Sometimes you don’t have a choice and you need something to munch on ASAP. Here are 8 healthy vending machine snacks you might come across if you happen to find one of these nifty machines when you need it most. Not all of these are available in the same machine, but it’s always good to have a running list in your mind in case you need to choose a snack that is healthier than the rest.
8. Balance Bar Cookie Dough Flavor
A single 1.76 ounce bar is one serving. It might have 210 calories in it, but these calories will help boost your energy level when you begin to feel rundown. Also in this little bar of goodness are 6 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbohydrates, and 15 grams of protein. There are also 23 vitamins and minerals crammed into this tiny bar.
7. Chips Ahoy Animal Crackers
I love these 100 calorie packs, they make counting calories so much easier! This package of animal crackers is just one of the many flavors offered in different vending machines. A .7 ounce package of animal crackers contains 3 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein.
6. Planter’s Cashews
Cashews are my favorite type of nuts, so I was thrilled to include them on my list of healthy snacks from vending machines. A single serving weighs in a 1 ounce and includes 157 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 5 grams of protein.
5. Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar
A .8 ounce bar of the Chocolate Chunk flavor includes the following numbers: 90 calories, 2 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, and 1 gram of protein. These little granola bars used to contain 110 calories instead of 90, but that was when they were still made with high-fructose corn syrup. This ingredient has since been replaced to make them a bit healthier.
4. Dannon Light ‘n Fit Yogurt
A 6 ounce serving of Blueberry Flavored Light ‘n Fit Yogurt contains few calories and a lot of protein. Each little container has 80 calories, 0 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of protein. If you can find a vending machine that offers refrigerated products, be sure to check the selection choices for one of these cups of yogurt.
3. Rold Gold Classic Pretzel Rods
Each 1 ounce serving holds 100 calories, 0 grams of fat, 23 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of protein. The high sodium content might bother some people and they tend to make you thirsty, so be sure to drink a bottle of water with them if you choose to munch on this vending machine snack.
2. Baked Cheetos
I’m all for baked chips and snacks instead of fried. I love Cheetos, so I was thrilled when there was a healthier alternative to the crunchy sticks I grew up with. A single 1 ounce serving of Baked Cheetos has 45 calories, 5 grams of fat, 19 grams of carbohydrates, and 2 grams of protein. This snack still has that great cheesy flavor Cheetos is known for, but delivered in a much healthier snack.
1. Dried Apricots
You need your daily servings of fruit, whether they are fresh or dried. A quarter cup serving if dried apricots has only 78 calories, tons of vitamins, and a small dose of fiber. Be sure not to eat too many of these at once though or you’ll be going from the vending machine to the bathroom rather quickly.
I hope this selection of 8 healthy vending machine snacks will open your eyes to the types of foods available in many of these convenient machines. What do you think is the healthiest vending machine snack out there?
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