Snacking is intended to fuel us properly so we can keep running until we can eat our next meal; snacking should not be an excuse to go crazy and over-indulge in items that don't provide us valuable nutrients. Whenever possible, snacks should include whole food options such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Think of your snacks as mini meals - you hopefully wouldn't have just a meal consisting of a dessert only. Mix and match your whole foods to provide your family nutritious snacking options. 

I often suggest to families that at the beginning of the school year they sit down to create healthy, whole food snacking lists. What can you keep in the house that everyone will enjoy as snacks? Try keeping snack baskets (one in the pantry and one in the refrigerator) where your weekly snacking choices go. That way, no matter if Mom or Dad is around, your child can head to the kitchen, pick from the basket and fuel up with something healthy.

Some basket suggestions:
Pantry: trail mix, popcorn, unsweetened applesauce, whole grain crackers, nut butters
Refrigerator: wash/prepped fruits and veggies, low-fat string cheese, yogurt, hard boiled eggs, hummus 

If you have extra time on the weekends, try prepping some fun snacks together that everyone can enjoy all week long. Some of my favorites include:
Frozen PB Banana Bites
Granola Bites
Homemade Granola Bars
Cookie Dough Hummus
Apple Chips