If your only option is to skip a meal/snack, or pick one from the vending snack machine, then make it a healthy one by choosing a low-fat, low-sodium, and/or high-protein item. It is better to eat sensibly and not allow your body to enter starvation mode, which only slows down your metabolism, than to skip the meal/snack all together.
Making the best choice will ensure you don’t go over your calorie limit for the day. And stressing over it only acerbates the problem, leading to binging and feelings of self-defeat. Make it a habit of keeping a nutrition bar in your desk, car, or purse.
Healthy Vending Machine Choices
If you must turn to the vending machine, some healthier choices are:
- Sun flower kernels
- Baked chips
- Low-fat popcorn
- Any fruit newtons
- Granola bar
- Trail mix
- Peanut butter and crackers
- Animal crackers
- Dried fruit
Talk to Your Local Supplier
With so many companies joining the 100 calorie snacks packaging, what could it hurt to ask your vending machine supplier for healthy snacks? Where there is demand, there will be supply, but only if we ask for it. Be a part of the change that is coming by making your requests known now. Make a list of the items available in the 100 calorie packaging the next time you are at your local grocer, along with other healthy choices you would like to see in vending machines. Share the list with your vending supplier as suggestions on their next visit to your office or school. You have nothing to lose, except those extra calories!