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- Pumpkin muffins
- Red apple
- Green apple
- Sliver of carrot
- Squeezable icing—eyes
Directions: From each apple, cut a slice from the side of the apple. Set flat and cut squared-off, tapered feathers. Cut a small beak from a thin slice of carrot. Make a slit in the end of a green grape and dab off excess moisture. Insert beak into grape. Poke small ends of feathers into muffin and set head on muffin, resting on the muffin paper. Once assembled, add tiny dot eyes with icing.
Libby's Great Pumpkin Cookies
- 4 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
- 2 cups quick or old fashioned oats, uncooked
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 ½ cups butter, softened
- 2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 16 oz. can Libby’s Solid Pack Pumpkin
- 1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate morsels
Assorted icings or peanut butter, assorted candies, raisins, or nuts.
- Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, oats, soda, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Cream butter, gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. For each cookie, drop ¼ cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; spread into pumpkin shape using a spatula. Add a bit more dough to form a stem.
- Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, cool on racks.
- Decorate, using icing or peanut butter to affix assorted candies, raisins, or nuts.
Yields about 32 cookies.
Note: Dough may be frozen in an air-tight container. Thaw in refrigerator, bake as directed.
Peanut Butter Banana Spirals
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter
- 1/3 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons honey-crunch wheat germ
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Combine peanut butter and yogurt, stirring until smooth. Drizzle juice over bananas; toss gently to coat.
- Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
- Arrange about 1/3 cup banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture.
- Combine wheat germ and cinnamon; sprinkle evenly over banana slices. Roll up. Slice each roll into 6 pieces.
Healthy Packable Lunches
Chances are, your kids are back in school, and you’re getting back in the routine of packing lunches. Clarissa Hobson from the Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen Committee has some ideas for healthy packable lunches.
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- One large avocado
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup soy or nut milk
- 1/4 cup honey
- One teaspoon vanilla
Process for 10-15 seconds and then stop and scrape down the sides. Then process again until it’s smooth.
No-Bake Energy Bites
These delicious little no bake energy bites are the perfect healthy snack!
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- 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.
- 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
- Bamboo skewers
- Mini chocolate chips
- Pretzel sticks
- 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.)
- 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.
2 mini chocolate chips
2 white chocolate chips
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: Preventingin Colorado:
- In , 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%).