Thursday, December 10, 2009

Winter is here! Is your immune system ready??

Well, friends, winter is upon us and many are fighting hard to stay healthy this holiday season. One great way to do that is to make sure you get five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Okay, so I know we are all really busy and fitting five servings in might seem difficult, but with a healthy smoothie from Keva Juice, it gets a lot easier!

Here are a few fun facts about some delicious winter fruits! Eat 'em up!

APPLES The apple can be traced back to the Romans and Egyptians who introduced them to Britain and finally to America. Today, Americans eat about 120 apples apiece each year. At least 50% of the domestic crop is used in items we use every day such as, applesauce, juice, smoothies, jellies, pies and other popular desserts. Be sure to choose apples that are firm with no soft spots. Avoid apples that are discolored for their variety.

BLUEBERRIES One of the nation’s most well liked fruits, blueberries, have origins in both Europe and here in the United States. The Native Americans were the first to incorporate berries into their diets and lifestyle. Today, berries are appreciated worldwide. Blueberries are sold fresh or processed as individually quick frozen fruit, juice, smoothies, or dried or infused berries.

BLUEBERRIES Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with notably high levels of the essential dietary mineral manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and dietary fiber. One serving provides a relatively low glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 per day.

CRANBERRIES Cranberries grow on vines in boggy areas. Cranberries were first cultivated in Massachusetts around 1815 and are only one of three major native North American fruits. Some cranberry beds have been around for over 100 years. Most of the U.S. cranberry crop is grown in only five states: Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. Each year, more than 110,000 metric tons of cranberries are produced in the United States. Native Americans used cranberries for both their medicinal and natural preservative powers. They brewed cranberry mixtures to draw poisons from arrow wounds. They also pounded cranberries into a paste and mixed the paste with dried meat to extend the life of the meat.

GUAVAS A guava is an oval shaped fruit that varies in size from a small egg to a medium apple. The thin skin may be yellow, red, purple or nearly black and the flesh ranges from a pale yellow to a bright red. Guava is sweet with a slight tart aftertaste. Its texture is firm; similar to an apple. Guava is native to South America, but is now commonly grown in California, Florida and Hawaii. It is also known as a Bangkok Apple or Guayaba.

KIWIS Did you know that kiwifruit is more than 700 years old? Kiwifruit history began in the Yang-tse river valley in China, where it was called "Yangtao." The Yangtao was considered a delicacy by the court of the great Khans who cherished its delicious flavor and emerald-green color. In the 1970s it was grown in California and available for the first time in supermarkets throughout the United States. Most kiwifruit imported to the United States comes from Chile and New Zealand. Kiwifruit is available year-round but is often harvested in the fall and winter.

LEMONS Did you know that the lemon originated in China and that lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emporers? Lemons made their way to the United States by missionaries and were planted in Arizona in California. Today they produce virtually all of the lemons consumed in the United States as well as about 1/3 of those used throughout the world! Lemons are valued for their many used flavoring the food we eat, as a garnish, and for household purposes.

ORANGES Did you know that, technically, oranges are a type of berry? Me neither! Oranges are highly valued for their vitamin C content. It is a primary source of vitamin C for most Americans. This wonderful fruit has more to offer nutritionally than just this one nutrient, containing sufficient amounts of folacin, calcium, potassium, thiamin, niacin and magnesium. Most of the consumption of oranges is in the form of juice. Eating the whole fruit provides 140% of the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin C, less than the juice, but with more fiber, which is not present in the juice.

PEARS Pears are a pome fruit relative of the apple. One of the earliest written histories or records comes from Homer's reference to them as "Gifts from the Gods." The first pears arrived in the United States by European settlers in the 1700s. Pears rank second to the apple as the most popular US fruit. They can be eaten and used in a lot of the same ways as the apple. One distinct feature of the pear besides the shape is the soft texture. This soft texture is the result of the starch converting to sugar after being picked from a tree to ripen.

POMEGRANATES A pomegranate is a fruit the size of a large orange. The leathery reddish-pink skin shelters the membranous walls and bitter tissue that house compartments or sacs filled with hundreds of seeds. A translucent red pulp that has a slightly sweet and tart taste surrounds these seeds. Pomegranates are grown in California and throughout Asia and the Mediterranean countries.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

2009 Breast Cancer 3-Day RECAP!

Whew! I'm back! 60 miles is a long way to go, but I made it the whole way!

Day 1 began with an emotional Opening Ceremony at Freestone Park in Gilbert, AZ. Some of the highlights along the route included the students from Gilbert Elementary and the cheering station at Living Faith Church. The kids at Gilbert Elementary literally lined the entire block and cheered and jumped up and down! They even wore pink for us! Southwest Ambulance was there to support us all along the way, decked out in pink. Luckily, I didn't have to visit the ambulance at all. After a long day of walking, we gathered at Benedict Park, our home away from home for the weekend, and enjoyed entertainment by the McClintock High School String Quartet and ASU Dancing Devils.


On Day 2, we woke up early, ready to hit the trail again. Along the way, we were cheered on by friends, family and members of the community at 50th Street and Ray and Kyrene de las Lomas School. The skies opened up and would you believe it started Arizona! Who would have thought!? It literally hasn't rained there in MONTHS, but I should have figured it would rain on the 3-Day. The rain cooled things off, but it couldn't dampen our spirits! We enjoyed the support of Girl Scouts galore (and even a couple of Boy Scout troops) and Gatorade snow cones provided by Sun Devil Fire Equipment. That night, we were entertained by the Sun City Poms, Spirit of Phoenix Men's Chorus and Cannedy Performing Arts before we tucked in for the night.


On Day 3, the walk featured another visit from the bagpipe players, more Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, some great cheering stations on Mill Avenue and at Papago Plaza, and support from the AZ Women Lawyers Association. Our journey ended with a celebratory Closing Ceremony at Scottsdale Stadium. The Closing Ceremony was super emotional and seeing the survivors walk out in their pretty pink t-shirts really drove home the reasons why I walk the 3-Day.


This year, approximately 1,700 walkers participated in the 2009 Arizona Breast Cancer 3-Day! Together, we raised over $4.1 million!! Can you believe that!?

I have finally decided to put together a team next year! If you are interested, leave me a comment below or send me an e-mail! Next year, we are hitting up sunny San Diego! Get ready!!


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Leavin' on a jet plane...

Breast Cancer 3-Day

I am sosososososososososo excited! I leave for Arizona in just a few hours and I can't freaking wait! The weather here has been windy, cool, and rainy for a while and I am so ready to escape to warm, sunny Arizona! Click HERE to see a map of where I will be walking!

I have my bag all packed and I am ready to go!
  - Broken in tennis shoes? CHECK!
  - Lots of socks? CHECK!
  - Water bottle? CHECK!
  - Body Glide? CHECK! (Every year, this is the most crucial item on my
     list. It is loved my endurance athletes and marathoners
  - Everything and anything with a pink ribbon on it? CHECK! :)

If you have anyone you would like me to walk for, please leave me a comment or catch me on twitter. It isn't too late to get your loved one's name on one of my pink ribbons! Again, don't forget to check out the map of where I will be walking!! Let me know if there are any cool things on the way that I should keep an eye out for!

Stay posted! I'll be putting up lots of pics and updating from the road! Woot!


Friday, November 6, 2009

One week until the Breast Cancer 3-Day!!!

The countdown is ON!

The Breast Cancer 3-Day is only a few days away and I am so excited! I have been training and I am totally ready! I also can't wait to see beautiful Arizona. I haven't been there in a while and I am looking forward to seeing the area again.

Here is a pic of me from last year in Philadelphia! It was SO cold!Keva,Keva Kate,Breast Cancer 3-Day

If you are interested in helping Keva Juice reach the $5,000 fundraising goal, please visit:

I want to thank two special Keva fans named Lionel Lowry and Sheila Bragg for making generous contributions to the fundraising! No contribution is too small and every dollar helps fund life-saving research, education, and treatment.
Also, every donation is fully tax-deductible. Please consider helping us reach that $5,000 goal!

Do it for your grandmother, mother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, best friend, neighbor, or coworker! Be part of the cure!

I walk because I dream of a world without breast cancer.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oh, the places I'll go...

Today, I’m on the road. What’s new, right? I have to admit, a lot of times I like the freedom to travel from place to place, meeting new people and experiencing new things. However, occasionally I find myself in cities, no…towns, that, as kooky as they are, must actually reside at the center of the universe.

Earlier this morning I had to go to the post office. As luck would have it, the closest one was only 3 miles away! Rock! I get about a mile down the road and I realize I am out in the middle of NOWHERE! How a location can transform from a bustling metropolitan area to a rural country landscape in one mile is truly a geographical oddity. I started getting a little nervous and I actually thought to myself, “Man, I would TOTALLY stand out here. I am completely out of my element.”

Two more miles down the road I found the post office. This place couldn’t have been more than 750 square feet! (Surprisingly, I have actually seen one smaller.) Anyway, I walk in and the lady looks at me and says, “Well! Your outfit is so cute! You look so nice today. (pause) You aren’t from around here, are you?”

Obviously, I do a really bad job at blending in. Should I be offended? I'm not really sure what she meant by her comment, but I guess it just means that there is no going INCOGNITO for me!

On a completely different note...
Here is a delicious recipe for homemade applesauce the I promised yesterday. This is a great recipe if you have been apple picking or have just stocked up from your local grocery store. It is simple and tastes delicious!

5 large apples (I like to use Red Delicious apples because I like the natural sweetness)
¾ cup water
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Stove Directions:
Peel apples. Core and chop into fine pieces. In a medium saucepan, combine the chopped apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon (if desired). Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow apples to cool. If apples are not completely softened, mash with a fork or potato masher to desired consistency.

Slow Cooker Directions:
Peel apples. Core and chop into fine pieces. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir. Cook on HIGH for 3 hours and LOW for one hour. Allow apples to cool. If apples are not completely softened, mash with a fork or potato masher to desired consistency.

NOTE: Splenda (or any other low-calorie sweetener) can be substituted for white sugar. Or if you like yours REALLY natural, eliminate this ingredient altogether!