Keying Into Better Vending Machine Choices

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Sometimes you just have one of those days where you forget to bring enough snacks for the day or something comes up where you’re stuck with no options except vending machines. Luckily, we don’t have FEBO in North America and many vending companies have added healthier options to vending machines in response to consumers’ demands.

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Here are some top choices when you’re down at the vending machine:

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What Do You Eat BEFORE Dinner?

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The evening commute is a tough time for many reasons. It’s been a long day, there’s way too many people going in your direction, your stomach is reminding you that it’s almost dinner time, and those food places you just walked by smell AMAZING!

Need a snack to enjoy on the commute home so you don’t eat your way through dinner preparation? Here are 5 portable, flavourful snacks that will last in your lunch bag until the end of your workday and keep the pre-dinner munchies at bay:

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Are You Drinking Dessert?

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We all know that popular hot and cold beverages–like smoothies and specialty coffees–are packed full of sugar, calories, and fat with little nutritional value.

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Have you ever stopped to think about how much is REALLY in your favourite beverages? Here are just a few examples:

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Is That A Snack Or A Treat?

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Snacking is on the rise in Canada. We’re typically twice-a-day snackers, with more than 34% of Canadians reaching for afternoon snacks to bridge the hunger gap.

Snacking can be healthy if you’re hungry between meals; however, there’s a difference between a treat and a snack. Treats–such as cookies, chips or chocolate–are low in nutrients and best saved for occasional enjoyment.

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Dietitians recommend smart snacking! Choose small portions of nutrient-rich foods to stay energized and satisfied. Nutritious snacks include a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts, whole grain crackers with cheese, yogurt with granola, or veggies with hummus.

Come back tomorrow for more nutrition tips! 

Remember to eat health & live happy,

Anna Gofeld, RD

*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians