

    wow – so fascinating. I’m like you, Rande, when I travel my juice is non-negotiable! I freeze and bring with me, but sometimes… my travel plans change and it is hard to plan the perfect amount. These would be so perfect! and also for the days when I run out of juice at home – to bridge making the next batch. Thanks for introducing us to this!

  8. Kristie

    Eeeek these look wonderful! Would love the chance to get my paws on these 🙂

  9. I would love to try these. I’m pretty curious about the broccoli sprout juice in particular…

  10. Kibby

    I have never heard of the product before. I would LOVE to win and try it. They look fabulous! Thanks!

  11. Gittele

    I’d love to know where I can get these in the UK, he says they are here but I can’t seem to find it. Michael, can you help? Thanks!

  12. Sam

    How exciting! I’m crossing my fingers ;0)

    (and raw chocolate wheatgrass shots?? that sounds unreal!)

  13. Anonymous

    These would be wonderful to try, especially when I travel!

  14. HC

    These products sounds amazing! I would love to try these especially during my travels!

  15. Pick me! Pretty Pleeeeease!! I too am traveling this month but only for a week but I get to go to Iceland! YAY!

  16. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

  17. Jen

    This would be a really great answer for juice when traveling for a day or so. Previously if I did a day or 2 trip, sometimes I just skipped my juice and just had fruit for convenience. Happy to know there is a better answer!

  18. I’ve heard of Vegus Juices, but have never tried them– now I want to! What a perfect solution for traveling. 🙂

  19. Anonymous

    These sound great; I would love to try them!

  20. Francesca

    would love to try this! have never juiced because i don’t have the right access or equipment so this’d be a great way to try!

  21. Amanda

    Would love to try!! Thanks!!

  22. ooooh! looks like pure awesomeness! i’d LOVE to give it a try.

  23. jennifer powers

    These look great, little live packs of sunshine ready to travel! I would love to try them! : )

  24. carah

    oh i would love to try this-ive been tryin new things and becoming more green so this would be a awesome jumpstart!!! please and thank you!

  25. These would be perfect for traveling! I would love to try them as well 🙂

  26. michelle

    I am so glad you are doing a segment on travel. I travel a lot too and that’s when my good eating habits backfire. Thanks so much and I would love to try the Vegus packs 🙂

  27. Tatum

    Looking forward to trying them both! I’m wondering if they will be available in stores in the U.S.?

  28. mamie

    This product sounds interesting and I would love to have the chance to try it out 🙂

    • mamie

      Second try! I would love to get to try Vegus Juice! Also, on a similar note, I’m pretty much obsessed with the Vegetable Centric Kitchen 😛 You’ve changed my life for the better 🙂 I’ve found this blog so helpful..it led me to Natalia Rose and so many other things that have made me feel really good. So, thank you 🙂 Much love and appreciation!

      • Rande McDaniel

        Good luck and THANK YOU for this comment! Absolutely made my day to read 🙂 I’m so happy that you’ve found something helpful here, Natalia has changed MY life for the better and I’m always thrilled to introduce other people to her work!

  29. Natasha May

    Love it, Rande. Thanks for your inspiring and beautiful blog and thanks to the guest blogger today for info about this interesting product – of course, I’d love to try it!

    PS. I really love the way you write Rande and look forward to every new blog and reflective thoughtfulness you offer the world!! Wonderful!

  30. Andrea

    I would LOVE to try this!

  31. Oh, for some reason my first comment didn’t work…so count me in!

  32. Tegan Mirovsky

    I am traveling every weekend this (and next) month! I would love to give these a try!

  33. Patrick Fannon

    Thought about trying these a while back. Hope I win!

  34. Sharon Felten

    This is so exciting. I would love to try this and I know some people that I would pass this on to. By the way you had me in I had a farm…..so reminded me of one of my favorite movies….anyone that knows that must be pretty darn cool 🙂
    Sharon

  35. Megan

    Im just starting out on the juicing lifestyle adventure and would love to sample these!

  36. Angela

    Would really LOVE to try this product!!

  37. Jenny

    I haven’t seen these at our tiny natural foods store – would love to try them out! green goodness in a box.

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  39. I’d love to try it! Thanks for entering me.

  40. Anonymous

    I love his story and would be thrilled to try these powdered juices. Looks like a great way to get my juice while traveling!

  41. Elizabeth

    This would be perfect for our upcoming trip to Alaska! Would love to try these!

  42. Kim

    Count me in!! Those look awesome!! 🙂

  43. Ashley

    I’d love to try!!!

  44. SammyCakes

    OOOOoooo… I want some : )

  45. Vegnchick

    Sound amazing! I would love to try this!

  46. ariel

    These sound like a great option for travel. Much more appealing than green powders for when I can’t get fresh juice. 🙂 Thanks, Rande!

