From the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” Department, I recently received one of those baffling press releases that left me scratching my head.
Entitled “Tips for Eating Healthfully From a Vending Machine,” the release warned against falling into the junk food trap when inevitably faced with a vending machine as your only option for a much-needed snack. This California-based company is hoping to change all of that with a new line of machines offering things like fresh fruit and vegetables, soy milk and yogurt.
But I’m guessing those won’t make it here anytime soon, so take a look at how they suggest you make better decisions at existing vending machines in the meantime …
- Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables first.
- To save calories on beverages, opt for flavored water, unsweetened iced tea, milk or soymilk.
- Try to limit your snack option to 100 calories, and pay attention to the number of servings.
- Opt for nutrient-dense foods that satisfy your hunger longer, such as fruits, vegetables, yogurt, natural granola bars and smoothies.
- Determine whether you are hungry or just thirsty. People often fill up on calories, when really they are simply dehydrated.
Really, that’s your ground-breaking advice?
Here’s mine: Don’t eat crap out of vending machines.