Years ago, snack vending machines were filled with nothing but M&Ms, Skittles, Doritos, and Mars Bars. Today, there are healthier options as well, like nuts, granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix, baked chips and crackers, dark chocolate, and even carrots. Let’s take a look at a few of our favorite healthy vending machine snack options:
Dark Chocolate – Dark chocolate has many health benefits; it’s packed with antioxidants, which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and keep your heart and cardiovascular system running well. Dark chocolate stimulates endorphin production and contains serotonin, so it makes you feel happy.
Baby Carrots – Carrots are bright, crunchy and delicious on their own or dipped in a little hummus or tzatziki. Carrots are packed with Vitamin A, and researchers claim they can do everything from reducing acne and improving night vision, to preventing cancer and warding off impotence.
Nuts – Nuts are an important part of any healthy diet as they are rich in fiber, antioxidants and good fats like omega 3. Research shows that people who eat nuts regularly have a lower risk of heart disease. So next time you’re standing at snack vending machines feeling hungry, choose almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, some pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts.