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Ways to PowerUp in October

PowerUp Action Team Meeting
National Walk and Bike to School Day
Spooky Sprint
Power of Produce at the Hutchinson Farmers Market
$2 Tuesdays at Wheel and Cog Children's Museum
Hutchinson Community Running Group

Get Crafty!

You will need:Blue print of maple leaf on paper

  • Paper
  • Tempera paint
  • Paint brush
  • LEAVES!

Collect various types of leaves in all different shapes and sizes. Choose a paint color and paint the whole entire leaf. Press painted side onto the paper for 5 seconds to transfer the print. Repeat this process with different colors, shapes, and sizes of leaves until you are satisfied with your picture. Let the paint dry before displaying.

Source: https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/leaf-prints.html

How to Avoid the Halloween Candy Overload

For many kids Halloween is the best day of the year because they get to dress up in fun costumes, walk around the neighborhood with their friends, and come home with a mountain of free candy. For many parents, this means struggling with finding the balance between enjoying the fun of the holiday while figuring out how to deal with the exorbitant amount of candy their child will be asking to eat for the next few weeks. Here are a few tips for dealing with excess candy:

  • Allow your child to pick out their 5 favorite candies and bring the rest to a candy buy back.
  • Allow your child to trade their candy in for a toy or experience they have been wanting.
  • Don’t keep leftover candy in your child’s room. Store in the kitchen or pantry and allow it in moderation.
  • Serve a healthy and filling meal before your kids head out on Halloween so they are less likely to over-eat candy.
  • Set a good example by consuming candy in moderation as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
Halloween Candy Alternatives

Recipes

Pumpkin Loaf with Dried Cherries

IngredientsPumpkin cranberry bread

  • 1 ½ cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed (if you like seeds)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups canned pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees. Spray the loaf pan with cooking spray (or grease it with oil).
  2. Put the flours, seeds, baking powder, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in the small bowl and use the whisk to mix well. Set aside.
  3. Put the pumpkin, oil, honey, brown sugar and eggs in the large bowl and use the mixer or a spoon to combine until well blended.
  4. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix well. Mix in the dried cherries.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean with no batter on it, 50-55 minutes.
  6. Set aside to cool in the pan. Turn the loaf out onto the cooling rack and let cool completely. Enjoy!

Purple Monster Smoothie (makes 3-4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberriesPurple smoothie with a cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1 small banana
  • 1 handful spinach
  • Leaves from one bunch celery (or half of one celery stalk works, too)
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and

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