The vending machine business has been continually growing and vending machines can be found frequently. Even with the recent shift from traditional vending machines to healthy vending machines, it is still easy to sometimes be steered in a less healthy direction. These four tricks of the trade will help you pick healthier snacks while standing in front of the machine deciding what to get.
This may seem like an oxymoron to you, but the truth is that it isn’t. There are plenty of food items out there that are very high in fat, but are still consideredhealthy. Some examples of these items are avocados, peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Vending machines are stocked with quick fix snacks such as nuts and seeds that are great snacks and are healthy too. Nuts and seeds are full of monosaturated fats, which are the fats that keep you feeling full longer and fuel your body with energy.
Craving something salty? Most of us turn to a bag of chips to fix this craving, but there are some nutritional secrets hidden in those bags that may be causing you more harm than good. Chips and crackers full of sodium have very little nutritional value and are considered simple carbs. Simple carbs give you a short boost of energy and then leave you with no added benefits. If you are craving something salty, look for chips that contain whole grains and/or fiber.
Just like sodium filled snacks, sweet snacks are also usually full of simple carbohydrates. Candy bars and chewy candies have a ton of sugar and no nutritional value. Fruits or even some fruit snacks are a good way to satisfy your sweet tooth without giving you cavities.
These sweet and salty cravings can be caused by dehydration. Drinking a lot of water each day can help curb your hunger and cravings. Water is the best beverage choice for rehydration. Energy drinks and sodas are loaded with sugars and carbohydrates that will just make you crash later. Sweet teas (without the added sugars) or flavored waters are the next best thing.
So next time you find yourself standing in front of a vending machine trying to figure out which buttons to press, think of these four tips. I guarantee you will feel better if you opt for the healthier choices than the sugar/sodium loaded options.