It’s mid-afternoon and you need a quick snack, but there’s no time to run out for something healthy. What do you do? For many of us, the answer is a short walk to the company vending machine.
While vending machines don’t always offer the healthiest snacks, they aren’t all bad. Dried fruit or nuts, 100-calorie snack packs or baked veggie chips can be good choices. And portion sizes at vending machines are usually reasonable, so you can satisfy a craving without eating too much.
The Fit Pick Approach
Another good way to stay healthy at the vending machine is Fit Pick. Fit Pick is a program that helps you choose products that are healthy and taste great. Fit Pick identifies items that are lower in fat, saturated fat and sugar. Healthy choices are identified with a colorful Fit Pick sticker so they are easy to spot. Fit Pick uses the "35-10-35" rule, which means products have less than 35% of calories from fat, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat and less than 35% total weight from sugar (not including nuts, seeds or dried fruit).
For more information about setting up a Fit Pick vending program at your workplace, you or your employer can visit www.fitpick.org. Fit Pick Toolkits include product stickers, vending machines signs and promotional materials.