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Heart Health

If you're looking for new ways to incorporate heart healthy foods into your day, some of the best choices for your heart include foods high in fiber such as whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, tuna, walnuts, and flaxseed also provide excellent heart health benefits. Try these tips to promote a healthy heart: Eat fruits and veggies! The goal is to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, which means fruits and vegetables should be included at every meal! Eat plant proteins! Include plant sources of protein such as lentils, soybeans, pinto beans, and nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pecans. Eat oatmeal! Oatmeal is a whole grain. Not only have it for breakfast with fruit and nuts, but also include it in recipes such as muffins or as a binder in meatloaf. Eat flax! Flaxseed ... Continue Reading

Taste Something New

It's winter.  It's football season.  Liven up your tastebuds with new tastes that are quick, fresh and the perfect halftime party dip for veggies, crackers, or sandwich spread. ... Continue Reading

Back to the Basics

Recipe cards and green onions

The Hutchinson Leader recently did a story on Park Elementary's improvements with their school lunch program.  Thank you, Hutchinson Public Schools, for continuing to make the effort to improve quality food (and learning) for our students. We support the move towards meals made from scratch, but know these changes can be even more effective if parents, grandparents and caregivers are incorporating more fruits and veggies, healthier substitutes and more meals made from scratch.  ... Continue Reading

Partnering to Eat Smart

Heart of Hutch's Eat Smart group is looking to expand initiatives and interest.  Eat Smart met at the McLeod County Food Shelf in January to meet staff, check out their space and explore how we can help improve food options for everyone in our area. Eat Smart will have another special guest in February.  JOIN US at Dunn Bros on Monday February 16th at 4:30pm to learn more about Common Cup and explore how Heart of Hutch can partner with them for a healthier community. ... Continue Reading

Browse through our Recipe Box

Recipe cards and green onions

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New Tastes are Easy to Find

Heart of Hutch is moving Food Tastings inside this fall and winter into Cash Wise.  Find us in the produce section from 10-12pm with new recipes and samples that make eating healthy and buying local the easy choice. To volunteer for this event or others, email See dates below or visit our calendar. ... Continue Reading

Nature’s Bounty

The Hutchinson Farmers Market is still loaded with a bounty of fresh, local produce and other goodies.  If you haven't been to the market this season, there is still plenty of time left and even plenty more to choose from. Heart of Hutch will have one more Food Tasting on Saturday, October 18th from 8-12pm.  Sample one of these recipe ideas from September with your family this week. September Farmers Market Recipes In the meantime, to get a feel of the what's been happening at the Farmers Market this year, check out this video.  Better yet, stop by and see, taste and smell for yourself!  See you at the market!   ... Continue Reading

Farm Fresh

The Hutchinson Farmers Market is in full swing.  That means LOTS of fresh produce straight from area farmers.  We are so lucky!! Here are some recipe ideas to use fresh, local produce in simple and delicious ways.  Which one will you be trying first? Infused Water Recipes Farmers Market Recipes Farmers Market Recipes Don't miss our next Food Tasting for more great recipes and tips (view calendar).   ... Continue Reading

The Healthiest City: Hutchinson?

Minneapolis recently topped the news as America's healthiest, fittest city in America.  We believe Hutchinson is next!  ... Continue Reading

From Local Growers to YUM!!

We highlighted asparagus and radishes last Saturday at the market with a fresh and simple asparagus and radish salad.  The dressing recipe included is a tasty one for any fresh vegetable you happen to have on hand.  Vendors had some great looking asparagus and rhubarb out.  Check back at the market for more spring time harvests in the upcoming weeks! Asparagus, Radish and Rhubarb Recipes Loose Leaf Green Lettuce Salad The Asparagus and Radish Salad called for ginger root.  Ginger root is an easy one to forget about in the back of the refrigerator.  Karen shared a tip with tasting participants on Saturday: keep it in the freezer between uses.  Not only will it be ready when you need it, but grating frozen ginger root is even a bit easier than fresh. Stop by and say hi to us at the Hutchinson Farmers Market ... Continue Reading