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Kale queen Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram challenges you to get sexy in the raw for a Vitamix dream

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The grand prize of Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram's Fully Raw contest is a Vitamix Blender. Photo by Sofía van der Dys
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Ten additional winners will obtain access to Fully Raw's online community, and one challenger will receive a personal consultation from Carrillo-Bucaram. Photo by Sofía van der Dys

What would you do for a brand new, powerful and invincible Vitamix Blender

At $500 or so a machine, much more for the there's-nothing-I-can't-do-1380-watt-powered bad boy that even heats up soups (for real), these are coveted kitchen appliances. If you put your creative culinary skills to work though, there's a local Houston vegetable queen that is willing to give you one — just one — for free.

Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, otherwise known as the raw vegan monarch of green smoothies and kale, and the originator of Rawfully Organic Co-op, which now operates at three locations including the Houston Arboretum, has a low-fat gourmand competition for anyone willing to get sassy with raw foods.

"The Vitamix is the most versatile kitchen machine I know," Carrillo-Bucaram says. "You can make soup, salad dressings, juices, smoothies and even nut butters. For anyone who is wanting to go raw, you will not be able to live without this machine." 

Here's the skinny: From Monday through May 31, submit your foodie formulas on her Facebook Fanpage, Fully Raw. Original recipes will be posted using Pinterest, and the submission that receives the highest number of votes via Likes, wins the grand prize.

 As Carrillo-Bucaram likes to say, sharpen your knives and rev up your blenders.

Ten additional winners will obtain access to Fully Raw's online community, an archive that amasses more than 120 raw vegan recipes using fruits and vegetables available year round. But what Carrillo-Bucaram is most jazzed about is giving one challenger a personal consultation to inspire them in a healthful journey.

"I am sponsoring the FullyRaw recipe competition because I want to create a recipe community where people can easily find, share and create everyone's favorite masterpieces," she says. "By having everyone post onto the FullyRawKristina Facebook page, people can look back at the feed anytime they want and access raw food recipes." 

So maybe there's a bit of a popularity contest going on. And sure, you can capitalize on your social media savvy and influencer standing to court your friends and family.

But winning the machine's likely to be best accomplished with photography, videos and descriptions that will rouse others to choose your recipe as the top dog.

As Carrillo-Bucaram likes to say, sharpen your knives and rev up your blenders.

Tell us in the comments: Are you in? Or are you too "chicken" to experiment with your raw vegan orientation?

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