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vending machineMany of us get the urge to grab a snack from the vending machine.  You know that when you do, most of your choices will be the high calorie, high fat or sugar selections you may crave. 

The next time the urge hits for a snack from the vending machine, take a minute to select a healthier option.   Are there healthy options?  Yes, you can find them & here are some ideas.

  • If fresh fruits or vegetables are available, select those from your vending machine. 
  • If you want a salty snack, choose pretzels or baked chips over regular chips.
  • If microwave popcorn is available, choose the no butter or light variety.  Look at the number of servings on your bag and watch your serving size if you are counting calories.
  • Tomato or vegetable juice and pretzels make a low calorie snack choice. 
  • Whole grain cereal bars or low sugar granola bars are tasty.
  • Non-fat yogurt is available in many flavors and can help you get one of your Calcium servings.
  • Unsweetened applesauce or fruit cups packed in their own juice works for a sweet craving.

Some worksites and vending machines have healthy options labeled for you.  This makes it easier to make a better selection. 

What else can you do?  Save money and pack a snack from home.  

A simple thing that you can do to help with the “snack attack” is to bring a healthy snack from home.  Perhaps you can bring in a piece of fresh fruit or some raw vegetables.  Non-fat or low fat yogurt is portable and great for a snack.  Maybe you keep a bag of pretzels at work to share with co-workers.  Remember to keep them in the break room or lunch area so that you aren’t tempted to snack on them all day.

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Fresh FruitThe next time you get the urge for a snack, don’t run to the vending machine; pause and think about choosing a healthier option. 

If you go for the unhealthy version (and we all have times that we do) – get back on track with your next meal.  Let it go and move on.  Don’t use that as an excuse to overindulge.  Refocus on your healthy eating behaviors.  Think about moving more to burn those extra calories.  Take a walk around the block or park your car further from your destination.  Get motivated, make healthy choices, drink your water and move more! 

Happy Snacking!

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