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Meet Scott Winegard, the Executive Chef Committed to Seasonal, Plant-Based Cuisine

Something we don’t often hear kids say is, “More broccoli please!” But for executive chef Scott Winegard of CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, healthy eating is deeply rooted in his life. “I loved vegetables as a kid! My grandfather had a beautiful garden while I was growing up. It was always my first stop when […]

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Registered Dietician Katrina Samuels

Tips From a Registered Dietician: How to Create Nutritious Meals

Did you know that the foods you eat affect your whole body, including your mouth? It’s true! Spinach and beans keep your teeth strong, and tomatoes can prevent your teeth from coming loose prematurely. It is pretty amazing what a few veggies can do! To help you maintain a healthy diet and meal planning routine, […]

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Chef Aurore De Beauduy-Yasinsky of Sapiens Paleo Kitchen

Scottsdale Paleo Chef’s Passion Is Preventing Disease

Here at Delta Dental of Arizona we love sharing unique and doable ways to take charge of your overall and oral health. From proper flossing techniques to mouth-healthy recipes that leave you smiling, it’s little daily habits that add to a lifetime of good health. One of the easiest ways to improve your overall and […]

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chef Alex Stratta's minestrone soup

Chef Alex Stratta Makes Vegetables the ‘Main Attraction’

The hospitality industry runs deep in chef Alex Stratta’s blood. Not only has his family worked in restaurants and hotels for decades, but he also began an award-winning career at a young age. In 1989, Stratta took on an executive chef role at The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale and subsequently spent 16 years in the […]

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scallops and sticky rice

Cooking with Cannabis: AZ Chef Creates Artful Meals with CBD

The Phoenix food scene is busting at the seams with creativity and local chefs from all walks of life are making their mark. One ingredient that’s captured a lot of attention is cannabis. And the days of baking brownies with a little something extra in the mix are long gone. Chefs cooking with cannabis now […]

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Chef Hayley Gibbons cooking low-sugar sauces

Meet the AZ Chef Making Mouth-healthy Low-sugar Sauces

Have you ever caught yourself breathing deeply when you smell something familiar in the kitchen? Awash in memory, you’re transported back in time to a remembered place. Maybe you’re a little kid sitting on your grandma’s counter, dangling your legs off the edge and whisking a bowl of scrambled eggs or rolling out paper-thin cookie […]

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Arizona chef Jason Wyrick

Chef Jason Wyrick Says Veganism Cured His Diabetes & Career

For many Americans living with diabetes, connecting the dots between diet and overall health becomes a routine part of their everyday lives. Diabetes affects a person’s weight, blood sugar and even oral health. What you eat each day affects every part of your body, from your eyes to your mouth. But deciding to make dietary […]

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Caterer Jennifer Johnson of Witnessing Nature in Food stands behind plates of prepared salads

Arizona Caterer Cooks Healthy Meals That Nourish Mouth & Body

Jennifer Johnson has been a healthy chef for over 20 years, but she also spent more than 30 years with a another “c” word hanging over her head, and that word was “corporate.” As in, corporate America. “I didn’t think I’d ever own a catering company,” said Johnson. “I went to engineering school and have […]

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Chef Lee Hillson of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa

T. Cook’s Lee Hillson Dishes on Culinary Influences, Healthy Eating

When I called to talk with Lee Hillson, executive chef at T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix for the Food for Thought series, the first words out of his mouth were, “How are you?” His question wasn’t said with formality or feigned interest. It was genuine and honest. It was obvious that […]

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Dairy cows standing in a grassy field

Food for Thought: Is Milk Good For Your Teeth?

Cheese and ice cream aren’t just delicious, they’re actually great for your teeth. That’s because dairy foods contain a key nutrient called calcium which helps your teeth grow strong and healthy. For this installment of Food for Thought, we talked with Terri Verason, a registered dietitian nutritionist and Director of Nutrition Education for Dairy Council […]

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