Snacks may be the quintessential kid food: small, tasty, and quick. But what parent hasn’t lamented an appetite spoiled by a sugar- or carb-loaded snack? Just like any food, quality counts. “Kids need fuel all day long, and it’s a parent’s responsibility to provide healthy food. It’s not about demonizing any particular snack; it’s about making smart choices,” says Lisa Barnes, the San Francisco–based author of Petit Appétit: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry (Perigree, 2009) and a personal chef, with a focus on meals for infants and toddlers. Think of snacks as mini-meals, she suggests, that include a balance of good carbs, protein, and fats. Then plan ahead so that your fridge, pantry, and even car are stocked with healthy items kids can grab quickly. Try these fun and easy options.