Giveaway Friday: A Yummy Offer from YumUniverse

Yum Universe Lifetime Membership

Update: This giveaway has closed.

It’s Friday, and I took an exam this morning, which means I’m exhausted, and also that I’m running low on recipe action for the week. Fortunately, I have both a winner to announce for my Rawxies giveaway, and also a new giveaway to offer the CR community. What a wonderful way to end the week!

If you’ve never taken a peek at the sumptuous photos, plentiful recipes, or fun workout videos at YumUniverse, I’m officially issuing you an invitation to check the site out. YumUniverse is the creation of Heather Crosby, a plant-based recipe developer, fitness expert, and health coach (she completed T. Colin Campbell’s program at Cornell).

Heather is one of many food bloggers who puts me to shame; every time I head over to YumUniverse, it seems that she has yet another innovative, tasty recipe on offering, as well as exquisite photographs (as I fumble to catch a photo of my morning smoothie with my iPhone). Her food is always gluten free, and other allergy-specific options abound (including many soy free recipes). And beyond all that, Heather feels strongly about creating community, evidenced in her new directory of plant-based businesses, her frequent challenges and giveaways, and her reasonably priced eBooks.

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Heather recently sent me a copy of her new eBook, which is 30 Clean Plant Based Dinners:

I confess that I haven’t had a chance to make any of the recipes yet myself (to do that, I’d need to have more than 20 minutes per day to make food, which isn’t coming easily lately! Sigh…) but it all looks stupendous, and I can’t wait to take inspiration from it as soon as things are calmer for me.

Meanwhile, Heather has also started a new membership program for YumUniverse, and she is offering one lucky Choosing Raw reader free lifetime membership to the site! That’s a $300 value, and it includes:

  • all-access to the exclusive YU Community
  • One 20+ page interactive eBook meal plan with beautiful step-by-step photos, adaptations and tips delivered to your Inbox every week for 12 weeks
  • all YU Library eBooks including YU Test Drive™, Dairy Freedom™, TREATS and 30 Dinners
  • all digital updates, unlimited printouts, and all new YU Library releases (coming soon), including 30 Desserts, 30 Breakfasts, 30 Snacks, Plant-Based Travel, Plant-Based Entertaining, Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Birthday Parties for Kiddos, The Holiday Survival Guide, YUScream for Ice Cream, One Pot Meals, Pantry & Kitchen Makeover and much more.
  • Special member-only discounts from YumUniverse and recommended/trusted businesses
  • First notification of all YU events/news, including discounts for members for events, workshops, classes and retreats
  • BONUS: set of 20 inspirational posters that double as dividers to create a custom binder
  • BONUS: Welcome eBook with tips for transitioning into, and maintaining, a plant-based diet, as well as tips for omnivore/herbivore households

Pretty incredible, right? If you’re just starting to explore plant-based living, find yourself desperate for new recipes or a little baffled by meal planning, or if you’re a longtime lover of the plant-based lifestyle and could use a new inspiration, this is an incredible opportunity to put the wind back in your culinary sails!

To enter this fab giveaway, you can do any one of the following actions. Please leave me a comment for each one, letting me know you’ve completed it!

1. Leave a comment telling me which perk of YumUniverse membership you’re most excited about
2. Tweet about this giveaway, including a link to the giveaway!
3. Like YumUniverse on Facebook
4. Like Choosing Raw on Facebook
5. Pin this giveaway

I’ll announce the winner one week from today. Good luck! And note that, even if you don’t win the giveaway, Heather is offering a $100 discount on membership right now, so you should check the deal out!

And before I sign off, I have a Rawxies winner! The winner of a 12 pack of Rawxies cookies AND a sassy Rawxies t-shirt is #405, Em. Em, I’ll connect you with Callie by email! Stay tuned.

I have a very studious weekend ahead, but I’ll be doing my best to check back in, hopefully with some fresh and delicious recipes for you all!


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  2. I love all the perks offered! Maybe the digital updates and unlimited print outs the most. Would LOVE to win this. Just discovered your site on FB via Brendan brazier (love his stuff, too!). So glad I did! I’ve already ordered your rawxies via vegan cuts – we love them- especially my 11 yr old son. THANK YOU!

  3. Super excited about the transition tips and the 30 dinners . . . New to vegan ism and in the process of embracing raw food . . . Liked choosing raw and yum universe! I don’t twitter and haven’t clue how to pin 🙂

  4. I love the idea of tips for the herbivore/omnivore household.I’ve got two herbivores and two omnivores in my house and meal times can be trying at times!

  5. I liked both YumUniverse and Choosing Raw on Facebook. You mentioned to say which perk of YumUniverse membership you’re most excited about. Really?? I can’t decide. How about if I like them all??? =)

  6. The perk I’m looking forward to the most: new, easy, delicious vegan gluten-free recipes to incorporate into my already gluten-free, almost-vegan lifestyle. Thank you!!!!!

  7. I think the meal plan with shopping lists would be awesome …a go to plan when the busy -ness of life is upon you would be helpful to stay healthy.

  8. Yu life time membership, sounds too good to be true! :O 🙂 Keep my fingers crossed!

  9. I love the fact that YumUniverse is gluten-free! I find recipes like that SO hard to find. In terms of a perk, though – everything! Though, pretty-organization-obsessed-person I am, I’m excited about those 20 inspirational posters that double as binder dividers :).
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway,
    Laura S / Sparks Ignite

  10. I am most excited about the interactive eBook meal plans because sometimes I get in a rut and need a little inspiration 🙂

  11. Hmm, its hard to pick the one thing I’d be most excited about, but probably the meal plan. Sometimes I just don’t have the creative energy and would love a plan that I know will be delicious and healthy.

  12. The thing I would love the most about this interactive plan is actually making food that tastes oh so YUM!

  13. Wow! I just came across Yum Universe and I am in love! What a great idea to help change the world! This will benefit everyone. From those of us that are in a rut when it comes to planning new and varied vegan meals. Yum Universe covers it all! It is all so very exciting to me, but especially the meal plans. I get wrapped up in preparing the same ole, same ole meals week after week. I want new ideas that are delicious! I love the fact that it is all laid out with a shopping list to boot! Wow! Best wishes for success in all that you continue to do. This is an important mission to demonstrate compassion and respect for ALL living things. Thank you Heather for living your purpose! Helping to create heaven on Earth. I am in awe of the work that you have done. Thank you Gena for the important work that you do as well. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to win a wonderful membership…that is very exciting too! ; )

  14. I’m most excited for the recipes and the 12 week plan. I’m vegan, and have just found out I have a wheat intolerance. I’ve decided to eliminate all gluten, and I’m struggling.

  15. I’m most excited about the interactive e-book with step-by-step instructions, the ebook with tips for transitioning (I’m currently vegetarian), and the idea of taking the extra step with YU for the animals!

  16. I am most excited about the 3 month meal plan that’s included with the Yum Universe lifetime membership! That will be such a helpful start to a new lifestyle!

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