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Gifts that Give Back

On Thanksgiving, we have a tradition of going around the table and saying what we are thankful for. During this time of reflection, you can really see how incredibly blessed we are to have the things and people we have in our lives. The season of thankfulness and gratitude doesn’t have to end in November. […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” — Stephen Graham Jones Which type of person are you? Do you love the spooky atmosphere and costumes of Halloween? Are you excited for Trick-or-Treating and The Great Pumpkin? Or are you simply counting down to mistletoe and tree trimming? […]

Fall is Almost Here!

You can feel it in the air; the weather starting to shift just slightly, the days getting shorter and the nights creeping in a little sooner – fall will be here soon. At the end of the month, we will officially say “goodbye” to summer and “hello” to fall. With that salutation comes the introduction […]

Christine’s August 2019 Newsletter

We are in the last official month of summer (already). And although the warm weather continues until October for some areas in the United States, most of us will be saying goodbye to the summer weather toward the end of the month and the days will begin to get shorter and the weather much milder […]

Celebrating Summer and Freedom

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 […]

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Christine Avanti’s June 2019 Newsletter

June is here with its long days and warm nights. Some of the best things about June is all the fresh produce and sunshine – oh, the wonderful sunshine! I am looking forward to using all the fresh local produce from my Farmers Market this summer to make some amazing dishes and enjoy some laid-back […]

Christine’s May 2019 Newsletter

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 […]

Christine Avanti’s February 2019 Newsletter

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, […]

Christine Avanti’s January 2019 Newsletter

It is the New Year and the perfect time to reflect on the year past and set your intentions for the year to come. As we ring in the new year, take some time this week to journal and reflect on the year past: What were your fondest memories of 2018? How was your year […]

Gifts That Give Back

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” ‘Tis the season for giving and it’s my favorite newsletter of the year! Every year I dedicate my December newsletter to finding the best “Gifts that Give Back” and I have found some excellent ones this year! We all do a little bit of Christmas shopping, why […]

Christine’s November 2018 Newsletter

I have seen, for a few Novembers now, a trend of gratitude journals circulating on social media. I think it is important to take time out to express gratitude to those around you and for the things you have been blessed with. Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on these things with […]

Christine’s October 2018 Newsletter

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.” (author unknown) Fall’s official beginning was September 21st. October is really where we begin to see changes in weather and it really kicks off the holiday season, starting with Halloween. The next few months are definitely busy, full […]

Christine’s September 2018 Newsletter

Labor Day is on Monday, September 3rd – that is just a few days away! Can you believe that Fall officially begins this month? Where did summer go? Most people celebrate Labor Day, but do you know exactly why (other than getting a 3-day weekend and a good excuse to BBQ)? According to dosomething.org, the […]

Grilling Tips and Recipes

June is one of the best months for breaking in the outdoor grill. It’s just warm enough for outdoor gatherings and it’s not too hot to be unbearable yet for those sensitive to the heat. Memorial Day was just earlier this week and that normally kicks off the official grilling season. How was your first […]

Mother’s Day Recipes

April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, and that is perfect because in just two short weeks, it will be time to celebrate Mother’s Day and flowers will definitely brighten her day! Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May, and people world-wide will be making a special effort to show their […]

Embrace Your Voice in April

April is a month full of hope; spring is officially here! Spring can represent so many things: hope, new life, reflection, transformation. There is a beautiful quote from Harriet Ann Jacobs that says: “The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Easter also represents that […]

Get Heart Healthy in February

February is American Heart Month and tomorrow, February 2nd is National Wear Red Day, in hopes of raising awareness for Women and Heart Disease Prevention. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a “man’s disease,” around the same number of […]

A Year In Review

It’s a New Year! Last year went by so fast! It was filled with so many things, both challenging and exciting. I was blessed to be able to be part of so many incredible things with the Jonathan D. Fischer Foundation. If you don’t already know what JDFF is, A number of years ago my […]

Gifts That Give Back

Every year in December, I love to dedicate my newsletter to “Gifts that Give Back” and this year is no exception! Christmas is especially significant; gift giving, family getting together, Christmas dinner, and the feelings of love and joy are even more vivid this time of year. When gifting, I think it is even more […]

Christine’s 2017 November Newsletter

The end of the year is almost upon us, and just as yesterday came with loads of candy, the holidays will keep coming, and with them, a never-ending supply of yummy food! It is understandable to have some anxiety with the holidays; big family gatherings, planning, financial stress – but if you stick to your […]

Back to School Nutrition

The biggest question I get when everyone goes back to school is “how do I make healthy, quick meals for me and my family during the week?” That is an excellent question!

