It’s 3:30pm. Your eyes are glazing over, the minute hand on the clock refuses to move, and you’re about to fall out. And…you still have SO much work to do. So…you go hit the vending machine and grab a snack, right?
While yes, a healthy snack can jump-start your energy level and give you push you need to cross that work finish line, many of the snacks we’re confronted with on a daily basis aren’t all that great for your body. Believe it or not, there are healthy options to be found in most vending machines…but they’re sitting right beside those snacks filled with too much sugar, fat, calories, etc. to even be worth your time.
So first, here are the no-no vending machine snacks that you should skip:
Fruit Pie: 440 calories, 27g fat, 7g sat fat, 8g trans fat
Why To Say No: They’re your waistline’s worst nightmare
Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese: 210 calories, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 4g trans fat
Why To Say No: Ever heard of this heart disease risk-raising ingredient called trans fat? We thought so.
Pop Tarts: 420 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 40g sugar
Why To Say No: We know you love them, but there’s too much processing going on. If you absolutely must, try to share one.
Doritos: 250 calories, 13g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 2g fiber
Why To Say No: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you shouldn’t buy. However, the Nacho variety is the least harmful of them all.
Cheez-It Crackers: 160 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat fat
Why To Say No: No fiber, no protein…what’s the point?
Cheetos Crunchy: 160 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g sat fat
Why To Say No: Like many of the above, the number of processed ingredients makes for a very body-unfriendly snack.
Twix: 280 calories, 14g fat, 11g sat fat
Why To Say No: Yes, they’re tasty, but they have more dangerous fat than a Snickers