Is it just me or is kid food some of the unhealthiest stuff out there? Which seems like such a crime to me - kids bodies need the most nutrition, because they're growing like crazy - yet we feed them things like goldfish and "fruit" snacks which are loaded with tons of sugar, not to mention artificial food dyes, and artificial preservatives.
Granted, those poor kiddos love that stuff.
But at the same time, your five-year-old probably has the same level of work experience my five-year-old does. Meaning: no cash. No cash = no control over snacks.
However, non-processed snack foods can be just as yummy. I'm sharing some of Lillian's favorites. This Fall I'm planning on making a huge batch of all of these (except maybe the popsicles since they're a Summer thing) and sticking them in my freezer to pull out later and throw in her lunch box.
Watermelon Popsicles - cool, sweet, refreshing, 100% natural, 100% fruit.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies - Please don't tell her these aren't "real" cookies. She loves them and is in awe of cocoa powder. If the texture of the coconut bothers your kiddo (or you!) you can totally leave it off.
Apple Chips - Made in the oven so you don't need a dehydrator.
Here's a couple of my favorite real food snack ideas from other blogs:
Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries/Pop Tarts - from 100 Days of Real Food
Homemade Fruit Roll Ups - from Our Best Bites
Need something quick and familiar? Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies taste exactly like goldfish but don't have all the nasty chemicals in them. Yay!