Kids in the Kitchen


As a part of our ongoing effort to raise awareness regarding childhood obesity-related issues with children and families in the Colorado Springs community, Kids in the Kitchen brings fun and educational activities and opportunities to schools and community events.  Also, look for us on Fox21 or check out our Facebook Page to see clips for ideas for healthy, fun food preparation with children!

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No-Bake Energy Bites

These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!


  • 1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1" in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 balls.

Roasted Red Pepper Dip and Valentine's Day Veggies

Total time 10 mins.


  • 1 block full-fat cream cheese or 1 can cannellini/white beans, drained
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers (drained if using jarred peppers)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)
  • cracked black pepper to taste

In a food processor or mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, mix the cream cheese until smooth (use the food processor if you're using the beans). Add the peppers and spices and process until smooth. Store in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

 Snowman On A Stick 


  • Bananas
  • Grapes
  • Carrot
  • Apple
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Pretzel sticks


  1. You will need three thick slices of bananas, a grape, a sliver of a carrot and a triangular piece of apple for each snowman. (Tip: Use the bamboo skewer to poke a hole in the apple, so it will be easier to assemble.)
  2. Let your kids slide the fruit onto the skewer. Then use the carrot slivers for the noses, the mini chocolate chips for the eyes and buttons, and use the pretzel sticks for the arms.
Chocolate-covered Pear Penguins


2 mini chocolate chips
2 white chocolate chips
1 pear
3 tablespoons chocolate chips, melted
1 thin slice of baby carrot, cut into a small triangle
1 fig, cut in half diagonally
1 Pastry brush (to share)


1. Your penguins need eyes to see how cute they will become! Push the mini chocolate chips in the center of the white chocolate chips to form eyes. Now waddle like a penguin twice around the table.

2. Even though penguins can't fly, they still need wings. Use a butter knife to carefully cut a slice in both sides of the pear to form wings, making sure to keep the tops of the slices attached to the pear. Use a peeler to shave the pear skin off in between the wings in an oval shape. This is the penguin's white tummy.

3. Use a pastry brush to paint chocolate on the penguin's body, everywhere but his stomach. Use a toothpick to notch a spot for each of the chocolate chip eyes and the carrot beak. Insert the eyes and carrot beak. Balance the pear penguin on a plate and place the fig halves for feet. Dress up in black and white clothes for this frosty feast!


Colorado (El Paso County) Statistics

Published in the Colorado Physical Activity & Nutriton Program (COPAN) report: Preventing Childhood Obesity in Colorado:

  • In Colorado, 28.7 percent of children ages 2 -14 years are obese or overweight; 2008 Colorado Child Health Survey.
  • In Colorado, one third of Hispanic children between the ages of 0-5 years are overweight or obese.
  • In Colorado, only 9.7 percent of children ages 2-14 years eat the recommended amount of at least 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings per day; Child Health Survey, 2008. 
  • In Colorado, 28.6 percent of children between the ages of 0-5 years living in poverty watch more than two hours of television per day—significantly more than children not living in poverty (16.2%).