Like it or not, sometimes you just don’t have access to healthy, convenient snacking options. If you come across a vending machine that lacks any especially healthy options, you’re left with no choice except to pick the healthiest option you can. Let’s take a look at some of the healthiest options that can be found in most vending machines:
Seeds and Nuts
If you can find a packet of nuts or seeds or even trail mix, go for it. It’s one of the healthiest options you’re likely to find in a vending machine. Nuts are full of protein, healthy fats, and fatty acids. They’re also high in fiber, so they help you to feel full without eating a huge amount. When it comes to trail mix, try to avoid mixes with a lot of sugary sweeteners, like chocolate or candy.
Pretzels are usually a better option than potato chips. Chips are likely to be cooked in fat, while pretzels are often baked. Either snack can have a high sodium content, so be aware of that when you’re making your selection.
Jerky is, perhaps surprisingly, a good option when you’re looking for a healthy snack from a vending machine. Although somewhat high in salt content, beef jerky is also a good source of protein and minerals like zinc. While jerky isn’t really ideal for a daily snack, picking up a stick of jerky every once in a while is a more healthy option than chips or candy.
Most vending machines have granola bars of some kind. The trick is choosing bars with all-natural ingredients, low sugar and fat, and high protein levels. Look for healthy protein bars that don’t contain a lot of processed ingredients and use natural sweeteners, like honey.
If you come across reduced-fat popcorn in a vending machine, know that it’s a healthier snack option than many of its competitors. Popcorn is a natural whole grain with lots of fiber, and if you can find a version without a lot of salt or butter, it’s a reasonably healthy option.
Make the Most of Your Options
If you come across a vending machine that’s lacking healthy options, you’ll just have to choose the best option that’s available. And the choices above are a good start. Look for them the next time you go for a snack!