Healthy Vending Vs Junk Food Vending

by Jeff Kramer, Discount Vending

Vending Machines Don’t Need to Be Full of Poor Snack Choices

 I recently read an article from Fox News written by Deborah A. Cohen, MD. It addressed vending machines in the workplace. She suggested that we completely eliminate vending machines from our places of business. Her reasoning behind the ban would be to encourage healthier eating and less snacking on junk food. She is worried that this junk food is typically high in sugar with little nutritional benefits.

She says that, “A vending machine filled with poor dietary choices makes it all too easy to make a bad choice.” Well, we would like to say that vending machines don’t need to be full of “poor dietary choices”. You could fill your vending machine with healthy options. You could be an asset to the business and the health of its employees.

Healthy is Here to Stay!

I also recently heard that PepsiCo had purchased SodaStream to “steer Pepsi toward healthier offerings.” They said “it’s important for the company’s future because of consumers’ increasing attention to health.” If even PepsiCo is looking at giving their customers more healthy options, I’d say that healthy is here to stay. Offering healthy snacks and drinks in your vending machine will appeal to a growing audience of health-conscious consumers.

Healthier Options are What Consumers Want

This shift in the number of consumers who are looking for healthier options in what they eat are influencing food culture. Food manufacturers are reacting by producing products that fulfill healthier qualifications. They will continue to cater to the consumer and their tastes. If you, as a business owner, choose to also cater to the healthy crowd you can really benefit.

 Focus on Healthy Vending Options

Being able to offer your customers and employees a healthy vending machine can go a long way. Focusing on healthy options can help them improve their overall wellbeing and vitality. Now is the perfect time to see what having a healthier vending machine can do for them, and your business!

What Are the Benefits of Healthy Snacks?

Written by Natalie Stein; Updated November 27, 2018

The average American eats 2.2 snacks per day and gets one-quarter of his total calories from snacks, according to the USDA. Snacks can have a big impact on your health because they make up such a large portion of your diet. Snacking on junk food can lead to weight gain and other health problems, but healthy snacks can be beneficial.

Increase Nutrient Intake

Snacks provide an opportunity to improve the quality of your diet. Nutrient-dense foods help you meet recommended intake levels of nutrients and food group servings. For example, the Department of Health and Human Services states that the average American eats less than 60 percent of the suggested amount of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products and seafood. You can work toward achieving these goals with snacks such as tuna on whole-grain crackers, fresh fruit with oatmeal and cut vegetables with yogurt.

Sustain Energy Levels

After you eat a meal or snack, your blood sugar levels rise and then decrease. You can start to feel tired if your blood sugar levels get too low. Snacks can prevent your blood sugar levels from dropping too much between meals. While sugary snacks can lead to sugar highs and subsequent energy crashes, healthy snacks promote more sustained blood sugar levels and energy. High-fiber, high-protein snacks, such as carrots with bean dip, are slow to digest so your blood sugar levels do not fluctuate much.

Recovery from Exercise

Healthy snacks after exercising can replace your energy stores and speed up muscle recovery. A healthy snack for post-workout recovery includes some carbohydrates and a small amount of protein, according to Iowa State University Extension. Eating your carbohydrates and protein within 15 to 30 minutes of finishing your exercise session will promote the best results. Snacks that support recovery and provide essential nutrients include yogurt with a banana and peanut butter on toast.


Healthy snacks can help you avoid eating less healthy foods. The Department of Health and Human Services suggests planning ahead by preparing healthy snacks so they’re readily available when hunger strikes. This strategy prevents you from getting too hungry with junk foods as your only option. Whole fruit, cut vegetables, cottage cheese and whole-grain pretzels are examples of easy snacks to have on hand. Even healthy snacks can lead to weight gain if you eat too much of them, so monitoring your portions should become a habit when you serve yourself snacks.