Best Picks in a Vending Machine?

Topics: Snacks
Best Picks in a Vending Machine?

Sometimes a vending machine might be the only option for a quick snack. When your child needs to refuel between meals and this is the only choice, teach him or her to look for foods that provide some nutrition, not just calories.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Small bag of pretzels, peanuts, almonds or trail mix
  • Fat-free or reduced-fat popcorn
  • Whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Whole grain granola or cereal bars
  • Graham or animal crackers
  • 100% fruit or vegetable juice
  • Dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries, apricots
  • Microwaveable soup or oatmeal
Reviewed September 2014
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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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