Vending machines are a convenient way to get a little boost of energy or a refreshing drink at any time throughout your day. Whether the one in your office break room is always stocked with goodies or you end up waiting for a delayed bus or train in the station, sometimes you have to give in and grab a snack from the vending machine. When you’re trying to diet or eat healthy, though, it can be hard to know which snacks to choose. If the vending machine is stocked properly, there should be some snacks available that won’t throw off your diet. Here are three of the best and worst vending machine snacks choices for anyone on a diet, courtesy of MyFitnessPal!
If you’re craving some sugar, avoid munching on a candy bar. Vending machines will always have candy bars, but there are other options that are better for you. Plus, if you’re really hungry, a candy bar will only give you a bit of energy before you crash. A healthier option will fill you up and keep you feeling fuller longer.
Best: Granola Bars
Granola bars are a great vending machine choice if you’re watching what you eat. Many granola bars packed with much more than granola, including dried fruits and nuts that are held together with honey. If you find an option that’s mostly fruit and nuts with maybe a hint of dark chocolate to sate your sweet tooth, that’s a great choice that’s packed with protein to keep you energized and eating healthy.
If you’re in the mood for a more filling snack it’s easy to be tempted by the allure of doughnuts, muffins or honey buns. However, these tasty treats are not the answer! Simple carbs found in these pastries – just like candy – will only keep you feeling full for a short period of time.
Popcorn, at its core, is a super healthy snack – minus the extra salt and fake buttery flavor, of course. A little bit, though, still won’t rule out popcorn as a health-conscious choice. Look for a low-calorie option that will keep you full without breaking the bank on your diet. While you should skip the cheesy option or extra butter choice, plain or low-calorie popcorn with just a touch of salt will kick that snack craving and fill you up between meals.
If you’re thirsty and craving something with carbonation, skip the Mountain Dew. Sugary soft drinks are not only bad for your teeth, but they don’t actually hydrate you. Plus, these drinks are loaded with empty calories – the last thing you want on a diet. Skip the soda and reach for a healthier choice. You should also be wary of drinks like iced tea and lemonade, too, as many are packed with sugars.
That’s right – if you’re thirsty, the best choice is regular old water. While it can be tempting to choose a sugary drink, water will help you keep hydrated and ready to go. Can’t imagine not having the bubbly pop of a carbonated soda? Try seltzer instead – it’s got all the health benefits of water with the effervescence of soda.
No matter what diet you’re following, a well-stocked vending machine should be full of good-for-you snacks to choose from! Orsino Vending offers a full range of tasty snacks and cool beverages in our vending machines and can work with you to keep your machines stocked and located right where you need them for your customers, community or staff. Learn more about Orsino Vending and our full range of options for you by calling us at 201-871-9286 today.