Are You Ready For Summer?

Men, have you had your yearly checkup? June is Men’s Health Month, and it is pretty important that there is a month dedicated to Men’s health – do you know why? According to Everyday Health, Cleveland Clinic surveyed more than 500 men ages 18 to 70 across the United States and found that only three […]

Tips for a Healthy, Confident Body

Bikini season is just around the corner and I know a lot of people start frantically finding the fastest way to lose weight to get ready for summer. STOP! Don’t jump on the fad diet bandwagon. The truth is, every body is bikini ready – you simply have to put on a bikini to have […]

Better Food Choices for a Healthy Future

It’s National Nutrition Month® and this year’s theme given by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”, which reminds that we all hold the very tool to help us to make healthy food choices. Small changes we make now can really shape our future nutrition. One way to make a […]

Christine’s January 2017 Newsletter

Now that the holiday rush is over and the novelty of the New Year has passed, it is a good time to look at the year ahead. At the two-week mark in January, statistics show that nearly 50% of all people that make New Year’s Resolutions have abandoned them at this point. I tend to […]

Christine’s November Newsletter

The last two months I’ve been super excited to share about co-chairing an incredible event with my husband, Jonathon Fischer. On October 22, the Susan G. Komen Culinary Showdown led off with Chef Tyler Florence, Chef Michael Voltaggio, Chef Ben Ford, Chef Elizabeth Falkner and Chef Antonia Lofaso mentoring teams for the evening’s showdown event. […]

Christine’s June Newsletter

Summer! The season for sand castles, flip-flops, vacations and farmer’s markets! With the temperatures warmer and the sun brighter, the great outdoors is much more inviting. Being prepared is important; safety is key. Staying cool and hydrated during the heat of the summer is important. Drink water – about half your body weight in ounces […]

Christine’s May 2016 Newsletter

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and this day is a wonderful time to honor mothers. In fact, celebrating the women in our lives is so important that this whole newsletter is dedicated to them! For some, this day comes with different emotions. Whether you are a first time mom, full-time mom, adoptive mom, single mom, […]

Christine’s March Newsletter

How is the weather where you are? On the west coast, although weeks away, Spring is in full swing! Are you ready for the sun? I am! March is National Nutrition Month, and of course, I am super excited about this month! Every year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics comes up with a theme […]

Christine’s February 2016 Newsletter

“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible – it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” ~ Barbara de Angelis February is the month that gives us an excuse to love […]

Christine’s January 2016 Newsletter

It is a new year and this is the time that people normally reflect on the last year and make new resolutions for the upcoming year. Do resolutions really work? Did you stick to your resolutions last year? Some research points to New Year’s resolutions not working because people either don’t allow themselves to fail […]

Don’t Overindulge This Holiday Season

The holidays are about getting together with loved ones we don’t get enough time with in our day-to-day lives, right? Rather than sitting around the table in a turkey coma, awkwardly running out of small talk and mindlessly helping yourself to a third helping of dessert, try this: Sleep well, eat well and enjoy what the holiday has to offer, without the drama.

Back By Popular Demand

After multiple emails, phone calls, facebook posts and tweets, I’ve listened to your requests and I’m bringing back my recipes for all my Skinny Chicks.
Check my site every Monday for a new recipe posted just for you.

12 Tips to Get a Sexy Beach Body

If you’re going to hit the beach, you don’t want to look like a blowfish who did a five-day Atkins crash diet — a smaller, puffy version of your former self. Been there. Done that! I have the deflated booty stretch marks to remind me of my former yo-yo dieting days that I gave up on over a decade ago.