Are You Cooking for Your Sweetheart This Valentine’s Day?

Dark Chocolate

How much do you love chocolate? I think if we all really knew the power of chocolate and the health benefits we could receive from it, we may even love it more. Is that even possible? I’m not talking milk chocolate – although, yes, it is delicious. Dark chocolate is the way to go. Did…

Santorini Lemon Feta Dip with Kalamata Relish and Pita Chips

One bite. That's all it will take to sweep your taste buds away to the stunningly beautiful Greek islands.Soak up the Mediterranean flavor with this tangy Greek dip that is almost better than being there.I had the pleasure of showing the adorable Kym Johnson from DWTS how to make this little creation for a TV…

Resolutions or Intentions?

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2020 is here and the closer last year came to a close, the words like change, intention, resolution and new beginnings were being talked about. Does the idea of making ‘resolutions’ stress you out? Maybe it’s because most of our resolutions don’t stick! If the majority of resolutions are broken, then the irony is that…

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

autumn flowers and pumpkins

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” — Stephen Graham Jones Regardless of what holiday you prefer, Halloween is coming fast and so are all the sugary treats that accompany the day. I love to find healthy alternatives for those costume parties, school treats and monster mash…

Celebrating Summer and Freedom

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The Fourth of July is a very special day for our country, and it is also a special day for family and friends to get together and observe long-held traditions together. Some traditions like fireworks, parades, and cookouts have been consistently associated with the Fourth of July since the country’s founding in 1776. Here is…

Christine Avanti’s June 2019 Newsletter

farmers market

Avocado! I’ve talked about how much I love avocado and that it is number one on EWG’s Clean Fifteen list, so you know you are getting some quality nutrition when using this ingredient. In the grocery store you can get avocados from Mexico where they are in season year-round, but in California they are in…

Christine’s May 2019 Newsletter

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We are one month away from summer and I have already been thoroughly enjoying the sun! Have you been getting your daily Vitamin D? I love the next couple of months because the Farmer’s Markets start making their way to the downtown streets and fresh farm produce is readily available in just about any neighborhood…

Spring Recipes and Easter Alternatives

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April is an important month for awareness. In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of the month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. In the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence…

Lower Your Health Risks During National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month is important because it dedicates an entire month to making people aware of the issues that arise when we don’t eat nutritious, real foods. Food should be our first line of defense for our bodies and we need to improve the way we feed our families. Did you know according to the…

Christine Avanti’s February 2019 Newsletter

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There is almost a palatable feeling of love in the air when February begins. Stores begin a bit early with their displays, marketing all the Valentines in mid-January. Have you completed your Valentine’s Day planning or are you stumped on what to do? There can be a lot of pressure to buy the right gift,…