Let Kids Help Themselves with a Summer Snack Station

This post has been sponsored by Albertsons Companies Family of Stores. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

"Mom! Can I have a snack?"

Sound familiar? If your kids are anything like mine, you probably hear this a hundred times a day during summer break. Seriously, how can such little people be hungry all the time?

I'm all for snacks throughout the day. As long as they are healthy and well-portioned, snacking during the day keeps my active boys from getting "hangry" between meals. However, I'm not looking forward to constantly stopping what I'm doing to fix them a snack.

Since I'm also a firm believer in fostering independence, when the snack cravings hit this summer, I'm letting my kids help themselves with our new summer snack station.

Making your own summer snack station is easy when you stock up during the Safeway Summer Sale. Ours is packed with family favorites like Skinny Pop, Snack Pack, Nature Valley, Capri Sun, Motts, and Chex Mix.

When you shop at Safeway, it's easy to find the snacks your kids love at a price your wallet will appreciate. Especially during the Safeway Summer Sale, happening May 29 through June 11.

You can unlock even more savings when you download the Safeway mobile app. It makes it simple to make your list of summer snack essentials before you head to the store—and to be sure that all your coupons are at your fingertips while you're there.

I purchased these products and more at my local Safeway, but you can also shop Summer Sale and save at any of the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw's, Star Market, and Carrs/Safeway. Visit the Safeway website to find a store near you and discover some fun meal-prep tips and recipe ideas!

How to Create a Summer Snack Station

When you're creating a summer snack station for your kids, you want to have a good variety of snacks that everyone can agree on. Fortunately, you can stock up on all of these favorites at the Safeway Summer Sale! Our snack station includes:

  • Skinny Pop Ultra Lite White Cheddar Popcorn
  • Hunts Chocolate and Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding
  • Hunts Sugar Free Cherry Juicy Gels Snack Pack
  • Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars Variety Pack
  • Capri Sun Lemonade and Wild Cherry
  • Motts Assorted Fruit Snacks
  • Chex Mix Honey Nut Snack Mix

Once you've shopped the Safeway Summer Sale and picked up all your snacks, you're ready to make your own snack station. 

A snack station doesn't have to be elaborate; the idea is to have pre-portioned snacks available for your kids to grab and go. This will help foster their independence by knowing what snacks are OK and where to find them, and it will make your life easier by not having to prep and serve snacks multiple times a day.

Our snack station is a simple plastic bin that fits in our pantry. I can also bring it out on the deck when we're enjoying some outside time or leave it out on the kitchen counter for playdates. I added a cute "Help Yourself" decal to the front so everyone knows that this is the snack spot.

Start by filling small containers with single serve portions of snacks that come in larger serving bags, like Skinny Pop and Chex Mix. I prefer to use reusable containers over single-use bags. Everyone in our family loves Skinny Pop White Cheddar. It's light and delicious, so it's perfect for summer!

Next, add in items that are already in single serving packages, like Nature Valley granola bars. My kids love the crunchy taste of these granola bars and I love the whole grain nutrition in each one.

Be sure to include drinks like Capri Sun in your summer snack station. I grew up drinking Capri Sun and my kids especially love the classic lemonade for summer snacking.

Now you're ready to set out your new summer snack station! 

Having a summer snack station is a total mom win. You can stock up and save on all your family's favorite snacks during the Safeway Summer Sale and next time the kids ask for a snack, you can just point to your new stack station and say, "help yourself!"

The products mentioned in this post are on sale at the Albertsons Family of stores from May 29 to June 11. Products on sale at Safeway retailers may differ.

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