In yesterday's New York Times, there was a really thought-provoking article on the growing trend of kids and snacking. One of the most interesting statistics was that 42% of Americans eat three or more snacks a day in 2002, up from 11% in 1977. Along with that trend towards snacking more comes the trend of eating fewer actual meals. The article cites plenty of reasons, from the marketing efforts of food manufacturers to the overscheduling of after-school activities.
Seems to me that what kids are snacking on is just as critical as how often they're snacking. I often put together a snack mix like this On-the-Go Trail Mix to satisfy 4 o'clock hunger pangs. What healthy snacks do you turn to?