What’s a snack?
The definition is like best says,
A snack is less than 100 calories, contains no added sugar, is low in fat and has less than 500 milligrams of salt.
This rules out the things sold as so-called snacks: chips, cookies, processed bars and even flavored yogurt.
Fruits and vegetables make great snacks. Read more here for the link to the Center for Science in the Public Interest with snack ideas and their Pinterest feed.
Kids should have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Something healthy can be offered mid-morning and/or after school. Foods fed at those times shouldn’t be more attractive than the regular meal or kids will eat enough to get by and not eat what’s being served at the regular meals.
Parents should define what’s allowed between meals. One strategy is to limit the list of approved self-serve items to foods that a hungry kid would eat but a bored kid might pass up. Apples and pears and baby carrots work well. Read more about this approach here.