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April Wellness Wisdom

This is Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition & Dietetic Technician, from Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom. April is National Pecan Month so be sure to try a handful of these delicious tree nuts! Did you know that pecans are the only tree nut that grows naturally in North America? The name “pecan” is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” It is said that Native Americans first cultivated the pecan tree. (https://tinyurl.com/yxavcfb2) I remember visiting a pecan farm when I lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Pecan harvesting is fascinating! Machines called shakers hold and shake the trees causing the nuts to fall on the ground. Next a sweeping machine picks up the pecans; ejecting debris out the back of the machine. Pecans are more popular than ever being used ... Continue Reading

Farmers Market Season

Saying hello to summer in Hutchinson means saying hello to FRESH!  If you haven't been to the Hutchinson Farmers Market, you haven't seen the best Hutchinson has to offer.  ... Continue Reading

6 surprising health benefits of strawberries

Author: Kay Johnson Who knew? Eight strawberries, a single serving, delivers a surprising list of benefits for anyone looking to live a healthier lifestyle. Strawberries are much more than a sweet and delicious treat — they are a versatile fruit that’s great for your health. May is National Strawberry Month. Grab a handful of strawberries and read on, because eating right has never tasted so good. 1. Strawberries help you stay sharp. A recent study in the Annals of Neurology suggests that eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2 1/2 years. 2. Loaded with nutrients. Strawberries pack a lot of healthy properties into a small package. Each berry is full of beneficial antioxidants and nutrients, including potassium, folate and fiber. 3. Sweet without the sugar. The sweet taste of strawberries ... Continue Reading

Power of Produce (PoP) Club

The Hutchinson Downtown Association is facilitating the Power of Produce Club (PoP Club) for the 2018 Hutchinson Farmers Market season. Each child participating in the program will receive a reusable shopping bag upon signing up and $2 market tokens to be spent (by kids) on fresh produce. Kids will receive their tokens once per market. They can choose to spend it on their own $2 selection of fresh, locally grown produce, or save their token for a future market. The goal of the PoP Club is to empower children to make healthy choices when selecting food to eat. The program offers a chance for children to explore the farmers market and learn about the different varieties of fruits and vegetables, while also learning about how food is grown, by connecting them with local farmers. Beginning May 19th and running through the end of the market ... Continue Reading

Why skip breakfast? 5 warm comfort foods that cook in 3 minutes

Author: Kay Johnson In spite of the well-documented drawbacks of not eating breakfast, approximately 30 percent of Americans are still failing to fuel themselves in the morning, according to WebMD. And many of those moving through their days with empty stomachs blame a lack of convenience. Earlier this year, the Washington Post pointed to research showing millennials consider even breakfast cereal too inconvenient. And research cited in the Huffington Post indicates Americans age 18 or older who miss their first daily meal most frequently blame lack of hunger or an overly busy schedule. Experts recommend those in the habit of skipping breakfast instead optimize ultra-easy and ultra-convenient comfort food meals. Most recipes can be made ahead and stored in your fridge for mornings when you’re short of time and energy. Here are a few ... Continue Reading

Decoding food labels: Scary additives or gifts from nature?

Author: Kay Johnson Food-ingredient labels are getting shorter. Why? Because the people have spoken: We want fewer, better ingredients in our foods. We asked, and the companies that make our food responded by replacing artificial colors and flavors, removing what’s unessential, and using naturally derived ingredients. But even shorter “clean” labels can still read like a technical manual. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing — just because a food ingredient is unfamiliar or has a difficult-to-pronounce name doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. For instance, you might not have heard of cholecalciferol, and it sounds a little scary. But cholecalciferol is just another name for Vitamin D. You might not have heard of rickets, either. That’s because this once-common childhood disease became nearly obsolete when Vitamin D, which prevents ... Continue Reading

Tip: Protect your heart with these 5 easy meal add-ins

Author: Kay Johnson What’s the biggest threat to our health? It isn’t cancer or even accidents, but heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, one in four deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease, which includes heart attack and stroke. This statistic is scary, but the good news is, there is something powerful we can do to prevent us from becoming a victim to this disease. Even if you are one of the 47 percent of Americans living with a major risk factor, there are preventive measures you can take for a healthier heart, says registered dietitian nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. All you have to do is embrace some simple lifestyle changes starting with your diet. “Food is quite literally one of the best medicines out there when it comes to improving our health,” Blatner said. “Studies show us repeatedly that a ... Continue Reading

Meet us at the Market

The Power of Produce Kids Club has taken off!  We're hearing great comments from parents and the number of kids are exceeding what we expected.  Because of this, we need more financial support to keep this program going passed August.  As an individual or business sponsor, we appreciate your support.  Please contact info@heartofhutch.com for more information. If your kids have participated in the market, please take a minute to complete this survey. Photos Courtesy of the Hutchinson Farmers' Market.  Photographer Kristine Leuze. ... Continue Reading

Farmers Market Tasting – Kombucha

Connie Karstens from the Lamb Shoppe will be a special feature at July's Tasting. She will have kombucha drink samples from 8-12pm, a demo on how to make it starting at 10am and will be sharing the benefits of fermented foods. Fun to say and fun to drink - try a taste of KOMBUCHA (pronounced kômˈbo͞o CHə) at the Farmers Market.  ... Continue Reading

Power of Produce

Heart of Hutch is partnering with the Hutchinson Farmers Market, Hutchinson Downtown Association, Meeker-McLeod-Sibley Healthy Communities, Hutchinson Health, and University of MN Extension to bring kids the Power of Produce (PoP). Free for kids ages 3-12, kids can register to join the PoP Club.  Once registered (parent/guardian is needed for registration), participating kids will get two FREE $1 tokens to buy their own fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers.  This program will run from June 24 - September 2, 2017 Market hours are 2:30pm-5:30pm Wednesdays and 8am-12pm on Saturdays   Contact Jeff Page by email at jpage@ci.hutchinson.mn.us, phone at (320) 234-5652  or   info@heartofhutch.com for more information.   2017 PoP is funded in large part ... Continue Reading