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Blendtec Giveaway {Closed}


This giveaway is closed. Winner will be announced July 28!


Hey party people! We’re rockin’ our way through the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and loving every minute of it. Are you?

To celebrate your awesomeness…

We’re giving away a brand spankin’ new Blendtec Designer 725 + WildSide Jar to one lucky rawkstar!

In case you didn’t know, we love Blendtec! Even when traveling, it comes along. Seriously! We stuff that awesome blender into our backpacks so we can blend green smoothies while we’re traveling to exciting places. We never want to be without a green smoothie!


If that fact alone doesn’t make you want to own a Blendtec, here’s 5 more reasons Blendtec blenders rocks:

  1. Whips up the creamiest green smoothies out there in no time flat. No more chunks!
  2. Dips, nut butters and ice creams, Oh my! Make your own tasty treats and save time and money.
  3. Comes with an incredible 8-year warranty: These bad boys keep on blending and blending and blending.
  4. Preprogrammed buttons so it does all the thinking for you. (There’s even a smoothie button! Yay!)
  5. Incredible 1725 watt / 3.4 horsepower motor. This muscle machine will do all the hard work for you.




Giveaway: Blendtec 725 Series Blender

To enter our giveaway, you must do these two simple but REQUIRED steps:

1. Sign up for our FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. (If you’re already signed up for our challenge, then no need to do it again. We got ya covered.)


2. Leave a comment below this article and let us know how green smoothies have changed your life. (We will share the winning response in our newsletter on July 30.)

NOTE: This giveaway is only available to U.S. residents (we wish everyone could enter).


That’s it! Now, share with your friends and spread the green smoothie love! Who knows? You or a friend might be the lucky winner of a new shiny Blendtec blender.


This giveaway runs July 15 – July 24. One lucky winner will be announced on July 28, 2014 via email. Retail Value of this blender is $649.95.

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  1. Nedra

    July 24th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    GREEN SMOOTHIES have literally saved my kids (and my) life. I have always been a bit of a healthy-ish person 🙂 but it really kicked in when I gave birth to my first son who was diagnosed with LCHAD, a very rare fat metabolism disease (can eat/process fatty foods). Needless to say this force a change. After having my daughter and finding out she had the same rare disorder, it was clear I was destined to eat well! LOL. However I have VERY demanding job and travel often which makes it challenge to make healthy meals. My kids are also oder 8/12 so are also on the go. I decided to get back to juicing and smoothies to be able to give them something healthy that could sustain them and is easy to do. They love it and THANK goodness for green smoothie because I now have some variety (they thank you as well). The recipes and advice contribute to me offer my kids a healthy diet that allows them to LITERALLY live one more day. Now all I need is a faster blender.. *wink*

  2. Peta-Gay

    July 24th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    I am fully a rawkstar! I signed up for the 30-day challenge totally new to the world green smoothie. At this stage in the challenge, I have a green smoothie for breakfast and dinner. I changed my entire diet and it was so easy. I have never felt so full of energy and light! My skin is glowing, my eyes are no longer as red and baggy and I feel full for at least 3 hours. The recipes are super delicious! I add protein powder and flaxseed/chia seeds/sun flower seeds. YUM! I have got the entire family interested in green smoothies and eating more lean/clean foods.

    Thanks Jen and Jadah

  3. Armanda

    July 24th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    My friend introduced me to simple green smoothies, and I’m SO glad she did! My kids and I love them and I love that they ask me to make them smoothies! Healthy & delicious! What could be better than that? 🙂

  4. Summer

    July 24th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Before green smoothies I was run down. Drinking about a pot of coffee a day. My long days at work felt like a never ending battle. Since i have started green smoothies I have so much energy. I was even more motivated to exercise. I feel lighter on my feet. As coffee had once become what I thought was my life line is now a luxury that I can enjoy rather than feel like I need. They have also inspired me to make better meal decisions. By simply adding 2 green smoothies to my day I have changed the way I feel and live.

