Mom, I'm hungry. What can I eat?
Do you hear this in your house? I came up with a strategy to quiet their cries. I call it Snack Management.
Each child gets a lunch sack with their name on it every Saturday. I put 8 snack foods (enough for one snack a day and an extra) into each sack. It's up to them to "budget" their snacks.
My kids are welcome to as many fruits and vegetable snacks as they would like, but I limit their intake of prepared snacks to one serving a day. Actually, they could eat them all on Monday, but they won't get any more until the next Monday.
I have included such snacks as wheat thins, a cookie or two, rice krispies, granola bars, pretzels, a ticket for a yogurt, some chips, etc. I make sure to have plenty of apples, grapes, carrots, bits of cheese, etc in the fridge.
They don't have to ask me what they can have. When it's gone - it's gone. They do remind me when "Snack bag" day rolls around though.