Mar 02, 2012 13:17 pm

Eat Healthy Snacks Instead of Junk FoodAccording to Katherine Hobson, a health writer for U.S. News, many items that people consider a ‘snack’ can actually pack as many calories as a meal.  

People who are watching their weight need to look at calorie content as well as nutritional value.  Calorie per calorie, it is best to choice healthy snacks that provide essential nutrients, rather than empty calories (along with high fat, sodium and sugar) that is in many junk foods and snacks. Melanie Douglass, a Salt Lake City based registered dietitian and personal trainer, says that snacks should be in the 150-200 calorie range.

She suggests 1 or 2 ounces of nuts, any fruit or vegetable, or a serving of protein including yogurt or low fat cheese.  All yogurts are not alike, however.  Some contain a high amount of sugar.  Look for a low-fat yogurt with under 20 grams of sugar per 8 ounce serving. Other nutritionists recommend no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates for each snack. 

Raw vegetables with dip, peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg, low fat cottage cheese, low fat yogurt without added sugar, and some protein and high fiber bars. Our healthy fresh vending machines offer many snacks that are low in calories, fats and sugars.

Best of all, you can check the product packaging to be sure you are selecting a healthy choice that meets your dietary concerns. The easiest way to maintain your health and nutrition goals is to have the right snacks and drinks nearby and accessible. 

 If you don’t have a healthy fresh vending machine at your workplace or fitness studio, ask them to contact us to find out how they can get one for free!

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