  5. Courtney

    July 24th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I have always been health conscious but too busy (or so it seemed) to actually get in all the greens that I needed. Green smoothies always seemed too leafy to me. BUT since doing the Simple Green Smoothie Challenge back in January, I can’t get enough. Me, my kids and my husband! The tips and tricks to give green smoothies a great consistency and variety has been amazingly helpful!

  6. Ratar

    July 24th, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hi, All Rawkstars !! I’ve just started rocking the Green world ten days ago But I have a confession to make .. I am having an affair with this green monster:) I never thought I’d get into this real quick. And I still not believe LOL because I am not a raw veggie’s fan at all. The affair begins when my partner want to try a green monster. This changes my life!!! I never thought I would become a morning person this easily Never feel dull and drowsy YIPPEE \(^^)/ I firstly plan to get back to sleep after blending everything up and sending the monster to my partner. Things, however, don’t go as planned. I feel fresh and feel like I have more energy to start my day right away. The lovely monster even urges me to do more healthy activity like yoga (I think I should find an after-work out recipe to try) These day the monster change me to have more health concerns. Be aware of What I am eating… Try to have more Real Food daily … I feel more love and compassion to myself. Thanks to my sexy love affair aka the green monster!! Xoxo

  7. Chelsee

    July 24th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    I started drinking green smoothies 2 years ago when I graduated from college and was ready to embark upon a healthy lifestyle. I absolutely love them! I start every day with a smoothie. My refrigerator is never without fruits and leafy greens. I love creating my own recipes – especially with fresh summer fruits and veggies. My boyfriend recently injured his knee and had to temporarily put his active lifestyle on hold. I’ve been doubling up on my daily green smoothie to keep him healthy as energized during his recovery. He loves them and I don’t think he’ll stop drinking them anytime soon. We love our green smoothie lifestyle!

  8. Lori

    July 24th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    When I started this 30 day challenge, I already liked a lot of the things in the smoothie recipes, but found it hard to eat them as much as I’d like. Putting them into smoothie form has made it so easy to eat healthy for this busy working mom! My favorite 30 day challenge green smoothie recipes have been Melona, Citrus Breeze, and Watermelon Fresca, though all the recipes have been tasty. This challenge really made it easy to try new smoothies with the recipe lists for the week, and the creative smoothie recipes, being delivered right to my email. This challenge has made me feel healthier and more energized. I have always wanted to be a good role model for my toddler, and I have included him, along with the rest of my family, in the challenge. He loves the smoothies, which makes it easy for me to have him continue to eat healthy foods so he has healthy food habits as he grows up. My husband loves the smoothies too. I really wanted to get my parents to try the challenge with me, especially my dad, who has Crohn’s disease. He had to have surgery on his intestines a couple years ago, but he still eats fast food and unhealthy stuff that affects him. No veggies for him. I made the Citrus Breeze smoothie the first week of the challenge, without telling him what was in it, and he loved it! He’s been doing the challenge and feeling good, and I hope that it turns into a lifestyle change for him. I work at a nature center where we want to educate people about the natural world around us and I shared the smoothie challenge with my coworkers and volunteers there. They have loved it, and we’ve discussed the different recipes around the break room table. We have a CSA program through our center’s farm, and this smoothie challenge has inspired us to do a program for our CSA members to have them learn how to use their CSA shares to make yummy green smoothies. I’ve looked into juicing and smoothies, and I really feel smoothies are a better bang for your buck and more filling than just juices on their own. For the challenge, I have been using my Hamilton Beach blender that I bought the summer before starting college, 17 years ago! I’m happy it’s lasted this long, but I would love to upgrade to an awesome Blendtec blender that could easily blend the more solid produce. Thank you for making drinking green so easy!

  9. Elise

    July 24th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I recently started the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and since then, I have felt great! Besides looking forward to drinking smoothies every morning, I don’t need coffee daily and I never crash throughout the day. In the past few months I stopped eating gluten due to dietary restrictions and this has really helped me stay on track. My boyfriend and I have enjoyed making the recipes our own by experimenting with all types of fruits, greens, and other veggies.

    Our only problem is that is take over 20 minutes per smoothie with our cheap little blender. We long for the day that we have a Blendtec and we can whip up smoothies momentarily instead of waking up 30 minutes early to make sure they’re blended before we leave the house.

  10. Erika

    July 24th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Green Smoothies have inspired a song!!!! :)(to the tune of On Top of Old Smokey otherwise known as On Top of Spaghetti)

    On top of my counter
    All filled up with kale
    Sits my faithful blender
    The heart of my tale,

    The Jen and the Jadah
    Are real life heroes
    Because of their smoothies
    I have less health woes,

    I love rawkstar smoothies
    All filled up with greens
    I have so much zip now
    I feel like a teen

    My energy level
    Has gone through the roof
    My work all gets done now
    Just that is my proof

    Since I started smoothies
    My skin really glows
    My body feels healthy
    From head to my toes

    I do not crave junkfood
    It tastes bad to me
    My body wants spinach
    I’ve gone caffeine-free

    I’ve lost many inches
    And several pounds
    Cholesterol’s normal
    Blood pressure is down,

    My family runs screaming
    They head out the door
    They don’t care for smoothies
    Oh well, I’ve got more,

    But maybe next summer
    Perhaps they will see
    How awesomely yummy
    Green smoothies can be,

    So if you are thinking
    Of joining this scene
    Don’t wait just go do it
    Start blending, drink greens!!!

    (take that, spaghetti and meatballs!!!)

  11. Lourdes

    July 24th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    “I want to be happy and healthy.” A simple statement but not a simple task. And of course, being happy is synonymous with being healthy, but throw in the busyness of everyday life and it is no easy feat. Green smoothies have been a total game changer. Green smoothies have made it simple and easy for me to develop an ideal healthy lifestyle no matter how busy I am. Not only am I meeting the recommended amount of fruits and veggies on a daily basis, but sometimes I’m even exceeding it. How’s that for rawkstar status? 🙂 I’ve said good-bye to that nasty snack food that has enough preservatives to last until the next generation, and hello to a deliciously fresh smoothie that keeps me full and productive (goodbye food coma) until my next meal! I’ve been making green smoothies on a regular basis prior to finding Simple Green Smoothies and it was like a child on Christmas morning stumbling upon you guys. You’ve built a community of rawkstars and I’m happy to be a part of it.

  12. Monica

    July 24th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I have had a green smoothie every morning since I found you! I think that has been about 6 months now. I do have to modify and not use some of the harder fruits and vegetables so I don’t bust my Cuisinart so I would love to win a Blendtec and really follow the recipes! I would also love to make soups in the fall so hoping this is the lucky entry!
    Green Smoothies and your newsletter and recipes and encouragement have changed my life – not only do I feel healthier but it is great for budgeting which is important to me. I just have to find greens on sale either kale or spinach, frozen fruit from Costco that lasts a month or so and then a banana or other fresh fruit to mix it up. I love your recipes that give a different flavor by adding some ginger or different fruit combinations so it never gets boring!

  13. Andrea

    July 24th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Green smoothies have completely changed the course of my typical afternoon. I’ve always been an afternoon snacker, but have struggled to find something that’s healthy, yummy, and filling enough to hold me over until dinner. Green smoothies to the rescue! Without fail, a green smoothie has filled that void every day. And as a bonus, I’m healthier and happier now that I’m making better food choices for myself.

  14. Erin

    July 24th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Love green smoothies. Never thought I’d drink them because I always thought ‘how can people drink green stuff’. The recipes are great and natural. Had a Jamba Juice (think I’ve only had 5 in my life) yesterday- doesn’t even compare to green smoothies. Thanks for openings eyes to a healthy beverage, snack, supplement. Been using a regular black & decker blender for my family of five until it can’t handle it anymore. A more powerful one would be nice.

  15. Faren

    July 24th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    LOOOVE green smoothies. My 2 year old also loves them. Best part is that we both get more of the nutrients we need. Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes.

  16. Marci

    July 24th, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    Well, today is the start of my 30-day challenge. My kids and I are taking it on and I would love a new blender to kick it into gear. We have a basic blender and hoping it will be able to survive our challenge of at least 4 green smoothies a day, possibly more!!

  17. Ann S.

    July 24th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    I started this year with a green smoothie challenge! My first ever and I really got the best start to the year I’ve ever had. We had an Oster blender and it did very well for my smoothie making (with the help of blending the greens first). Unfortunately, halfway through the year, our Oster blender burned out and we started using a smaller less powerful blender which doesn’t create a smooth consistency in our smoothies. 🙁 Starting off my day with green smoothies is my favorite way, but I do want yummy smoothies. I know that if I got a Blendtec blender, green smoothies would be a bigger part of my life and it would be a step in the right direction toward a healthier life! Love being a rawkstar! Thanks 🙂

  18. Gabby

    July 24th, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Green smoothies have had a great positive impact on my life. Despite being a year round athlete all my life, I have always been overweight and made fun of due to it. Coaches and opponents didn’t take me seriously due to my weight. My body appeared the complete opposite of athleticism. No matter what I did, I just could not lose the weight. It was virtually impossible! I was so unhappy so I started cutting out meals. It negatively affected my performance and health. My body became depleted from all the nutrients it needed. Now, with the introduction of green smoothies, my body has done a 180. I know have even more energy, I am just shedding the extra weight, and now people are taking me seriously. I have a newfound confidence, the only thing is I am not able to afford a blender that will make my SMOOTHies actually smooth. All the variations give me everything I need and go perfect with my lifestyle. It’s just kinda hard to get down all the nutrients when it’s chunky. 🙂

  19. Maria

    July 24th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I have recently transitioned directly from omnivore to vegan. It’s been a bit challenging getting started since I went cold turkey and have had so much to learn to make sure I get all my nutritional needs met. Then I discovered green smoothies that have been making my transition so much “smoother”. 🙂 A new Blendtec would be totally rock, and I know I could make great use of it as I follow my new pathway in life! Thank you so much for this opportunity!

  20. Jessica Andrade

    July 24th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Three years ago, I was exercising six days a week and eating clean. I awoke one night with severe pain in my lower abdomen. The pain had started earlier that day but it was dull so I attributed it to gas or anxiety from my college final exams. That night my boyfriend had to rush me to the hospital as I was screaming in pain. It was the worse pain of my life. I have never had to go to the hospital because I was always pretty healthy and I handle pain pretty well. I was later diagnosed with an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit and it could rupture at any moment! My doctor said this cyst was the equivalent of being four months pregnant! This diagnosis was a huge surprise because I had been eating clean, exercising, and overall leading a healthy lifestyle. It was a huge blow as well because I did not have health insurance. After my boyfriend, family members, and I came up with the $2,000 just to book the surgery, I had the surgery and had to recover. During and after my recovery, I felt depressed and defeated. I thought that if I lead a healthy lifestyle that I would be healthy! Fast forward to last year when I started looking up recipes for green smoothies. That’s when I signed up for your emails. However, I would always start the challenge but never finish. I would always just do one smoothie a day for about a week and give up. I continued to feel depressed, have little energy, bloated, constipated, and tired. Finally, after realizing that at 27 years old I should definitely not feel this way, I decided to start the challenge this month. I use an old blender and although my smoothies are chunky I don’t care. I’m doing it. My husband, the boyfriend from earlier in my story, has even started drinking them! You two are helping so many people through this simple challenge! I’m so glad I found y’all! I love how I feel and I feel like a rawkstar!

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