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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Apple Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons granola
Directions: 
If you won't be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.
 

We’re closing in on Christmas, so delicious food is just about everywhere. Clarissa Hobson from Kids in the Kitchen has some ideas for fun snacks kids can help make.

Strawberry & Banana Santas

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Marshmallows (large and small)
  • M&M’s
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Wooden skewers
Directions:
  1. Have an adult slice tops from strawberries & cut bananas into 2 inch segments.
  2. Children may thread banana, large marshmallow, strawberry then small marshmallow on skewer.
  3.  Press chocolate sprinkles and M&M on banana for eyes & nose
Snowy Chocolate Pine Cones

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Chocolate Fiber One Cereal (can also use Chex Chocolate Cereal)
  • 6 pretzel rods
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (+ ¼ cup for dusting on top)
Directions: 
  1. Mix the peanut butter, Nutella, butter and powdered sugar in a bowl
  2. Take a pretzel rod and mold some of the mixture around it, forming a slight cone shape
  3. Hold it steady by using the tip of the pretzel as a handle, and start inserting pieces of cereal into the mixture in a symmetrical pattern around the stick. Add more cereal pieces, staggering them as you move upward until you get near the top.
  4. If the pine cone is getting too tall, cut off the top of the pretzel and add more of the mixture to mold over the top so none of the broken pretzel is showing.
  5. Break apart cereal pieces to create smaller scales near the top.
  6. For a “snowy” effect, dust each pine cone with powdered sugar.

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%).