  47. bitt

    These sound great! Would love to try them.

  48. Hi, I would really love to try this product! Thank you!

  49. Kat

    This looks fantastic — and so convenient for my upcoming travels and racing!!! I would love to try it!

  50. domestic diva

    This sounds great for when I’m on the road. I’d like to give it a try.

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  53. Kibby

    I would love to try these. Chock full of GOODNESS!

  54. Amy

    I would love to try this

  55. sounds great. leaving Friday for Mexico for 8 days. Can I get it by Tuursday?

  56. HC

    Would love to try these juices!!

  57. HC

    I’d take them along while flying to see my mom in Texas from AZ.

  58. SammyCakes

    I want to try this stuff so bad!

  59. wow broccoli sprout juice – sounds interesting – is it fruit-y?

  60. Ashley

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  62. Natasha May

    Still loving the blog … thanks for the Vegus offer. And its been nice getting the email notices about new posts!

  63. Gonna reenter again cuz i really want to win!!:)

  64. Kellie G

    Would love to try this!

  65. Alice

    I would looooovve to try this, it sounds amazing

  66. I would love to try this out! I’ve always been so nervous about sprouts, but this sounds safe! 🙂

  67. Kristen Wirth

    I would love to win this prize and it sounds Yummy!!!

  68. Manette Gutterman

    Would live to try these!! Thanks for the chance to try something new!

  69. casey hicks

    yes please!

  70. Linda Vaughn

    I would really love to try these products!!!

  71. Alicia chafin

    These sound very cool. Would love to try!

  72. Kianiwai

    Looks Awesome!

  73. Jennifer Anderson

    We are just beginning a juicing, smoothie lifestyle here. I would love the opportunity to try such an amazing product! We have three very athletic, active children and are teaching them how to care for their bodies and health early on!

  74. Erin

    I’m starting to eat healthier since the nice weather is coming…this would be a perfect boost 🙂

  75. This would be a perfect alternative to traveling with my juicer. I would love to try it out.

  76. Tawni Miller

    I would love to try your product! Line!

  77. Tabitha

    I would love to try your product! I’m a grad student looking for ways to improve my health and learn good habits that will benefit me throughout my lifetime!

  78. Cassie

    I would like to try it!

  79. healthierbytheday

    So excited to try this! I am training for the 3-day, 60-mile walk and was wondering how I would get my green juice. This would be perfect!

  80. Susanne Lucey

    In brand new to the “juicing” world and am looking for ideas! This sounds like a great start!! I would love to try these products! Thanks!

  81. Jen C.

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous idea! How have I not heard of this?!? Love to try it while my juicer is in the shop

  82. Kibby

    would LOVE to try this product – really!!

  83. manda

    Love to try it!

  84. Tece Markel

    sounds like a wonderful way to supplement my regular juicing, especially with outdoor activities gearing up soon!

  85. I have so many health issues and no income! I NEED this!

  86. Maria Daniels

    I have been eating healthy. I would love to try a new product!

  87. Elizabeth

    Would love to try these! What a great, high-quality solution for traveling!

  88. alyssa

    Yay these sound amazing!! I want to try them!

  89. Debbie

    I would really like to try this product. Have been juicing for a couple of months and now have a week long trip where I can’t take juicer. What to do?

  90. Tamara Lukie

    how great do these sound! I would love to try them out (hope you ship to Canada….)
    Thanks girl!!!
    T

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  92. SammyCakes

    I must win this!!!

  93. Amanda

    I want to win next time :)!!

  94. jennifer powers

    I hope its me this time!

  95. I would love to try these! I am always worried about traveling because I just don’t feel as good when I don’t have my green juice. It’s what I live on during the day. I am actually going to be traveling with my 3 yr. old daughter to Disneyworld next month and would love to have these to bring along.

  96. Just returned from Iceland! What a magical country and oh yes they do celebrate St. Paddy’s day! I think I need to get back to my normal eating habits! Pick me:)

  97. Debbie

    Really want to try this. Can you order to try if you don’t win?

  98. katy

    This sounds amazing! So much time and effort went into each packet. I would be honored to try it. This would be great to have on a daily basis, but especially when traveling.

  99. Debbie

    Traveling soon. Could really uses a few packs.

  100. Anja

    i was just looking up travel juicers… but i think these would definitely suffice in the mean time…
    !

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  102. Amanda

    I am about to be traveling more so trying one more time to win the to go juices 🙂

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  104. singa123

    Entering again. Hoping:)

  105. singa123

    Entering again:)

  106. singa123

    Entering 🙂

  107. SammyCakes

    Still optimistic… Still want to try this lol

  108. singa123

    ONE MORE TIME:)!

  109. Sonnet

    What a cool product! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

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